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A4Tech X7 F5 V-Track Laser USB Gaming Mouse - Black
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Mouse, Great Price. 04/07/2014

This review is from: A4Tech X7 F5 V-Track Laser USB Gaming Mouse - Black

Pros: Several points to discuss on the good things about this mouse.
1. Texture. The surface all around is that of some type of textured rubber. It never becomes slippery like some previous mice I've used, and will remain "grippy" for as long as I have it. The mouse wheel is great, very solid movement. The thumb buttons and the index finger button are smooth and easy to press/feel out because of the different surface texture.

2. Software that manages up to 5 different profiles. This is something that can be easily messed up by vendors. There are plenty of options, and it allows for complete customization for any game/power desktop use. I use one profile in Team Fortress 2 to allow for quick weapon switches to first, second, and third weapons, which would normally be keys: # of weapon slot + lmb (or mouse wheel scroll + lmb). It doesn't seem like much but the difference in speed is phenomenal. I also have a desktop use profile where the two thumb buttons are configured for back/forward (alt + left, alt + right). Profile selection is easy with the center key below the mouse wheel.

3. Easily adjustable sensitivity. While I don't really have a practical use for this, the fact that it's there if I'm doing some crazy photo editing (or sniping) is peace of mind.

Comes with extra slider feet for when yours wear out. I've had this mouse for almost a year now (always on a soft mouse pad), and the original feet are just fine.

Cons: Not TOO big of an issue, but it was something to note (This happens with all mice, but this particular one was a bit worse).

The muscle memory learning curve. You know when you get a new mouse, it feels totally weird and you have to almost consciously think about your hand placement? The thing that was the most difficult to adapt to was the index finger button right next to the the LMB and the wheel. For me personally, my index finger wanted to sit right on the red index finger button, and it was hard to keep it off. Through extensive use, I finally adapted to it, and I have no further issues with it. To me, the switch from my old mouse was worth it.

No weight adjustment, BUT the weight is just fine for me.

Other Thoughts: I think it's overpriced at MSRP (like a lot of things), but that's not to say it isn't worth it. It's a great mouse and it will last.

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Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 32 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Quality, Amazing Sound 11/29/2013

This review is from: Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 32 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers

Pros: - I've been using these for nearly a year for multimedia entertainment on my desktop gaming PC. They handle everything very well, including gaming, music, and movies.

- They feel like they have outstanding build quality. They are not light and flimsy like budget 2.0 speakers often are.

- Perfect speakers to add to a separate subwoofer and amplifier.

- See other thoughts for my recommendations/suggestions about this speaker setup

Cons: The only negative thing I have to say about these, albeit it's a minor one, is that when I adjust the bass knob to the minimum or maximum levels, there is a slight crackling noise. It's only when adjusting the bass knob, not during audio playback.

Other Thoughts: I think you'll get the best audio quality out of this set of speakers by turning the bass all the way down and using a dedicated subwoofer. By doing this, you get amazingly clear mids/highs and leave no room for the sound to be thickened/muddied on it's way out of the speaker enclosure.

I would also highly recommend the Rolls HA43-Pro 4 Output Stereo Headphone Amplifier for your desk setup. This will allow you to add a subwoofer to your audio system and control both the component speaker's and the sub's volume levels separately. With a sound card on your PC, you can also run a completely adjustable surround sound setup (Front L/R, Center, Sub, and Rear L/R on each one of the 4 channels of the "headphone amplifier").

Additionally, the headphone amplifier 'theoretically' cleans up the signal before hitting your speakers, making them cleaner and crisper.

I am currently using some spare car audio components I had laying around, including a 1000W Kenwood amp and a 10" Pioneer subwoofer in a sealed enclosure. It's powered in the house by a slightly modified 600W Antec power supply that was also laying around.

This is by far the BEST sounding and one of the most well blended audio setups I have ever heard. A lot of it comes down to physical speaker placement and tuning, but these speakers are the best component speakers I've ever heard.

Don't get me wrong, you don't need everything above to have rich and full audio. These speakers are fantastic right out of the box, hence why I am purchasing another set.

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Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 32 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Initial Impressions 01/15/2013

This review is from: Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 32 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers

Pros: These speakers are very clear, so long as the bass knob is not turned all the way up.
- Individual Bass and Treble adjustment knobs.
- Aesthetically pleasing (blue LED around the power knob, knobs are chrome)
- 2 audio inputs. One on the back of the main (right) speaker and an auxiliary input on the front.

Cons: All minor cons in my case:
- A bit tall.
- Distortion when playing some hip hop/rap songs, if the bass knob is turned all the way up (mp3 @ 320kbps).
- Made in China
- Bass response is okay for 2.0 speakers. I am use to having lots of bass in my music (2 12" Kickers in my SUV). These speakers really can't handle bass filled music with the bass knob all the way up. At least, not to my liking. They become unclear.

Other Thoughts: I didn't buy these speakers for bass. I knew exactly what I wanted to complete my room audio setup, and these Creative speakers were the perfect addition. I knew that these speakers would produce crystal clear music with minimal bass, so I bought them to do just that. I have all the base I need in this system with a 250W 10" car subwoofer running off a Kenwood 1000W mono amp and a 500W Antec computer PSU. On top of that, I am using the Rolls 4 channel active headphone amplifier to control each "channel" (Creative speakers and the sub) individually. The Rolls amp really seems to clean up the audio signal before it reaches the speakers, making them sound better than having the speakers connected straight to the source. A "Frankenstein" setup in my room has now turned into the best sounding and BALANCED small scale audio system I have ever heard... and this new sub along with the Creative speakers are not even broken in yet.

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Date Joined: 09/03/10

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