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This review is from: Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse
Pros: The mouse has great shape and feel to it. The two scroll wheels work really well. Scrolling is smooth and predictable. Hyperscrolling is fantastic for those long spreadsheets or documents. You can turn the hyperscroll feature off with just a click of a button. The fact it has both BT and the unifying dongle are really helpful. Setup is easy and no longer uses the dreaded Set Point software. It's turn on, set up and forget. Battery life is decent; much better than the MX Revolution it replaces. It's a large and heavy mouse compared to regular mice which gives it a quality feel to it. The side scrolling wheel works amazingly well except that Windows 10 now uses mostly vertical scrolling screens thereby reducing the overall usefulness of the wheel. Regardless it works well in Excel with many columns.
Cons: The mouse I had, despite being in a sealed box, was scratched. Moreover, the more I used it the more the surface became marred. One has to question the friction material used on the mouse. Hard plastic would have been preferred. The forward/backward buttons are small and triangular, and placed on top of each other. The activation is also heavy, making these two buttons difficult to use. In fact, it's easy using the mouse pointer and selecting the back button.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is an excellent mouse to use. It feels and looks great. The pointer is precise and it has great versatility. The only serious complaint is the material quality. Mine is extremely poorly made. The soft material surface is heavily scratched from just the palms of my hand. This is unacceptable for the price they are commanding for this product. Hopefully the next revision chooses simple hard plastic that does not scratch.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 750Ti 2GB LOW PROFILE OC EDITION
Pros: This card is the first Generation Maxwell architecture after Kepler. The card runs extremely quietly and fits into small form-factor cases. Several of these are being used for HTPC use in small-cases. I needed to be able to run above 1920x1200 resolution so DP or Dual Link DVI was a must. This card has both. As for gaming, it's not a high-end card by any stretch, but holds its own due to the more efficient architecture. It also has the new NVENC engine which has its own pros and cons. If you need a small, up-to-date, powerful low profile card that can drive high resolutions,this is the one to get. It's not written on the box, but the dual-link DVI does support HDCP.
Cons: The card is expensive compared to similar 750 Ti's, however, it fits into small form factor cases and has the bonus of having dual-link DVI, Display Port and two HDMI ports - all support high resolution. The other con is driver and software support. As of now, 344.75 is not supported by Nero15 nor PowerDVD 14 Ultra for Blu-Ray playback or UltraHD encoding. This is not the card's fault. It is clearly a driver issue as rolling back to 340's fixes the problem - although NVENC (new generation is not supported in those drivers). Cannot SLi these cards.
Other Thoughts: If you need a quiet small form factor card for casual gaming and have the ability to drive 2560x1600 and above monitors, this is the card to get.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Intel BOXDX79SR LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: This is an Intel designed and manufactured motherboard using Intel expertise. The bios is encrypted meaning there is less of a chance of infecting the bios and compromising the system. It's a very good looking board with a great looking color scheme. Blue and black are always appreciated. There are eight SATA ports and it also comes with front and rear panel USB 3 ports. The PCB is server grade which means it can go the distance if need be. The POST process is much more robust than with other 3rd party manufacturers meaning if you do have a running system it probably will be more stable than others. It has an additional two 6GB SATA ports bringing the total up to four. The two native 6GB ports can be RAIDed and uses the Intel RST-e driver variant which is more robust than the garden variety issue. As it is Intel manufactured it comes with Intel software (drivers, bios, utilities, overclocking utilities etc.) which are generally of a higher quality than others. Also, Intel constantly updates and qualifies the software over time. The board has 40 PCI-e lanes and is certified to run PCI-e 3.0. That means it does not require a PLEX switching chip for lane control giving you plenty of bandwidth. The board is also qualified to run Xeons allowing it to double as a workstation and run 8 cores and 8 HT cores for a total of 16. The board also can handle up to 64GB of RAM. The board has bios recovery features and easy resets in case of a substantial overclock failure. The board has plenty of diagnostic and operational LEDs allowing you to follow the boot process in detail as well as the current status of the board. Intel, unlike other manufacturers, provides you with detailed technical specifications and white papers giving you an unprecedented amount of information on this board. This includes not just all the diagnostic codes, but the
design parameters as well. The board supports either Tri-SLi or Tri-Crossfire. The bios has a special back to bios feature allows you to go into the bios without clearing the bios cache, but have a stable default bios environment to work in.
Cons: The number of SATA 6GB ports is limited to 4 and the 3rd party SATA port is an older Marvell 9128 which is not quite
as fast as the current chips. There are only four rear USB 3 ports and it's not native to the chipset. The board,
although capable of, cannot accept IVB-e as Intel has not updated the microcode to support that series and will not.
As this is an Intel motherboard designed to accept Xeons, the boot check process is more rigorous than usual. If
certain installed products are not to spec, the motherboard will not boot resulting in frustration. Unlike the
pedestrian chipsets, this one is based on the enterprise spec. You need to download the enterprise drivers for this
board as the generic desktop ones will not work. As enterprise drivers require more qualification therefore roll outs
Other Thoughts: This is Intel's last flagship motherboard product. It's a shame because it is a great board. The DZ87KLT-75 is not a flagship board as the 4770K is not Intel's top-of-the-line CPU; the 4960X is. In other words, socket 2011 still is. Regardless, when configured properly, the board is incredibly stable and smooth runnign. The power and ease of function is frankly, obscene. This thing doesn't even break a sweat when running a 3970X with 4 VMs and 64GB of RAM. 64 bit Photoshop is hilariously easy with this config. To those people having problems, I can sympathize. Intel motherboardsare NOT like regular motherboards. They are incredibly finicky and unfortunately, you can't put just anything on the board. Having built many Intel only systems, I've come to realize this quite early. The symptoms of not booting can make it appear like the board is dead and needs an RMA, when it actually either needs to be configured a certain way or certain components need to be swapped out. To those suggesting it won't run modern hardware - that is not true. This configuration has three Titans that are running at full tilt without a sweat. My recommendation when building an Intel set up is this. Start with a good base such as with a high-end power supply that meets the latest ATX 2.3x specifications. Insert only 1 stick, yes ONE stick of ram, and your video card and nothing else. Boot to the bios and set everything to default settings. If the system does not enter the bios - you need to check or change those components so you can get into the bios. Using the onboard diagnostics as a tool can be incredibly helpful to see where the system is hanging. Once you can POST, power down and install your HD or SSD to the Intel port and install your OS. Add your other components ONE at a TIME later. This way you can monitor the progress. Update your bios as soon as possible and only use the latest drivers. Anyway, this is a terrific board and end of the Intel motherboard era. Last of a dying breed.READ FULL REVIEW