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This review is from: Logitech M510 Black 5 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Mouse
Pros: - Good sized mouse, isn't oversized or too small.
- Comfortable for long periods of time
- Includes 2 side buttons
- Heavy enough to feel like you're holding something without causing fatigue
- Durable, making it an ideal candidate for a laptop mouse
Cons: The rubber material Logitech decided to use on the side grips isn't good at all for someone who uses the mouse for several hours per day. The grip quickly wears out where your thumb rests to the point where it feels like plastic instead of rubber. The grips also have small holes to prevent slipping, though all they do is collect oils and dirt from your hands which gets kind of gross.
The range isn't spectacular either. If you plan on using this mouse for your desktop and your tower is sitting on the floor, you definitely want to invest in a USB extension so you can have the receiver up at the top of your desk.
Other Thoughts: Overall it's a great mouse. I do plenty of programming, gaming and the like and it is running great. It's very efficient about its power use, too. I've been using the same batteries it came with since I got the mouse 5 months ago and I use it at least 4+ hours a day.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS Xonar DGX 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Gaming Audio Card
Pros: Let me start by saying the onboard sound for my motherboard is horrible. At 0 system volume I can still clearly hear sound even when I obviously shouldn't, and with any half decent set of headphones/earbuds there is this obnoxious hissing sound that drives me nuts. The impedance setup for my mobo also made it that my headphones were basically at full volume only 25% of the way up which meant tweaking the sound was very sensitive and often I couldn't find a 'sweet spot' when I just wanted to have the volume low.
I ordered this card in hopes that it would solve these issues and it does so perfectly. Card installed fine and is working great. Some people have complained about driver issues, however.
*** FOR THE DRIVERS, DOWNLOAD THE LATEST VERSION FROM SUPPORT.ASUS.COM ***
The drivers on the disk are almost always outdated and only cause problems. I installed the drivers from the site in less than a minute and didn't even have to restart my comp to get the sound to work.
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for an inexpensive sound card that performs extremely well this is what you should buy. I've purchased other sound cards for $20-30 and this blows all of them out of the water. I use Sennheiser CX-300 II's for listening and while they may not be the best earbuds you can buy they are definitely sensitive to small noises. When I first installed this card, I didn't think it worked for a minute because I didn't hear any hissing through my headphones that I had gotten so accustomed to. Definitely a great buy.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SIIG IC-710012-S2 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface SoundWave
Pros: It's a great card for the price if you need 7.1 on a budget.
Cons: Don't expect this card to be able to have very good SQ. The sound-to-noise ratio is very low and there tends to be a lot of white noise when you aren't listening to anything. I also feel like the sound card is either clipping the signal or distorting it in some other way, because I can hear crackles in songs when I turn up the volume (EQ's are flat and the source music doesn't have any clipping).
Other Thoughts: Like stated in the Pro's, if you need 7.1 on a budget then this card is for you. But if you are using any kind of decent headphones you can pick up very easily on the noise.READ FULL REVIEW