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Michael M.

Michael M.

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Outstanding series!

NVIDIA Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GTX Game Bundle
NVIDIA Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GTX Game Bundle

Pros: I was going to pre-order this on Steam, but now I don't have to! So it's on GOG. You do NOT have to run a client to play the game as on Steam or Origin. Even if you did, what difference does it make? I run Steam AND Origin simultaneously and play everything under the sun, my system hardly knows they're there! The GOG version means you don't have to run either of those OR any other. You don't have to "signup with an online licensing and DRM tracking service to download, install, use it." GOG sells game WITHOUT DRM. Not WITH DRM. WITHOUT DRM. If this was activated on Steam, THEN that reviewer's statement would be true. It's activated on GOG, however, so that statement is incorrect.

Cons: Not usable on Steam. What can I say, I prefer having all my stuff in one place. PREFER, not DEMAND. There's a difference.

Overall Review: Played both The Witcher and The Witcher 2 numerous times completely through. Over 100 hours each game. I see nothing less in store with The Witcher 3!

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Recently experiencing serious glitches

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical PC Gaming Keyboard– Cherry MX Blue (RZ03-00381900-R3U1)
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical PC Gaming Keyboard– Cherry MX Blue (RZ03-00381900-R3U1)

Pros: Mechanical switches. I've gone through a couple lighted rubber dome keyboards in about the same time I've owned this keyboard; namely the 4 and 8 on the keypad as that's my version of WASD when playing shooters. Evidently I just press the keys too hard and wear out the rubber dome so the keys no longer function. I haven't had that experience with this keyboard. Various illumination intensities. I play at night a lot, without any lights on, and even though I actually know how to type and the location of all the keys, it's still nice having a lighted keyboard. I'll never go back to a regular one. Solid construction. Very durable. Definitely built to last, well, the hardware itself is...see 'Cons'. Glossy black finish. Looks great, even with smudges. Which easily wipe off. Also great deterrent for eating between meals...I quit eating chips and stuff at the PC for fear of destroying this keyboard.

Cons: Less than a month ago, I didn't have any problems with this keyboard. It was excellent. Best keyboard I've ever owned. Then it became very glitchy, seriously enough that it's no longer usable. The enter key randomly registers itself. Example, I type a message in a Steam chat window...every time I press a letter, it sends it as if I pressed the enter key. Completely random...it doesn't do it every time, and not just in Steam chat. It's occurred in many applications at no specific time. Some keys will register twice when typing them a single time. Others will repeat as if the key is being constantly pressed even though it's clearly not. Windows login screen will flash repeatedly as if the username and password is being entered incorrectly repeatedly very rapidly. I'm not even touching the keyboard when this happens. Checking the lighting option is no longer viable. If I do for a given profile, the keyboard stays at max illumination no matter what setting is chosen, and will not dim if that option is selected. This worked correctly until a few weeks ago for over a year. The entire keyboard was flawless until a few weeks ago. I uninstalled Razer Synapse after simply disabling it didn't help the problems at all. It's also a firmware upgrade as I understand it, and I have no doubt that is the cause of the problems I'm experiencing. I'm going to contact Razer support and see if they'll do anything about it as the warranty has technically expired.

Overall Review: I've replaced this keyboard with a CM Storm Quickfire Ultimate. I haven't had a single issue with repeating keys, lighting issues, Enter key just deciding it will rapidly register itself just out of the blue and/or after any other key press. Unplugging the Blackwidow Ultimate for a few seconds fixed the issues for at least a couple hours each time. That is simply not a feasible solution. Since 1986 I've never experienced problems like this with any keyboard I've owned. Well, perhaps a key registering twice from time to time, but none of the other problems. I was really hoping it wasn't the keyboard itself, because I really liked it up until it started having issues. A quick google shows I'm not the only person experiencing these problems, though I do hope it doesn't happen to anyone else using this keyboard. If you haven't already done so, I would advise against installing the Razer Synapse software update.

Fast PCIe 3.0 m.2 SSD

Crucial P3 2TB PCIe 3.0 3D NAND NVMe M.2 SSD, up to 3500MB/s - CT2000P3SSD8
Crucial P3 2TB PCIe 3.0 3D NAND NVMe M.2 SSD, up to 3500MB/s - CT2000P3SSD8

Pros: The system this SSD is installed in includes the following: Motherboard: Asrock b550 pro 4 CPU: Ryzen 3600 GPU: EVGA GTX 1070 While not nearly as fast as my Samsung 980 PRO, this Crucial m.2 NVM SSD is no slouch, especially since the Samsung is a PCIe 4.0 vs the Crucial P3 being PCIe 3.0. However, it obliterates my Intel 770 SataIII SSD. Ive run multiple CrystalDiskMark tests and have added a few of those results as screenshots for reference. Price is actually very good, especially when factoring in prices we have paid for HDD and SATA SSDs in the past and even current prices of those devices. I did see slightly faster speeds than the manufacturer claims, though were splitting hairs there.

Cons: No heatsink included. Many motherboards include a heatsink for at least one m.2 SSD though not all do. While this SSD should be fine without one, the Samsung 980 PRO I have in another PC is using the motherboards heatsink, and I would not have installed that SSD without one.

Overall Review: Remember that even the fastest SSD on the planet will not result in instantaneous level loads in videogames. There is still wait time due to processor/GPU processes. However, more often than not you will see significant decreases in load times when upgrading from an HDD to and SSD, maybe slightly faster with an m.2 than a SATA SSD, but the latter may not be a notable difference. Also keep in mind that there may be different speeds on the m.2 slots on a motherboard, so your results may vary.

10/30/2022

Very easy setup, just follow the included instructions!

devolo Magic 2 WiFi next Whole Home Wi-Fi Kit
devolo Magic 2 WiFi next Whole Home Wi-Fi Kit

Pros: Brief overview of installation and setup; but it's so easy to do following the included instructions that it's not really needed... It's literally plug in the adapters, in order as instructed and pressing a button. I take it back, I did do a firmware update, which may or may not be necessary depending on the firmware version your devices have when you purchase the kit. You will want to download the app especially as it provides information about your devolo wi-fi network and allows for changing some configuration settings; the adapter names, ECO setting, Wi-Fi frequency (i.e. completely shutdown 2.4GHz and enable a Guest WiFi network). My family and I recently moved from a two story 1400 square foot townhome rental to buying a one story 1300 square foot home. In the townhome, we used a Linksys WRT1900AC wireless router along with a Linksys EA6900 AC1900 and D-Link GamerLounge DGL-4300, both configured as WAPs. Ethernet cables ran under doors, around door frames, between bedrooms, down the stairs to the living room, dining room, in Netgear POE managed mini-switches, just anywhere and everywhere wi-fi and/or wired connectivity was needed (or not). Comcast went from unlimited to 1TB caps, we destroyed that cap. Gamers since the 80s, media streaming, work from home, rabbit hole ewetoob addicts you can easily see a 1TB cap was a joke. In the new domicile, we do not have Ethernet cables running all over heck and back, we also have unlimited data! ($30/month extra). We could run cabling in the attic, through the walls, under the house, but who wants to do all that when the devolo Magic 2 is so much easier! Though is easier worth it? While the devolo wi-fi network is not as fast as the wi-fi network my WRT1900AC provides, it IS impressive for an electrical outlet wi-fi network. devolo speedtest results on Samsung Galaxy A70 5Ghz Lowest = 56Mbps Highest = 137Mbps WRT1900AC speedtest results on Samsung Galaxy A70 5Ghz 80MHz width Lowest 171Mbps Highest = 248Mbps That being said, I was having issues with the LG SmartTV, (non 4K and which is over 6 years old), via wi-fi streaming from any of two Seagate NAS, or one NETGEAR NAS, which each have a Gigabit connection to a NETGEAR managed 8-port Gigabit PoE mini switch, which has a Gigabit connection to the WRT1900AC router. The SmartTV would lose DLNA connection completely, or pause, or stutter. The router is on the opposite side of the house, 4 rooms away. There have not been any of these issues once we connected the SmartTV to the devolo Magic WiFi next adapter which is plugged into the outlet right below the SmartTV. The Magic 2 Lan is plugged into an outlet about 10 feet from the WRT1900AC. The second Magic 2 WiFi Next is plugged into an outlet in the Kitchen (also 4 rooms away from the LAN adapter). I did connect my laptop to the Magic WiFi adapters ethernet port and as expected experienced the same speed results as when connected to the Magics WiFi network. I did not notice any significant difference in the few hours of streaming, web browsing, and speed testing via ethernet over the WiFi.

Cons: Overall speed is far too inconsistent and the higher speeds indicated above are achieved less frequently than the lower speeds. All three devices are directly plugged into 110v outlets, there are no powerstrips, surge protectors, or UPS used for my devolo Magic 2 kit. We only have one SmartTV using this WiFi network aside from random web browsing and video streaming tests with a smartphone or two. I would not use this for WFH with my laptop as I need a stable high speed wi-fi connection, preferably wired for most of my position in an IT department. A little expensive at the current $300.

Overall Review: It works for what I need it to do, eliminates ethernet cables from one side of the house to the other along the baseboard or running high up along wall hidden near the ceiling.

Really lights everything up. Literally!

CORSAIR Vengeance RGB RS 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model CMG16GX4M2D3600C18
CORSAIR Vengeance RGB RS 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model CMG16GX4M2D3600C18

Pros: The colors are wonderful. I finally have something RGB in my windowed case other than my CPU fan. I've been running the RAM for about 3 weeks now. It's very stable, no issues at all. The speed is also fantastic. My old RAM was PC4-2666, this RAM is PC4-3600. I do notice the difference. Oh, and the RAM waseasy to install, installs just like all other RAM, so whew! It also supports theXMP/D.O.C.P profiles, so it was easy to configure in the BIOS to ramp it up to the correct speed instead of the default speed of 2400Mhz.

Cons: I only wish the packaging were rainbow color too. The current color is this mostly almost school bus yellow, blarg.

Overall Review: I sometimes forget about the A slots vs the B slots concerning RAM. It doesn't make sense that you should use the B slots 1st, but you should. So here's how I like to remember that: B: Best Slots A: Asinine Slots

Does what it's supposed to do

ADATA 32GB S102 Pro Advanced USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 100MB/s (AS102P-32G-RBL)
ADATA 32GB S102 Pro Advanced USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 100MB/s (AS102P-32G-RBL)

Pros: Designed right; not too wide, too long, too short, too fat...it fits easily into any USB port and it's long enough that it's easy to remove, too. Fast; not THE fastest USB 3.0 drive, I have a 'too wide' Crucial USB 3.0 that is as fast as my Intel 730 SSD, 540MB/s, but this ADATA is the second fastest I've used and/or owned. 32GB means plenty of space for most needs. I would say if you need more, buy a 1TB external SSD even though they're far more expensive. Cisco switches recognize these, which is a necessity for my job. Is not fun when you're trying to copy a file or two out in the field or at the office on an offline switch.

Cons: Yes, you CAN end up losing the cap, I've never lost a cap on these and I have purchased many over the years. I think the first was an 8GB USB 2.0 back in 2014 or 2015. I work in IT at over 80 locations so if someone was going to lose the cap (or the drive itself), more likely it would be someone like me. The cap snaps onto the opposite end of the drive, so remove it and snap it on the drive! ONE of my ADATA drives actually came apart. Unplugged it one day and the outer casing detached from the actual drive itself. So that is a possibility. Again, it only happened to one of my many ADATA drives.

Overall Review: It's a flash drive. It's USB 3.0 (and it does operate at USB 3.0 speeds). I like the blue ones, easy to see when you foolishly set it down somewhere rather than in your clipboard, backpack, or tool case. Plus you can write on the drive with a sharpie and it won't fade for a long time.

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Worst flashlight I've ever owned.

The Ultrafire flashlight sucks. FLAT OUT SUCKS. It turns off, is super dim, gets bright for half a second, then stays super dim. Does the strobe and S.O.S. but the brightness goes from one extreme to the other. Usually very dim. It's NOTHING like advertised. It was bright ONCE for about 2 seconds. It's worse than those cheap plastic EverReady ones you find for a buck or two in auto stores. Worst piece of c rap flashlight I've ever purchased. Not even worth my time or money to ship it back for a refund. COMPLETE GARBAGE.

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Efficient, fast, and careful!

After perusing the reviews for this company, I was quite apprehensive when deciding to go ahead an order an air conditioner from them last week. Especially with the 100+ degree weather we were just experiencing. I was actually expecting to not receive my air conditioner for some time, if at all. I worried for nothing. Within 3 days (not counting the weekend, my A/C unit arrived just around noon, in excellent condition via UPS! I could not have been happier. The heat wave had actually just subsided right after I ordered the unit, but next week it's suppose to be back up to near triple digits, so it's still perfect timing. It's now installed and ready to cool when needed!

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Excellent Service

Product was delivered in just a couple days and without any problems. Signature was required so there wasn't any chance of it just being left on the doorstep.

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