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Secret Lab Throne Gaming Chair Review

throne purpleSecret Lab makes a variety of gaming chairs. These are essentially very nice office style chairs with attractive and ergonomic designs. The chairs come shipped in a big box with the color of the chair on the outside of the box. It would be very difficult to ship the wrong item.

Secret Lab does a really nice job of packaging the chair and making it dead simple to assemble. They recommend getting the help of a friend to assemble the chair which we didn't find necessary. There are some excellent assembly videos available too for those tackling their first chair. This video by Secret Lab really shows how easy it is to put together. Everything is well organized and there's also an excellent 1 sheet in the box if the wifi is down.

The trickiest part of the assembly is dealing with the plastic wrap of the seat cushion and avoiding the recline mechanism. Secret Lab does a good job of making sure you know not to touch the mechanism until the the back of the chair is attached to the base. They really make you deathly afraid and we can't help but wonder if there's another way to achieve this assembly without the added stress and warning when you first open the box.

Once assembled the Secret Lab Throne chair is a very comfortable chair. It comes with two small pillows for lumbar and neck support. These are nice but we didn't find we needed them. The Throne is considered the small chair in the Secret Lab lineup but we found it comfortable for funkyfresh staffers of all shapes and sizes.

The Throne sells in the $250-$300 range. It's well made, looks good and easy to assemble. We'll decide if it's a good value based on how it holds up over time.

RAVPower RP-PC029 6-Port Desktop Charger Review

The RAVPower RP-PC029 6-Port Desktop Charger is sturdy and well made. It can charge any combination of smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, generally any rechargeable USB device.

Instead of having multiple wall warts on the kitchen counter this unit takes just 1 AC outlet to power 6 devices. It's much easier to create an organized charging station and all devices charge quickly and it comes with a 1.5m power cord to give you a little extra wiggle room.

The RAVPower RP-PC029 includes Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology and claims it can charge devices up to 4x as fast as conventional chargers. We didn't measure as there's just too many variables with all the devices and battery health etc. We can tell you this unit seemed to charge everything as fast or faster than OEM chargers they came with. This includes iPads, iPhones, Sony Phones, Samsung Phones and SanDisk MP3 players.

Not that we get all excited about charging units but yes this is a good device and well worth the $30. It feels solid, works well and will not end up in the drunk drawer with the sub-par chargers. You'll get a lot of use out of this.

Startech DisplayPort to DVI Dual Link Active Adapter Converter Review

startech DVI 512You've got a new video card and an older monitor and now your monitor isn't working at full resolution. You normally run it at 2560x1600 but now it only works at 1280x800. What's going on?

You need a DisplayPort to DVI Dual Link Active Adapter Converter. Basically, you need this Startech device or something similar that you pick up for under $100. This is a well built unit with a metal housing. And it works seamlessly. 

We tested it using a Dell 3007WFP 30inch monitor and Quadro P4000 GPU. Esentially any new video card that does not have a DVI Dual Link connection will require an adapter like this to work with older monitors that may not support Display Port at full resolution. You simply plug the Startech adapter into the DVI Dual Link connector and a USB connector for power. Plug your monitor into the Startech and you're back in business.

If you spent big money on your monitor years ago and you're pefectly happy with its performance you should consider getting an adapter like this. We recently tested a new 30inch HP Z display and the older 30inch Dell 3007WFP side by side and we have to tell you they both look fantastic when driven by the Quadro P4000 at 2560x1600 resolution.  So if you still like that old monitor use it with your new rig and keep it out of the ecycle for a while longer.

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