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SYBA Model SY-CAB-F4 6 ft. IEEE 1394a 4-pin to 4-pin Firewire cable
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Does what it should 06/19/2011

This review is from: SYBA Model SY-CAB-F4 6 ft. IEEE 1394a 4-pin to 4-pin Firewire cable

Pros: It is well made and the connectors fit snugly. I used it to transfer video from an older Sony DCR-HC52 camcorder, and it worked without a hitch.

Cons: At a little over 1/2 inch wide, the boots on this cable are a bit wider than on other 4-pin Firewire cables I have used. If you have closely spaced connectors on your device things could be tight. I had to squeeze to connect both this cable and the power cable on my camcorder. But if worse comes to worse you could shave off some of the boot.

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ADESSO ACK-595PB Black 88 Normal Keys 12 Function Keys PS/2 Wired Mini Mini keyboard with embedded numeric keypad
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: light touch, compact

Cons: odd keyboard layout, auxiliary keys too small, unreliable

Other Thoughts: I've been using this keyboard for several months. At first it was nice, although the layout takes some getting used to. In particular, the special keys such as Ctrl, Fn, Ins, Del, and arrow are too narrow. This makes it too easy, for example, to hit the Del key when you mean to hit left arrow.

The deal-breaker, however, is that the keyboard has gone bad already. The Ctrl key sticks, and sometimes the Shift key. Half the time these keys don't register when you want them to, the other half of the time they do register when you don't want them to. The keyboard is now essentially unusable after just a few months of moderate use.

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Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 4.0 N48-00019 Silver 5 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB or PS/2 Optical Mouse
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Pros: None

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I had the exact same problem as the previous reviewer: poor durability. I've used mine for about 12 months overall, but only in the last 3 months have I used it on a daily basis. It worked great at first. Unfortunately, after the 3 months of regular use the left mouse button has become intermittent. In addition, the scroll wheel has developed a problem with responsiveness. Sometimes my input is ignored the first time I spin it, and I have to spin it several times before it picks up my input.

In addition to those build-quality/durability issues, there is a usability issue as well. The back and forward buttons are a nice idea, but their positioning and light touch can present a problem. I feel it is too easy to inadvertently bump the back button when putting your hand on the mouse. If this happens at the wrong time, you can end up losing valuable work. For example, if you just typed a bunch of text on a web page form (like this review) and bump the back button while grabbing the mouse to click "send", the browser will return to the previous page and you will lose all the text you just typed. Maybe my hands are bigger than others, but it has become a common enough problem for me that I ended up disabling the back and forward buttons via the driver.

Aside from those issues, it is a nice mouse. Tracking is good, and the feel is light and comfortable. If I knew it was built more durably so that it would remain fully functional for longer than the 9 months of light use and 3 months of continuous use that my first one gave me, I would buy another. As it is, I can't give it my full recommendation.

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Display Name: Craig F.

Date Joined: 09/26/02

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 05/25/05
  • Last Review: 06/19/11
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