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Pros: Unless you've got a really over-the-top build planned, this is all the power supply you'll ever need. It is built using top-notch internal components, and as a testament to that you can actually pull slightly more more than the rated 650W from it in the real world. I'm running an overclocked i5-3570K with two AMD Radeon 7970 graphics cards in Crossfire mode on this power supply. I use my video cards to mine Bitcoin/Litecoin when I'm not using them for anything graphics intensive, and with the CPU and GPU's running flat-out, I only draw about 600W from the wall based on my Kill-a-Watt meter readings. (When I overclock the video cards I've actually exceeded 650W a few times, and the PSU didn't skip a beat. There is more than enough headroom in this unit for a very high-end build.
The cables are nice and sheathed, I didn't have any problems with cable length in my Fractal Define R3 mid-tower case.
The fan in the power supply is quiet.
The four PCI-e leads all have 8-pin capability.
up to 94% efficiency (80 plus platinum).
Crazy (awesome) 7 year warranty.
Cons: When it's running near its rated load potential, the unit gets pretty hot... perhaps a side-effect of the quiet and conservative fan.
Other Thoughts: This PSU has survived several rounds of annoying brown-outs and power outages in my area. I would buy it again.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard - Retail
Pros: - Great key feel, and not incredibly loud
- Programmable macro buttons work well in the 'real world' too, not just games
- Reasonably priced
- Dedicated media buttons are appreciated
- No batteries to change... ever.
- Backlit keys are functional and good looking
Cons: - The row of macro buttons will throw your home row finger placement off initially until your brain adapts to the extra real estate on the left hand side
- No Windows key on the right hand side of the space bar :( but the spacebar is elongated, so that if you tend to press it with your right thumb, it is a more centered and smooth key press.
- Macro software kinda sucks compared to other companies macro management programs. Also there is a character limit to the macros which can be annoying if you're trying to have it crank out long swaths of text or programming code.
Other Thoughts: I consider myself very much a keyboard snob. At home I only use mechanical keyboards, using a Das Keyboard Professional on my main computer, and a Razer BlackWidow on my gaming machine.
I purchased this keyboard for the office, since I didn't think my coworkers would appreciate a deluge of obnoxiously loud keystrokes on a daily basis. This keyboard is extremely comfortable to type on; the keycaps seem to hug your finger tips, and the stroke length is just about perfect... a good middle ground between laptop keys and the full on mechanical blocks I'm used to pressing on at home.
The backlighting is cool, but my office is lit well enough, that you can't even really tell that it is on.
The macro buttons can be assigned to non-gaming tasks like launching programs, locking the computer, or hammering out repetitive chunks of code in one key stroke. Very handy if set up right.
All in all, despite its gaming pedigree, this is a superb bit of office equipment. Cubicle recommende
This review is from: Microsoft Comfort Mouse 6000 S7J-00001 Black 1 x Wheel USB Wired BlueTrack Mouse
Pros: - Precise tracking on every surface I've used it on
- Thumb mounted forward/back navigation buttons
- Extremely comfortable grip/feel (for my hand anyway)
- USB cable (Dislike wireless mice for desktop systems)
- Relatively inexpensive
- Large Teflon pads that don't seem prone to falling off
- Works great with Windows 7 (Good software integration
- Scroll wheel has tactile clicks, instead of the "dead" freewheel that I despise
- GREAT for office environments (where I use mine)
Cons: Would have liked to have seen side-to-side scrolling enabled instead of vertical only.
Other Thoughts: This is a perfect office mouse. Some people might complain that it is too light, but for all day mousing it is actually a blessing once your brain adjusts to the weight difference. All the Bluetrack mice I have every owned have superb tracking precision, and this beauty is no difference. If you're thinking about taking a gamble on this mouse, DO IT. You won't regret it.
(This advice comes to you from a hard core Logitech MX510/G5 junkie... never thought I could appreciate another kind of mouse, but this one does the trick)