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Razer Vespula Dual-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat - Speed and Control
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Works great. The difference between this and a regular foam/cloth mousepad was huge to me. The Vespula in combination with a G9(x) gives the mouse almost a frictionless feel; I amused myself for a while by tapping the mouse very gently and watching it go sliding across the pad. Well made, I've had zero issues with it staying together or wearing down... not sure if some of the other reviewers got poorly made batches or if Razer switched manufacturers, but I've had mine for years now with no problem. Wristpad works great, and the mat it's attached to does a pretty good job of keeping the Vespula in place (unlike mousepads I've used before which I had to constantly readjust while gaming).

Cons: Seems to wear down the pads on the bottom of the G9, but I can't say for sure it's the Vespula- for all I know it would happen with other mouse pads too, I've never used any others. The residue from the G9's bottom pads leaves kind of a black gunk on the Vespula that interferes with tracking. Not a huge issue, just needs to be wiped off every week or two.

Other Thoughts: It's expensive but worth it in my opinion. I've had this for 4 years or so, and I've been spared the usual parade of short-lived foam mats that obnoxiously slide around the desk and don't have anywhere near the same feel as this pad anyways. There's a little bit of sticker shock with this pad at first, but knowing what I know now I'd probably be willing to spend even a little more.

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HP Photosmart Premium TouchSmart Web C309 CD734A Up to 33 ppm 9600 x 2400 dpi Wireless InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice quality prints, quiet when printing, looks really nice- no more hiding our printer in the corner. The interface is pretty intuitive. The apps are amusing/fun. I've had a grand total of one (1) paper jam in the last 6 months. Also, it's very easy to set up the wireless on this thing.

And you can print pics straight from your cell phone- nifty, just make sure your teen doesn't use up all your ink.

Cons: No feed tray for us lazy folk. Seriously though, at my last job I had to do quite a bit of copying at home and the lack of a feed tray would have been a deal-breaker.

The price is steep... then again, the Touchsmart is so versatile it's hard to complain.

Other Thoughts: I had an HP 7200 series prior to the Touchsmart... it was nice, but the wireless was a nightmare and it growled and shook like it was possessed whenever it was printing. I'm glad to see that HP has refined their All-in-one series.

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Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I bought this to replace an old WD 250gb w/16 mb cache, 7200 rpm. The VR is definitely faster and surprisingly, more quiet. Drive does come with the Icepack heatsink. I'm pretty happy with it so far. Hopefully someone will remove some of the reviews below- personally, I want to read USER reviews, not hypothetical tech-rants.

Cons: None. For those ranting below that this is useless due to SSD's... umm, ok... send me 600 gigs worth of SSDs, please, because I sure can't afford it.

Other Thoughts: Took about half an hour to clone my old drive onto this one using the WD Acronis software (available on WD's site- kinda nice, saved me 50 bucks). Sooner or later I'll buy an SSD for the OS and a big drive for music/movies- the VR is for programs, games and whatnot.

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Brandon M.'s Profile

Display Name: Brandon M.

Date Joined: 06/17/05

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 12/18/06
  • Last Review: 04/25/14
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