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This review is from: Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard RK-9000BL with Cherry MX Black Switch
Pros: Solid - heavy enough to use in a Zombie Invasion (just don't forget my morning cuppa). Similar to an IBM Selectric, means I can actually type faster then one of those cheap so called Silent keyboards. Bog standard 104 key setup. Comes with both a USB and PS2 connections for older systems. Great if you have it and are USB port challenge as I am (Have 8 in the back and all in use).
Cons: Blue LED's. They annoy me
As others have said, poor mini-usb cable connection. Can be solved by replacing with a better cable.
Other Thoughts: Would have been better to hard wire the keyboard and simply include a PS2 to USB adapter though I will be getting another when they're on sale.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Large Capacity - Fast - Quiet
Cons: Drive was delievered on Feb 25 as part of a new build and as of March 15, it's already failed. It didn't even make 20 days of use before failing.
Other Thoughts: Thankfully, I lost no data since I don't trust any drive until 90 days have passed and this one failed in 20. It's annoying when Windows Updates forces a reboot and the system hangs because a drive is no longer responding.
In my experience, drives either fail within 90 days or they live forever - I've still got working IDE drives that are over 20 years old but the newest ones don't seem to be as well built.
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit
Pros: Yes the metro interface is jarring but in both 8 and 8.1 you simply click on the desktop and bam! You're there. 8.1 fixed the Top Right Hot Corner (minimize/resize/close buttons) that popped the charmbar up for everyone. That's now only available down by the clock. The added start button is as useful as in Win7 but you need to rt clk on it.
Cons: You don't need any MS Live-ID/Hotmail log-in to use it as a normal user unless you want to set a PW. Then you absolutely have to have one.
The Start Screen is as cluttered as an OEM desktop with all sorts of stuff included. Easy enough to uninstall them but I wish MS wouldn't do the same thing that HP/Acer/Gateway and a rash of others do with preloading garbage.
Other Thoughts: Any time you upgrade the OS, you have to accept the changes made and 8 makes quite a few. 8.1 solves many of the desktop use issues.
Those complaining about no DVD playback, be glad as VLC is just a download away plus it handles more formats the Media Player. The Same for Foobar2000 that's better then Media Player for that plus both of them don't demand Net access (block em with the firewall and they don't complain as WMP does).
Keep in mind that hardware support for XP died when Win7 was released and with XP support ending in April 2014, you need to Change OS or stay off the net because you will be insecure. You also will not be able to find printers/scanner and other hardware that works in XP other then used very soon (already had that problem with hardware from wally world).