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SteelSeries Merc Stealth Black USB Wired Ergonomic Gaming Keyboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I use this board for work, play, and for school.
My primary computer is an ASUS laptop, and I despise laptop keyboards so I carried this over from my last pc, which cratered.

Works wonderfully for gaming, the left pad and layout is fantastic once you learn how it's mapped.

Another bonus is the keyboard itself is scaled and oriented perfectly for how I sit and my hand size; the keys are backlit which is perfect because I often work with low lighting.

For work applications, I use AutoCAD, Inventor, Solidworks and a few other applications. Remapping does not always work with these programs, as I will note in cons.

Cons: The ZBoard program itself is 100% incompatible with AutoCAD. Attempting to remap a profile for AutoCAD causes terrible lag and ultimately crashes the program, sometimes leading to irretrievable data.

That being said, this is a GAMING keyboard, and AutoCAD allows for remapping within itself. It makes life harder when you go from station to station and you are familiar with your own mapping, hotkeys, and layout - but that's not a really big deal.

Other Thoughts: All around, I love this keyboard. I've spilled beverages into it ranging from coffee to milkshakes - and in quantities ranging from 8oz cups to 64oz sugar-junkie sip-cups. I've cleaned it thoroughly maybe five times, and it still functions perfectly! I've worn a few keys so badly that the they can no longer be read, but it's still going. Backlight rocks, I do like to go back and forth from violet to red; I avoid blue as it screws with my eyes.

In closing, this board has brought me years of enjoyment - from WoW to LoL and SCII, I've never encountered a better board, nor have I been more attached to a piece of hardware.

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VisionTek 900300 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: While it remained functional, the card was amazing. Beautiful graphic quality in Crysis, ran Warcraft at Ultra settings, couldn't have been happier.

Cons: The drivers for this card are very flawed. The drivers that came on my CD worked for a short period of time, but eventually stopped working at all. Latest updates (10-4, 10-5) were no better, and in the case of 10-5, actually caused total hardware failure. This card is NOT worth the headache.

Other Thoughts: M4A79-Deluxe, Kingston HyperX DDR2 800, AMD Phenom II x4, **VisionTek Radeon HD 5770**

I went back and found the original post by ATI discussing the flaws in the 5xxx series. The Hotfix did not work with windows 7 or vista (for me, at least)

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Graydon W.'s Profile

Display Name: Graydon W.

Date Joined: 11/19/07

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 05/29/10
  • Last Review: 11/20/13
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