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This review is from: LaCie IamaKey V2 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model 131105
Pros: * Excellent solid, metal (Not solid metal, but "solid [comma] metal") construction.
* Still works after a month of abuse (compare to some other reviews here)
* You get what you see; you get what you pay for
Cons: * Slightly larger than it needs to be (it is larger than my house key); this makes it stand-out more than it should as something other than a key
* Shiny surface very, VERY easily shows scratches and finger prints (after it gets heavily scratched, it develops a cool-looking patina, but that should have been the default standard)
* Plastic cover is useless; a more elegant cover should have been designed into the device itself, even at a price premium
Other Thoughts: As USB devices get smaller and more ubiquitous, the game is on to come up with unique and new ideas. The LaCie Iamakey V2 is a fantastic example of this. The solid metal construction feels high-quality and has withstood considerable abuse. However, I have some design issues that should be addressed: The device should ship without the plastic cover; it'll be one less thing people can gripe about. Either design one into the device somehow or leave it out. It isn't really necessary, AFAIC. Also, the device is longer and wider than it needs to be. I understand the tip must be a certain size, but the rest of the device should look more key-like, or at least mimic the size and thickness more closely. Finally, the device should have been a non-shiny metal patina to begin with; this would make it look more like a key, and also keep the device beautiful after wear. Otherwise, the construction is excellent and it has a high-quality "feel". Five eggs.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: * Best netbook processor on the market!
* 2GB RAM ensures there is enough memory for applications!
* Small, even for a netbook!
* Aesthetically pleasing
* Not pre-installed with a bunch of junk software
Cons: * Machine arrived broken!!! The right half of the display only shows standard VGA resolution/colors! I am trying to get a warranty replacement, but doing so in Iraq is literally impossible. I have to live with this broken machine until I get home.
* Tiny, cramped screen even for a netbook!
* Keyboard layout is atrocious: To get the home button (crucial for keyboard shortcut web browsing), you must press FN+ALT+Left Arrow. Wut?
Other Thoughts: I have a Dell Mini 10 purchased in 2009 that was incredibly underpowered, even on a fresh install merely surfing the web on Firefox. This machine is its replacement. The first thing I noticed (besides half the screen not working out of the box), was the size of the screen: while the resolution is only slightly less that of the Dell, the display size appeared to be a lot smaller/cramped. Ditto for the keyboard, which has excellent tactile response and feels nice on the fingers but the layout is a nightmare! The performance of this machine is outstanding for a netbook, but - for me - the screen and keyboard size (and especially its lack of out-of-box functionality) have made me regret this purchase. I would recommend a more powerful 12" notebook to someone considering this netbook. If you have an iOS device (I have two), this machine is also ideal as a portable desktop emulator/media streamer (use Splashtop and AirVideo apps).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Razer RZ02-00030101-R2M1 eXactMat Mouse Pad
Pros: Great surface with elevating pads. Solid. You absolutely need a solid mouse surface, no matter what your computing needs are. This is a great one and offers two sides for control or speed... if... well, read my cons.
Cons: Reversible? Why can't you make a surface that combines both so I don't have to keep flipping it? Luckily, I like the control side for day-to-day and don't flip for games. Also, I wish someone would make a solid mouse surface that has a smaller footprint. I have a Logitech G15, and there's just no room without putting half the pad under the keyboard. Still 5-stars because I haven't seen anything better.
Other Thoughts: Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 3DMark: 2006 18,426 Vantage P13,913
E8400 4.23GHz (470x9, 1.40v, Tuniq 120, lapped + Silverstone 121)
EVGA GTX280 (670/2430/1458) EVGA 9600GT (675/1800/1674)
ASUS Rampage Formula X38 0407 (Hacked Maximus 1.03G)
4x1GB Ballistix PC2-8500 (1128MHz, 5-4-4-12-2T, 2.20v)
Tagan 1.1kW, 2xRaptor 150 (RAID-0), Fatal1ty Platinum