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Rosewill Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard RK-9100 with Cherry MX Blue Switch - Retail
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Quite sturdy feeling the one time I held it.
-Rubber tipped stands
-Blue LED glow is nice looking. I want to see a red released though as well. (I’ve seen the RK-9100 prototyped with red LED’s. It looks great Rosewill, release it! :D )
-The blue LEDs are evenly bright. No buttons that are brighter than others
-Good clicky sound
-Caps-lock and scroll-lock LED indicators (and their tiny windows) are doing their job, Indicating.
-I actually like the green colored LED indicators (contrasts well)
-Removable keys
-Futura style font on keycap is awesome
-USB hub works fine
-Media keys handy

Cons: -Yes, the num-lock key LED is distracting because its always usually on. Solution: Rotate the key 180 degree’s so the window at least isn’t facing you. Half egg deducted.
-Again I love the blue LED but studies have shown that blue inhibits melatonin. Probably not a big deal for most, but food for thought. No eggs deducted.
-This may be inherent with Cherry MX keys, or the ‘stabalisers’ or something (I am not a KB junkie) but some of the keys like the ENTER key feel different when you press them. No eggs deducted, but will research more on this.
-Holding left shift activates the numpad alternate keys. So holding shift to sprint for example, and pressing 9 on the numpad will be like hitting Page Up instead. Ymmv as to whether this is a pro or a con for you. Con for me. Half egg deducted.
-The 2nd functions like the @ and & or the media keys aren’t lit as well. I can still see them even on lowest brightness setting so no big deal. No eggs deducted.
-The volume keys are backwards. C’mon Rosewill. Half egg deducted.

Other Thoughts: My first mechanical KB. Cherry MX blues are actually a bit too loud since I still click down so hard. Ill try to get over this, we’ll see what happens. I am just a tab bummed with the key feel being different for some keys but overall I think this KB is very nice. In an overall view the num-lock window and the backwards volume keys are the only big negatives to this RK-9100 keyboard. Also, ill be the minority here and say that the Futura font Rosewill choose to use on this is pretty neat. I have seen keyboards that use some weird square or sci-fi looking font. Which is fine but it just looks and screams at my face “GAMING KEYBOARD OH YEAH”. It's probably just me, but the RK-9100 looks so much more mature to me personally.

I will update or amend my review in a month or so for potential future buyers.

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Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This PSU was my first PSU I bought when I built my first PC in 2007, around the time LGA775's were common: C2D E4500, evga 7600GT. It is still going VERY strong after 5 years. The title "basiq" I think reflects it's non-high powered nature. But if you need rock solid reliability, my machine can be proof of that. Ive 'upgraded' to an evga GTS 450 and a q6600 and it still chugs along just fine. Our neighborhood has frequent brown outs (short ones, like lights dim and tv power's off) but this PSU hasn't let my PC restart at all.

Also I have 7 case fans, 2 cpu fans, and I extra fan (all 120mm Cooler Master item #N82E16835103052) in a old CM690 case. Idk if fans drink alot of power juice, but i thought i'd mention that if they do.

Cons: The 80mm fan has gotten noisier over the years. Noisier in terms of hearing the blades spinning. Accumulation of dust probably is the problem though. Also the cords aren't sleeved but it's really no big deal.

Other Thoughts: I should say though that I keep my PC on 24/7. The only occasion where I turn it off is for vacation or when the power goes out. But other then that its on all the time. So again, this thing is rock solid and has not failed me once.

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Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 4PA-00003 Silver 1 x Wheel Wired Optical Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Very low lift off catch
-No side scrolling (pro for me in-game. FPS' at least)
-Spot on sensor
-Detent scroll wheel
-No software to load (not needed in my opinion)
-Lightweight (May feel cheap to some but lighter = better for me)
-I actually like the white color (It's semi-gloss if anyone was wondering)
-Red LED glow under wrist
-Good for claw-types, if that's your grip style.

Cons: -Kinda cheap feeling/sounding, but so was my first intellimouse 3.0 (from 2006 I think)
-The rubber coating feels like it has a layer of powder all the time. Prob all in my head but its not as grippy as my old IM3.
-Back button is really deep: I used to be able to slide my thumb from the bottom of the mouse near the desk / mouse pad to the top edge of the IM3 and the back-button would register. This new one I have to press into. Its a small but annoying aspect. I don't have my thumb on the back button all the time so it takes me from a one-step process (slide thumb up) to a two-step process (slide thumb up, stop at back button, and press toward mouse). May exchange for a new one.
-Middle mouse button doesn't feel like how it should. It may get better as I break it in, but right now when you press down, it'll 'feel' like you have 2 middle mouse button clicks. On the one Newegg sent me, when you begin to press down on the middle mouse button, you will encounter a little resistance just like a normal middle mouse button. It FELLS like the button, but there wont be a click sound. Then it'll give way and you keep pressing down until you get to the REAL middle mouse button and click will happen. The problem arises when I am wearing headphones while browsing. Ill try to open a few links with the middle mouse button, but realize only a few appear. Its almost like a fake middle mouse button feeling.

Other Thoughts: I only have my old IM3, and a Logitech G500 to compare this to. So I don’t have much to go off of. But the sensor of the G500 was completely unforgiving for my needs. If you have a wide area of play for your mouse its great. But for someone like me where you want to keep your wrist in one position and reposition your mouse by lifting and moving, its hell. The lift off distance of the G500 is a complete turn off for me. The old im3 had a solidly low lift off distance and it seems this new Legends Edition has the same sensor. In fact, when I disconnected my old IM3 and put in this new one, Windows 7 didn't do a darn thing. It thought it was the same mouse. Which is what I was hoping for.

The only reason I got a new one was because my old IM3 started to double click on single clicks for the left-button. It also would not hold a click if I held the button down and tried to drag it to a folder. But there are a lot of different guides detailing how to tear down an IM3 and clean the button switches.

All in all, I am ALMOST satisfied with the new (though apparently discontinued) Intellimous 3.0. It has all the good qualities that made me love my old IM3. Sensor, shape, detent-scroll, 2 side buttons, lightweight. Yet the side-button and middle-button are not perfect. We will see if this is a problem with mine personally or a problem with all of them.

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Date Joined: 07/19/07

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