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GIGABYTE GA-970-Gaming AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s 1 x USB Type-C port, with USB 3.1 support
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A port (red) USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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Pros: AM3+ gives you quite a bit of choice in the realm of CPU options, giving people with older CPUs an upgrade path to new features like USB 3.0/3.1 without having to buy expansion cards.
G Connector, not really mentioned in the overview or on the box, however it simplifies the installation and troubles with pushing on the small pins to get the front panel power etc. to work. I don't know when Gigabyte started using these, but I'm a fan of this change and would love to see more of this happening.
For those with tool-less cases that don't use screws to mount your large graphics card to the case (like my tiny plastic pins) the extra support keeping the pcie slot in place seems a great addition. Some tool-less designs cause a bit more weight and movement, this extra support is certainly welcome to prevent damage when moving the computer around.
Solid price and feature set, the AMP-UP audio chip is an interesting feature to see. Having the ability to change this chip for sound quality and personal preference. There are also some switches on the board for the back panel audio ports to change the boost for headphone and speaker users.

Cons: 9xUSB a ports 1xUSB c port
This means you have 9 of the common ports, and one of the new c standard, my only gripe here is although 9 ports is plenty, you really only have 3 USB 3.0/3.1 ports, the other 6 are USB 2.0. This may not be a problem for most people, but as my external media expands, I am starting to need more USB 3.0 ports, 3 would not cut it for me fairly soon. Not a reason to dock an egg, just a personal preference.

Other Thoughts: There are a lot of features on this board to please a variety of people.

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Corsair Gaming KATAR Gaming Mouse, Ambidextrous, Pro Player Modes, 8000 DPI, Backlit Red
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5 out of 5 eggs Fantasic Entry Gaming Mouse 01/20/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming KATAR Gaming Mouse, Ambidextrous, Pro Player Modes, 8000 DPI, Backlit Red

Pros: The mouse feels sturdy, yet lightweight. You can tell the mouse was well thought out from materials, design, features, etc. to meet a decent price point. The left and right mouse buttons are easily pressed while still giving an audible click. Luckily this did not have any problems that would make any either button easily pressed by mistake. The grip is well done, it feels just right, comfortable. Long use did not cause my palms to sweat, despite this being somewhat common for me with other mice. I am really enjoying the scroll wheel, the texture and resistance is right where I like it to be.
The mouse looks good without drawing too much attention or looking gaudy. The light can be turned off as well if it becomes a problem.

Cons: The light is a tad bright, even in well lit room while looking at my monitor, it's hard to completely ignore the light from the mouse. Thankfully this can be turned off and isn't a problem, however if it is something you value it may be a bit off putting since there isn't really any adjustments to be made.
One other problem, which won't be for a while but I could see it coming down the road, is the mouse wheel texture. The texture is great and has nice grip, don't get me wrong, but I see potential for these large crevices to attract dirt, oils, etc. and eventually require cleaning before it degrades the mouse wheel.

Other Thoughts: Originally, I was going to say this mouse was WAY too small for me and I would have trouble adjusting to this mouse. Feeling it in my hand right out of the box, I felt I was in for a bad time. I was completely wrong, after having swapped out my mouse for this one and got the chance to feel it on the desk, I felt really at home surprisingly. I lost out on some buttons and extra features having swapped, but I'm surprised how well this actually worked for me. I'm not really aching to swap back to my old mouse, although I don't feel this one is a full replacement due to the loss of buttons I use for RTS/MOBA games, since I've taken a break from those games I don't have any rush to switch. I'm going to consider buying a higher tier version of this mouse for the extra buttons though.

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NETGEAR A6200-100NAS AC1200 WiFi USB Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300 Mbps / 867 Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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Pros: Does it's job of connecting the PC to the network
Includes:
Software CD, extension cable/mount, and installation guide.
Sticker on the device as you open it warns you to install drivers before sticking the device in your PC, based on other reviews, this would have avoided many hiccups in setup for others.
Somewhat recent driver releases added support for Win8 and Win10.
Connection was solid and had no issues with install.

Cons: This is not a plug and play device, as more and more devices no longer use DVD/CD drives, it is important to be sure you can get your drivers somehow.
This is a USB 2.0 device, this will limit the max speeds boasted by the device. For normal browsing and internet use this is not an issue, however it is something to consider when buying a new device.
Price isn't outstanding for what it is. Many cheaper alternatives that can accomplish USB 2.0 speeds for a fraction of the cost.
It is bulky width-wise. It's clear they had laptops in mind when making it (adjustable to be upright when in a laptop not using the cable), but it will block any USB directly next to it.
This is a minor gripe, but it doesn't fit snugly into its mount/cradle. It will rock back and forth and feel somewhat flimsy.

Other Thoughts: The new version linked in the product page addresses many of the issues I had with this particular product and would advise looking into it as an option.
The new version includes USB 3.0, a better price (same price when not on sale), and the cradle and device appear to fit together without rocking (mostly in part to the adjustable portion of this one).

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Display Name: Josh L.

Date Joined: 08/20/11

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  • First Review: 09/20/11
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