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Asus Zenfone 2 Unlocked Smart Phone, 5.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs An impressive phone if you look past it's small flaws 12/15/2015

This review is from: Asus Zenfone 2 Unlocked Smart Phone, 5.5" Black, 64GB Storage 4GB RAM, US Warranty

Pros: For the price you pay, you simply can't complain. I have been using this as my daily phone for the past month and have been pleased with the performance of it. 4 gigs of ram is one of those things where once you use it you can't go back to something that has less. The Intel atom is pretty good, and haven't experienced anything sluggish yet. A quick charger is included out of the box, which is a nice touch. Bloatware is there, but thankfully you can remove 99% of it. Display is nice, and was happy when I could get updates from ASUS right out of the box. Build quality wise, it feels solid and premium.

Cons: Now here comes the dark side of the Zenfone 2. Battery Life and QA issues. The battery life is simply poor. I get about 4 and a half hours of on screen time, with some stuff running in the background (Chrome, Gmail, Discord, etc.), and considering it has a 3000 mAh battery, I'd personally like to see some improvements in the future. QA is next, with my device having a rather unusual dark blue dot near the top left of the display, and upon further looking it's something smudged in between the display and the glass. It doesn't bother me in the slightest as its quite small and I'm used to stuff like this. I could have gotten unlucky as no one complained about similar issues anywhere.

Other Thoughts: TL;DR buy it if you want something cheap and good. Feels nice, and performs well enough against phones that cost almost 3 times its price in normal usage.

EVGA 600 B1 100-B1-0600-KR 80+ BRONZE 600W Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: What can I say? It's a decent power supply that isn't worth the 90$ price tag. It is quiet and has lasted a little over a year without any internal problems (see other thoughts). Efficiency is above average.

Cons: First off is the price. At 90$ it isn't cheap and in terms of price / performance ratio it doesn't fulfill ones expectations. Cheap capacitors, voltage regulation is not that good ( +12v rail jumps from 12.168v down to 11.902v when under load which isn't good while the +5v rail goes up in voltage by ~150mv when unit is under load.)

Other Thoughts: While changing cases I noticed that one of the cables was wedged in between the casing and the hole where they exit and pinched the wire (one of the SATA cables to be exact), which caused and intermittent connection problem and has rendered the cable useless.
I'm going to say that this is from a lack of quality control / build quality, but I could be wrong.

GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P (rev. 2.0) AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great board with some issues 08/26/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P (rev. 2.0) AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: -Cheap.
-A true 8+2 VRM.
-Can overclock easily (More on that later).
-Doesn't run hot, although the NB does get quite warm.
-Nice UEFI layout and is easy to use.

Cons: -Overvolts the CPU by quite a bit and needs to be fixed.
-When adjusting the core voltage be careful because if you set it to a certain value you cannot change it (some bug I assume?). The only way to reset the voltage is by reflashing the Bios. (This seriously needs to be fixed because it ruins the whole overclocking friendly thing on this board.)

Other Thoughts: If you're on a budget, get this board. Other then the hot northbridge and the strange Core voltage bug, it beats any other 970 board on the market. It's not perfect, but it's really good.


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