Joined on 10/22/10
Great monitor for Hardcore Gamers
Pros: I was so excited to get this to review. Out of the box you get the monitor, the awesome stand, the power cord, a pass-through USB 3.0 Cable, a DisplayPort cable (which is really surprising, the monitor uses DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity in-case you were interested), the settings switch, the shield side covers, an instruction booklet/CD and warranty guide. This having a DisplayPort cable out of the box really impressed me as most monitor manufacturers try and skimp out and just give you a VGA/DVI cable and call it a day even though their monitor supports other ports. Setup took less than 5 minutes to get the monitor attached to the stand and plug in everything, I left the shield side covers off mine because they distract me a bit, but they are nice to have if I ever get into e-sports. The 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time on this monitor makes the games nice and crisp. The settings switch is probably my favorite part about this monitor as I usually like to adjust the monitors settings depending on what I am doing. The highest resolution of the monitor is 2560 x 1440 which is very nice and adds a lot of room on your desktop. The USB 3.0 pass-through ports on the monitor are a nice touch as well as it allows you to easily connect external devices right then and there instead of having to search for one on the back of your computer. Also the monitor offers a headphone and mic jack to hookup your awesome gaming gear. The stand that the monitor sits on is a quality build that offers height adjustment and pivot of up to 90 degrees to allow you to easily connect the cables to the monitor as well as swivel the monitor left and right and tilt adjustment to get the exact precision of how you want to game. Of course if you want to use your own Vesa mount, you can still do so (100x100 mm).
Cons: There are only a few cons that I noticed with this monitor: -The price: The price is a bit high for this monitor, but if you want what most e-sports venues are using at their events this is the price you'll need to pay. -No G-Sync or Free-Sync: I am very surprised by this. Even though this monitor does support a very nice refresh rate and response time and BenQ's own techology that helps makes the games nice and crisp, you would think that for the price that one of these options would have been included. - The default settings out of the box are horrible. You'll need to adjust them to your liking out of the box. Don't get concerned though as it is very easy to do. -This is a TN panel and you aren't going to get as nice of colors as you would with an IPS or a VA panel, but remember this monitor is specifically made for gaming purposes and most IPS/VA panels don't support a refresh rate as high as this one.
Overall Review: I would highly recommend this monitor to my gaming brothers/sisters out there that want a nice gaming monitor for their setups. For anyone else that is looking to do just normal email/web surf/video watching, this isn't the monitor for you. For those who are content creators and deal with photoshop and video editing I would recommend to look at other monitors as well (mainly IPS and VA monitors). BenQ has always had a special place in my heart for their monitors just because of their build design and attention to detail of what they include with the monitor itself. This monitor is no different.
Some Ups, Some Downs...Overall Average
Pros: I was on vacation when this little guy came in the mail for me to review. This internal card reader is pretty neat device. Luckily I still had an open bay in a rig I built a couple years back to test this thing out. Setup is pretty easy to begin with (for those who are used to installing this type of device in a computer). Out of the package, you just slide into an empty bay and plug in the three cords (Power, SATA and USB). The cords may look short, but actually will fit most regular sized cases. Windows 7 handles the rest of the install. All-in-all it took me 5 minutes to install and test. One thing I liked about the device: Interchangeable face plates (Black and Silver). It really allows for that tiny bit of customization when working with silver cases…I just wish they would have created a face plate that was white for those rising in popularity white cases. Another good thing is the amount of cards this thing can read. Out of all of my memory cards for different gaming, phone and camera devices, it could handle them all. One weird pro: It has a 5V DC port…I am not too sure which device would use this, but if I run across one in the future at least I’ll have it. ESATA is always nice to charge those phones/cameras that charge through US when you shut off your computer.
Cons: -Like I stated in the pros, I wish it had a white face plate because I am planning another build with a white case I have my eye one. -The LED’s are a bit bright and annoying. I know they are there to make sure the you know the device is connected and working, but I wish they would tone it down a bit on the LED’s. -Only USB 2.0, not USB 3.0…with more and more motherboards supporting USB 3.0, you would have thought that Rosewill would have opted to add it into the reader…but I guess not. Kind of disappointed by this fact alone.
Overall Review: Overall, it is super easy to install. It reads almost any memory card you might have, but it has its downsides. Hopefully Rosewill in their next line of card readers will fix the cons I listed to make one awesome device. Still, it is a good device for those looking for memory card readers for those who can overlook those cons.
Great Bike or Portable Speaker
Pros: Out of the box, this speaker had some juice, so decided to turn it on and try it out on my desk. The sound blasted my ears right away (for some reason was turned up to max out of the box), but it impressed me with how loud it got. I never really thought Rosewill made anything other than computer parts, so was surprised to see this. The device comes with a Bike mount hardware, charging cable (Micro USB Type B to USB A), Micro USB Type B to Aux, a Carabiner and a Controller that connects via the Aux port to control playback while biking. It can play music through Bluetooth, MicroSD card (yes it has a slot), FM Radio or Aux cable. It is a decent sized speaker, but it seems to be best used attached to a backpack or a bike (although it can sit on a desk as well). The speaker also can answer phone calls as it has a built in speaker. Music sounds quite nice on this, while not high end, it does the job for what it is meant for. Bass is quite nice as it has a built in subwoofer as well. Need a charge of your phone? This speaker also doubles as a 6000 mAh battery bank. Want to play music in stereo with more than 1? This speaker also offers that with a pairing option to pair it with another.
Cons: There are a few cons with this device, but nothing to drop an egg over. The charging port on this device uses Micro USB Type B to charge. Unfortunately in a world where USB Type C is dominating devices, it would've been nice if this device used USB Type C as well. While I am not a fan of the color, I know it really is meant to be an outdoor speaker used on a bike or backpack. so color doesn't really matter. In the specs, it mentions only MicroSD cards up to 32GB can be used. While there are higher cards available, I doubt anyone is going to store more than 32GB of music on a card. While this device is Waterproof (for splashes of water), it is not submergible like some other brands, but I doubt anyone is going to take this and drop it in a pool.
Overall Review: Overall, I would recommend to anyone looking to add some music to their outdoor experience. It is great for Bicyclists or Hikers. It gets really loud so you can hear it while doing most any type of exercise. A great speaker for a great price!
Great Mid-range Case
Pros: Looking to make sure you have enough Air Flow through your system? Look no further with this case. While I've not heard of Montech as a brand before, I must say their case is a very quality case with some nice design aspects. I swapped out my system from a different case into this one with relative ease. This case supports most the the popular motherboard sizes you can think of. My system was a mini-ITX and while it looks small, it fits great in this case. Montech made sure to put Dust Filters where they could fit them all around the chassis so no dust should be able to get in a ruin your precious parts. Montech graciously included fans in their case. While not RGB like pictured (those are a different bran of fan), they do a great job at performing great airflow through the case. You can add more to help improve the quality of airflow, but my system was staying moderately cool during all my testing. Cable management was a charm in this case with some velcro cable ties. It makes it very easy to hide cables when you don't want them shown. After closing the case after my system move, I could tell the build quality was very sturdy. The tempered glass side panel definitely is a plus when working with RGB in your system.
Cons: The only con I had with this system was not seeing a USB type C connector on the front panel IO. We're quickly moving towards USB C being the new standard type for most of everything and it would have been nice to see one connector. It wasn't a deal breaker for me though as my mother board includes one on the back IO. I still question why there is a need for USB 2.0 Ports, but I guess some legacy systems still like them.
Overall Review: I would say this case is great for anyone looking for a great budget case that is worried about CPU/GPU temps. This case offers a lot of similar features in more higher end cases. The hardest decision you'll have is choosing between black or white. Both look amazing.
Great Memory for an upgrade for a Laptop
Pros: Having issues with programs running slow or maxing out the RAM on your system with your 50+ Chrome tabs being open? Fret no longer. The Crucial Ballistix 32 GB RAM is here to save the day. This is a nice upgrade to any laptop that fails to offer enough RAM to have an efficient workload on their machines. Install time really depends on how long it takes to open your machine's chassis. You'll want to try to follow any guides you can find on opening your laptop before beginning the install. Also, make sure your motherboard supports the RAM before attempting an install. If you do not feel comfortable opening your machine, you may want to take it to your local tech geek and see if they can do it for you for a nominal fee. You'll also want to make sure the machine is not attached to power (and they also recommend you may want to disconnect the battery). For myself (Lenovo Legion Laptop), it was relatively simple unscrewing about 10-12 screws and then carefully unlatching the bottom off. Luckily Lenovo makes it really easy to access the RAM to do the upgrade. It was an easy lever system. After the install, the computer did take a few extra seconds to recognize the RAM, but it finally booted like normal. Over the past few weeks I've noticed no performance lag anymore on my device. I can have tons of applications open, chrome with multiple tabs open and game relatively easy at the same time. This RAM is so much better than the stock RAM that was in my machine. With 32GB, I no longer need to worry about maxing it out.
Cons: While a little more expensive than regular RAM, I definitely think it is worth the extra cost. Crucial is a reputable brand in the RAM game. Other than that, I experienced no issues with the RAM.
Overall Review: I would highly recommend to anyone that is having trouble with their computer's stock RAM maxing out a lot. Like I said in the pros, do your research and make sure this RAM will work with your machine. You can usually find your Laptop's guidelines by doing a simple search of your computer's brand and model number. Take your time on the install when doing it yourself otherwise risk the chance of breaking something.
EVGA has not let me down yet
Pros: I have been a fan of EVGA for almost everything I can buy from them for my computers. Have not once yet had any of their hardware fail on me. This graphics card is no different. I was upgrading my gaming rig and looking for a graphics card that would get me great performance for a great price. This one fit the bill, so I decided to go with it. It fits nicely onto my Micro ITX motherboard. For those with AMD CPU's, don't worry, this works exactly the same with them as this does with Intel builds. My previous build was using the integrated GPU in the AMD 2400G. Was getting low/medium settings on World of Warcraft and wasn't having a fun time. Upgraded my CPU and bought this GPU and am now getting High/Ultra settings. I don't play many other games so I can't offer much insight into anything else, but if you search for YouTube Videos you'll see tons of reviews that have tons of benchmarks to give you an idea if this will work for your game of preference. In my experience, this worked perfectly. The fan is nice and quite and I barely hear it while gaming. This card offers so many output options...you should find one that suits your monitor easily.
Cons: I have not experienced any issue with this card at this time.
Overall Review: When looking for quality, look no further than EVGA. I have bought many computer parts from them and have not yet had one fail on me. I usually end up selling them when I am looking to upgrade. This might be a bit more expensive than the cheapest 1060 card on the market, but I'd much prefer to pay the extra $20-30 to get something I know will work and last quiet a while.