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This review is from: Blu STUDIO C HD S090Q 8GB 3G White Unlocked Cell Phone 5" 1GB RAM
Pros: Very inexpensive.
Comes with a wide variety of accessories in the box.
Unlocked for any GSM Carrier in the US
No regular updates
Camera performance is subpar
Other Thoughts: I found myself the owner of this phone after my Blu Studio X gave up on it's second RMA replacement. Blu offered me this phone because the Studio X was no longer available, so rather than be stuck with a broken phone or no phone I accepted the Studio C HD. Initial impressions were good, solid build quality even with the extensive use of plastic. The phone feels like it is worth more than you paid. As usual Blu includes lots of accessories inside the box including, a screen protector, ear buds, silicone case, instruction manuals, and a wall adapter for charging. One great thing about this phone is that it supports Dual SIM cards. If you plan to travel and want to use a prepaid SIM and switch between your normal carrier and a different one, the dual sim option is nice. I don't use this feature, but I can see how it would come in handy. Also the phone accepts a MicroSD card for expandable storage. The battery is removable and can most likely be replaced if it goes bad. The rear camera is really sub-par for an 8MP shooter. Video shot in 1080p has a distinct grainy appearance and motion can be choppy from time to time. Photos are a bit better although there is noticeable wash out with indoor photos. Outdoor photos look alright, but also are slightly washed out and overexposed. The front facing 5MP camera is really nothing to write home about, image quality is poor, and video quality is also poor at best. The front and rear LED flashes work but do cause issues with exposure as well. This phone is good for snapping the occasional photo, but don't expect to win contests with the photos you take with this phone. The screen on the phone is bright and vibrant for being only 294ppi. Text is fairly clear and sharp, pictures and video look good although the 1280x720 resolution is a bit limiting. Phone call audio quality is about average and the volume does get decently loud. The speaker on the phone, again, is just average but it does get decently loud, good for occasional music listening or a video.
So what gives? Why only 3 eggs? Lets start with performance. The phone comes out of the box running Android 5.1, which I have used before...just not like this. Performance of the phone leaves a LOT to be desired. While the phone is running a quad core Mediatek 6580, it feels like it's also dragging a boat anchor along with it. It is not uncommon to press the home button while browsing the web in Chome, and wait. And wait, and wait more, sometimes taking up to 10 seconds to display the home screen of the phone. Transitions to from home screen to home screen are also at times painfully laggy. Sometimes the phone slows down to the point where it feels like it may have frozen when pressing the back button while browsing the web to return to the previous page. The phone will vibrate, signifying that you pressed the back button, and the wait begins. I think some of this performance problem may be related to the low amount of ram the device has access to, just 1GB. Blu does have decent support when it comes to supporting their devices, at least from the RMA standpoint, but the initial contact with support leaves much to be desired. Usually you receive emailed instructions showing you how to factory reset your device, which ultimately fixes little to no problems. The fact of the matter is, the Mediatek 6580 is just a low performing CPU and coupled with just 1GB of ram is extremely limiting. Also disappointing is the lack of regular (even security) updates. I still keep my old Nexus 5 around even though it has a broken speaker, and I am impressed at the number of regular updates the device receives. With the Studio C HD, I've received a total of 1 update, and that was on the first power up of the device. Also the fact that the device is under-powered leaves little hope of an upgrade to newer Android versions.
Wrapping up this review it's time to be honest. Is this a good phone? Sure. Is it the best on the market? No, not by any stretch. The device has it's flaws, but it does have a few features that make it a viable option. However what Blu is able to deliver is a device in a package, brand new, under $100 that will take care of most users. Pretty impressive.
Pros: I bought mine second hand but only after doing some serious digging here on Newegg. I had a ASRock board with a 990FX Chipset and I wasn't having much luck with it, so I picked this one up for my initial 8320 build. I ended up with a dead CPU thanks to the ASRock, so I picked this up while awaiting my new 8350 to arrive and I'm happy to say everything is fantastic now with a 8350. Great overclocking features, I'm at 4.65GHz at 1.4V on water. My DDR3 1866 overclocks nicely as well after bumping up the FSB. Another great thing about this board is the level of power control you get from ASUS's Digi-Power control. Let me tell you, I can't speak enough praises about this. Nearly everything about the power delivery system to the CPU is adjustable within the BIOS. I can see why ASUS has a good thing going when it comes to overclocking and this Digi-Power system. The LED indicators for part failure are also nice, and the one touch buttons on the motherboard to reboot direct to BIOS are also very handy if you are running the board outside of a case. 4 ram slots allow for plenty of ram expansion, and a generous amount of SATA ports make this the complete package. I've not tested the CF support on it, but I don't really need a dual GPU setup, however, i'm sure it works great.
Cons: The only thing I can say about it, the VRM Chipset HS/Heat Pipe config gets rather hot...especially the bottom piece. If you have the ability, and can find parts to do so, it might not be a bad idea to add this to a water loop if you are planning on overclocking, or find some way to get the air moving in that area because it does get rather warm.
Other Thoughts: I would buy this product 10 times over. It has just as many features, IMHO, as more expensive 990FX boards without the associated high cost. Build quality is very good and the features are excellent, probably more than I will ever use to be honest (Optical Audio). USB 3.0 support is also nice for quick data xfers and having a USB 3.0 header is very nice for cases that have front USB 3.0 support. This is a fantastic board at a great price, if you are looking to get into the AMD FX line, look no further, you've found your board.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is probably my 10th Western Digital hard drive from Newegg. Never had a problem with a single one yet. Reliable performance from a solid company. Works well in the raid 1 array I have setup for my customer.
Cons: None really, I guess it would be nice if they were cheaper but you can't give stuff away!
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a reliable 7200RPM drive with plenty of room, this is your go to. This would be a good choice for a supplement to a SSD, even better if you buy two and put them in RAID 0 and complement them with a SSD.READ FULL REVIEW