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Christopher D.

Christopher D.

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Most Favorable Review

Hard tlo beat for the price for 144hz

ViewSonic XG2401 24" (23.6" Viewable) Full HD 1920 x 1080 144Hz 1ms (GTG) DisplayPort 2xHDMI USB Hub AMD FreeSync Built-in Speakers Anti-Glare Backlit LED Gaming Monitor
ViewSonic XG2401 24" (23.6" Viewable) Full HD 1920 x 1080 144Hz 1ms (GTG) DisplayPort 2xHDMI USB Hub AMD FreeSync Built-in Speakers Anti-Glare Backlit LED Gaming Monitor

Pros: This is going to be a realistic view from an average gamer. There are plenty of reviews out there by people with high tech equipment to test monitors that know every little bit of the technology, that isnt me. I use my PC for games, basic video editing, watching movies, web browsing etc, it is used for a little of everything. My primary connectivity is via Display port, it worked right out of the box. The stand was very sturdy and easy to connect. I like that it had a small bolt to hand tighten rather than depending 100% on some snap in. Once you screw it in you know it is in there and won't fall off. This is a TN panel and I thought the colors were really good and the viewing angle is okay. I set the response time to advanced because I noticed some weird shadows in windows with it set to Ultrafast. Ultrafast might be better for games, but I prefer to have my settings work for all the things I do, I hate having to modify stuff each time. Freesync works fine, if you do not have an ATI card this isn't going to help you. I also tested the monitor with an nVidia card and had zero issue. Games still play great, but I am not some pro Gamer, if there is any lag I didn’t notice it. Movies played really well on this 16:9 screen. Viewing angle is not great due to it being a TN panel, but for one or two people it works fine. Built in speakers were okay, They were on par with what you expect from most built in speakers.

Cons: The bezel is a bit large, I prefer a very thin to non-existent bezel around the edge Is a little bright when you first get it, but its fine once you turn it down a bit. The configuration screens were a tiny bit difficult to get around in, but it works.

Overall Review: This is a very affordable 144hz monitor with Freesync. It has a very solid build quality, it comes well packaged. I am happy with this monitor and I think it is well suited to those that do more than just game. Great all around monitor.

Most Critical Review

not reliable

TRENDnet TEW-827DRU AC2600 v2 StreamBoost MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router
TRENDnet TEW-827DRU AC2600 v2 StreamBoost MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router

Pros: 4 antennas 4 gigabyte ports Unit Power Button Wifi power button LED on/off switch Two USB 3.0 ports I general it seems well built and I was hopeful it would work well. The interface is easy to use and the security settings are enabled by default. It took very minimal effort to get this up and running

Cons: Power cable is way too short Applying changed and rebooting takes too long After using this for a few week sit has started to require a reboot. I have been unable to figure out the specific cause, but the internet just slows to a crawl and sometimes the 5gh wireless just stops working and SSID disappears. Slowness was seen on wired and wireless devices even when I was the only one home using it. Maybe I just got a bad unit, but based on how this one is performing I can not recommend it.

Overall Review: there are much better devices out there, pick something else.

Great product, easy to install and configure

Norton 360 Deluxe 2022 for up to 5 Devices, 1 Year with Auto Renewal - Key Card
Norton 360 Deluxe 2022 for up to 5 Devices, 1 Year with Auto Renewal - Key Card

Pros: Easy to install has easy to find configurations lets you know when there are more things you could be doing for your security It does not seem to use up too much resources, I had no issues with performance

Cons: I did not care for some of the popups for features of the program, but they are not often enough to be too much of a problem.

Overall Review: I already had an old Norton account so I just logged in and used the serial # It then makes you put in a Credit Card thought it does say "You won't be charged until the next renewal term" and it points out you can cancel before then to not be charged. It was then easy to download and install the software. Once the primary install was done if gives you the option to setup additional included features such as Dark Web Monitoring - notifies you if your personal info shows up where it should not. Cloud Backup - it included 50GB of storage, honestly this is not much for me, but it might be useful to others. AutoVPN Gives you some options for instructions on how to setup additional devices with protection After that it does an update Once you logon to My Norton console you can easily make changes to the services such as adding additional information for it to scan the Dark Web for, running PC scans, password managers, VPN etc. A quick scan took only a few minutes and I was all done. One thing I really like is that right clicking the tray Icon gives you the option to disable the software. This is such a simple thing, but many threat protection software do not make it easy to disable them. Sometimes I have software that I know is safe that a virus scan blocks for one reason or another and I just need to get it installed or test it quickly and so this is a nice feature for those rare occasions.

Amazing light wireless mouse

CORSAIR SABRE RGB PRO WIRELESS CHAMPION SERIES, Ultra-lightweight FPS/MOBA Wireless Gaming Mouse
CORSAIR SABRE RGB PRO WIRELESS CHAMPION SERIES, Ultra-lightweight FPS/MOBA Wireless Gaming Mouse

Pros: You can use it Slipstream wireless, Bluetooth or wired RGB is easily configurable via Corsair ICUe software and the RGB is minimal, just the logo that is under your pal during use. Buttons can also be reconfigured Modifications are saved to memory on the mouse itself so you do not require the software once the settings are saved to the mouse The DPI button requires another button to be pressed with it so no accidental DPI changes Battery seem to last a long time and is recharged through the USB C cable, you could probably toss this onto any phone charger in a pinch if you needed to did I mention it is USB C Has a nice matte texture that feels good in the hand The pads are replaceable if they wear out. Profile button on the bottom for cycling through different configs you saved to the mouses internal memory.

Cons: This is more about the software and minor, but ICUe software alerted there was an update for the slipstream adapter but failed to upgrade it. This did not cause me any problems and may have been cause by any one of the many other apps I have installed. The charge cable is a little stiff if you planned to use it wired often, but I don't think that applies to many people

Overall Review: If you want a good wireless mouse that is very light, pick this one. If you like a really heavy mouse go elsewhere. This is a great mouse, it worked amazing on the slipstream and wired. I was able to configure it however I wanted. You can turn the RGB off , make it solid or have it do patterns of colors easily. The scroll mouse has a nice tactile feedback and a rubbery feel that makse it precise for gaming. The amount of time I was able to use the mouse without charging really made me happy and the fact that I can use it wired in the rare case I forgot to charge it is great. They even took the time to make the connector on the USB-C side with a longer rubbery section that makes it easier to disconnect because you can get a better grip on the tiny connector. I love that the mouse has internal memory to save the profiles. I have used other devices that needed to connect to software on my PC before any of my configs loaded which was annoying. This mouse acts exactly as you want no matter where you use it thanks to the saved profiles which can easily be cycled through. I only have one for work and one for gaming, but you can save a few more than that. I really struggled to come with any cons and the ones I did are super minor. I think Corsair knocked it out of the park for a light wireless mouse. Unless you really wanted a heavy mouse, get this one.

10/28/2021

Not bad for the money

Rosewill 2-in-1 Portable Streaming Tripod with Ring Light and Phone Holder | 3 Light Modes, 10 Brightness Levels, 360 Degree Rotation, USB Powered (RABH-20018)
Rosewill 2-in-1 Portable Streaming Tripod with Ring Light and Phone Holder | 3 Light Modes, 10 Brightness Levels, 360 Degree Rotation, USB Powered (RABH-20018)

Pros: The light works well at close range. It has easy to use controls that make sense. I appreciate the different color temps and the ability to chance the intensity. The tripod is very light and compact, but works well enough for what it is. It was easy to expand and collapse and I never felt like it was going to tumble over. The light attached well to the top of the tripod, something units 6x the cost lacked. It does not wobble around. The phone holder attached solid enough, but was my least favorite part of the kit. The USB was long enough for most uses.

Cons: The camera holder is spring loaded and able to snap on your fingers While it seemed to hold onto a phone tight enough, getting it into the holder was a struggle and on more than pone occasion my fingers or those of someone else got caught and it is rather painful. The phone holder can't be attached so that it is in the middle of the right which is what would have been ideal. It does attach to the tripod well, but not in a place that makes it as useful for a ring light

Overall Review: This product does what it says it will and for a very low price, it is hard to fault it for not being more than that. My only real gripe is the phone holder because I can't mount it to the middle of the light ring and I found it difficult to use, spring loaded was not the right way to go with this, but again at this price it is hard to fault it. It works as a solid tripod for lite items. The light works well for adding light to close up photos or video It does what it says it does, the real questions is if it does what you need.

Great card for great price

SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC UHS-I / Class 10 Memory Card, Speed Up to 90MB/s (SDSDUNR-032G-GN6IN)
SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC UHS-I / Class 10 Memory Card, Speed Up to 90MB/s (SDSDUNR-032G-GN6IN)

Pros: Work reliably

Cons: Nothing

Overall Review: I have always trusted Sandisk and they never let me down These are great for the cost and much larger than I needed for their intended use. I just needed some reliable SDcards for my 3d printer. Most smaller cards I found were around the same price or from brands I didnt trust. If you just need some reliable SDcards for a low cost these are a great choice.

12/31/2020