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VisionTek Candyboard Keyboard with Touchpad and Built in IR Remote 900507 Black USB RF Wireless Mini Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Internal rechargeable battery
Decent Range
Shuts off automatically after a couple minutes idle
Has backlit buttons for easy use in the dark
Plug and play
Lasts for weeks on a single charge

Cons: Hyper-sensitive mousepad (hard to adjust)
Feels lightweight for it's construction
USB receiver must be facing the remote, or else it disconnects randomly
It's a little pricey

Other Thoughts: Another reviewer mentioned it was hard to use "CTRL+ALT+DEL". This isn't true since it has that shortcut as "Fn+Enter", it says it in blue lettering right on the Enter key.

Either way, if you want a full functioning keyboard and trackpad all in one little device, this is it. The trackpad is about 2" x 2", so when only using your thumb to navigate it, it's a surprisingly decent amount of space to move the cursor. Doesn't work real well for intricate cursor movements, but I've been playing XCOM with it and so far it works pretty well.

The construction does feel a little cheap, but the buttons are pretty responsive with an audible clicking and don't feel spongy at all. Overall, it's about 2.5" x 6" in total size, about as wide as a smartphone but a little longer.

I can see myself moving on to something better when it comes around, but until that happens, this is probably the best HTPC remote out there for the money. It might cost a little more than you would want to pay, but it's functionality makes it worth it.

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MSI FM2-A55M-E33 FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Nice little board for HTPCs 02/22/2013

This review is from: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Nice, small footprint
Very sturdy
Serves it's purpose as long as you know what you're buying

Cons: No USB 3.0 (not a big deal really)
Only has HDMI output (resolved with a video card if you're inclined to buy a supporting Crossfire GPU to go with your APU)

Other Thoughts: I used this board for a semi-low-budget HTPC build. I slapped an AMD A8-5600k in it with an 8GB 1866 GSkill RAM module, and a 1TB Seagate HDD into an HTPC case with a 275W included power supply, and this thing runs just fine.

Chipset drivers were a breeze to install, and hasn't given me any trouble since. I'm not much of an overclocker so I can't comment on that, but if you're just looking to build an HTPC to play shows, movie, and do some light gaming, you really can't go wrong with this.

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AMD A8-5600K Trinity Quad-Core 3.6GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7560D AD560KWOHJBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Nice, speedy little APU
Can do light gaming without a separate video card

Cons: For this price, it's hard to find faults with it

Other Thoughts: Placed this in an HTPC build. A nice, speedy quad-core with decent graphics capability.

Don't expect to play Skyrim on even mid settings, however I am currently playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown on it and handles it fairly well. Will play around 20-30 fps in 1080p on mid-low settings, but will do 45-60fps on 720p with almost max settings. I'm playing this on a 55" Vizio tv, and to be honest, it blows the PS3 version I was playing out of the water.

It's also great for all the older games I have, and handles HD video like a champ. You really can't do any better for the price.

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Display Name: Dustin U.

Date Joined: 12/19/09

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 02/15/13
  • Last Review: 03/23/13
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