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Perixx PX-1100 Backlit Gaming Keyboard - Red/Blue/Purple Illuminated Keys
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've had one of these keyboards for 8 years now. Well...not a Perixx, but a Saitek Eclipse II. The only difference is that this one is all black but the button layout, LEDs, media buttons, brightness knob, even the shape of the keyboard. It's the same thing! While it's no longer my primary keyboard, I still have it hooked up to a machine I use often. It is a very comfortable keyboard to use and held up well even to some hard gaming.

Cons: The only real negative I have is the lighting isn't very even on mine and has lost a great deal of brightness over the years. The lighting may be improved with these new keyboards, I can't say.

Other Thoughts: I just had to give a quick review when I saw one of my favorite keyboards is still being made even though it has a different branding now.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Writing as a followup to my initial eggXpert review.
I am so fond of this motherboard, I actually tore down my main computer and swapped Z87x-OC for this one. While the OC board could get to slightly higher maximum overclocks, this board still easily hit my everyday stable clock speed of 4.7GHz on my 4770k.
My favorite part of this board has to be the audio. The headphone amp on this board drives my Corsair Vengeance headset louder than my Xonar DX and features just as much adjustability and capability as the separate card.

Cons: In my usage, the only con is the small number of SATA ports. I have my primary disk array, two large storage drives, a DVD-RW drive and a BD-RW drive. That's all the ports used up right there. If I used the machine for gaming only, I wouldn't use as many drives but as I also do a lot of video editing I need the storage.

On the subject of the SATA ports, it is important to note that while this board features an M.2 slot as well as a SATA Express port, you can only use one or the other and lose 2 of the SATA 3.0 ports as well (per pg. 11 & 25 of the manual "M.2, SATA Express, and SATA 4/5 connectors can only be used one at a time.")When planning your build, keep this in mind.

The other potential con I see is the PCIe lane distribution. There are 3 x16 length slots. You either get 16 lanes to the top slot on its own or 8 lanes to the top and middle slot (SLI and Crossfire capable). The bottom slot is only 4 lanes and is thus only AMD Crossfire capable. However, if you occupy one of the PCIe x1 slots, this slot is disabled. Again, this is a point that you need to consider for your build. I typically advise against gaming on 4-lane multi-gpu setups anyway, but the potential conflict is there.

Other Thoughts: I'll say it again, I love this board. It's packed with all kinds of features allowing for a huge variety of setup whether it's an M.2 SSD or a SATA Express drive, there's a legacy PCI slot for my old TV tuner, Qualcomm Killer ethernet, and the audio. The break in the PCB is even backlit by some red LEDs. Sure, it gets blocked by my graphics cards, but it's a neat touch. You may no be able to use every feature on the board at once, but for only $135 this board really delivers a lot of options

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NETGEAR FS205 5-Port Fast Ethernet Desktop Switch in Plastic Case - Essentials Edition
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Inexpensive, very small, works perfectly. The dimensions listed on the page (0.39" x 1.02" x 2.8") aren't exactly correct by my measurements...I'd approximate it to about .75" x 3" x 4.5" at its largest points but still plenty small to hide just about anywhere. Setup is straightforward as you just plug in power and devices and you're done. I tried moving large files between a couple of PCs with RAID arrays and then plugged in my laptop and started streaming a movie. Streaming worked fine and the file transfer didn't lose any speed

Cons: The only con I have is that the switch is so small and light it moves quite easily so be careful messing with wires behind your desk. It would have been nice to have some sort of mounting point to hang the switch under a desk or at the very least some rubber feet to keep it in place. All in all a very minor inconvenience.

The only other "con" is that it is not a gigabit switch. Every time I've looked the switch up, the price is only about $12 and the gigabit version is $22 so I really don't think it is fair to hold the lack of gigabit connectivity against this switch.

Other Thoughts: This review was actually one of the tougher reviews I've had. The FS205 switch is so simple there just isn't much to write about...and that's perfect. If you're in need of expanding your wired network and are primarily looking for internet connectivity with minimal file sharing, you can't go wrong with this little switch.

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Tyler Z.'s Profile

Display Name: Tyler Z.

Date Joined: 11/21/07

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  • Reviews: 72
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  • First Review: 01/04/08
  • Last Review: 11/30/14
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