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CM Storm QuickFire Rapid - Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Blue Switches
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Owned keyboard for 5 months now, no problems.
Compact, doesn't steal desk area from your mouse.
Heavy, high quality build.
Braided cable is very high quality.
Mechanical, so any switches you break can be individually replaced. (None needed to be replaced so far here)
^--This is an important one, and the reason I buy mechanical, if you cannot or do not want to replace the switches, disposable membrane keyboards may be more cost effective for you.

Cons: Mini-usb is used to connect the cord to the keyboard. This means plugging and unplugging a lot will eventually fatigue the relatively fragile solder points. However, for me, the keyboard never moves.
Due to angles, can be a bit awkward to actually plug it in. Only mattered to me once.
The kickstands are not rubberized on the newer, muted branding revisions, which can cause a bit of sliding in moments of aggressive typing.(fixed by using a rubberized desk mat)
The unique compact size can mean finding arm rests that fit perfectly a bit difficult.

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Acer G6 Series G246HLAbd Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very crisp display, great for gaming.
Accepts any signal once converted, as it is digital and analog.(Try not to use digital when possible though...)
Design is clean and would compliment any desk.
Power button looks very nice. (Clear plastic disk illuminated by a blue led.)
Had the monitor for 5 months, still no dead pixels.
23''-24'' is the sweet spot for 1080p.

Cons: 24'' is the upper borderline for 1080p, and if you are used to a smaller display and have very good eyes, you may notice slight aliasing in images. This monitor does not smooth out the display by blending together pixels, although I would call that a pro.
Viewing angles exactly as expected for being a TN panel, there is only 1 viewing angle :P This may be a con for some, but TN panels also respond faster, so are better for gaming in that respect.

Other Thoughts: This is a TN Panel, if you buy this expecting a large viewing angle, it was your own fault. Not the fault of this monitor. If you want everything to look smooth and pretty and could care less how it effects your gaming performance, look for an IPS panel.

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Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BPVT 320GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Performs similarly to drives priced higher.
Very good price given what you get.
For everyday use, they will last.

Cons: Battery life sacrifice if replacing a green.
Life expectancy isn't fantastic.
OEM's like to give customers budget drives and refuse to give a warranty. This is a common one. Not the drives fault, but worth pointing out.

Other Thoughts: I work on and repair computers for a living, and I have seen many of these drives, so I thought I would share what to expect.

These drives are priced and spec'ed as BUDGET hard drives. Expecting more than that is not a failure of the drive. In the budget hard drive category, these drives are one of the best.

Compared to other brands, they perform on par with drives priced higher.

Failure rate is typical for a budget drive. Heavy use and they will die before the laptop, but you shouldn't get this if you plan on heavy use, they make reds for that. I would suggest a black however if you would like a balance of better life expectancy and performance.

These typically perform around the same as a green, which costs quite a bit more, however, you sacrifice battery life. If you are replacing a green with a blue, you will not notice much of a performance difference, but don't be surprised if you lose some battery life.

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Richard S.'s Profile

Display Name: Richard S.

Date Joined: 08/25/04

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 08/10/10
  • Last Review: 11/12/13
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