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Salamok
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Reply #4165 on: August 21, 2019, 12:49:37 PM

I want to see the patent that covers hitting the channel guide button with the channel guide already open will close it.  Or the one covering caching the channel guide info locally so it doesn't take 5 seconds to open up every time or maybe the one that covers being able to scroll back to see programming that has already happened.  All of these features existed in my channel guide 5 years ago but are mysteriously not present in the latest and greatest, maybe it is as you say and the first creator of a channel guide patented everything and now we are left with a screen full of suckage.  If I found out someone patented pagination for long lists and is holding it hostage I will die a little inside, no mr on demand movie list i do not want to scroll through your list of 740 movies and shit that starts with the word "The" does not get filed alphabetically under T.

These are all things that happen when the idiot child of a 1%er figures out how to set the clock on the microwave so his parents get him a computer job.
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Reply #4166 on: August 22, 2019, 12:11:21 PM

Headsets again. I've been on the $20 bandwagon for about a year or two since they all seem to degrade after a while, however it is probably time to do another discovery on more robust options. This is for work but would apply to gaming as well.

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Reply #4167 on: August 22, 2019, 01:12:58 PM

Do you want over the ear, on the ear or in the ear? Open or close backed? Wireless or wired?

Edit: oh you said headsets. How good a mic do you need?
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Reply #4168 on: August 22, 2019, 01:55:55 PM

Over the ear is best for me. Do not need ANC.
As for mics, I don't think it needs to be high quality but something that doesn't slide across my shirt front while unmuted would be great. This is probably the main gripe I have with the $20 throwaways.

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Reply #4169 on: August 22, 2019, 02:21:17 PM

I've been using the no longer sold Logitech G930. over the ear, closed back headset, for almost 7 years now for my work headset needs (Zoom, Skype, etc.). Uses an USB wireless stick for connectively with decent range (can wander around the house a bit). Works transparently with both Mac and Windows. Mic quality is only so-so but it's better than other co-workers' headset mics so I haven't bothered to upgrade. Had to replace the pads at the beginning of this year cause they had fallen apart (but you can get replacements which is nice). The mic can be muted by moving the boom up and the switch handles that seems to be wearing out finally as sometimes when the boom is all the way down to unmuted it's still muted (moving up and down will fix that). But 7 years is reasonable amount of time to last.

The replacement models are the G935 or the G933. Haven't tried either so I don't how they compare to mine.

Logitech also makes non-gaming headsets if you want something that doesn't look so "gamer".

https://www.logitechg.com/en-us/products/gaming-audio.html

https://www.logitech.com/en-us/headsets
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Reply #4170 on: August 22, 2019, 03:25:11 PM

It's super annoying I can't use their wireless USB dongle on my xbox. Why do I have to be tethered to my controller with a 3.5mm?  Beating a Dead Horse

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Reply #4171 on: August 22, 2019, 06:18:36 PM

I bought a Corsair HS70 a few weeks ago and the little I have used them they are surprisingly comfy. Not sure how great the audio quality is for VOIP applications but they don't crush my ears and they sound pretty good. They also don't look that much unlike a pair of normal can headphones. No RGB madness or anything like that.

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Reply #4172 on: August 22, 2019, 07:40:03 PM

It's super annoying I can't use their wireless USB dongle on my xbox. Why do I have to be tethered to my controller with a 3.5mm?  Beating a Dead Horse

It's interesting you post this. I don't have a Xbox One, but for the 360 there was a sweet MS-branded earpiece that was fully wireless. I'd give a left nut to get one of these for the PS4, and I guess there isn't one for the Xbox either.

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Reply #4173 on: August 23, 2019, 08:41:24 AM

I was mildly annoyed to learn that though the PS4pro supports bluetooth, it's for input devices, not output.   Ohhhhh, I see.

So I can't use my jabras iems, which have a mic and everything. Blah.

And I have to plug my Senn cans into the controller? What kind of dystopian crap is this? swamp poop

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Reply #4174 on: August 23, 2019, 09:23:13 AM

It's super annoying I can't use their wireless USB dongle on my xbox. Why do I have to be tethered to my controller with a 3.5mm?  Beating a Dead Horse

It's interesting you post this. I don't have a Xbox One, but for the 360 there was a sweet MS-branded earpiece that was fully wireless. I'd give a left nut to get one of these for the PS4, and I guess there isn't one for the Xbox either.

As far as I know, the only MSFT supported "wireless" option is plugging in to the Xbox controller. Which, honestly, is pretty ingenious and gets everyone connected using cheap 3.5mm headsets. But I don't like the cord constantly being in my lap. The only wireless options I know of require a 'base station' that plugs in to the Xbox's digital optical audio out, and there's not many options to pick from. Here's an example of a more premium version: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01G3WBCQY

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Reply #4175 on: August 23, 2019, 12:05:31 PM


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Reply #4176 on: August 23, 2019, 12:23:10 PM

I have a pair of  Steelseries Arctis 7. Solid mic. Works perfectly with the PC and PS4. Just have to plug in this dongle/receiver thing. Really long charge life. Not terribly light, but pretty comfortable.
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Reply #4177 on: August 23, 2019, 01:09:05 PM

Nice!

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Reply #4178 on: August 29, 2019, 01:47:50 AM

Have the same headset.  Very high quality.  The SteelSeries software on the PC also really makes it come alive.  Which makes me suspect it is a bit less good on a PS4, but even so....great headset.

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Reply #4179 on: October 20, 2019, 07:12:30 PM

Need a new home laptop methinks. Nothing fancy, just be able to run some shitty Steam games, (no FPS stuff) and stream  shit. I'm poor atm so something under 1000.'

Suggestions?

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Reply #4180 on: October 20, 2019, 07:35:11 PM

Go over to your local Micro Center and get this:

https://www.microcenter.com/product/606146/asus-tuf-fx505du-mb53-156-gaming-laptop-computer---black

Only thing that's not so great about the config is the 8 GB RAM but you can upgrade it yourself whenever.
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Reply #4181 on: October 24, 2019, 09:13:34 PM

As I recall, Shannow is in Ireland, so Micro Centers may be thin on the ground.

Newegg has this, looks decent:

https://www.newegg.com/global/ie-en/obsidian-black-acer-aspire-7-a717-72g-700j-gaming-entertainment/p/N82E16834316435

Just barely makes your budget cap, only one with 16GB that does.

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Reply #4182 on: October 25, 2019, 07:10:16 AM

No, Shannow is in the Boston area.

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Reply #4183 on: October 28, 2019, 01:08:55 AM

A family member wants to buy a gaming laptop, so naturally, they've asked me for advice. Price/performance, blabla.

I found this thing on sale (for a couple more days)
https://www.dell.com/en-au/shop/gaming-and-games/alienware-m17-gaming-laptop/spd/alienware-m17-laptop/awm17d10au?mkwid=sNa3LyxeO&pcrid=203090359674&pkw=&pmt=&pdv=c&ven1=sNa3LyxeO~203090359674~9011547612~c&ven2=~&dgc=st&dgseg=dhs&acd=10589238119234140&st=&cid=238119&lid=23414&ven3=110905154226882195&configurationid=f7b97e84-5032-4d3f-92f4-7a1d331a1f83

Seems good to me, but not a lot of RAM. Seems like DDR4 SODIMM 2666 is the type to use? Would either of these be good for bumping it up to 16gb? And if so, what's the practical difference between them? Both descriptions bang on about NUCs, so I figure best to check in here with the people who know WTF is going on...

https://www.centrecom.com.au/gskill-ripjaws-16gb-2666mhz-ddr4-sodimm-ram
https://www.centrecom.com.au/gskill-16gb-f4-2666c19s-16grs-ddr4-2666mhz-sodimm-ram

Are they both shit? Better option?
https://www.centrecom.com.au/notebook-ram?orderby=10&specs=466,236,237,238,248

https://www.amazon.com.au/s?k=SODIMM+DDR4+2666&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

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Reply #4184 on: October 28, 2019, 02:25:52 AM

Despite being on sale that's not a very good configuration. This one is smaller and not on sale but the same price and is a better configuration (16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, same GPU):

https://www.dell.com/en-au/shop/gaming-and-games/new-alienware-m15-gaming-laptop/spd/alienware-m15-r2-laptop/awm15d72au

There are also non-Dell models that are cheaper for the same GPU performance (GTX 1660 Ti in this case).

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Seems good to me, but not a lot of RAM. Seems like DDR4 SODIMM 2666 is the type to use? Would either of these be good for bumping it up to 16gb? And if so, what's the practical difference between them? Both descriptions bang on about NUCs, so I figure best to check in here with the people who know WTF is going on...

https://www.centrecom.com.au/gskill-ripjaws-16gb-2666mhz-ddr4-sodimm-ram
https://www.centrecom.com.au/gskill-16gb-f4-2666c19s-16grs-ddr4-2666mhz-sodimm-ram

Are they both shit? Better option?
https://www.centrecom.com.au/notebook-ram?orderby=10&specs=466,236,237,238,248

https://www.amazon.com.au/s?k=SODIMM+DDR4+2666&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
Yes you want DDR4 SODIMMs with a minimal speed of 2666. However it's better to get a matching pair of 8 GB SODIMMs so you get dual-channel memory rather than a single 16 GB.

The top G.Skill is actually the better one cause it's got faster timings (CL18 vs CL19) which is why it's more expensive if it wasn't on sale. But you still don't want that one cause it's not a dual-channel kit.

This one is 2x8 GB CL15: https://www.amazon.com.au/Kingston-Technology-2666MHz-HX426S15IB2K2-16/dp/B01N2VUOBJ

This one is 2x8 GB CL19: https://www.amazon.com.au/Crucial-PC4-21300-SODIMM-260-Pin-Memory/dp/B071KP8CGG
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Reply #4185 on: October 28, 2019, 03:08:00 AM

Despite being on sale that's not a very good configuration. This one is smaller and not on sale but the same price and is a better configuration (16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, same GPU):
https://www.dell.com/en-au/shop/gaming-and-games/new-alienware-m15-gaming-laptop/spd/alienware-m15-r2-laptop/awm15d72au

I'll mention it, but I think the larger screen was an important consideration for them.


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There are also non-Dell models that are cheaper for the same GPU performance (GTX 1660 Ti in this case).

I guess the difficulty there is figuring out what's good and less good and hot garbage, and of course, the price/performance/brand quality. I know less about gaming laptops than gaming desktops.

Anything here in the AU$2-2700 range that you'd recommend? (probably 17". expanding the RAM as an option)
https://www.jbhifi.com.au/collections/gaming-laptops
https://www.centrecom.com.au/gaming-laptops
https://www.harveynorman.com.au/games-central/pc-gaming/gaming-laptop?dir=asc&order=price#toolbar-top

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Yes you want DDR4 SODIMMs with a minimal speed of 2666. However it's better to get a matching pair of 8 GB SODIMMs so you get dual-channel memory rather than a single 16 GB.
The top G.Skill is actually the better one cause it's got faster timings (CL18 vs CL19) which is why it's more expensive if it wasn't on sale. But you still don't want that one cause it's not a dual-channel kit.

I was going to suggest that they get 2x of the 16gb ram ones for 32gb. Would they work for that?

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Reply #4186 on: October 28, 2019, 02:13:19 PM

I guess the difficulty there is figuring out what's good and less good and hot garbage, and of course, the price/performance/brand quality. I know less about gaming laptops than gaming desktops.

Anything here in the AU$2-2700 range that you'd recommend? (probably 17". expanding the RAM as an option)
https://www.jbhifi.com.au/collections/gaming-laptops
https://www.centrecom.com.au/gaming-laptops
https://www.harveynorman.com.au/games-central/pc-gaming/gaming-laptop?dir=asc&order=price#toolbar-top
JB HIFI and Harvey Norman don't have anything good in that price range. On Centre Com these are good:

https://www.centrecom.com.au/gaming-laptops?orderby=10&specs=44
https://www.centrecom.com.au/asus-rog-strix-scar-iii-gl731gv-173-fhd-144hz-rtx-2060-i7-gaming-laptop
https://www.centrecom.com.au/msi-ge75-9se-297au-173fhd-rtx-2060-i7-laptop

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I was going to suggest that they get 2x of the 16gb ram ones for 32gb. Would they work for that?
That's fine if you want 32 GB RAM but again it's better if you get a matched pair kit (2x16 GB) like this:

https://www.amazon.com.au/Crucial-16GBx2-PC4-21300-SODIMM-260-Pin/dp/B071H38422
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Reply #4187 on: October 28, 2019, 04:11:57 PM

Thanks a ton for this as well - I'll pass it all on. :)

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Reply #4188 on: November 12, 2019, 10:30:43 AM

The old Sharp Aquos is finally in need of replacement. It was a great TV for a long time (in TV years). A very quick tour of the intertubes shows a lot of manufacturers but I don't see Sharp come up on review sites. So, I turn to F13 to see if anyone here has any thoughts on TV manufacturers before I get too deep into researching.

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Reply #4189 on: November 12, 2019, 11:43:51 AM

I've been happy with my Samsung QLED (2018 6 series), but I generally like Samsung stuff. Sony has some good sets and was my runner up when I was shopping around.

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Reply #4190 on: November 12, 2019, 12:34:45 PM

Sony has that Sony-surcharge, though. Which is fine if it has the quality to warrant it.

I do see a lot of Samsung. Unsure about LG.

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Reply #4191 on: November 12, 2019, 06:27:02 PM

My boss loves LG. He gets a new one about every 18 months when the previous dies. I've had good luck with Samsung, one I got from Circuit City a couple years before they bankrupted is still going strong.
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Reply #4192 on: November 12, 2019, 06:30:59 PM

The old Sharp Aquos is finally in need of replacement. It was a great TV for a long time (in TV years). A very quick tour of the intertubes shows a lot of manufacturers but I don't see Sharp come up on review sites. So, I turn to F13 to see if anyone here has any thoughts on TV manufacturers before I get too deep into researching.
For OLED LG is the benchmark (LG makes pretty much everybody's OLED panels), for LED Samsung is the benchmark and Sony has both types and is competitive though you may pay a premium (less likely to have discounts).
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Reply #4193 on: November 13, 2019, 08:03:04 AM

He gets a new one about every 18 months when the previous dies.

 Ohhhhh, I see.

As for OLED, I need a 51" diagonal. This seems hard to find. Will probably end up with a LED.

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Reply #4194 on: November 13, 2019, 09:46:20 AM

My level of care about black levels did not rise to the price difference of an OLED.

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Reply #4195 on: November 13, 2019, 09:47:36 AM

He gets a new one about every 18 months when the previous dies.

 Ohhhhh, I see.

As for OLED, I need a 51" diagonal. This seems hard to find. Will probably end up with a LED.

Well, you don't get to just state the size you want and they make one for you.  Also, the rule of thumb is always to get one size bigger than what you think.  Conveniently, that means you want a 55", which is also probably the sweet spot from a price POV as well.

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Reply #4196 on: November 13, 2019, 10:34:54 AM

The TV must fit within a 48" x 32" space.

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Reply #4197 on: November 13, 2019, 10:41:20 AM

Heh, a 55 inch is going to be very close to 48.  Maybe you could just shove it in there.  Or the real answer:  find more space, you caveman.

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Reply #4198 on: November 13, 2019, 02:25:39 PM

I've got two TCL 4K, one 49 inch (which would definitely fit your space) and a 55 inch (which is apparently 1 inch too wide). The built-in Roku is pretty good (with both Wi-Fi and Ethernet). For $250-280, it's hard to go wrong.

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Reply #4199 on: November 13, 2019, 06:03:31 PM

My biggest problem with Samsung is you can't install android apps, so if there isn't a Samsung version that is worth a crap you are stuck.  I do remember wanting something and being blocked by this but I can't remember what it was.  Pretty happy with my 2018 4k Samsung qled as well, in addition to the TV quality it is fairly decent looking when it is not being used (which for me is most of the time).  The other extremely annoying feature of Samsung Smart TV's is you can only pair a single Samsung remote to it and I would love to have two of them.
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