VIZIO XVT3D424SV 42 Inch Dimming Internet

VIZIO XVT3D424SV 42 Inch Dimming Internet

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Ive purchased a number of HD sets for myself and for friends over the last few years. When my Samsung 46" DLP bit the dust (CPU) a few weeks ago, I wanted to replace it with Samsung 46" LED 3D set, but could not fit it into my wall unit or into my budget. I came across the Vizio sets in Costco and bought this set the day they were unpacked onto the shelves. The 42" fits perfectly into the 42" wall unit. The fact that it had speakers on the front of the unit and most plasma and other flat screens I looked at did not, also was a big plus given my space was a 3 foot deep box meant for a traditional TV. I actually returned a Panasonic and LG set of the same size for that reason. The extra $500 for this set was well worth it for the additional features that I use today and will use in the future. I bought it for the 480hz refresh rate and the built in WiFi and Bluetooth radios as well as the compatability with my wireless N router. It streams HD Video almost instantly with no buffer pauses at all. The universal remotekeyboard with bluetooth connectiviity is also a big plus. Setup was a breeze. My only complaint was having to spend an hour or so adjusting the picture settings to get the color and brightness just where I wanted it. Sound quality is good, but hooking the Digital Optical cable to your stereo makes for a very high quality experience. The Internet Apps are great. I hooked up my Amazon, Pandora, Netflix and Facebook accounts in a matter of minutes and Im really impressed with how it handles them. My only real complaint is the lack of ACtive Shutter 3D glasses. The Real 3D ones you get in theaters do not work on any 3D broadcasts from DirecTV and I"m not about to spend an additional $200 for the Active Shutter ones to play with that technology. In a year, when its more prevalent, I know Ill have a BluRay player with 3D titles and I also know Vizio supports all known 3D standards out there right now. A great set that keeps getting better with each day of exploration.

Posted by jakertio on 2013-10-27 12:06:07

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Dust Off Disposable Compressed Gas Duster

Dust Off Disposable Compressed Gas Duster

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Ive used these for years in my office but I continue to find ways to use them in the household. Perfect for keyboards, computer CPUs and the internal fans, lampshades, nicknacks, soft display items that cant be dusted like flowers, TV speakers, desktops, and on and on. You name it, they can probably be used. The only drawback is that they cant be used for any length of time. The can gets really cold and the air pressure dies out. So you have to wait a little and then tackle the next item. A great tool to have in any house, for any work are area or even in the garage for getting those bits that fall down in cracks in your car.

Posted by iabergio on 2013-10-25 12:50:50

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CM Storm Trooper Computer SGC 5000 KKN1

CM Storm Trooper Computer SGC 5000 KKN1

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You should probably jump on this case now, as it is on sale for $150 from the original $200 due to Cooler Masters 20th anniversary. This case is easily worth $200, but the current price makes it a real nobrainer. I bought the Trooper to replace my NZXT Zero 2 case, which cost $100 last September, and for $50 dollars more, I got a case that is at LEAST 3X better than my old one. Notable features that I enjoy * Very sturdy handle grip on top. This makes lifting the case a real breeze, even with all components installed. The handle is very nice, and the underneath side is squishy, making it very confortable. The handle is bolted to the base of the case of course, and feels extremely sturdy. * Slotloading SSD on the front of the case. Great feature allows quick swapping of SSDs without opening the case. * Massive 200MM fan on top. Other reviews I have seen online complain this fan is too loud, I have no idea why they say that. I have all fans going at max level 6, and this is not loud to me at all. This fan has a huge filter that slides out for easy cleaning, and the way the case layout is designed, this fan is not in the way at all. Basically, take a regular full tower case that doesnt have a top fan, add roughly 56 inches on top, and thats how big the Trooper is. Wonderful. * Bottom mounted PSU. This allows you to have all that space for the top fan. The bottom of the case has a dust filter as well. Note that the leg stubs are not very high on this case, co if you plan to set it on carpet, you will want to get a piece of wood or plastic mat to sit it on so the PSUs bottom vent doesnt get clogged by the carpet. *Very large motherboard window makes it a real breeze to install. Also, there is a large space between the back of the mobo plate and the actual side pannel. This makes wire managements super easy, even if you have a nonmodular PSU. Add in tons of grommet holes and twist tie holes all over the place, so regardless of your setup, you can make it look great if you put in the time. * The bottom of the grill has a hidden compartment for storing excess parts, or anything else you might want to put there. Directly behind this is a SSD rack bolted to the bottom of the case. What is great about this is that if you remove both of these things (very easy, it is only six screws altogether for both parts) there are mounts for two 120MM fans should you so chose, or even a radiator if you watercool. *Combines steel with rounded edges and accented with hard smooth plastic around edges means no cutting yourself when installing, or lugging it around * Back of case has a feature where you can run your accessory cables through, then lock them in place so they are not stolen if you go to a LAN party. * Way more drive bays than any normal person will ever need. * Rotatable HDDSSD bays. Both of these can fit 4 drives apiece. Each has its own 120mm fan. What I did was keep one of these cubes as it was, and put my HDD in there. THis default config allows the 120MM fan to blow directly on the drives, and immediately shoot the hot air outside the opposite side pannel vents. The other drive cage not in use was rotated, where the fan intakes cool air from the front, shoots it across my GPU and CPU, and out the back 140MM fan. Its almost a straight shot, keeping hot air from building up inside the case. *Optional mounts for two 120MM fans on the side pannel. *Inside is painted black, which looks alot better than the unpainted interior from my previous case. * So much room that even the biggest CPU coolers have plenty of room to spare. * 2 USB 2.0 ports and 2 3.0 ports on front. Each port is spaced far enough from each other that you can plug in an SD card reader and still use the adjacent ports for controllers, mice ect. My NZXT Zero 2 could not allow the other USB port to be occupied if I wanted to use my SD card reader, which was really annoying. *Adjustable fan settings that have 6 different speeds. *Toggle button for the fan LEDs. * Big power button on front that lights up the red flame logo when on. Purely cosmetic, but looks nice. * Good temps for my components. SO much space for future expansion it is rediculous. SLI is actually an option for me now. ALso, I have a really long GPU (GTX 570) and theres at least two full inches (maybe more)in length to spare. CONS I will be VERY picky here, as there isnt really a legitimate con to this case. * I have read reviews saying this doesnt have USB 3.0 converters for older mobos. Wasnt an issue for me, I have a z68, but its something to keep in mind. * Red LEDs didnt match my additional blue LED 120mm fans I put in from the old case. Told ya the cons here are minimal… * Leg stubs could have been bigger since this is a bottom mounted PSU case. Then again, I havent seen a case with longer legs, either. Again, minor quibble. * Side pannels could have used mesh for dust prevention, like the front of the case does. TO sum up, you are getting a case with tons of ventill

Posted by jakertio on 2013-10-27 11:46:28

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Synology DiskStation Diskless Attached DS213

Synology DiskStation Diskless Attached DS213

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Synology DS213 After deciding to buy a NAS to improve my haphazard and inadequate backup of two networked computers, I deliberated for weeks over the various options. Wishing to minimize my cost, I first looked at the sealed, single drive options such as the WD MyBook Live and Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex but rapidly became discouraged by their many limitations. The next consideration was a NAS box with user replaceable drives, which generally offer better hardware specs and more features, and I quickly focused on the several 2bay, diskless options that were available for $200 or less. As I read the reviews, it became apparent that only the Synology units earned consistently high ratings while the others seemed to have a Jekyll & Hide character, with as many reviews slamming them as praising (or worse). This, despite the fact that several of the units had better hardware specs than the most price comparable Synology DS212j. It appeared that the Synology operating system had no equal and that the DS212j worked well enough, specs notwithstanding. However, because of the 212js bare bones hardware, I began to consider the DS212, which at 50% higher price than the "J", was far more than I had anticipated spending. In the end, I reasoned (rationalized) that the shock mountinghot swappable drive carriers, USB 3.0, front panel USB 2.0 and SD card ports, wake on LAN and 33% faster clock speed justified the $100 premium of the DS212. I bit the bullet and ordered the DS212 and one WD Red drive. A few days later, while my order had not yet shipped, I noticed that Synology had just announced the DS213, with double the RAM and 25% faster clock than the 212, but at the same price. I cancelled the DS212 and ordered the DS213, which was not yet in stock. When I received a shipping notice from Amazon 3 weeks earlier than their earliest estimate, I was pleased, but anxious that shipping was via an unfamiliar carrier, Lasership. My angst increased as I read many negative reviews of Lasership, including reports of packages reported delivered which had not been. I was, however, pleased to see my order reported received in my city and out for delivery 47 hours after shipping and it was at my door 4 hours later, in good condition. I could see opportunity for difficulty with Lasership as the driver appeared disorganized and confused and packages were strewn haphazardly on the seats and floor of his vehicle, but there was no problem with my delivery. The Synology packaging is sturdy, although with little shock isolation. The DiskStation appears well made and the allplastic housing is rigid and attractive. The drive carriers and bays are elegantly simple and appear to provide good vibration isolation for 3.5" drives although perhaps less so for 2.5" drives. The 3.5" drives are mounted to flexible tabs of the plastic carrier, which have rubber grommets inserted into the mounting holes. The drives are secured by flathead, shoulder screws that limit the compression of the grommets to assure the proper preload. 2.5" drives are screwed directly to the back plane of the carrier, without grommets, although the flexibility of the carrier will no doubt provide some damping. Note that some reviews refer to an adapter for 2.5" drives, but my carriers have mounting holes provided. There is no obvious way to open the case and although there is no need to do so in normal operation, any fancooled device will eventually need to be opened to remove accumulated dust, particularly one intended for 247 operation (and I have cats). In operation, the DiskStation is innocuous; quieter than my fanless WD MyBook, and after 3.5 hours of continuous operation during volume creation with CPU utilization averaging about 50%, neither the case nor the exhaust air were perceptibly warm and S.M.A.R.T. reported a maximum disk temperature of 88F (in a 75F environment). Volume creation on a 1TB drive (931.51GB) was completed in 326. Initial setup was quite easy with the diskstation readily found from both Vista and XP machines using Synologys Internet utility. DSM is a welldeveloped, "windowed" operating system with a wealth of capabilities, which I am just beginning to explore, and it appears to offer an extensive network management system (LAN and Internet). Backup via Data Replicator 3 is simple enough, although I was somewhat confused by the directory structure. DR3 will warn that you are saving to a "low privacy" directory and it was not apparent to me what a "high privacy" directory is, until I referred to the online help files. Synologys WEB support is excellent, with wikis and tutorials to answer every question that I have had. A few features are a bit obscure, however, such as File Station does not automatically refresh when an external device is connected to the DiskStation; I searched vainly for my USB drive, until I noticed the refresh button at top of the window and, voila, there it was. Synology provides their own antivirus software for the Disk

Posted by raneritas on 2013-10-28 19:15:35

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Thermaltake Overseer VN700M1W2N Tower Black

Thermaltake Overseer VN700M1W2N Tower Black

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The description says it all. Ill list off the pros and cons that I have found. Pros Very good cable management. My previous case had a rats nest of wires, and this one has a neat layout where almost no wires are visible. The hard drives get their power and data connections on the back of the case, making hiding wires even easier. The hard drive trays have holes for 3.5 and 2.5 inch HDDSSD. There are plenty of filters to keep the dust out. The provided 200mm fans are very, VERY quiet and move a ton of air (about 100CFM my research shows). The provided 120mm fan is also quiet, and moves a respectable 40CFM (again, research). There is plenty of space for large CPU coolers, like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 (thats what I have). Whats more, is the instructions say what the max size of both the CPU cooler and the video cards can be before they run into something (the side of the case, the hard drive bays, and so on). The feet of the case are very tall, allowing the bottom mounted PSU (which is another plus) and bottom fan to get plenty of air, even on carpet. The bottom optional fan has mounting holes for 120 and 140mm fans. Also, unlike with other cases, the PSU can be a larger form factor and you can still have the full 140mm fan in there. My PSU is a Cooler Master 850 watt unit that is 6.5 inches long (instead of the standard 5.5), and the 140mm fan fits with about an inch gap between it and the PSU. The window behind the CPU is massive. This allows for changing CPU coolers without removing the entire motherboard. The top mounted HDD rack is really helpful for pulling data off of old 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs lying around. It is SATA, so if you want to use your old IDE drives, youll still need an IDE to USB converter. The top data plugs are very helpful. There are 2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, and 1 eSATA (3GBs). The USB 3.0 requires a motherboard that not only supports USB 3.0, but also has a headder for USB 3.0. The *mostly* toolless design is great for the DVD drives and stuff. There are still screw holes that can be used if you pop the toolless brackets off. They go right back on, too, so its not an issue to do this. You can put the bracket back on with the screws in place in some circumstances, too. The construction feels very good. I dont feel that a stiff breeze will knock it over, but at the same time, I dont break into a sweat carying it from place to place. The airflow is well balanced. There are 2 200mm fans in, 2 200mm fans out, 1 120140mm in, and 1 120mm out. When you take into consideration the video cards that eject air straight out of the case, the pressures are well balanced, preventing heat buildup in some parts of the case. The look is very aggressive, exactly what I wanted for a gaming computer. The icon in the front of the case fades in and out continuously. Its pretty cool, and would go well with a Back Track linux OS. Cons The provided "ziptie" things are rather cheap and break easily. They are supposed to be reusuable, but how is that possible if theyre broken The 4th external bay appears to be one of those bays where you can use a 5.25 inch OR a 3.5 inch device, but it is solely a 3.5 inch bay. The little section in the middle pops out, but the surround does not. The window could definitely be larger. Neutrals The grommets for cable management come off easily. They go back on just as easily as they came off, but it is still a bit annoying. The top bezel has one cable connecting it to the case. This would ordinarily be a bad thing, but since there is a disconnect for it, this is a neutral. Edit I got 2 of the 200mm blue Cooler Master Megaflow fans to put into the case. The side fan just barely touches the Hyper 212 cooler that I have in there. The fact that it still fits keeps it from being a negative, but it does dash my hopes of putting a 140mm CPU cooler in there later. Also, the top fan is a very tight fit. The existing fan has the sides slimmed down, but I didnt notice this. The sides of the Megaflow fan are just a few millimeters too big, meaning that the top bezel needs to be slightly stretched out to go back on. This is a neutral because the bezel does fit over the fan, and the outward bow is not even noticable. Overall, this is a great case. Great quality, great appearance, great performance. A must buy for gaming computer builds.

Posted by jakertio on 2013-10-27 11:39:04

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3M Privacy Filter Apple MacBook

3M Privacy Filter Apple MacBook

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Ok so I was convinced to buy this off of all the other reviews. I was very skeptical, especially when I read how it was applied. I work with computers and other electronics daily for more than 12hours a day and the idea of placing 2 thin strips of tape between the filter and an LCD screen just didnt seem like it would add up. I am not sure what other peoples standards are for quality but I know I dont like to be distracted by any distortion. pretty much anything that is going to catch my eye and cause my focus to drift from my work. To be honest i wouldnt have even given this one star if I wasnt forced too. The first thing I noticed when I pulled the filter out of its packaging was that 3M had to stamp their name in the filter itself. Right at the top, off center is a heat stamp of the 3M logo which shows up when you turn the screen on. I first decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and try the tape first. The first issue I had was you pretty much need to be in a clean room when applying these. The filter, after sitting in plastic for who knows how long has picked up just enough static to attract large amounts of dust. I wasted the first two strips trying to apply them without causing any bulges or smears. Anyone who has ever applied a screen protector to their phone knows that even the smallest speck of dust can cause a noticeable defect in the screens appearance. Once I got the strips in place and the filter applied to the screen, I was appalled by the way it made my screen work. I noticed both strips as they clearly distorted and warped the image around them. I also tried the so called thin tabs. These are supposed to go on the frame of the screen so you can easily remove and replace the filter at will. These are in effect, about the same thickness as the plastic packaging you would find a USB thumb drive in and about as opaque. Needless to say it caused as much distraction as the tape did. Further it added just enough thickness to the screen that I would have worried about them bending and scratching the screen when the lid was closed and the filter not in place. Plus the fact that with a mac book air, the tabs fail to allow the lid to close completelyproperly. Last, and definitely not least, while I was waiting to determine whether or not the tape would "Settle" or if the tabs where worth the trouble, I tested the effectiveness of the filter. I constantly keep my brightness on my air at about 50%. the filter in place and the brightness turned below 50% the filter failed miserably to fulfill its duty. I stood at all different angles behind the computer, and while the filter did mask the screen, darken it would be a better description, the image on the screen was still recognizable. A privacy filter should at the very least keep your screen private, not just darken the image.

Posted by quragery on 2013-10-25 08:34:11

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3M Privacy Filter Widescreen PF14 1W

3M Privacy Filter Widescreen PF14 1W

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Ive owned this product for about a month now and purchased it because I was frustrated with seatmates on airplanes looking at my notebook screen for the whole flight, trying to figure out what I was doing. This screen works wonders in deterring others from taking glances at my private information. In fact, most people think Im crazy, typing away on a computer with a blank screen, or so they think. There are some disadvantages with this screen though. Your seatmate directly next to you will be able to see through the filter to your screen partially, because they are within the viewing angle of the screen with the filter on. But move over any farther and the screen is not visible, nor is it visible across the aisle (if sitting in an aisle seat). About the only other place that it is visible is if someone is standing directly above you, one row back. Turning down the brightness of your screen also helps immensely in blocking people from viewing your screen through the filter at any angle. (Please note, having this filter installed screens out about half of the light coming out of the screen. If you have poor eyesight with dim lighting and have trouble with computer screens, this product may not be for you.) Additionally, the clear plastic tabs included with the filter adheres to the plastic border around the notebook LCD screen to keep the filter in place. It works, but blocks about a 18" of the screen at 6 points, especially noticeable around the bottom of the screen where the start bar is located. Youll also notice a large "3M PF14.1W" printed in the top right hand corner of the filter. Its used to help in determining whether the filter is facing the right direction, but its quite distracting at times. The height of the lettering is equivalent in size to the window bar at the top of any program. This filter is also very dust, lint, debris, and smudge attracting. Youll find yourself wiping the filter often. Overall, this filter does its job. Great for those who need to comply with HIPPA or other privacy regulations. But as an individual consumer, I wonder if the high price is justified for the benefits it provides.

Posted by pleriase on 2013-10-26 09:57:04

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Cooler Master NotePal LapAir R9 NBC LPAR GP

Cooler Master NotePal LapAir R9 NBC LPAR GP

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I have owned before 2 different laptop coolers. The Targus Lap Chill Mat AWE55US, and the Logitech Cooling Pad N100. Neither of those lasted even 6 months before they died. The Targus was big sized, so maybe a lil more ideal for my Dell XPS 1640, and it did live longer than my logitech, but the logitech seemed to cool better than the targus…at least for the first 2 weeks. After that, the logitech started slowing down, not cooling as much, and then quit altogether. So I decided to try something different and just bought the Cooler Master Notepal LapAir after reading all the statistics on air flow for it. Ive had it 3 days so far and have run it nonstop aside from when I go to bed I unplug it. The fan is pretty quiet (more quiet than the fan inside my Dell), and it really does move the air!!! I use my laptop on my lap, so was hoping the rear intake vent would help with the issues most all other coolers have of intake from the bottom, and it does. The rear intake is also nice because that means I can set the laptop on my couch for a minute and not worry so much about it sucking in more dust. It is fairly comfortable on my legs too, though it does feel a tad heavy. I was concerned about the type of fan it has in it because Ive never worked with a blower fan, Ive always used the standard style ones with the kind of curvy blades and I saw other coolers that had my eye simply because of the standard style fan in them and the large size of the fan. But let me tell you, I do NOT regret buying this kind, it really moves air!!! And amazingly, it feels colder than the air in my room. In fact it makes my legs cold so now Im using a throw blanket on my lap because I lost my lap warmer! This is a good thing though because my computer is performing much better, much cooler to the touch, and able to handle my games. Ive been playing LOTRO and Second Life, both fairly video intensive and my laptop used to have trouble even on lower settings. The FPS are not suffering at all so far. So in summary, this is one powerful laptop cooler definitely worth the buy! I can play games I couldnt play for months because it is really powerful at cooling! I no longer worry about burning the skin off my hands, my laptop barely feels warm at all to the touch. I havent tested internal temperatures (lots of other review sites have), but I know by its performance my computer is running much cooler. The only negatives I have really arent negatives, but could be improved 1. Its a little heavy on the lap, not bad, but lighter would be better. 2. I would love if it had an onoff switch instead of having to unplug it, but as a tradeoff I guess unplugging it reduces the risk of damaging the cordusb socket by accidental bumps. 3. The USB cord sticks out way too far. I like that it has USB pass through, but am pretty sure they could engineer that to make it smaller, but function over form all in all its ok. Highly recommended and would buy again because the performance on this is fantastic, the real test now is to see its longevity! Hoping it can last at least a year unlike my Targus and Logitech. Well see )

Posted by jakertio on 2013-10-27 11:14:56

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3M Privacy Filter Widescreen PF15 4W

3M Privacy Filter Widescreen PF15 4W

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Ive owned this product for about a month now and purchased it because I was frustrated with seatmates on airplanes looking at my notebook screen for the whole flight, trying to figure out what I was doing. This screen works wonders in deterring others from taking glances at my private information. In fact, most people think Im crazy, typing away on a computer with a blank screen, or so they think. There are some disadvantages with this screen though. Your seatmate directly next to you will be able to see through the filter to your screen partially, because they are within the viewing angle of the screen with the filter on. But move over any farther and the screen is not visible, nor is it visible across the aisle (if sitting in an aisle seat). About the only other place that it is visible is if someone is standing directly above you, one row back. Turning down the brightness of your screen also helps immensely in blocking people from viewing your screen through the filter at any angle. (Please note, having this filter installed screens out about half of the light coming out of the screen. If you have poor eyesight with dim lighting and have trouble with computer screens, this product may not be for you.) Additionally, the clear plastic tabs included with the filter adheres to the plastic border around the notebook LCD screen to keep the filter in place. It works, but blocks about a 18" of the screen at 6 points, especially noticeable around the bottom of the screen where the start bar is located. Youll also notice a large "3M PF14.1W" printed in the top right hand corner of the filter. Its used to help in determining whether the filter is facing the right direction, but its quite distracting at times. The height of the lettering is equivalent in size to the window bar at the top of any program. This filter is also very dust, lint, debris, and smudge attracting. Youll find yourself wiping the filter often. Overall, this filter does its job. Great for those who need to comply with HIPPA or other privacy regulations. But as an individual consumer, I wonder if the high price is justified for the benefits it provides.

Posted by pleriase on 2013-10-26 09:58:15

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Jabra HALO2 Wireless Bluetooth Headset

Jabra HALO2 Wireless Bluetooth Headset

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Over the years Ive owned so many Bluetooth stereo headsets that Ive lost the count. Ive been a bit of an early adopter for such headsets when it came to pairing them up with personal music players, and have used them since the cell phones were able to play music. Ive owned several Motorola S9 and S9HD headsets, as well as Jabra Sport Bluetooth headset. Jabra HALO 2 is definitely as good of a headset as Ive come across, but unlike the other ones that Ive tried it is definitely not suitable for workouts. **** Sound Quality **** For the purposes of listening to music these headphones are pretty good. They are will not blow you away, but they will definitely deliver clear, vibrant sound. The headphones supposedly come with an integrated bass, but I havent really experienced it above and beyond what I would expect from any other decent music headphones. In my experience Jabra headphones are overall deficient in this category as compared to other brands. This headset is more than satisfying for casual music listening, but if you are an audiophile you may find it wanting. **** Range **** This headset has pretty much the same kind of range as Ive come to expect from most Bluetooth devices. If you have a clear line of site with the paired device then you can use the headset with no problems even across a large room or a hall. Indoors you can also use it in a neighboring room, but the signal can become choppy. Unlike some other Bluetooth headsets, Ive had no issues with placing this one in my cloths or on the opposite side of my body from the receiver antenna. **** Compatibility **** Ive been able to pair this headset with my iPhone and iPad. Ive also tried pairing it up with my Mac computers, but so far Ive been unsuccessful with this. I might be missing something here, or maybe this headset was not designed to be used with computers. I would find this odd, but unsurprising. You can always use the included cord and connect the headset that way. **** Battery Life **** Ive used these headphones fro an extended period of time and have never been in a position where my battery had completely run out. My guess is that you could listen to music for at least four or five hours on a single charge, but I havent tested them for that long yet. If I notice any longterm battery problems Ill report about it here. **** Design and Build **** This is by far my favorite aspect of these headphones. They look cool, they are really easy on your ears, and when folded they are easy to stow away. The only button on the headset is the playpause button. There is also a touch sensitive volume slider. Both of these controls are very inconspicuous, so much so that at first I didnt even notice them. Snapping the headphones into their position turns on the headset, and likewise folding it turns it off. This too contributes to the extremely economic esthetic of this device. The only thing that I dont like about their design is the felt padding. I dont like the feel of felt to begin with, and felt is very hard to clean. It functions as a lint and dust magnet, and this combined with its black color makes it look used very quickly. Also, I would strongly discourage you from engaging in any activity that includes excessive perspiration while using this headset. **** Functionality **** The headset is convenient when you just want to play music and adjust the volume. As already mentioned, it only sports a single button and a touchsensitive volume slider. There are no options for skipping tracks, adjusting the microphone volume, or any other features that such headsets usually include. This is not that much of an issue for me, but it can be annoying if your Bluetooth device is out of a reach for whatever reason. **** Fit and Comfort **** The headphones can be extended far enough for most head sizes. Both my wife and I were able to wear them without any discomfort. The padding helps make them feel soft on the ears. Also, even after several hours of use I had not experienced any excessive warming of my ears. This may change in the summer, but for now they work fine. In fact, in terms of comfort these are probably the best headphones that Ive used so far. **** Telephony **** Jabra has made the name for itself with the dedicated wireless cellphone headsets, so you would be justified in expecting a high quality for this feature. Indeed, I have been extremely happy with the overall audio quality of this headset. (I am writing these lines while on hold with a customer service.) However, it seems that the receiving party usually has more trouble hearing me than I do them. While I was using the headset for some VOIP calling the other party couldnt hear me at all. This was only a onetime thing, and it could be completely due to some VOIP peculiarities. You can also receive phone calls while listening to music, and the side button can let you accept the incoming call. Once the conversation is finished, you will be able to resume listening

Posted by jakertio on 2013-10-27 12:00:32

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