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ICY DOCK MB971SP-B DuoSwap 5.25
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4 out of 5 eggs ICY DOCK MB971SP-B DuoSwap 07/18/2014

This review is from: ICY DOCK MB971SP-B DuoSwap 5.25" Hot-Swap Drive Caddy for 2.5" and 3.5" SATA HD/SSD

Pros: Great add on for a 5.25 bay. I have been using this docking caddy for over a year and works great.

Cons: The only con I have found is the smaller 7mm SSD's will not eject when you push the eject button. The older and larger 2.5 SSD's will eject. Ended up using a long nose tool to pull out the 7mm SSD. This is the reason I only gave it 4 eggs. But if you install a 7mm SSD and plan on leaving it installed then these is no problem.

Other Thoughts: I have my system set up for normal work load using one of these duo docks. The second one is used for my video editing drives. Both use a SSD and a HDD. Because of my MB's lay out both SSD's are plugged into a SATA III ports, and the HDD's are plugged into a SATA II ports. The main advantage for me is the power needed to run the drives. I can turn off what I don't need at the time. Plus I don't have to get into my case to switch the drives around.
You also have to set your MB's BIOS to have all of the ports hot swap able, a must.

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Pinnacle Studio 17 Ultimate
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3 out of 5 eggs Pinnacle Studio 17 Ultimate 07/18/2014

This review is from: Pinnacle Studio 17 Ultimate

Pros: A lot of extra's added. When it works it's worth the money. I have done several 2 hr plus video's for a customer on a DVD+R DL disk. But I keep it simple and don't add a lot of extra's to the video. Rendering is slow, just because it's doing a lot of back ground work. Even the top of the line computers can't do much more. Corel should make this a 64 bit program, but they won't because of the added cost.

Cons: I have been using Studio since version 7 came out back when. Avid had a good product for average user's. Then Corel bought Avid Studio and just added some items from their video editing software and started selling as a up grade to Avid Studio. There is a hard learning curve if this is a the first time buyer. You need to buy a training video to go back to when something doesn't work or your at a loss on what to do. I did and it helps. Unless you use this program a lot you end up forgetting things. Thus the training video comes into play.

Other Thoughts: I have my computer set up with a SSD which I have installed just the OS and Studio 17. I have a WD 1T as my media drive and a 500 Gb WD HDD as my render drive. My MB is a Z77 with a intel CPU and 16 Gb's of ram. A average middle of the line GPU. With all of this rendering is still slow. But you have to remember what is going on in the back ground when rendering. Until they make this a 64 bit program it will always be slow when rendering. Unless you can afford a pro video editing program like MC which costs around $1000 programs like this will be around for some time to come. Compaired to Corel's video editing software this is priced to high. But Corel has to charge more to make up for the cost of buying Studio from Avid. One last thing, are there better editing software out there? I would say yes and no. Do some research and good luck.

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Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
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5 out of 5 eggs MS Ergonomic 4000 06/21/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

Pros: This keyboard just seems to be a natural way to type. I have been using this type of keyboard for at least 6 years. I have heard that some people find it hard to get used to. But once using them they love it.

Cons: Price when not on sale for a wired keyboard. Price $49.99 when not on sale but $19.99 when NewEgg has a sale.

Other Thoughts: For me the only keyboard to buy. I am stocking up on this keyboard. When I wear out my present 4000 I will have one on hand.

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