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CM Storm QuickFire TK - Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Brown Switches and Fully Backlit
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Compact design
Cherry MX Brown keys
Solid construction
Great design
Good materials

Cons: None, really - I suppose I can say the tenkey is radically different (to save space), so it might not be ideal for all users.

Other Thoughts: I've been looking to cut my teeth on my first mechanical keyboard since an old IBM I owned some 20 years ago. Cherry Brown is a great start. Volume of the key presses is identical to a "standard keyboard", but the tactile response is much better. These keyboards are far more sensitive than a standard keyboard, so if you are a "sloppy" typist, you will register key strokes by brushing up against another key.

Other than that, the USB detachable cord is well-secured, and does not feel flimsy. It's braided cable, so aside from a rabbit wandering into your room for an electronics snack, you're not going to snap it or kink it.

The keyboard is pretty heavy, easily 2x the weight of a standard "dell" or other $10 board. The feet easily support the weight though, so no worries there.

I love the alternative tenkey design. It takes some getting used to, but the LED (white) backlight is strong and easily configured (manual sucks, though - use the FN function key). If you don't use the tenkey that often (like myself), then this board is really a blessing. Smaller form factor really makes it easy to use in smaller areas, it's not tiny (like a PokerKBC), but it is shorter.

Honestly, aside from 10-key entry, this should be pretty standard format for keyboards, not the exception to the norm.

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PowerColor PCS+ AX7850 2GBD5-2DHPP Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Easy install
- Extremely high quality
- Best card for the cash
- OC potential (not needed right now, but good longevity feature) - it actually comes stock overclocked, but room for more
- Got it at a great price

Cons: There are absolutely no cons with this product. I didn't buy one sooner?

Other Thoughts: I'm running an A8-3870K with 8GB DDR-1600 I put together over a year ago as a "budget gamer" for less than $200 with discounts from the egg. Also has a nice 256GB SSD, and 1TB WD HDD. I was running a GTX260 Core 216, and thought I would need nothing more for some time.

I use this to play some MMOs, streaming video, and some BL2/SC2/random new titles. It's never been a problem until I started some FFXIV. Maxxing out settings on this game suddenly started dropping my frames to 20-30fps in crowded areas - without AA or shadows, effects turned low.

After installing this card, my benchmark score in FFXIV on my system went from (at high settings, 1920x1080) 3728 up to (at maximum settings, 1920x1080) 7983. Zero lag, hesitancy or anything, even with a hundred players running around in a crowded server center.

I think I lucked out and this card was marked for less than it should have been, because the price went up by $40 within hours after I bought it.

I'm not complaining. :)

Others have told me flat out to buy an Nvidia card (650 Ti Boost) which doesn't perform as well (per benchmarks on the hardware site, no less) - which costs between $60 and $80 more.

Don't get me wrong; I love me some Nvidia. But bang for the buck, this can't be beat. Getting 2 more fps at 1080p (in one game, mind you) doesn't seem worth that much money.

I get brand loyalty. I do. But that's just dumb advice.

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Rosewill RNX-N180UBE, Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11b/11g/11n, (2T2R) Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates, USB 2.0 Cradle, 5 dBi High Power Antenna
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small, lightweight and stable. Good range.

Cons: Not sure... antenna is sort of long?

Other Thoughts: Honestly, can't think of anything bad with this wireless adapter. Using it on my desktop, getting the full 300Mbps connection with the router, downloads a 3 gig file in less than 40 minutes. Worth the money, for sure.

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Display Name: Jason H.

Date Joined: 06/12/06

  • Reviews: 25
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 01/25/08
  • Last Review: 01/15/14
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