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CM Storm Havoc - High Performance 8200 DPI Laser Gaming Mouse with Extra Durable Omron Microswitches
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Very good mouse, a nice alternative to Logitech for the money 04/09/2014

This review is from: CM Storm Havoc - High Performance 8200 DPI Laser Gaming Mouse with Extra Durable Omron Microswitches

Pros: - very precise
- Solid construction, braided cable, good materials
- Super-tweakable
- on-board profile storage
- Uber-smooth glide on mousepads
- Driver software is slick and no conflicts so far
- LED lighting bling!

Cons: - Needs the driver software installed to work well, otherwise has momentary hangs
- Cannot toggle the mouse wheel detents on-off (like you can with the G500)
- No weighting system
- LED lighting "only" has 7 pre-defined colors, and no support for user-definable colors...

Other Thoughts: This is very good and smooth mouse, once you've installed the driver software, which seems a real must as the mouse would freeze for 5 seconds every 15 seconds or so without it. The driver does seem compatible with the Logitech profiler software (no conflicts, co-exists well).

This mouse fits my large-ish hand well; I have an older Logitech G500 mouse and this mouse feels a bit wider, shorter in length and slightly taller. It does not have any weight-adjustability like the G500, but the Havoc is fairly light and feels just about right to me regardless so it's not an issue. This mouse has three VERY large sliding surfaces, which are far larger than any of the Logitech mice I have (G500, G700, G9x) or any other mouse I've ever used for that matter, and I believe these help it glide better on my SteelSeries ThicknHeavy pad that any other mice I've tried. The mouse wheel has a more positive 'detent' than the G500 (which always felt a bit soft to me). This mouse does not have the pushbutton to toggle the mouse wheel between detent-mode and free-wheeling mode like the G500 has, though. I do like the LED lighting (seven colors to choose from) but no support for user-defined colors. The CM Storm driver software has a ton of tweaks to choose from, so this mouse is *highly* tune-able to suit your taste and speed. The macro capability exceeds my needs but is nice to have, too...

Overall, an excellent mouse at the price. I'm glad I snagged one. :-)

Frigidaire FAD504DWD 50-Pint Dehumidifier, White
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent 02/20/2014

This review is from: Frigidaire FAD504DWD 50-Pint Dehumidifier, White

Pros: + Highly effective
+ Surprisingly quiet
+ Modest footprint

Cons: - Kinda pricey
- Catch tank is a bit small, compared to the capability of the unit
- Catch tank is a very tight fit when replacing after draining
- Top-venting fan exhaust might not work for everyone, restricts unit placement somewhat

Other Thoughts: I really like this unit. Super-quiet compared to the 10-year-old Kenmore dehumidifier it replaces (even when the ol' Kenmore was new, before it's fan started crapping out). What fan noise I do hear is more a 'whoosh', than a fan roar or buzz. This moisture-sucker is a very capable unit, easily handled my wet 1000 sq.ft. basement when I plugged it in; went from patches of standing water, to a bone-dry basement (unit set to 50% humidity) in under 24 hours. I'm both impressed and very satisfied.

Hanns-G HL272HPB Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Price
- Thin
- Integral power supply, not an external power brick
- Comes with HDMI, DVI , and VGA inputs - all the other low-cost 27" monitors only have two of the three input types
- Moderately thin bezel
- Has VESA 100mm x 100mm mounts!

Cons: - Wobbly stand
- Dumb-a** warranty seal on lower-left of front (!) bezel
- The picture is a tad over-contrasty, but acceptable

Other Thoughts: OK, this is a follow-up for this specific monitor...some background:

First, I'll say that I've been using three Hanns-G/Hannspree 28" monitors for the last five years in a 3-screen Eyefinity setup. They are three slightly different models, each has a CCFL backlight, and they all still work - but the very first one I got (HF289H) is juuuust starting to show some issues when it first turns on. A little fuzziness/pixellation, that disappears after a couple minutes.

To prepare for the 'old' Hanns-G 28-inchers demise, about 6 months ago I purchased two of these HL272HPB monitors (for just over $200 each @NewEgg) to use as an extended desktop at work, and evaluate them.

The two monitors have worked flawlessly ever since, . They get used 8 hrs/day 5-days a week. No issues. True, they aren't the best picture quality in an LCD, but they are definitely acceptable for the price - and a steal for <$190. Yes the stands are a bit wobbly, but they come with VESA mounts. Yes, they have the stupid warranty seal on the lower-left front of the bezel, but they are low-contrast stickers and I totally don't notice those any more. Both displays have been perfect with no dead or stuck pixels, and minimal edgelight bleed. Sooo...I bought a third one a few weeks ago for $189 from theEgg and am ready to put all three of these into 3-screen Eyefinity service when the ol' 28" expires, and I'll put the other two 28"-ers to work in the workstation. The extra inch is nice (and the
1920x1200 resolution is great for document work), but when gaming it doesn't make much difference over a 27" - and nowhere near the difference that going from a 23" to a 27" monitor makes!

Bottom line: If you are looking for a great value in a 27" LED backlit monitor, this one makes the grade - and I have no regrets at all.


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