Date Joined: 12/31/06
Pros: Sound quality from this product is pretty good, you do not notice that they are wireless as the person listening to them on the other end. You can charge and use them at the same time, just simply plug in the cable and it works.
Cons: Another friend of mine bought these, and he was having some quality control issues, where if he shook his head there was a part that was rattling around. He simply returned them for another one and all was right with the world. 1/3 bad products is still not a great Failure to Thrive ratio.
Overall Review: I bought these for a friend of mine, so I'm giving this review from the other end of the TeamSpeak server. I'm the guy listening to him talk and I have the say, the quality is quite good. He was using a Wireless Logitec headset before, and the some quality is the same, no better no worse. I have Corsair Speakers (SP2500) and I love them, that's why I got them for my mate so that he could convert to Corsair from Logitec. He says that he loves them, my other friend that got a bad headset loves them after he got a pair with no issues. They also did not report any of the hissing problems that I've read about in some of the other reviews, so I assume that this was fixed in their current firmware.
Pros: They did put the same care into this product as they do their other products, so the cables from the monitor do go into this arm just like their other pieces.
Cons: Can't add 2 to the system, or it's HIGHLY not recommended.
Overall Review: I've extended out a 23" screen with this extension on, from a wall mount. Adding this extension to your mount reduces its weight capacity. The Desk Mount is reduced to 18 lbs (8.1 kg), the LX Wall Mount is reduced to 36 lbs (16.4 kg).
Pros: IPS Display, running at 1920x1080. IPS meaning that you'll get very good picture quality out of the box much better than that of your standard TN type displays. If you're looking for an accurate picture you'll need one of these. The bezel on this display is very nice, great if you want to buy multiple displays and put them side by side. The speakers are passable for what is supposed to be a desktop display, and they seem to come from the bottom bezel of the display and point downward toward the desk.
Cons: The black level is not that great to be honest and it MASSIVELY needs to be calibrated out of the box. The red is too bright, and needs to be adjusted down, once that is done, it's easily in line with some of the best displays out there. I'm very hard on the monitors that I buy when it comes to picture quality, and color representation, It kinda goes without saying, but it's head and shoulders above any TN display you'll find.
Overall Review: I need to test if the USB ports will work on the side even when the USB passthrough is not plugged in. It'd be nice to be able to plugin a phone to charge without having to connect that cable.
Pros: 3TB drive, 2.79 TB once formatted. I am using these for long term storage, and thus I needed a reliable setup. As such, I've placed two of these drives into a RAID 1 array (Mirrored). In this configuration I've copied over 206 GB in around 20 minutes. It transferred at around 150 MB/s - 120 MB/s. Not bad for a drive they don't even quote the spindle speed for. I went for these drives in particular because they are meant for NAS (Network Attached Storage) and they are certified to operate in RAID configurations. Perfect for my use!
Cons: If you know what you're getting, I can't really see any cons to this drive. They are large drives, they do have quite a lot of space on them. Everything in balance with this thing. I am not overly impressed with them, but I don't have to be. The idea is that they keep my data safe and that's all I wanted them for.
Overall Review: I picked these up for $130 each, that's 4 cents per gigabyte. Not a bad deal by any means.
Pros: These are supported in Linux thanks to the hard work of Clemens Ladisch. I plan on upgrading to this card from my Xonar Xense that I got the Sennheiser cans from. Awesome upgrade for the linux guys looking for awesome sound.
Cons: Its sad that ASUS did not make the driver's for Linux themselves.
Overall Review: If you had a Xonar Xense, like me, and was disappointed by the fact that you could not use your card under Linux, at least this card allows you to use the head set you got under linux. I guess I'll give the card away ...
Pros: There is no easy way to say this, so I'm just going to say it. I love this case. It's got subtle good looks that grow on you with time. I love the front door that can open on the left and right. I love the magnetic fan filters. I love the feel of the sound damping foam. I love the way they used flat cables for the front panel IO. I love that they included a internal USB 3.0 header, and that they also included a USB 2.0 adapter. In fact I'm jealous that the 650D does not have that! I love the way it looks, and I love how quite it is. You will adore this case.
Cons: The front door is a finger print magnate, only con, but I can live with that.
Overall Review: I want the internal USB 3.0 header on my Corsair 650D.
Pros: Very easy to use, simply apply the first bottle in little dabs around the Heat Sink or CPU, wait a minute, and then wipe off. Then add the second bottle in little dabs again around the Heat Sink or CPU and wipe off. Simple as that, works right away, and really does bring a pristine look to your thermal contact area.
Cons: None that I can think of, does exactly what it says it will do.
Overall Review: Kind of an odd odor, kinda sweet, just don't drink it.
Pros: There is no more trusted brand out there to protect the thermal quality of your CPU. They have been, and continue to be a staple in the Computer community. It's thermal characteristics can be matched by few, and bested by even fewer. There are some slightly better products out there, but none of them have the reputation that this one has, and none of them had had to stand by their product like Arctic Silver.
Cons: Not much has changed since it first came out, and that's not really a bad thing, but I do think it's time for Arctic Silver to stop resting on it's laurels.
Overall Review: You can use pretty much anything as a thermal paste, in a pinch, you could use Toothpaste. I don't recommend it, but you could.
Pros: Remarkable 20°C delta drop from ambient temperature over the stock Intel heat sink and fan. Absolutely zero throttling when playing games now. So much smoother!
Cons: On the highest settings it can get very loud, but does stay very cool.
Overall Review: It does cleanup the look of the case quite a bit when using this with a Corsair case. I've got the 650D, and I have this stuck away at the top, and it looks incredible.
Pros: Audio clarity is unbelievable, when used with the correct content. It will play at it's max volume setting for 24 hours straight and not blow a speaker or tweeter, it's rated for it. It's LOUD, but when you turn the volume up it never gets muddy.
Cons: Knowing that it's a 2.1, there is really nothing bad you can say about it. Yes it's not a 5.1, or a 7.1, but then you already knew that.
Overall Review: If your playing MP3s, your not getting the most out of this setup. Audio quality is great with this, try playing some CDs or FLAC files. This thing really sings when you use high quality content.
Pros: It's fast burner, one of the fastest on the market by any metric that you throw at it. It does exactly what it is intended for, no more, no less.
Cons: Being an OEM drive, it does not come with any BlueRay playback software, that's gonna set you back some more money, but that's hardly the drives fault.
Overall Review: Has worked in every OS that I've used it on. Windows 7, Windows 8 (CP), and Ubuntu.
Pros: The Cherry Red switches are really nice for gaming, giving a very precise feel to the keyboard.
The aluminum used to construct this thing is top notch, and looks great.
The LEDs all worked out of the box and continue to work, plus they make the thing just look epic at night.
The barrel scroller wheel for the audio level is just the best thing ever added to a keyboard. Giving very easy access to mute and change audio levels up and down. And it works in Win7, Win8 (CP), and Ubuntu without any hassle.
Cons: Not all keys are mechanical switches, and it is a little jarring when you go to hit the escape key, any of the function keys, or hit the delete key for example, something that I do often. The change in tactile feel is just odd, they should of made this an all Cherry Red switch keyboard, and it's one of the things that are holding this back from true greatness. It won't bother you that much in a normal day, but it's disappointing.
Overall Review: There is really to much good here to hold the few problems this keyboard does have (not having a full cherry keyboard) back for me. It will remain as one of the best keyboards I've ever had the privilege to type on. It's tatcile feel is great when using the cherry switches, the volume barrel will go down in history as just one of the best things ever added to a keyboard. The look and design of this keyboard belongs in an art exhibit. I just wish they used the cherry switches everywhere. If they made a K100 to fix it, I'd be one of the first to get it.
Pros: Just a fantastic product. This replaced my long toothed Microsoft Intellieye Optical Mouse, a favorite with Quake champions players to this day. Unlike the Optical mouse, I have no fear when I life my mouse up that it will jump to another location, that simply does not happen with this mouse. The scroll wheel is solid, not to hard to scroll up and every click that you feel is a input sent into the computer so you can be sure what you feel is what you get, another plus over the Microsoft mouse.
It's pretty simple to see, mouses have a new king, and it's this.
Cons: The software, is just a little buggy. If your not saving your profile to the memory on the mouse it's not going to work that great in some games. I had the problem in Star Trek Online using it on some of the shortcuts I setup. Having to reflash the ROM was not that big of a deal, but it did require some research on what to do. Once you get that out of the way, it becomes a very solid product.
Overall Review: If they ever fix the profile problems with this mouse, there will be no need for me to ever get a new mouse. This has everything that I need, and I use my mouse as a Steering Wheel in games such as Live For Speed, and I normally beat the pants off other racers with wheels! (This mouse is that good!)
Pros: Mounted my ASUS VE258Q using this mount. While it was "out of range" in size, this thing handled it without any issues. The provided equipment was enough to setup the whole system, including 2 freaking big screws that simply will not allow this thing to move away from the wall. I feel very secure knowing they are there and have no trepidation on putting an even larger monitor on here, but not much larger. Fit and finish is impressive to say the least, looks great.
Cons: You can not face the monitor down if your sitting below it. While not really meant for this, it's worth mentioning if you accidentally mount it too high.
While a great product, if the price came down to around the $100 level, this thing would be a no brainier. It's current price point of ~$150 is a big ask when your also paying that much if not more for the monitor your placing on this. It effectively doubles your purchase price in some cases. This makes it very pricey for multi-monitor setups where I'm sure this setup would really shine.
Overall Review: The monitor weight is multiplied when it's at full extension, using a stud is very important to protecting your investment and ensuring nothing bad happens.
Pros: 8GBs per stick, this doubles the previous best.
Just as fast and reliable as any Corsair product.
Fit and finish was top notch.
Cons: Price/GB is a little steep right now, but should come down given a few more months.
Overall Review: Impressed with Corsair, doing a great job in all fields I've seen them in and they are still a staple in the market that they started out in.
Pros: Setup was simple, peel and apply to the back of your monitor. Bias lighting is the happy intersection of indirect lighting and light compensation. It reduced my eye strain, to the point where I can use a computer screen for longer and with less fatigue at the end of the longer sessions.
Cons: Some LEDs don't seem to work. It looks to me that only every other LED is illuminated, however this still provided enough light to be effective.
Overall Review: It's got a slightly blue, cool color tint to them, and this is only truly effective when used against a lightly colored wall.
Pros: If your using IEMs or any high end audio setup, this is the sound card for you. Very high signal to noise.
Cons: But there is, some noise audio-able from the front connector, I was unable to hear any from the back connector.
Pros: It's hard to describe just how bright 200 lumen is. I will tell you that it will light up a dark room just as well as a desk lamp would. But that's really not it's main selling point. The beam of light that comes out of this is so focused that the 200 lumen of light can hit someones face a temporally blind them in the night as it destroys their night vision. This is also true during the day if you're stupid enough the point it at your self. Other impressive points is it's size. About 5 and a half inches, it's pretty small, and at 3 .7 ounces WITH BATTERIES, it's incredibly (forgive the pun) lite. The "strike bezel" on the front of the light will if used on someone as a last line of defense make them think twice if they already did not get the point with 200 lumen. The ridges are pretty deep and are enough to put a pretty big dent into anything it comes in contact with. I'm sure this thing could be used as a make shift window punch for EMS professionals like myself.
Cons: At it's max 200 lumen output it will run for about 2 hours and it does get quite hot in the process. It's saving grace is however the secondary mode, that is 5 lumen that runs for well over 3 days without getting even warm.
The batteries are Cr123 Lithium that can be pretty expensive, but do provide quite a bit of power that is needed by the LED's high output mode.
Overall Review: It's a great light, pretty much indestructible. They are advertised as bomb proof and I don't doubt that for a second. It's hard to really say just how much light it puts out at 200 lumen, when you think of such a powerful level of light that is within your hands you will find it hard not to be impressed. Many people who have seen the light already where like "Where do I get one!?" During Hurricane Irene, and in it's aftermath without any power, this light has been invaluable. I don't have to worry about starting IVs by the pen light any more as as long as I turn the E2DL it's just like having a desk lamp on. Great light, highly recommend.
Pros: + It's an insanely fast card. Pretty much rips through anything I've thrown at it for the last few hours. Even running FRAPS and recording video with this thing it just does it.
+ It does have the Backup BIOS switch, so it should be Unlock-able to the 6970 standard. But honestly, it's fast enough where that does not even come in to my mind. All settings maxed out in every game and I'm staying at my V-Sync level of the monitor and not dipping below that at all.
+ I've playied Star Trek Online (STO), Live For Speed (LFS) and Dirt3, all of them maxed out at 1920x1080 and it works flawlessly, looks great, and run so fast, and so cool and quite
+ It's just so quite, I don't even notice it, I've yet to hear it's fan running at all, and this card is in my Corsair 650D, under my desk and I just don't notice it at all. The last card I had was 6800 GT and that thing was LOUD. This thing is as quite and as well behaved as a Alaskan field mouse.
Cons: - It's HUGE! I mean, like it's the same length as a netbook, so if you don't have the space for a netbook in your system, you're not going to have the space for this.
Overall Review: They do provide an CrossFire bridge for this, but quite frankly, I don't see the point. It's simply too big for a useful CorssFire setup. I think that with it coming down 3 levels on the motherboard that if I where to put a second video card into my system that it would simply block airflow to the top card. And I would have to wonder what's the point of that!
Pros: + Very quite, the fan does not spin at all while the system is doing mundane tasks.
+ Able to go over it's limit should for what ever reason you need more power then 1.2 kW (About 1.5kW is it's true peak.)
+ 90 Plus GOLD
+ FULLY MODULAR! Made my case so much cleaner.
Cons: - Cost as much as some high end CPUs, but that's forgiven as it's got a 7 year warranty, and that's because it's built to last longer then your CPU or GPU.
Overall Review: Power supplies have always been the unsung hero of your computer. Most people think that the CPU or GPU is the most important component of a system build, but this is simply not the case. Where as the CPU might be the brains of the operation, the Power Supply is certainly the heart. A bad power supply just like a bad heart can cause some angina, for both your computer and for you. It is very important for overclockers, the athletes of the computer world, to have a healthy power supply as it is for the athletes in the real world to have a healthy heart. As they say, a bad ticker can go boom at any time, and the same is true of a bad power supply. So if you're in any doubt as to what power supply to get, think to your self. Would you want a heart that is cheap to run your body, or would you want a heart that is top of the line to keep you happy and healthy and able to push to it's limits and beyond and not poop out on you. This is what this power supply offers, the best in class.
Pros: + Size, with 24 inches being the sweet spot for productivity, this 25 incher, is only slightly larger then recommended for maximum productivity.
+ Bright, lights up the whole dark bedroom at night so I can navigate around without having to turn my lights on while using it.
+ Color is pretty good in standard mode, contrast is also pretty good for a non-IPS display.
+ Great to watch TV on if your using it with a HTPC setup, or just happen to watch a bunch of movies or videos.
Cons: - Stuck Green Pixel, lower half, left side of the screen, hardly noticeable, but when in a dark scene, it sticks out like a sore thumb.
- Light uniformity, there are some slight brighter spots around the edges, top, left and right where I think the LEDs are placed. But it's hardly noticeable in normal use. You only really see it while gaming against a black backdrop.
- The stand, is not really that great, it will do ... but I would consider getting a desk or wall mount LCD swing arm for it.
Overall Review: It's very large, in fact, much larger then you think it is. The weight is pretty good for a monitor it's size, much lighter then you think it would be when you see it for the first time. Very imposing on the desk, got lots of comments about how large it is. I have a big desk also, but I think with it's size, it's going to be hard to use for an Eyefinity setup, because I don't think 3 of these would fit on my desk at all! That said, for an Eyefinity setup, the bezel is quite small, so it would make a very good match for it.
Pros: +++ The UEFI BIOS
It's hard to say something is a killer app these days, but the UEFI BIOS that ASUS has made is just that. It's a stunner from start to finish. It scales it's images well no matter the resolution your using to display it, it's so easy to use. I can't recommend this board enough for both novices and advanced users alike.
Cons: - None that I can think of really. It's pretty well handled thanks to the Ivy Bridge being pin compatible with this board. The only issue I could really see for a few people is that it's not compatible with the Sandy Bridge-E series that is coming out. But if you want that chip, you should not really be looking into this class of motherboard anyway.
Overall Review: I have had the BIOS crash a few times, but that was fixed with a BIOS update, as it did not seem to understand in the release version that it could not over clock the i3-2100T.
Pros: + Fantastically Fast
Very fluid with pretty much anything you throw at it.
+ Very fast video encode times in HandBrake.
Encoding a 720p video that's 46 minutes long to 640x360 takes 15 minutes using Hand Brake.
+ Decent Integrated Graphics
I still am using the integrated graphics for Star Trek Online, and some FPS. Runs at 60fps with 1024x768 in most games with the low detail options. But at least these games a playable.
+ 35 Watts!
This thing only uses 35 watts, great for a home theater PC, the CPU fan it comes with is very small, about half the height of normal CPU heatsink and fans and is very quite.
Cons: - Nothing that I can think of really. It's a great part for the price. Highly recommended for something wishing to save some money because this thing really does punch above it's weight class.
Overall Review: With Ivy Bridge around the corner, this CPU is pin compatable with that update. So you can buy in at the low end now, and now have to replace the Motherboard when you want to update to a 22nm CPU later on.
Pros: Looks pretty nice. Should of been a great option as it requires no external power connector. XFX support tickers where replied to within 3 - 6 hours.
Cons: DOAx2. I worry about XFX's build quality.
Overall Review: Newegg paid for the shipping back on the 2nd DOA card and gave a full refund, so full marks to them for their great customer service.
Pros: I used this in the FDNY 911 system where I worked on a ambulance, and this got me to every call that I did not know the location of, off the top of my head. It was also great when I was relocated to Manhattan for a day where it worked in the big city (but I stopped using it about half way during the tour because I started to understand how the city streets where laid out.) I stored all hospitals (over 100 destinations) within it's memory and sorted the most used hospitals at the top. It is a great unit!
Cons: Battery life is only around 3 hours, the touch screen really should be used with a stylist.