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Benjamin K.

Benjamin K.

Joined on 10/02/08

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An excellent replacement for my G5

Logitech G700 Black 13 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
Logitech G700 Black 13 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: I have been using a Logitech G5 for about the past 4 years until just recently my cable failed at the joint with the mouse body. So I did some research - and long story short I decided to purchase the G700 with no regrets. The G700 did an "egg-cellent" job of replacing my old G5. Not only is the performance of the sensor in this mouse equivalent in quality to my old mouse - the G700's ability to be used wireless is a huge benefit in my book. Additionally, for the purist of mouse users out there, at any time you can plug the mouse in with a micro-B USB cable for match grade performance through a cable. The G700 thumb buttons, as other reviewers have mentioned, are well placed and easy to identify and depress with ease - although you may find they take some getting used to if you're not normally using your right hand thumb that much. The additional buttons near the index/middle finger locations are also very easy to identify. Logitech also has excellent driver software.

Cons: Battery life doesn't seem particularly good for a mouse. I can't say from experience how long the battery lasts because I usually just plug it in when it gets low. The mouse has an option to map a button to a battery light indicator on the main 3x LEDs on the side of the mouse - so I just press my battery button occasionally and if it's getting low, I just plug in. The scroll wheel originally had me doubting this mouse - didn't think I would like the hyper fast thing. It's a matter of preference, but it turns out I like it quite a bit actually. Very consistent scrolling in detent mode, works fine for gaming. No adjustable weight system. Fortunately for me, I prefer a heavier mouse. If you want something really lightweight, you should probably look elsewhere. I've read that the OEM cable that comes with the mouse is too stiff to use practically. I completely disagree and find that the stiffness actually helps prevents tangling - but I can see why people say that.

Overall Review: This mouse is designed for gaming, and its strengths are in its number of easy to use extra buttons that are easy to re-map and assign to macros, and its high performance laser sensor that never skips a beat - ensuring smooth mouse movement, always. I can see it also being very useful for other software applications where you want as many controls at quick disposal as possible (such as drafting or digital art). Another note is the size/ergonomics. Obviously tailored to RH users with a high arch palm grip that is really quite comfortable. It has almost the same footprint as the G5 style mouse except for the large thumb rest. The main problem with the shape of this mouse is the lack of a "ring" finger rest. The G5 shape has a hard rest to the right of the RMB. With this mouse, you might find discomfort if you try to keep your ring finger down on the side grip (my hands are small, that may be the reason for this). So I am trying to keep my ring finger on the edge of the RMB.

Another easy upgrade from PNY

PNY GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card VCGGTX1070T8PB-BB
PNY GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card VCGGTX1070T8PB-BB

Pros: - Upgraded from PNY GTX 1060 6GB to this 1070ti - Easy swap, no issues with packaging or installation, single 8 pin pci-e power plug - Updated drivers before installation. Post-install bootup required one restart, after that all display settings were restored and life was good. (OS: Win 7) - Spent a few hours on overclocking, achieved just under 2000 Mhz peak core clock and just under 4500 Mhz mem clock using MSI afterburner. Temps were stable at 80C with GPU power at approx 117% of TDP. - Overall a solid upgrade from the 1060

Cons: - Out of stock? - The price still puts this is card in the "luxury" bracket

Overall Review: - Came with Hello Fresh $50 gift card!

Beautiful piece, some installation trouble

CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CW-9060007-WW) High Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CW-9060007-WW) High Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm

Pros: Shiny and clean for a CPU cooler! High performance CPU cooling without having a huge radiator protruding off your mobo! Compact design, fits in ATX cases, standard fan mount radiator, comes with a fan and all other necessary installation equipment (except as noted in cons section). Another huge pro: So quiet compared to running OEM cooler with a small fan.

Cons: I had some trouble with the threaded holes in my radiator for the fan mount stripping out. The screws thread into about 1/32" of sheet metal, which might be aluminum considering how easy it stripped. I installed the radiator directly to my case using the fasteners that came with the cooler. Two stripped after I bottomed the screw head onto the chassis applying little more than rundown torque. I installed the fan on the opposite side of the radiator, inside the case, using the extra long fan mount screws that were included, and again two stripped during installation, but this time it was two on the same side - so I decided to try and remove it and try again and after fiddling with it I ended up totally stripping out those two holes to the point where I could pull the fasteners straight out. I fixed this problem by using some fasteners I had lying around with slightly larger thread diameter, which might void my warranty.

Awesome display! TIPS FOR TUNING HERE!

ASUS VE247H 24" (Actual size 23.6") Full HD 1920 x 1080 VGA DVI-D HDMI Built-in Speakers LED Backlit LCD Monitor
ASUS VE247H 24" (Actual size 23.6") Full HD 1920 x 1080 VGA DVI-D HDMI Built-in Speakers LED Backlit LCD Monitor

Pros: I've been using an ASUS VH236H for about 5 years, and I freakin love it. What I realized on my VH236H was that the 'Splendid' mode you chose has a massive impact on the display results, regardless of the brightness/contrast/saturation etc. that you chose. I highly recommend using these settings, been using them on my VH236 all along and after playing with the VE247H settings for about 3 hours I came to the exact same setting being the most pleasing to me: Splendid mode: SCENERY Color settings- Brightness: 100 Contrast: 80 Saturation: 53 Color Temp: User setting, RGB @ 100/100/100 Skin tone: NATURAL Sharpess: 19 Trace Free: 0 (this option was not on my VH236, I saw others recommend setting it to 0 to reduce 'ghosting', whatever that is) You may find the colors a bit too poppy/vivid, I set my saturation a little high which compresses the hue values a bit, you can reduce the saturation to make it a bit more "natural" without impacting the contrast or value gain much. Admittedly it is quite bright which I consider a PRO not a CON, but if you want to tone it down just reduce the brightness and/or contrast to your liking.

Cons: Why "splendid"? Why not call it "view mode" or "display preset" or something? That threw me off for a while until I realized what was going on by playing with other settings and switching splendid modes. I don't like that the spendid mode seems to have an unquantified impact to the user on their display performance - even with all the settings at the same values if you switch between Scenery, Standard, and Theater you can see a huge difference. These other "splendid" modes seem to all have extremely high value gain, especially around 0 (black) so everything looks a lot more "hazy" (especially Game mode and Night view mode, avoid those at all costs) - this is why I recommend the "Scenery" setting - I think it has the most linear value gain and the most "true" display representation of the digital image.

Overall Review: Aside from lacking intuitive menus, nothing bad to speak of; I have no dead pixels, putting it together took 5 seconds, the speakers are PERFECTLY FINE and very convenient. Once you tweak it to the right settings, this display is absolutely beautiful.

Great monitor!

ASUS VH236H Black 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR)
ASUS VH236H Black 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR)

Pros: Just a quick review: This display is worth every cent you spend on it. I've owned mine for over 2 years now and it is still looking flawless. I love the matte finish, the built in speakers (for convenience!!!), the color, and the consistency of the black level. I really couldn't ask for more in a display than what I got with this one. After doing some initial setting tweaks when I first got it, I haven't touched the control panel since. None of those reported dead pixels, bleeding colors, or problems with repeated use of the power button. I'm considering upgrading when I build my next machine to the 27" model from ASUS... just so I can sit a little further away from the screen.

Cons: Not a particularly adjustable OEM base mount. Just a few degrees of tilt - no swivel or height adjust. However, the benefit of this is a very stable base that doesn't wobble at all!

Overall Review: Excellent price too!

After About One Year...

PNY XLR8 GeForce GTS 250 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card VCGGTS2501LXPB
PNY XLR8 GeForce GTS 250 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card VCGGTS2501LXPB

Pros: I've had this card since around last year ~ Christmas time. I bought it because I upgraded my monitor from a 1280x1024 to a 1920x1080 display, which completed decimated my framerate in graphically taxing video games such as Crysis and Heroes of Newerth. My old card was a GeForce 8600 GT, so this was a perfect upgrade for me! The 1 GB of VRAM is nice for large displays. The card looks beautiful. The packaging is phenomenal. Fit perfectly fine in my Apevia X-Telstar Jr (mid tower). Has great SLI potential (I haven't tried it myself, though). This card is still holding strong while I play Starcraft 2 nearly maxed out!

Cons: At least for me, when my computer sleeps the fan speed defaults to maximum (not necessary...). This might have something to do with the settings I'm using or my old operating system (Win XP), I haven't figure out any way to change it. Fan speed full = relatively loud, but I never notice it while gaming.

Overall Review: Perfect high performance mid-budget card which would be super great in SLI on a future upgrade. PNY sold me with their high quality packaging and sleek card design, and I got it on clearance at Best Buy. I use a Corsair 650 Watt PSU. Recommended. Alternative card: Radeon HD 4850 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161296

11/29/2010