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Apple Magic Mouse MB829LL/A
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent 12/14/2010

This review is from: Apple Magic Mouse MB829LL/A

Pros: No moving parts. Very much like a trackpad in mouse form factor. Very responsive (at least in current OS X versions) and seemingly durable. I own two of these, one for 6 months and one for 3 months. I've never cleaned either one and they don't really need it. I use rechargeable batteries and change them about once a month, or so. I consider the battery life to be more than acceptable, particularly using rechargeables.

Cons: After the 10.6.5 update, every now and then the mouse stops registering single clicks and has to be disconnected from bluetooth and reconnected. It's more than likely a driver bug that I'm sure will probably be fixed before you read this.

Other Thoughts: I recently had a chance to try the Magic Trackpad. If I'd never bought a Magic Mouse, I'd probably prefer the trackpad. The problem, though, is that the multi-touch/gesture interface differs just enough between the two as to be annoying. At least for me, it's a one or the other thing. I was already used to the mouse and I'm more than happy to stick with it.

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Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Not much to say others haven't 10/26/2010

This review is from: Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: The main reason I'm leaving this review is to respond to Brian's review from 10/8/10 below. I've done two builds with this case since August 1st, both bought from Newegg. Both cases came with all the special screws necessary to fill the 3.5" drive bays. If you only have 4 of these screws, you need to complain to someone.

Cons: You really need to use Antec's CP series of power supplies with this case (I'm using the CP-850). I tried an Antec Earthworks 650 but the power cables were *way* too short to reach through the motherboard tray cutouts. That's not really a fault of the case, though, as it's designed for the CP power supplies, and visa-versa. More a heads up than a con.

Other Thoughts: It's not a gamer's case (the "P" in P183 is for Professional). It fits my HD 5770 card just fine but it might be a tight fit for the high end cards unless you remove the middle drive bay (at least it's an option with this case). The stock fans keep things cool at stock processor speeds but anyone doing serious overclocking would probably find it a bit wanting. That said, it is a remarkably well designed, attractive, unit with lots of flexibility.

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Rosewill RCR-IM5001 USB2.0 75 in 1 internal Card Reader w/ 3 ports USB2.0 Hub / eSATA port / Extra silver face plate / Molex Power
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very easy install. No drivers required on OS X and all slots I've tried have worked fine (CF, SDHC, eSata, USB).

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Perhaps some of those with complaints got a bad unit but the eSata port works just fine. The fact is that whether it is hot pluggable or not depends on the controller and driver for the motherboard sata connector you connect it to. If the motherboard connector isn't hot pluggable, you have to connect your eSata device then reboot to see it. That's not Rosewill's fault.

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Display Name: Paul B.

Date Joined: 01/05/06

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 02/27/07
  • Last Review: 12/14/10
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