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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Update to Previous Review 09/14/2015

This review is from: 71" x 35 1/2" Valencia Series Straight Front Desk Shell - Mahogany

Pros: Room, customization

Cons: Weight, two person assembly (or really annoying one person if you're strong), requires planning on where you want to position -- its strengths are its weaknesses, this thing is BIG.

Other Thoughts: Newegg doesn't let you edit reviews, so - just making a new one. I have no owned this desk for more than two years. I have moved twice in those two years, so I have assembled this thing three times and disassembled it twice. It shows no signs of wear - aside for a few superficial scratches on the veneer from laziness while moving it between apartments. I am so used to the huge space I get to use every day that I forget what normal desks are like - and I kind of take it for granted. I have gone from a 27" 1440p monitor when I originally bought this to now using a 40" 4k smart tv as primary display, and thats something I wouldn't have been able to do without this much space. Room for multiple monitors, and bookshelf speaker stands to boot. When I started looking for desks prior to buying this, I settled on an Ikea Jerker because the idea of customizations that could be swapped out appealed to me. It was discontinued, so I ended up buying this. Years later, I am so glad that was the case. This product from Alera is in the Valencia series of furniture -- its office furniture, meant for corporate use. Its all meant to be interchanged to meet a large coporation's office needs and to stand up to rigorous use. It has excellent build quality, and it has modules that can be bought separately and attached with perfect matches. Newegg may not carry them - but the "A" dot com retailer that shall not be named and is starting drone deliveries (Newegg won't let you use this A word in your reviews) and Staples do. Want a keyboard tray? They have one - and not a cheap-o tiny one, but the same material as this desk and its 28" long by 12" deep - I've always hated keyboard trays, but this series of furniture has one that is actually large enough to make use of -- and this desk is tall enough that even with an under-hanging tray it won't hit my knees (I'm 6'2" and have this problem with many desks). There are also under-mounting OR free standing lockable file cabinets and book / storage shelves that can be added to take up side room if thats your thing, storage hutch additions that can be mounted on the back of the desk, and desk extensions to turn this specific shell desk into an L shaped shell desk. I personally use the keyboard tray, one filing cabinet, and two stand-a-lone book cases that match this desk's height exactly (I have these set on the wall to the right of my desk, making it sort of an L-desk but the side part is much narrower -- the bookshelves are 12" deep rather than the desk extension's 28" deep -- I use these side shelves as audio towers and for storage).

To summarize - this is very high quality, it lasts a long time, and it is very customizable to your changing needs / wants down the road -- it has a whole series of matching office furniture that either interact with or compliment this desk. If you have room for a desk that is 71" wide by 35" deep, I heartily recommend this - I would 100% buy again.

Rosewill RCAB-11056 - Black 25-Foot Digital Dual Link Cable - DVI-D (24 + 1-Pin) Male-to-Male, Gold Plated Connectors with Ferrite Cores, 28 AWG
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great Length, Cheap, Carries 2560x1440 signal at 85 hz smoothly

Cons: Saw signal degradation sooner than some other cables. Not sure if its because its longer, or a worse cable, or a combination of the two. My 10 ft cable could support 105 hz at the same resolution.

Other Thoughts: For the price and the length I find the performance to be acceptable.

Corsair Vengeance MM200 Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good & Bad 12/04/2013

This review is from: Corsair Vengeance MM200 Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: Very sturdy / nonstick on my smooth wood desk
Fits both keyboard and mouse comfortably -- even if you use a fair amount of mouse mat. I don't, so it is a bit excessive but oh well.
Traction is good, smooth but not too smooth.

Cons: It smells, like silicon valley is your back yard. You know the smell - tennis balls, nail polish remover, sharpies, etc. It reeks of it. Smell went away in about a week though.

As you can see in the pictures, the mat is cut out. The edges are raw, and as such the edges will deteriorate. Where my wrist rests on the pad it has already started to happen a bit. This won't really affect anything - its just ugly.

The black color also loves to get whitish from dead skin cells, too.

Other Thoughts: Its worth the price, I prefer the feel to my Razer Goliathus but I honestly A) can't tell a performance difference between this and the Razer and B) can't tell a performance difference between either of those and the cloth textured mousemat I had used for 10+ years from my place of employment. Still if you use no mousemat PERIOD you will see an improvement.

Price is good, I love anchoring my keyboard as they like to slide around on my desk.


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Display Name: Stuart D.

Date Joined: 11/27/12

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  • First Review: 10/29/13
  • Last Review: 09/14/15
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