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Pros: I've used this keyboard from Adesso for years, hard. I see they have changed the left and right click button style, but this is the same model as I've had for well past 5 years.
I do a lot of PC repair and building, and often travel with it. I've sold several to users who liked not having to transition from laptop scale boards to 104 style keyspacing, and an extenson of that is the touchpad.
Everything on this just works, the key nomenclature is still as clear as new, and the touchpad works fine. I did have to replace the cable a couple of times as a result of internal breaks. This happens with any USB device, and is not unique to this keyboard. Next time I may try the new cloth braided cables and see if they hold up better.
Cons: It's not for everyone. It's a small format, touchpad device, and it's the only game in town.
It seems expensive compared to the $10 standard boards, but compare it to a good quality keyboard and mouse. (Not REALLY a con)
I tried a competitor with the touchpad on the right, and couldn't get the feel for it.
Other Thoughts: At one point I tried converting several people to this keyboard,
Most people don't like the feel, but those of us who do, this it the product. If you're reading this, you know what I mean.
Review typed on my old faithful Adesso.....
Pros: KAVERI - Loaded in ASUS Crossblade Ranger w/8GB 2400 PC3
Runs cool (<200w loaded - NO Fan noise) OC@4.4Ghz, Samsung 500gb ssd w/Magician
This just plain flies 40FPS most Games, X-Plane -- 89% in Sandra Lite for <$500
NO video card!!
Try it, You'll like it!
Cons: Competition hates it.
Don't let anybody tell you it can't handle games. It can.
Other Thoughts: Hard to believe these aren't all the rage, as fast and energy efficient as they are.
The Kabini's are it's baby brother and share all the advantages for very low bucks.
Pros: An incredible home office/school computer solution. Will run most anything well.
Bottom line: Don't overthink this, put it in a decent compact ITX MB, small power supply, 4-8gb of good memory, and use the factory heatsink.
It will work great for anything but resource hogging games or exotic systems.
The stock heatsink is more than adequate, as is most any power supply. It doesn't waste power as heat. Most people figure on upgrading the heatsink automatically, RESIST this urge. Small power in = small power out (Heat)
Runs well on 4GB. Use 8gb if it makes yo feel better. go DDR either way.
It runs Realflight 7 Flight Sim @ 30FPS with all options on full. Surprised the heck out of me. (RF7 can overheat nearly any factory processor setup)
I started out with 8gb DDR but "borrowed" a strip for a repair job. Still runs RF 7 fill tilt on 4gb single channel. This processor just keeps amazing me.
This is a resource sipping processsor. It will run any home application effortlesslly. I havn't tried gaming with it beyond the flightsim but it most probably holds it's own quite well. If you're building a gaming machine, go with the APU line, otherwise, you'll love this chip!
Bought this release day in a package from Newegg with a CoolerMaster compact case and MB. I wish I could get more at that price.
Cons: Works so well it's boring.
No overclocking, liquid cooling, massive fans or drama. Set it up with the included drive package, run it. Works great.
Other Thoughts: I'm surprised these havn't made the news. If all the computers out there were replaced with one of these, it would do more to save energy than all the compact flourescents in China!!
Revolutionary. They are the Home Office answer to the APU line.
If you truly need extreme power, go with a black edition 12 core APU, otherwise this will handle the job economically.
Intel must hate these 2 processors. The fans that cool Intel's equals to these 2 processors cost more than the AMD processor does. Amazing.