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This review is from: ASUS H81M-K LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 uATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Nice design, complete documentations (if you are going to be running Windows)
Cons: Impossible to turn of secure boot
Other Thoughts: This is a very nice motherboard, and I am sure it runs quite well and reliable in a Windows 7/8 setting. However, it has a buggy UEFI BIOS which makes it almost impossible to turn off secure boot for installing legacy Linux and Linux-based OS's. The instruction manual mentions absolutely nothing on how to disable secure boot and boot through legacy BIOS. After trying for three days and nights straight, I came to the conclusion that secure boot can not be turned off for this motherboard. STAY AWAY if you are planning to run any other operating system except Windows 7 or Windows 8.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Reasonably priced barebones package for a small form-factor desktop PC.
Motherboard has no fan.
Cons: CD/DVD drive door poorly designed and will not remain closed.
PSU still has a fan.
Other Thoughts: I bought this barebone package with the intention of using it as the basis of an HTPC. On paper, it looks good: an appealing design, low-power E-350 CPU and the Foxconn brand.
When I received it, I was disappointed. The case is clearly not designed for horizontal operation. It is clear that Foxconn designed this case as a small-form factor desktop office PC. The CD/DVD door is extremely flimsy and will not stay closed when the case is placed horizontally. I wanted to place my PC horizontally under the TV; so this problem alone caused me to send the system back immediately. I will be looking for a decent HTPC case with a separate (fanless) power brick.
I think it would be a fine small-form factor desktop PC. The E-350 has ample performance for most PC tasks. The motherboard does not have a fan; but the case has a classical power supply with a fan.
If you're looking for an HTPC barebone, I suggest you look elsewhere and save yourself from the frustration of dealing with the DVD
This review is from: Kensington Orbit K64327F Silver 2 Buttons Scroll Ball USB Wired Optical Trackball
Pros: Good product with solid build quality. Simply works.
Other Thoughts: I don't have much to say about the trackball itself. It simply works, it is well-built, overall a high-quality item. There are a lot of reviews here that will basically say the same things.
I, however, have some things to say about the rebate. Like many tech buyers, I hate rebates. I have filed many, many rebates over the years; and the process has always been a hassle. I had no prior experience with Kensington rebates, so it was with some concern that I took Newegg's offer to buy this trackball at a significant ($10) rebate discount offer and filed the rebate.
I received a $10 rebate check from Kensington in 5 days. FIVE DAYS, people. Once again: I GOT MY REBATE CHECK IN FIVE DAYS. This is simply friggin' unbelievable: this is how rebates should work. Other hardware companies should take notice.
I am now a loyal Kensington customer and will prefer their products over other brands. Thanks Kensington, for treating your customers respectfully and handling the rebate process so