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Brian C.

Brian C.

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Most Favorable Review

Nice and portable

ASUS MB169B+ 16" (Actual size 15.6") 16:9 Widescreen LED Backlight Full HD Portable USB 3.0 Asus-Exclusive Extreme Low Motion Blur SYNC with Eye Care Technology USB-powered IPS Portable Monitor
ASUS MB169B+ 16" (Actual size 15.6") 16:9 Widescreen LED Backlight Full HD Portable USB 3.0 Asus-Exclusive Extreme Low Motion Blur SYNC with Eye Care Technology USB-powered IPS Portable Monitor

Pros: Picked this up as part of a mobile workstation for a long trip I'm taking, definitely fits the bill as a very portable no-clutter solution to a lack of screen real estate. I was worried the response time was going to cause problems but as of yet I haven't seen any ghosting. It's REAL simple, no fancy buttons or settings, on windows 10 you can change the contrast with its program, been having trouble getting the same contrast slider on win 7. The case that it comes with has a hard back and front with segmented pieces that fold to close it; I don't feel uneasy about putting it in a bag with my laptop. Currently when I'm on my home machine I use a usb 3.0 extension cable and use this monitor in portrait mode as a third info display/document browser/YouTube screen while my design programs occupy the other two.

Cons: It was a little difficult to set up, not enough to sub an egg but worrying nonetheless. The CD included was useless for win 10, I just manually downloaded the driver and utility for it. I didn't bother trying it on win 7 and skipped right to downloading it. Strangely after clicking on the driver and watching it go through its motions, flicker all my screens, and then disappear it actually didn't install and it was only after half an hour of fiddling with it that I realized I had to install the drivers again to get it to work. (I think I had a 3d program open at the time and it caused it to abort the installation.) The cord is (perhaps appropriately) short. Fine if it's for a laptop, frustrating if you're trying to use it on a desktop. 3ft isn't far enough, but with another 3ft extension I was JUST able to get it far enough. Only other complaint I have is that the "stand" takes up a lot of space and worries me... It works fine and I can appreciate the little cloth stopper to stand it up proper, but there is no way to angle it. Also you best have a cube of space as big and wide as the screen cleared off your desk because there is no way to slim the profile of the stand, even in portrait mode. Speaking of portrait mode, I'm constantly worried that I'm going to bump into my desk and the whole thing I'd going to flop forward and break or topple off the desk since there is nothing but an unadjustable amount of gravity keeping it from doing so.

Overall Review: Realistically if I were so hard up on the stand I can just pick up a tablet stand and use that when I'm at home. One odd thing I noticed is that it comes out of the box with its brightness setting at about half, so you really need you turn it up after you get it working. Also it definitely feels like a 15" screen, so if you're used to 17+ get ready to feel squished. It's still 1080p but the screen width in portrait mode makes it literally read like a piece of paper. Overall I'm very glad to finally have put down the money to get a proper portable screen though.

Most Critical Review

RGB Version

Rosewill RGB Laptop Cooling Pad, Gaming Laptop Cooler for 17 Inch Laptops, Big Quiet Fan, Adjustable Angles, Lighting Modes, Fan Speed Modes - (RWNB17B)
Rosewill RGB Laptop Cooling Pad, Gaming Laptop Cooler for 17 Inch Laptops, Big Quiet Fan, Adjustable Angles, Lighting Modes, Fan Speed Modes - (RWNB17B)

Pros: - The lighting situation works, the LED's do their thing, you can change them around, or you can turn them off completely and that's always a nice option.- It fits a 17" gaming laptop just narrowly.- The very bottom of your laptop will receive some air, so if you bring your laptop to bed or place it on any other cloth surface and have it under it, it wont go nuclear and shut down.- It IS quiet.

Cons: - The fan speed is LOW, go check the specifications page, 750 +/- 10% is abysmal, I'd have better luck leaning a hand fan on a block of wood over the keyboard. It might, MIGHT prevent your rig from getting so hot it shuts down but that's a big ask.- The fan speed DIAL is entirely vestigial. It's the difference between someone blowing on your face and a faint summer breeze, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference if it randomly switched to low when you weren't looking.- I do graphic design work and have photoshop and a pile of projects open at the same time, enough to cap out a mobile 1060GTX, 32GB of RAM, and 8 CPU threads and my laptop screams along at 90-96C for both the graphics card and processor. This thing doesn't affect it in the slightest. If there is a performance increase from a lack of throttling up to that point I'm not seeing it.- For gaming it doesn't do much either, but that also depends on what you run, for things that aren't intensive (and thus WOULD NOT REQUIRE A COOLING PAD) it does have a noticeable affect on general temps around 2-5C. Regardless, even with the pad my keyboard practically burns my fingertips when I've got to do something intensive.- The little flip-up holder tab works, but make sure your machine is less than an inch thick and doesn't have a sloped edge underneath or you run the risk of it slipping off and meeting the floor if you nudge your desk too hard or bump it with your chair. I stopped using the tab after a knee to the bottom of the desk sent my laptop plummeting into my lap.

Overall Review: Writing out my issues with this thing made me want to go back and give it 2 eggs instead of 3 if I could. I've bought stuff from newegg for over 18 years and I think this might be the ONE purchase I've actually regretted. Part of it is on me for not stopping to really think how fast 750RPM is, which isn't under standard for a fan this big in laptop coolers, but in practice it doesn't even do what it says on the tin, probably not for any of them.I genuinely wish I'd gone with any other option I'd been considering. I picked this up to try and tame my work laptop while I had to travel and have still had to shelve my more graphically intensive projects due to the heat generated. I've actually had the mobile graphics card in my laptop crash consistently trying to operate under heavy load even with this cooler. If anyone wants my advice, I'd take a chance with multi-fan adjustable high-RPM cooling pad over a big single fan from now on.As a footnote, whatever USB problems plague the other model that gets lumped in with these reviews doesn't happen on the RGB one.

Excellent Headphone Solution

Creative SOUND BLASTERX G1 Up to 24-bit / 96kHz USB Interface Sound Card
Creative SOUND BLASTERX G1 Up to 24-bit / 96kHz USB Interface Sound Card

Pros: Picked this up as a work around for a busted headphone jack in my laptop, turned out to be way better with far more options than I'd expected. It gave my laptop a more true feeling surround option for headphones. Haven't tried plugging a set of speakers into it just yet.

Cons: No real cons, does what it says on the tin.

Overall Review: Been using a creative sound card in my rig for the last decade, I think this USB device might out-perform it though, which feels weird to say, but I guess it IS a decade old...

Lots of options

LIAN LI LANCOOL II MESH C PERFORMANCE BLACK Tempered Glass ATX Case -Black Color ,Type C Included-LIAN LI LANCOOL II MESH C PERFORMANCE -X
LIAN LI LANCOOL II MESH C PERFORMANCE BLACK Tempered Glass ATX Case -Black Color ,Type C Included-LIAN LI LANCOOL II MESH C PERFORMANCE -X

Pros: Probably one of my favorite cases so far, the lack of overt drive bays getting in the way is a new thing for me, but for air cooling it's great. The way the performance model is built feels like it'd excel with liquid cooling, but is great with air cooled options too. The fan controller for the case fans is pretty neat, I like being able to flip it to low alongside a software fan profile for the CPU when I'm just doing non-intensive computing. Lots of drive mounts, as somebody who regularly uses a half dozen drives and needs to expand drive capacity this is extra cool.

Cons: The glass doors not having an easy way to open them is a little annoying. I always feel a little weird using a knife nearby to pry open the window when I need to poke around the internals, but I imagine if it were really such a problem I could fashion a makeshift pull-tab out of tape.

Overall Review: I'm a little wary of laying the case on its side since there's glass on both sides but it hasn't scratched or scuffed yet so... Also I briefly thought one of the fans had stopped spinning one morning until I pulled off the front panel and realized one of the extra leads from one of the 8pins going into my graphics card was blocking the fan from spinning. Be mindful that there's nothing blocking stuff like that from happening inside.

It's RAM

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Laptop Memory Model F4-2400C16D-32GRS
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Laptop Memory Model F4-2400C16D-32GRS

Pros: Does what it says, works at the speeds it's rated for, was simple to swap out my old stick for this pair, no dead sticks, no hassle after it was installed, I didn't have to take apart my already impossible-to-safely-open MSI laptop a second time due to issues, so realistically it couldn't have gone better.

Cons: I don't foresee DDR4 2400 ever being slotted into anything more modern than a laptop from 2020 so when your machine runs its course there's no parting out the RAM to newer stuff, I guess. When your primary con is that it's not an M.2 drive you're still doing pretty good though.

Overall Review: Decent upgrade from 16GB for sure, noticeable performance hike going to dual channel: do recommend.

Pretty Simple

Corsair Force MP510 M.2 2280 960GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F960GBMP510
Corsair Force MP510 M.2 2280 960GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F960GBMP510

Pros: Works great as a boot drive, popped it into an MSi laptop, cloned the drive, and it just works. It literally takes longer for it to post the motherboard screen than to boot to windows, it's like waking it up from sleep instead of booting the whole thing again.

Cons: Had some trouble getting it to read the blank drive at first, as well as cloning, but it was mostly because I'd never done it before. I tried to get fancy with it and use another cloning tool and follow some alternate instructions but it kept running into a problem with the drive size. Since the drive is only 960 and my 1tb drive was 40 more the free programs I'd tried just errored out. The corsair program you can download let me pick partitions to clone so I could cut out what I didn't need. After that it was just a matter of setting it as the only boot drive.

Overall Review: I work off of both a desktop and laptop and now my laptop is noticeably quicker to the punch. Accessing the absolute clutter that is my design asset folders and client asset folders or booting up just about any program is about five times faster than my 860 evo SATA SSD. Only had it for just shy of a month but so far it's well worth the one and quarter I put on it.

10/28/2019