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This review is from: NETGEAR GS308-100PAS Unmanaged Switch
Pros: >metal body
>plug 'n play
>weight of product is actually from switching components
Cons: >power adapter feels cheap
Other Thoughts: There is not too much to say about this switch. It is a very solid, 8-port switch. It is advertised as a "small business" switch. It really is more of a high-level "home" switch, or a home business class device.
This switch has a noticeable heft to it. Opening it up, you see that the weight is from the components themselves. I've had cheaper switches, where the feel heavy, but opening them up reveals a bar steel just slapped in there. Between the quality components and the metal case, you have a switch that should last you quite a while. The power adapter may be another story.
The plastic on the power adapter feels cheap. It is also the smallest possible that could be safely used with this device. The switch lists 12v, 1A as it's power draw, which is exactly what this adapter will allow through. Should you feel like it - or should the adapter fail - you can swap in any adapter that fits, and offers 12v, and 1A or more of available current. Just don't try to use one that offers less than 1A, or anything other than 12v - that would be a fire hazard.
All in all, a solid switch, but for $50, I expect a better power adapter.
This review is from: SteelSeries Sensei 62150 Grey 8 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 11400 dpi Gaming Mouse
Pros: >Laser tracking
>medium weight (I actually consider this a 'con' - but I like really heavy mice, and most don't)
>Solid, but soft clicks
>Surprisingly not a finger print magnet
Cons: >Complicated and awkward software
>Default button setup makes no sense (more on this later)
>Kinda small (but I like larger mice - specifically the G9x - and this is only a little smaller than that. More on this later)
Other Thoughts: The Sensei was larger than I thought it would be, going by the pictures, and is reasonable comfortable to use. I have been using it for the past couple of weeks for 10 hour days, doing AutoCAD for work. I know, "not gaming", but the accuracy and control is necessary for the speeds I have to work at in the office. All in all, I can't complain about comfort. I do wish it was a tad bigger. I am coming from a Logitech G9x, which was proceeded by the G9, and a microsoft trackball before that. I like large mice, always have, always will. This is probably the smallest mouse I've used that I have actually liked. That said, it won't replace my G9x just yet. Not much will - not even Logitech's new offerings. I've played with a lot of current gaming mice, and haven't really been all too happy. Too much a trend for "one size fits all", and the Cyborg is too much of a pain to size right. This mouse is obviously ambidextrous, without feeling like both left handed and right handed gamers get an uncomfortable grip.
Hardware wise, I like it and very much recommend it.
Software wise... I have nothing nice to say. the default button setup (right hand) has page up and down on the right side of the mouse (ring and pinky fingers), and the buttons on the left (thumb) are page forward and back. This makes no sense to me - and is uncomfortable to use. I would have done the mirror of this (page up/down for thumb, forward back for ring and pinky). And it wasn't simple to change this. At first the buttons didn't want to reassign in the software, then they didn't want to actually to save and apply (so that it actually worked). I'm still having trouble getting setting to save to it. I got the color to change across computer usage - but not button assignments. On that note: Not all of the colors look like they should. For RGB, a value of 255,0,0 should produce a pure, bright red. I get hot pink. It is just the red though, so I may just have a funky unit. I do like that you can have zone control over the light colors though (pretty much every LED is independently controlled).
All in all, if you want to spend $100 on a mouse - gaming or no - the Sensei should be on your short list.
Pros: >fan headers 100% PWM
>isolated sound card
>two PCIe 3.0 slots
>Solid State Caps
>TPM Connector (a cryptography interface)
Cons: >2 GPU setups will block one PCIe x1 slots, and the only PCI slot.
>3 GPU setups will block all the same slots as the 2 GPU setup, as well as the PCIe 2.0 slot.
>Not 100% PCIe 3.0/3.1
>non switchable, non-removable BIOS
>PWM heat sinks lack thermal tape - just springs
>No Thunderbolt or DisplayPort
>'Narrow' PCIe bus - you can use the m.2, PCIe Express port, or SATA3 ports #4 & #5, but only one of these options. Albeit, this is not uncommon - even among the top-level boards.
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a basic board, you get a lot for your money with this one. It has a lot of the 'details' of the more expensive, enthusiast boards out there (100% PWM fans, integrated sound card is electronically isolated from the rest of the board - and even between the left and right channels). BUT, you're never going to want to do anything too extreme or crazy with this board. While capable on paper of multi-GPU (2-way SLI, or 3-way Crossfire), its physical layout is not really conducive to this. The lack of consistent PCIe revision prevents 3-way SLI, and the arrangement and spacing of the bus interface slots means you can either have multiple GPUs, or you can have many kinds of add-in cards (network, sound, RAID, SSD, etc). All that said, this board is not priced for this kind of enthusiast configuration. It is priced as an "DIY intro" board. It has a lot of the enthusiast touches, with the PWM fans and most of the latest interfaces.
Meaning, this board will be nearly perfect for anyone looking to do their first build. If you really want to SLI your first build, you could. If you really want to do a RAID/NAS/Server setup with your first build, you could. If you want to build a a HTPC or PC game console, you could. But you really cant do more than one of these things.
Also, forget about overclocking. The latest PWM, voltage regulators, and mosfets do run very cool most of the time. Cool enough to not really require However, without a proper interface between these parts and their heat sinks, they will get very hot, very quickly. At the same time, there is no way to manually switch between the BIOS chips (or replace them yourself - at least without knowing what you are doing when it comes to SMT soldering). This means if you mess up the settings once, you're automatically dumped to the second chip from then on. Mess up a again, and your board might as well be dead. A switch lets you work with experimental settings on the second chip, keeping the stable settings on the first chip. If they were removable, you could easily replace any chips you accidentally kill. Just a couple more reasons why this is a good intro board - but not for anything beyond that.
Personally, I plan on using this board as the platform for a DIY SteamMachine. I will only need one GPU, maybe a sound card, a a HDD or an SSD, and won't be overclocking.
Ultimately, I'm giving this baord 4 stars. It is good for the price, but things like the lack of proper interface material on the heat sinks, as well a low number of SATA ports if you use either the m.2 or SATA Express interfaces.
I know this is nit picking, but I'm looking at the USB3.0 ports. 2 up and to the left of the stack of 4 USB2.0 ports, and 2 down and to the right. The part of my that has to reach around behind the computer and fumble with the USB ports wishes that all of the USB3.0 ports were in the same stack - like the USB2.0 ports.
FYI: no add-on brackets are included with this board.