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CM Storm Devastator - LED Gaming Keyboard & Mouse Combo (Blue LED Model)
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Keys have a good tactile feedback for a membrane switch. Cool-looking in the dark.

Cons: The backlight between the keys is brighter than the letters on the keys, which makes the dimly-lit keys harder to see. For a lighted keyboard the letters are not very visible when the room lights are on. I would rather that the keys be lit brightly and the background dimly. My preference.

The Scrl Lk key doubles as the switch to turn on the LED's. Fatal flaw, especially if you use Excel. Scroll lock is necessarily on when the lights are on.

Other Thoughts: If neither of my cons are of concern to you then this can be a nice economical lit-up gamer for you.

ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB 950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: USB flashback works smoothly.
Good power user or entry level gamer mobo.
Mostly it works well.
BIOS setup is intuitive, even in the advanced section.

Cons: The board is just a little too short in one dimension so that it doesn't reach the mounting standoffs. When one plugs in the PSU connector it tends to bend the board down. Not a good thing!

They should not list "USB 3.0" in the title of this board, as it's handling of the USB 3.0 bus is not something to be proud of.

Its operation was flaky at first, and tech support didn't reply to my queries. So I RMA'ed it and upon return the 3.0 didn't work at all.

Finally I was able to find a driver for the 3.0 on the Asus web site, and now it's back to flaky again. So I'm going to accept it as-is, since it's not worth the trouble for now to extract the board from the case again.

Other Thoughts: I'm hoping that there will be a new revision of the USB 3.0 driver some day that will fix this.

BTW I'm running Win 7 64-bit. The mobo may be Windows 8 ready, but I'm not.

The boot options are not as flexible as they were with my old XP era computer that is being replaced by this one. But that is probably a deficiency of the UFEI standard rather than the mobo.

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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Locking latch excellent 05/07/2014

This review is from: BYTECC SATA-118C 18" Serial ATA-150/300 Cable w/Locking Latch

Pros: I have a problem with most locking latches on SATA cables, as they are plastic and you have to press real hard to make them release. These metal ones work easily and have a crisp snap when they engage. No doubt when they engage and open.

Cons: none


Les B.'s Profile

Display Name: Les B.

Date Joined: 07/11/10

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 02/20/11
  • Last Review: 12/18/14
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