Joined on 12/14/05
Fantastic mic. Light and easy to setup. Awesome value.
Pros: First impressions are pretty good. It’s not as heavy duty feeling as ASTRO A40s but it is also a bit lighter which is great. I could easily get a full day in of work and then gaming without feeling like my neck, head, and ears all hurt. I added the included pop filter to the mic and others have said to me “I’ve never heard you more clear ever.” This is fantastic and I did literally no configuration of the headset. I plugged it in and hopped in appear.in, Discord, Ventrilo, Teamspeak, and Mumble. I did have to tweak Mumble and Teamspeak a bit but the others were off and running sounding excellent. It really stinks when friends all say they can’t hear you right and you spend 20 minutes trying to fix it. Not here. Mic wise people can’t/don’t hear any background noise. They hear only me and not my typing or ambient noise. I can’t stress how great this mic quality is with the pop filter. It’s superb.
Cons: The cable is a decent length but not quite long enough or my setup without using a USB Extender. Comparing this to my ASTRO A40 headset which audio is top notch. This headset for audio playback is lacking a bit in quality for music, though sounds okay for doing VOIP/Discord/Teamspeak chatting. Explosions in games could use some more umph for my taste. You can use the EQ to adjust that quickly but I haven’t found a profile that has made them sound great. The earpieces fold flat so they’re easier to store or set down.
Overall Review: The mute is handy having on the headset to tap so I don’t accidentally hit it, and the volume right next to it. Though not being able to physically see if I’m muted or not is sometimes a bummer if I forget. For a gaming headset I love these. They’ve taken over my pricier ASTRO 40s and for a better price. I really am astounded how good this mic sounds for this price point. USB Headsets don’t allow me to have speakers and headset live all at once so I can simply take off my headset and turn on speakers or vice versa. Instead it builds another sound card which in previous iterations of Windows has frankly stunk. I’d generally have to change default sound, and if I’m mid game leave the game change it then reopen. Using the most up to date version of Windows 10 hasn’t had this issue yet. I can quickly swap to this and it makes gaming much nicer when I want to swap audio sources to speakers. It’s not as simple as doing it on with the onboard sound card with 3.5mm headset and speakers but it works. All in all WELL worth the value here.
It mostly works
Pros: Customization is new with this device. It's manage via an app which for me is an Android device. I have their app installed on my Nexus 10 and setup was a breeze. It has an area to pull in my profile which didn't work as expected as I was replacing an older Logitech Harmony remote that got water spilled on it destroying it. Once I configured my devices it gives me a pretty good set of options. It worked right off the bat. The remote design is simple and sleek. It doesn't have an LCD Display but that helps chop down the battery usage which I love. Older remotes chewed through AAA's like it was goin' out of style. The new one is harder to get to the battery and seems to be a watch battery. I love that the remote can function without directly pointing at the HUB. This feature is definitely the best part for me. Your tablet/phone gets attached via Bluetooth so it also can control without being in the vicinity. I could turn on/off systems without being in the room should I want to.
Cons: Unfortunately the IR blaster has been giving me a lot of grief. It will work sometimes and not others. I've tried both IR ports in the rear to no avail. It has no problems with my TV but has a large problem with my AV Receiver. Previous remote have not had issues including using the Logitech Revue. After a lot of trials I realized if I sit up and directly position myself in front of the IR Blaster it'll work. As if it's reflecting the IR off me bouncing it back to the receiver. I had even tried pulling the blaster out and pointing it directly at and around the receiver which is only 12" away. It's getting to the point where it's so inconsistent that it's almost not worth having. It not allowing me to control volume with the receiver 100% of the time means sometimes I have to get up or sit up and position myself in front of it to work. I may as well just manage volume myself which defeats this purpose. On a separate topic the software doesn't seem to let me define and customize to my heart's content. I want to manually set inputs to specific buttons per say but can't easily get to a customization area in the app to do this. If it's there, and I almost have to assume it is, then it's buried where it's hard to find and in such case believe the GUI could use work to make things easier to manage.
Overall Review: If I can get it to work with the receiver this thing would be a 4 star device. It's not the best featured but it's high. The windows software felt old school but did easily let me customize with large amounts of granularity. This seems like a step forward and backward at the same time in different areas. I have to assume it can only get better with time though.
Easy install out of the box
Pros: - Easy to install - Simple instructions - Mounts nicely to the case - Keeps i7-13700K at low temps P Cores stay at a low of 24C E Cores stay at a low of 28C P Core Max pre-gaming 50C E Core Max pre-gaming 37C The game Good of War seemed to charge up the highest CPU I could get in gaming. I had to use an extra o because you seemingly can't type that word correctly or newegg flags it... so the game with 1 less o than typed there. P Core Max in game 75C E Core Max in game 62C
Overall Review: I'm running an i7-13700K stock. This cooler is in a fractal case with the radiator mounted on the top, 2 fans pulling air in the front 1 fan pushing out back. There's a 4080 in there as well. The fans are setup to pull air down through the radiator. I like the setup. It is working well where I'd be confident overclocking. I run Windows 11 for P/E core capabilities and it's not letting me down. It also looks pretty cool. There is an RBG deal to plug power and things into thought I just left things default.
Working great so far
Pros: - Value is good - Speed is alright
Overall Review: I ran a PassMark and with an ASRock board, i7-13700K CPU, an ASUS 4080 this is the slowest part of the benchmark. To be honest I expected faster. For DDR5 with lower latency, not exactly top tier but not budget DDR5, I thought I'd get higher than a score of 2866 (Windows 10 65th Percentile) 2840.1 (Windows 11 65th Percentile)
Pros: - Sleek design (I got the white) - Nice USB/audio port access on top - Makes for a roomy install - Fits 4080 - Has water cooler radiator screw spots top of case
Overall Review: I built in a new system and put a 240mm cooler mounting the radiator on the top. The only part I had fumbles with was that I foolishly installed the PSU before putting in the module cables I wanted. Plug in the power modules you want first, then slot it into the case or get smaller hands, the latter is probably tougher. I'm generally not a full "RGB" guy but I must say it looks kinda cool. The wife and kid thought it was the best part of the entire system so that's a win. I've always liked fractal cases and this one is no different. Nice mesh for cleaning dust just as others, simple design that looks pleasing.
Good RAM for the price range
Pros: If you're building a modern system and want what is considered budget DDR5 memory this fits the bill. I built a new system and you need DDR5. This isn't bad RAM by any means just because it fits a budget. Sometimes function over fashion wins as well. It's slim without any heat shields. So it fits incredibly easily into motherboards. For DDR5 this is right on point for the price CAS latency and timings. It truly is faster than my high end DDR4 it replaced. If you install it meaning to get a new build going right out of the box without tweaks and that's your goal this does exactly that.
Cons: Cons are tough as some of the cons are just that they aren't adding additional money costing features. Is not having an added feature a con? I'm not entirely sure. I'll leave this to what I think for the price is truly a con. - Not able to overclock - Adjusting of timings created havoc and I ended up giving up, going back to defaults and leaving it be. It was quite unstable when I started adjusting timings to tune what others are doing.
Overall Review: I installed this into a new AMD Ryzen 7 7700X with an ASRock X670E AM5 motherboard. I got the 2x16G for 32G. tldr; It's good RAM to 'set and forget' to have a relative budget new build. You may notice that CAS Latency is higher for DDR5 than DDR4. Most range from 32 to 40 and this is 40. This is more of a budget DDR5 set. Prices for DDR5 have been quite high for some time so coming in where it is for end of 2022 is in line with the speed. If your intent is overclocking and getting high benchmark test numbers this probably isn't the RAM you're after. If you want to build a system that is modern and fast to carry you for the next 3+ years where you 'set it and forget it' this is just what we have. I did run Passmark on it and while it claims 1.5 increase in speed my DDR 4 memory was heavily tuned and I get only a 1.2x increase from my DDR4. Still faster and the price is pretty good on this so it checks the boxes I'm after. I stuck some higher tier memory in that's faster and has different timings and I did have to scale back my faster RAM to match this. That was known going in though as having different voltage, speed, timings can upset stability. It'd probably have been better for me to just get a 2nd stack of this to save the trouble. It's tough to notice the speed of RAM without a benchmark tool as should you be going to DDR5 you probably got a new CPU/Mobo along with it so when using a browser soaking up RAM is my tab switching that much quicker because of the CPU or the RAM since it's really a combo. There are competitors coming in a shade higher for a shade faster and with heat shields but this is a nice set to keep more in my pocket for hardly noticeable differences.