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This review is from: Logitech M705 Black 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Marathon Mouse
Pros: Extremely comfortable: I'm not necessarily a "mouse connoisseur," but I can say that of the mice I've used this by far the most comfortable one. Fits my hand perfectly, buttons are all easily accessible, and it has a nice weight to it (but not too heavy).
Good performance: Movement is silky smooth and precise. I guess if you're a big-time gaming enthusiast you should probably go for a gaming mouse, but I played Far Cry 3 with it for a few hours yesterday and it performed very nicely. Certainly much better than the old mouse I had on this computer (an older microsoft optical).
Features: For my purposes, this mouse has a very nice combination of buttons. Not too few, not too many. It has your standard left and right click, the middle click, the vertical scroll wheel which also has the horizontal tilt scroll thing, forward and back thumb buttons, and below those a "hidden" button that by default brings up a task picker thing (kind of like the one on OSX, can't remember the name). You're able to reassign any of these functions with the logitech program.
It also has this "hyperscroll" feature which seemed kind of gimicky at first but I've grown to start using it a lot. With hyperscroll off it scrolls basically like a normal mouse, but if you tap the little toggle below the scroll wheel it allows the wheel to free spin. I've only owned the mouse a few days but it's already becoming second nature to use this feature for scrolling through large documents or webpages.
Battery Life and wireless range: Like I said, I've only owned it a few days so I can't really comment on the battery life. The logitech software says I still have 1093 days of battery life left so we shall see. I also like that it turns itself on and off automatically when not in use so the only time you would have to use the off switch is if you were packing it in a laptop bag or something.
The range seems nice as well. On my setup the receiver is about 4 feet away from the mouse underneath a desk and I've had absolutely no connection issues.
Cons: Just a few nitpicks:
As I mentioned above, the mouse performed exceptionally well.....while on my mouse pad. When I tried it on a semi-glossy wood surface it was definitely still usable but not quite as smooth and precise.
I'm not sure if it's just the mouse I received, but sometimes when I click the toggle to activate the "hyperscroll" feature, the toggle doesn't pop all the way back up so you have to nudge it back it up before you can press it again to deactivate hyperscroll. Doesn't happen a lot and when it does it's just a minor annoyance.
Clicking the scroll wheel by default was set to something other than "middle mouse button." Only had to download the logitech software to change it so it's not a big deal but I guess it could confuse some.
Since it's a refurb it doesn't come with any package, CD, or batteries. Not a problem at all for me but I figured I'd mention it.
Other Thoughts: I saw a couple of reviews on here saying they received a dirty/scratched/well-used product so I was a little bit apprehensive ordering it as this was experience with Neweggs refurbs. Happy to say mine arrived looking like brand new. Not a single scratch, blemish, or speck of dirt. Will definitely look into refurbs again.
I've also seen some reviews of this mouse saying that because the laser sensor is off-center that it screws up the mouse's movement. I use my mouse like most people do (wrist as pivot) and have noticed absolutely no weird/disoriented movements from this mouse. It behaves exactly like you would expect a mouse to. I've played a FPS with it and there's no vertical movement when looking from side to side like those reviews claimed. Just my 2 cents.
Pros: Low price: Got it for 124.99 on sale plus a $15 rebate but even at it's regular price it's definitely worth it for what you get.
Performance: Yeah, it's an "entry level" card, but it will still allow you play most current games at nice settings. I don't have a big PC game collection (yet) to test it on, but I can say on my old 8800GS I couldn't play Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag even with everything turned all the way down. After I popped this card in I'm getting nice FPS with everything maxed out, and dang does it look good. I'm sure with a few games and higher resolutions you might have to bump a setting or two down a notch, but this card is by no means wimpy.
Low power: Only uses 55W of power, that's half what my 8800GS was pulling. Doesn't even need a 6 pin power cable plugged in. Perfect for people with <450W PSUs.
Low temperature: Stays unbelievably cool even under full load. Idles at ~23C and under full load it's ~47C, that's a lower temperature under full load than my 8800GS idled at. Nice.
Noise: Haven't heard a peep.
Other: Looks really nice and feels solidly built. Haven't messed with OCing it yet, but one review I read said you can safely add another ~100Mhz over the stock OC.
Other Thoughts: Good card, I'm very pleased with it. This card packs a punch.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LEPA MX-F1 N400-SB 400W ATX Power Supply
Pros: I've had the 400W version powering my primary computer for about 5 months now and so far it's done it's job reliably with no crashes or other problems.
Fan is very quiet.
Decent variety and quantity of connectors for the price.
The cables are a fairly generous length, and some of them have a black mesh sleeving that looks pretty cool.
The blacked out back looks good.
Cons: Although for some the "race-inspired" design is a draw, I for one think it looks kind of tacky. But it sits in a case and I only see it when I open it up so who really cares how it looks.
Other Thoughts: My system is a MicroATX mobo, an AMD FM2 X4 750k (100W max tdp), two 4GB sticks of ram, two 7200rpm HDD's, a DVD-RW, and an old GeForce 8800GS (115W max tdp).
I just ordered a new GTX 750 ti (60W max tdp) to replace my old card and that should cut my system's power draw by a lot.
Since it's only 400W max I wouldn't use it to power any mid to high end graphics card. Yes, it has the 6+2 pin, which is great, but 400Ws it not enough for any current graphics card in the >$200 range. Always check the max tdp and the recommended PSU for any new graphics card you're buying.
This is a nice reliable PSU for a budget build (especially one using the new low-power GeForce 750 series cards), or a media PC or something, but if you want to build a beast of a system please don't skimp on the PSU.
Display Name: Gabriel M.
Date Joined: 06/16/10
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