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This review is from: HP X4000b H3T51AA#ABC Matte Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel Bluetooth Wireless Laser Mouse
Pros: Connected to computer just fine.
Worked once I had all the BT ancillary drivers installed.
Any surface laser eliminates need for mouse pads.
Cons: No programming or button allocation drivers (strictly a basic mouse).
Kind of choppy for fine work.
Somewhat loud clicker (A mouse pad or soft surface helps make it quieter).
Other Thoughts: I have an old, moderately abused ASUS hand-me-down with two of the three USB ports messed up (devices left in them and the tabs broken off so they can't connect to cables) by the previous owner. I wanted to set it up as a thin client to my main computer. I had an extra wireless KB that didn't come with a wireless mouse, so needed a mouse (touchpads are not an option for me). This mouse serves the role for limited functions. I don't recommend it for browsing (no back button on it) and definitely do not recommend ANY wireless devices (Keyboard OR Mouse) for gaming.
It's comfortable enough for what I need and my only problem with it was in rebuilding the computer (It originally came with Vista Home, and I upgraded the drive and OS to Win 7 Pro), I didn't install a "wireless utility" driver, which was needed to run the Bluetooth devices (little did I know). I figured that out and got the mouse to finally work once the utility was installed.
For a basic work-place mouse, with the "any surface" abilities of a laser, it does the job. As long as you don't need more, I'd highly recommend it. If you do need more, a wired gaming laser mouse is a good choice.
This review is from: Rosewill 4+1 VIA USB 2.0 PCI Adapter Model RC-103
Pros: - Lots of USB ports
- Low cost (when I got it)
- PCI interface (NOT PCIe, by the way)
- Good compatibility across the full range of MB's.
- Plug and play (Win 7 did not need drivers).
Cons: - For full cases only.
- Uncertain about Win 8 compatibility.
- Not USB 3.0
Other Thoughts: I use a lot of USB devices for gaming, art, photography, etc. Very few of my devices are USB 3.0. When I built my new system, I wanted to make sure I had enough USB ports. I wanted to get rid of the stack of hubs I had and wanted to push most of my semi-permanent connections to the back of my computer.
This adapter allowed me to dump one hub entirely, which went a very long way to clearing my workspace from entangling wires. It's worked perfectly well since I installed it. Its run my scanners and the connections to my game pad, camera port and scanners since the beginning without a hitch.
For the number of ports it has and its relatively low cost, it's an excellent choice if you have a full size case, don't need USB 3.0 and are running Win 7, XP or Kubuntu/Ubuntu Linux.
I can't say beyond those OS's since I didn't try it in any other system, but I would think, unless otherwise mentioned in the specs, that it can work with any OS in any device that has USB 2.0 compatibility and an open PCI slot.
Pros: Fast, cool, quiet.
Cons: None so far
Other Thoughts: I got two of these for my new computer build. I wanted to take advantage of the 6 Gb throughput on the MB and these don't disappoint.
I'm a stickler for quiet computers, mostly because I want to have relations with my wife again and she hates it when I sit around using a loud computer. I had just replaced the CPU fan in my old computer because it got loud when I decided to replace the whole computer a piece at a time.
The case I got for the new one was advertised as a "quiet" case, but it requires the drives to be actually attached to the frame (as opposed to using floating grommets or on rails). I was somewhat concerned about the noise coming from three hard drives amplified by the case all spinning at the same time.
As it turns out, there's no vibration noise from any of them at all. (the third one is a 2 TB 3 Gb WD server drive sent as a consolation for all the trouble I had a while back with some WD greens I will never buy again.) The drives run quietly, smoothly and very quickly. I haven't had a glitch with the new ones at all, but, then, I haven't had them that long, either.
That said, I JUST returned a 3 GB Blue model that died out before it's warranty period (one of 2 I had in my current computer with the other going great). I'm hoping the 6 Gb model has better legs
WD has been kind of spotty lately in its QA. It runs very hot and cold, by and large. The thing is, they're still better than anyone else making them (IMHO, anyway), and their tech support, when it's under warranty, is second to none. So while they could be better, they're as good as it gets right now and I'll definitely continue to recommend them and use them in my builds (all but the greens - avoid them at all costs!)