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Logitech K350 Black USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs The Keyboard of Keyboards 09/23/2014

This review is from: Logitech K350 Black USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard

Pros: - So comfortable you'll be tempted to use it as a pillow at night. (Not that I've ever fallen asleep at my computer before, wink wink.)
- Place to rest your wrists while you're not typing.
- Programmable Function Buttons (Makes your life exponentially easier)
- Media Buttons (Play/Pause, Next, Previous, Volume, Mute, Stop)
- Comfortable feel, but you don't need to re-learn how to use the keyboard.
- Ability to disable Caps Lock, Windows Key, or Insert key.
- Keys are really quiet when you type. Handy for late night typing.
- Just about anything you'd ever want in a keyboard.

Cons: I press really hard when I type, and as a result, the keys are not as quiet as when I first purchased it. However, it is still quieter than most other keyboards I've encountered. Other than that, there are no further problems.

Other Thoughts: I have had this keyboard for almost two years now and am actually using it to type this review. Please note that I am very picky when it comes to keyboards and comfort while at the computer. I typically use my computer more than 60 hours a week. Much of that time is spent writing code for computer games, a very demanding task for a keyboard. I am pleased to say the keyboard has stayed in one piece, the letters on the keys are still bright white (I've seen how the letters on many cheaper keyboards fade after a while), and I've only replaced the batteries once (I almost never turn the keyboard off, so this is saying something). The media buttons allow me to play/pause my music or change the volume without needing to take my eyes off what I'm doing. The function buttons allow me to open my email, calendar, or just about anything important with the tap of a button. Plus, Logitech makes it easy to customize buttons the way you seem fit using the low-profile but highly useful provided software. For example, I don't use Outlook (the default for the email button), so I simply remapped my email button to open the Gmail web site using the provided software. I have used a lot of keyboards, but at the end of the day it's nice to sit down at my computer and be able to use my favorite keyboard.

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HooToo® HT-UH009 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub (12V/4A Power Adapter, Latest VIA VL812 Chipset, 3.3 feet USB 3.0 Cable)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I get nine additional USB ports! (Ten new ones minus the one that the hub uses up); It actually runs at USB 3.0 speeds instead of slowing down over the course of a transfer. Multiple USB device people, this is for you! The power supply is included in this package- no need to search for extra equipment online. It's not as big as it looks online, either. It's compact and looks professional.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I am a real computer geek. I am a photographer and videographer as a hobby on top of recently graduating with a degree in computer game programming. If you can imagine, I have a lot of USB devices to worry about.
I love my computer (I bought it on Newegg), but it only has two USB 3.0 ports built-in and they're in the back. I have one 1TB and one 3TB external hard drive (both USB 3.0) and as they are both filling up with photos, videos, software, and documents, it made me start to wonder if I would need to use one of my computer's USB 2.0 ports for my next external hard drive and lose speed (which is especially important for a hard drive).
I looked online to check out the price of USB 3.0 Hubs and came across this. It was love at first sight. When it arrived at my doorstep and I plugged it in, it was totally worth the money I spent. Right now I have three external hard drives, a Firewire->USB video interface, and a webcam plugged in. All run at full speed together and I don't have to unplug any of them to get the full power of my USB 3.0 flash drive. It's very convenient and I love it. It was very easy to set up as well- it's plug n play and works with both my Windows 8.1 machine and my Windows 7 laptop. It's backwards compatible to USB 2.0 and USB 1.1.
The other nice thing about it is the external power. Of course one USB port can't supply sufficient power to nine others on top of itself, and HooToo (the guys that make this) knows that, too. That is why they included a power cord that comes in the package with the HUB to provide power to each USB port just like the ones built-in to the computer. This not only eliminates power starvation of your USB ports and USB devices, but it also relieves stress on your computer's main power supply unit. If you don't want your USB power devices left on all night while you're asleep, there is a master power switch to turn all the devices plugged in either on or off at the same time- no need to unplug or turn off devices individually to extend lifespans.
There are little blue indicator lights next to each port that show you whether your device is currently plugged in and turned on or not.
Last thing is this: The USB cord between the HUB and the computer is long enough that you can plug the HUB into the back of your computer and have all ten USB ports reach the front of your computer without a USB extender.
All in all, whether you are running out of USB ports or not, you should buy this. This is a quality product- It's great, fast, and it will be a long time before you buy another USB hub.

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Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best Of The Best 04/07/2014

This review is from: Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate

Pros: Provides an endless number of powerful tools. Everything is organized very well. Look and feel of the software is professional. More affordable than Photoshop, but can do just as much or more. Great community with lots of resources and assistance. Recommend for photographers, editors, graphic designers, and artists of all skill levels.

Cons: In the 32-bit version, some of the resource-intensive tools do show a slight drop in rendering speed when compared to Photoshop. Just be sure to use the 64-bit version and performance matches or beats Photoshop. Sometimes this software has trouble with the fact that I have two HD graphics cards (even though they are the same), but so does Photoshop, so that's more of a problem with my machine than with the software. I just disable the secondary graphics driver and it behaves fine again.

Other Thoughts: I tried to make this review informative, but there are so many more pros than cons in this software that it's hard to keep an un-biased opinion! I have plenty of experience in Photoshop CS5, Photoshop CC, and Corel Paint Shop Pro. I've been using Paint Shop Pro since version X12, and by now I have stopped using Photoshop altogether. I do graphic design as a hobby, and photography for friends and events. I found that I can get the same end-results I can in Photoshop using this software, and with less effort than is needed for Photoshop. Tools are easier to find and identify than they are in Photoshop, and I find it a lot more intuitive and fun to use in general. Pick this software whenever you're ready to start getting professional results!

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Date Joined: 11/11/12

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  • First Review: 06/12/13
  • Last Review: 09/23/14
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