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Pros: I needed a budget Micro ATX AM3+ motherboard for my AMD FX-8350 and this was perfect. I'm a casual gamer, so I did not need anything enthusiast-level. My main components with this motherboard include: AMD FX-8350, MSI AMD Radeon 7790, one Crucial SSD (with AHCI enabled), and one Samsung HDD. I'm also running on Windows 8.1. I have had no problems with the software or hardware and everything seems to place nicely together. The BIOS is well-designed and has fairly advanced options; the main ones I tinkered with were to enable AHCI, adjust fan control, and adjust CPU power save. For those who will not be using a separate or third-party audio device, the onboard one is adequate. You don't get an equalizer like you do for Realtek devices, but the audio quality is good and handles various combinations of audio peripherals pretty well.
- good compatibility
- good BIOS
- adequate audio device & driver
Cons: I must say that you should only install the basic software needed to operate the motherboard: BIOS, audio, and LAN. I encountered boot problems when using the overclock software and their other installable "feature" applications are known to misbehave. Of course, always download the latest drivers from the manufacturer website.
- poor management and overclock software
This review is from: CM Storm Spawn - 3500 DPI Optical Gaming Mouse with Durable Omron Microswitches
Pros: I purchased this mouse on sale for $35 USD and it's a great peripheral for the price. This is my first claw-grip mouse and adapting to the new grip was no problem at all. There are sort of set places for each of your fingers. The mouse is comfortable to hold, move, and lift due to its design and shape. Its dimensions and weight is just right for me, but of course your mileage may vary. The mouse's optical laser performs well and is accurate, even when you slightly lift the mouse to reposition it. The surface of the mouse is rather easy to clean with a dry or barely-damp cloth. The left & right mouse button, DPI switches, and middle click are very satisfying to press.
- comfortable to hold, move, lift
- excellent shape and design
- good optical laser performance & accuracy
- easy to clean/maintain
- good quality switches in main buttons
Cons: I cannot say the same for quality the back and forward side button switches though - they feel somewhat cheap. The mouse's firmware can tend to misbehave if you click any of its buttons while your computer is off or booting, but that's easily avoidable.
- cheap back & forward buttons
- firmware may misbehave when computer is off/booting
Other Thoughts: Note that you can update your mouse firmware here: http://gaming.coolermaster.com/en/products/mice/spawn/READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SONY MDR-V6 3.5mm/ 6.3mm Connector Circumaural Studio Monitor Series Headphone
Pros: If you're looking for very high quality and super detailed sound, these may be for you. Sounds from either end of the equalizer come as intended by the artist: treble is crisp and clear while bass is powerful and solid. Bass-heavy music is especially satisfying to listen to. The headphones are built exceptionally well. I expect the entire thing to last for a very long time. The pads are very comfortable and I can wear the headphones for hours on end. The cable is a tad heavy, but the coiled design makes it easy to manage and I have no problem stretching the cable 1.5 meters from rest to move around. The large, metal plug design is a godsend, because most of my other earphones/headphones have had wear & tear around the plug area. Also, the headphone's classic and spartan design makes it quite the looker.
- high quality, detailed sound
- unaltered, unbiased sound
- long-lasting build quality
- solid plug design
- classic and spartan aesthetic
Cons: None observed?READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: David N.
Date Joined: 11/26/09
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