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Jason W.

Jason W.

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Most Favorable Review

Rock Solid UPS with cloud service

APC BY SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC SMT750C SMT750C 500 Watt Backup
APC BY SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC SMT750C SMT750C 500 Watt Backup

Pros: Let me start by saying I have an APC Smart-Ups 750 from 2004 that to this day is STILL running like a champ. I've replaced the batteries about 4 times in that time frame. This model looks, feels, and smells just like the old with a more modern front panel and cloud service port. It feels just as well constructed and in almost every way functions the same. The updated display lets you change certain settings and displays the current load and charge. The SmartConnect network port is a fantastic addition to this device. It connects to the APC SmartConnect cloud service and monitors your UPS at a simple and basic level. If it's online or on battery, estimated runtime, charge, temperature, firmware version, input/output voltage, load, when you should replace the battery, warranty date, and an event log. It will send you an email with the alert level you would like as well. This is REALLY nice feature out of the box without needing to add a management card, which they can get pretty expensive.

Cons: The SmartConnect service is a website only. I REALLY wish they had a mobile app.

Overall Review: The PowerChute software is pretty much unchanged from any version I have ever installed. The Agent has slightly updated graphics and is the only item worth installing at all. It provides basically a local webpage to manage your APC when the USB cable is connected. It is helpful if you want to change settings on your UPS and monitor in more detail. However, to be honest, unless you are running this on a 24/7 system you probably don't need it. Windows 10 detects the UPS as a battery and you can manage any desired shutdowns after a certain time from Windows power settings. I have never, now or previously, successfully gotten the Server/Console software to work. Unless you have a REAL need for this, don't bother. Keep in mind this device is really business oriented. However, it is small enough to be a fantastic personal UPS for the home on a nice setup. With the below system at idle the load was about 10% when I was actively using my desktop and estimate runtime is 1hr 30m. While gaming it jumps to 35-40% load and drastically decreases runtime. My current Smart-Ups 750 from 2004 runs my router, switch, and cable modem in the basement and lasts for over 2 hours during a power outage. This was a PERFECT device for that need. I have the management card in that UPS that runs essentially the Powerchute server. However, with this UPS I would never have gotten that management card due to the SmartConnect service does everything I would need it to. Machine Specs: --------------- Intel i7-6700K (4.6GHz) Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming G.SKILL Ripjaws 16GB DDR4 2800 Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 (2) Intel 330 Series 240GB RAID0 2TB WD Blue Antec HCP-750 Platinum PSU

Most Critical Review

Niche Headset, not for most.

Corsair HS60 HAPTIC USB Connector Circumaural Stereo Gaming Headset with Haptic Bass
Corsair HS60 HAPTIC USB Connector Circumaural Stereo Gaming Headset with Haptic Bass

Pros: Build: For the most part the materials of this headset are solid. The cable has a braded sleeve. The microphone is flexible and sturdy. The Ear cup brackets are metal. Also, the head strap is padded and covered in a faux leather material. Sound: In game these headphones sound pretty good. The bass is definitely there and the haptics can add a little extra immersive feel. Mic: The mic is removable, i.e. replaceable. It also is very flexible and sturdy. Everyone said I was crisp and clear without any feedback or distortion.

Cons: Build: While the build of these headphones is mostly solid, the ear cups feel cheap. Maybe for weight, I'm unsure. They are plastic and have an odd ability to resonate sounds right to your left ear when you touch the outside of the cups or the cable is touched or rubs along your shirt. I've never worn a headset that did that and is quite distracting. Weight and fit: These headphones are heavy. At .93lb they are .23LB heavier than the HS60 PRO (non-haptic). Meaning the Haptics are 1/4 of the weight. While that does not seem like a lot, it is when you move your head around and play for long periods of time. The fit is also not great. I'm not a small guy, but I had to set these headphones at the smallest setting and never really got a snug fit with both the ear cups and head strap. It had a tendency to slip on my head. (I do have short hair) Sounds: The in game experience with these headphones is pretty good. However, these headphones are, in my opinion, abysmal for music. The highs are flat and muffled. The bass is really sloppy and all over the place. The mids also seem muffled. All headphones give a unique listening experience with music, and most times it just missing something on the high side or low side, and usually acceptable. However, these are simply subpar for music listening.

Overall Review: I am pretty critical with my Newegg reviews, especially with items that should be premium items. If the items are good or great, I will give high praises. If they are budget items, I typically give some slack because the price is the main driver and you want a good value. However, in this case, I really don't see the premium price being worth it. The Haptic response is just not worth the extra cost. I found myself turning it down to almost off, or off, because I got a headache after it shook my head to much. For $130, or even on sale at $100, I'd look to a normal good quality headset. Personally, I use a 10 year old set of BeyerDynamics DT770 PRO 80ohms on a Monoprice AMP/DAC with a ModMic. This setup is by FAR the best value and listening experience I've found. I have yet to find a consumer gaming headset that even comes close to a cheap set of studio headphones.

10/12/2021

OK wireless earbuds; Sore ears

Rosewill Wireless Earbuds with Fast Charging Case, Bluetooth Headphones with built-in Microphone, LED Battery Indicator, 4 Hours of Continuous Playtime - RW-T52
Rosewill Wireless Earbuds with Fast Charging Case, Bluetooth Headphones with built-in Microphone, LED Battery Indicator, 4 Hours of Continuous Playtime - RW-T52

Pros: Sound :(SEE pros and cons) These earbuds are on the brighter side, with very pronounced mids and highs. For podcasts and acoustic or instrumental music these sound decent. There is almost a metallic sound. Case: The case is really nice. The magnetic lid keeps it closed and each bud stays in place while storing and charging. The external LEDs show when each bud is charging and current case charge. This is an easy "toss in your bag and go" case. The case also holds a very long charge and will recharge the buds several times over. Build: The earbuds are very sturdy and feel solid, almost a metal feel.

Cons: Sound: While these have decent mid and high range, it also sounds a bit edgy and some music just sounds off. The bass is also very muddy, when there is bass. It felt music that should have distinctive lows it was absent, or just a bit sloppy. Mic: The microphone in these earbuds is a real disappointment. I typically have several long duration calls in a given day and have been using 10 year old wired earbuds with inline mic. When using these for calls I was told I sound like an astronaut in space or across the room. I consider the mic useless in these buds. Fit: This was my BIGGEST issue. They are very hard buds with nothing soft about them or adjustment possible. One of my ears started to get sore after a few hours of wear. It was even sore the next day when wearing them and noticed my other ear was pretty sensitive. I had to put them down for several days before I tried them, again and after less than an hour both ears were throbbing sore. For me this was a complete deal breaker. However, this is going to depend on your anatomy. Touch controls: The touch controls are very...touchy. I found it easier to simply control them via my phone. Pairing: I had difficulty getting these to pair with my phone(Pixel 4a 5G). The left bud would pair, but the right would not quite pair correctly. Once I got past the initial pair they were typically ok. I've had a few occurrences where the right bud does not turn on when pulling it from the case and I need to hold the touch control to turn on. Battery life: These buds last me 3.5-4 hours before powering down, not quite the 4-5 hours listed.

Overall Review: Overall: These buds caused a lot of discomfort to wear after a few hours and only got worse the next day. The microphone is very lackluster and the touch controls and pairing are a bit funky to deal with. While the case has long battery life, the earbuds themselves seems to die off just shy of their advertised play time. The sound reproduction is best on the mid and high side, though a little edgy. The Bass is inconsistent and muddy. Overall, for the price you are getting OK sounding earbuds that should be great on the go if you don't have discomfort wearing them like I did.

Wonderful for SFF Emulation Station

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card GV-N1656OC-4GL
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card GV-N1656OC-4GL

Pros: Fit perfectly in my old Dell Optiplex 7010. (retention mechanism needed a little modifying) I am running a Windows 10 based Emulation Station with Retro Arch and Dolphin. I am also using for Steam games that are best suited with a controller on a 60HZ 1080P TV. This card works amazing. GameCube and Wii games look phenomenal. BEST low profile card you can get at the moment and highly recommend.

Cons: Price - but this is the norm for LP cards and slim pickings

Overall Review: This cards main purpose it to turn a small form factor business PC into a casual gaming rig. Business PCs have a 3 year life cycle and can be picked up cheap after on any auction or posted site. Thrown one of these in, and you have yourself a little gamer. I'm using mine for the purpose to play emulated games, specifically GameCube and Wii. It work FANTASTIC.

Great speed for the price

Western Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 64-layer 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T3X0C
Western Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 64-layer 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T3X0C

Pros: - Great performance for the price - Close to advertised speed, getting 3150MB/s READ 2900MB/s Write - SSD Dashboard is decent and has most common features - Acronis True Image WD Edition is very helpful (especially the bootable media) - Cheaper than a Samsung NVMe

Cons: none

Overall Review: This drive is really a good balance of performance and price. I installed this in a Silverstone ECM24 expansion card and runs well. The SSD tools are not as feature rich as Samsung, but they add a lite version of Acronis True Image that works VERY well. It supports RAID drives as well, which I know some older clone software does not. I cloned from a pair of RAID0 SSD's to this NVMe VERY quickly.

Well made and works!

Silverstone ECM24 M.2 NVMe SSD to PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter with heatsink
Silverstone ECM24 M.2 NVMe SSD to PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter with heatsink

Pros: Works as intended and really feels solid. There is a little switch to turn on/off a blue LED. Thermal pads of all thicknesses to accommodate whatever SSD you install. It just works!

Cons: - Needs assembled and slightly tricky, but not bad. - A little pricey, but feels like you get what you pay for.

Overall Review: My Z170 motherboard only has 1 M.2 slot, which already has an NVMe drive for OS and apps. I needed a larger SSD for games and wanted an NMVe drive dedicated for that purpose. This worked just great and installed a WD BLACK SN750 NVMe. Get advertised speeds on drive, no issues! Note: Make sure you understand your motherboard and how it supports a PCIE x4 card. Mine disables certain SATA ports and I needed to do some juggling in order to clone from a pair of RAID0 SATA SSDs.