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Bruce K.

Bruce K.

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Will the FUD Ever End?

Microsoft Windows 8.1 (Full Version) - Download
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (Full Version) - Download

Pros: Start screen is a bit more customizable. Doesn't seem to be as resource-intensive, using a little less RAM than Windows 8. Overall performance feels to be a little better.

Cons: Still can't customize start screen tile color. Windows pretty much picked whatever color it wanted to use as I manually added shortcuts to the start menu directory. Unfortunately I now have a lot of ugly orange tiles, that seemed to be the popular pick for Windows at the time. But in truth, I can't think of anything else to complain about. I like Windows 8 and the 8.1 additions are just some gravy on top.

Overall Review: At its core, this is still Windows 8, so don't anticipate any major revelations or game-changers. But seriously, people need to back off with all the FUD about Windows 8. It's not as bad as everyone insists on making it out to be. But alas, people don't like change. I get it, but that's no reason to trash the entire caboodle. Otherwise, you might as well trash Windows 7 too, because it's effectively the same OS. As for the first review, of course you can't install it *on* Linux. This is a full Microsoft Windows OS. Not an app to install on or over Linux... I don't think Newegg and/or Microsoft are obligated to explain this in any further detail. Clear Linux off the drive and install this from scratch, then you'll have Windows 8.1 and you didn't waste your money. Or you can repartition the drive and dual-boot to get the best of both worlds, perhaps? Please do some research on computer operating systems before making a blind purchase, then complaining about wasting money on something and blaming the reseller/developer for not fully informing you of what you were buying. The consumer's own neglect of proper research and attaining knowledge of a perfectly non-defective product before purchasing is absolutely no justification for a one-egg review on this site, that's not the reseller's/developer's fault. For the record, I bought a copy of Windows 8 from the Egg a couple of days after it went retail and I downloaded the 8.1 patch from the Microsoft Store when it went live last week, so I don't own this exact product, but there's no difference, 6 in 1, half dozen in the other...

10/26/2013
Most Critical Review

Bah...

Diablo III PC / Mac Game
Diablo III PC / Mac Game

Pros: Decent graphics, though this ain't no Witcher 2. I guess the gameplay is what you would come to expect for a Diablo game.

Cons: I waited 10 years for this game. It's been the biggest disappointment ever. I waited 10 years... For THIS?!?! Voice acting: Blizzard is notorious for this. The worst voice acting EVER, reminiscent of terrible, juvenile anime (yeah, I'm looking at you, Dragonball Z) cartoons. This goes back to the first Diablo and StarCraft games, perhaps even further, though I don't know since Diablo was my introduction to Blizzard as a developer. Story mechanics: Oh Blizzard, give it a break. Every story from every game Blizzard makes is the same. One of your trusted companions is a two-faced liar, the guy in the last town you visited is a two-faced liar, and your character is always stupid enough to listen to these chuckleheads. It's always about betrayal, betrayal, and more betrayal. Someone is always betraying someone and in the end they all betray YOU. Even Blizzard betrayed YOU for putting the Diablo name on this steaming pile. Persistent internet connection: required even when playing single-player campaign. Seriously??? Really??? UNNECESSARY AND OBNOXIOUS. RMAH: 'nuff said. When you bring real-world money into a game, the fun is pretty much gone. Cartoon graphics: Blizzard has always had the "cartoony" thing and juvenile animations going on with their games, but this became much more prevalent since WarCraft III (another steaming pile to complain about elsewhere). I, for one, can do without the cartoony nonsense. Blizzard could really learn a thing or two about art direction from the likes of CD Projekt Red and Bioware. Character classes: only one I've grown to like so far is the Demon Hunter. I used to be a Barbarian fan in Diablo II, but, well, sorry my meat-necked friend, you've been ousted by dual-wielding hand crossbows that never run out of ammo.

Overall Review: I received a closed beta invite for this so I've been playing it since last November. I was so excited, I've been waiting for this for a DECADE!!! Then I downloaded and played it and just wanted to cry. This IS NOT what I've been waiting for. It's a shame. This game could've been a whole lot more and it pains me to think that it was in development for as long as it was. Diablo II had such an incredible magic to it for me. Very few games can do that for me. I was expecting the reputable Blizzard Entertainment to blow my mind with Diablo III. Instead I ended up with probably the biggest disappointment in my PC gaming history, and believe me, that goes all the way back to 1986 and the Commodore 64.

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MSI Ventus GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card RTX 3080 Ti Ventus 3X 12G OC
MSI Ventus GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card RTX 3080 Ti Ventus 3X 12G OC

Pros: 12 GB VRAM, great increase in performance over my last card. The RAM and hotspot get quite hot, low 90s F at times, but the GPU itself runs at temps that are plenty safe. Pretty quiet operation under load, all I really hear is the extra movement of air when the fans really get going.

Cons: None so far except that I was impatient and paid a scalpers price for it. Wish I would've waited a little now that prices dropped, I could've gotten a 3090 Ti for the price I paid.

Overall Review: Great upgrade from EVGA 1080 Ti FTW3 Elite. Almost doubles my frame rates in some titles. Definitely seeing a big difference. I have it paired with a 12700K and 32 GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3200 at the moment.

So Far So Good

Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache Serial ATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-212V
Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache Serial ATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-212V

Pros: Detects and reads Blu-Ray discs a whole lot faster than the drive it's replacing, very responsive. Seems to be quality build, drawer seems to have nice fluid movement when ejecting or inserting.

Cons: None so far, fingers crossed it'll keep working well.

Overall Review: This showed up at my door about a week ago, just getting around to installing it now. It has replaced an LG WH14NS40 drive that I've had since 2016, it partially died on me a couple of weeks ago - It would still read CDs and DVDs, but suddenly would no longer detect or read Blu-Ray discs. It was probably for the best, this drive actually seems worlds better anyway - With the LG drive, if I would pause a Blu-Ray movie for more than a few minutes, when I would resume playback, it would work fine for the first 20 to 30 seconds, but then it would start skipping and stuttering for a little bit while catching up to where the buffer had stopped when I paused. Kind of annoying. This Pioneer drive doesn't do that at all, nice smooth buffering when resuming playback. I haven't burned anything with it yet, though I'm sure it would work fine. I get these drives primarily for playback, I honestly can't tell you the last time I had to burn a disc of any format, but I get the burners anyway, because hey - You never know. that one time I need to burn something, and I wouldn't be able to... It cost me twice what I paid for the LG drive back in 2016, but no worries there - As they say, you get what you pay for, right? So far, that seems to be the case.

Great Mouse For My Needs

Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless - Wireless Rechargeable Gaming Mouse with SLIPSTREAM Technology - 10,000 DPI Optical Sensor
Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless - Wireless Rechargeable Gaming Mouse with SLIPSTREAM Technology - 10,000 DPI Optical Sensor

Pros: Multitude of connection options - Wireless with the dongle, or Bluetooth, and if the battery dies, plug it in and use it wired while it recharges the battery. Can't go wrong. Lots of headroom for sensitivity adjustment within the iCue software, and it supports multiple sensitivity profiles that you can change on the fly with a button under the wheel (I don't use, but I'm sure it's a benefit for some). It's essentially a typical, simple 5-button mouse (not counting the profile switcher under the wheel) - This is a plus to me, can't stand those gaming mice with 20 buttons, all I need is the usual left/right buttons, wheel, and the back/forward buttons at my thumb. Perfect for my needs. This mouse has been very smooth, responsive, and accurate. Price is great for what you're getting, and the same can be said for the wired version of this mouse - They are essentially budget mice, but can't be beat if you have no need for an unnecessarily intricate and excessively button-laden gaming mouse.

Cons: I have only three issues with this mouse, and these issues are probably more to do with the software, not the hardware itself. The iCue software needs some work. First, the iCue UI is a bit vague, as is the system tray icon, regarding communicating battery state to you - The software UI and tray icon don't give you a battery charge percentage anywhere that I've been able to find, and the lighting cues the mouse gives you via the profile-switching button to let you know of the battery state is effectively overshadowed by the (mostly) static profile indicator lighting itself - Since I don't use multiple sensitivity profiles, I don't need the button lighting telling me which profile is currently active. I would prefer the flexibility to dedicate the lighting on that button to only give me feedback on the battery state - That would be a lot more informative for me. Second, the iCue software doesn't work at all if you're using it in Bluetooth mode. That's kind of a letdown, because I'd rather use this with the Bluetooth integrated into my laptop instead of occupying a USB port with the wireless dongle - Unfortunately, my laptop has limited USB connectivity. So, while the Bluetooth connection certainly works fine with my laptop and sensitivity can be adjusted via the standard mouse settings within Windows, unfortunately all other iCue support is lost, the software won't even recognize the mouse is connected. Third, if I have the laptop touchpad settings adjusted to disable itself while a mouse is plugged in, when I disconnect this mouse, the touchpad doesn't reactivate. This is SUPER annoying. I've tried it multiple ways, such as turning off the mouse and removing the dongle entirely, removing the dongle first and then turning off the mouse, manually closing the iCue software before removing the mouse, and every other order of steps to disconnect the mouse that I could think of, but no matter what I do, the touchpad will not reactivate itself. As far as I can tell, this is NOT an issue with the laptop because I didn't have this problem with an old wired Razer Death Adder 3G and their legacy Synapse software, the touchpad would disable/re-enable itself as needed with no issues. I'm no programmer and I don't know exactly how this works under the hood, but all I can assume is iCue isn't properly communicating the mouse removal with Windows or related touchpad software, so the system doesn't know to reactivate the touchpad.

Overall Review: Overall, I'm happy with this mouse so far. The few software quirks/functionality issues I've run into certainly aren't a deal-breaker for me and are easy enough to work around, but some better software integration with this mouse would go a long way to making it absolutely perfect. I have the wired version of this mouse as well, I've been using it with my desktop system for some time now, and I'm very pleased with it. I got my hands on an MSI GF65 laptop back in December and discovered there was a wireless version of this mouse while I was shopping around for one, so it just made sense to get one to pair with my laptop.

Great Drive, Great Price

Crucial P1 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe Internal SSD, up to 1900 MB/s - CT500P1SSD8
Crucial P1 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe Internal SSD, up to 1900 MB/s - CT500P1SSD8

Pros: Known Crucial quality and performance. Performs great for my needs, runs cool in the low 30s C. I think the highest I ever noticed it reach was low 40s C while moving a sizeable amount of data. Very reasonably priced.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I recently purchased an MSI GF65 THIN 9SD laptop that came with a 512 GB Samsung MZVLB512HAJQ NVMe drive but also had an unpopulated secondary NVMe slot, so I picked up the Crucial P1 CT500P1SSD8 at the same time and installed it when I received the laptop. I use it as a dedicated game install drive, I prefer to install games on a physically separate drive away from the OS and general files such as documents, pictures, music, etc. I haven't done any official benchmarking with it, usually don't bother with storage devices, but from real-world experience, this drive is suiting my needs quite well, and I would definitely recommend to general-purpose users and high-performance gamers alike.

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Great service

Received product well in advance of assumed shipping date and they contacted me to let me know, it actually showed up the day they contacted me.), thanks Selina! Great service!

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Great Service

Product was received as described in a timely manner, couldn't be more pleased, would definitely do business with them again.

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10/12/2021

It Took a While to Get It...

But it was worth it. Bought an MSI GF65 laptop. Unexpected delay in shipping, but I didn't realize - Called them and they explained - It's good to know HIDevolution is looking out for effective CPU/GPU thermal compounds and application of those compounds, because I'm sure this is something often overlooked on the assembly line of modern electronics and will ultimately compromise the true capabilities the hardware in the long run. They open up the laptop and apply better thermal compounds to the necessary components and stress test things. Big plus in my book, so it was worth the additional wait time. In all fairness, I've used MSI video cards and motherboards in system builds for many years, and they've never failed me, so that was a big factor in my purchase decision as well.

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12/27/2019