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Pros: - Multimedia buttons (play/pause, stop, previous/next)
- Volume controls (+\-, mute)
- Internet access (home page and email)
- Spill proof. (little holes all over the board allow liquids to drain away)
- USB, not PS/2, connection
Cons: - No drivers or software included (silly as that sounds, but you do need it for full functionality)
- Sometimes the response time is little sluggish in a game such as Audiosurf, but run of the mill type stuff? Flawless)
- buttons are smaller, and some are shaped different, than I'm accustomed to, which lead to a couple of message board posts being destroyed, after a lot of work
Other Thoughts: I own one of Gear Head's wireless keyboard kits and it's still running after nearly three years. So, grabbing this wired one was a no brainer. The software for the KB5500W (the wireless combo I own, also sold here) works for this keyboard. You can get it from their site, just go to their driver downloads and look for KB5500W. Install and you're good to go. Because you have to do this, I had to knock an egg.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: A rather powerful computer for the price.
-The 2.7 dual core processor cuts right through everything I've thrown at it thus far.
-The 3 gbs of RAM are more than enough to run Aero, and memory intensive programs, all at once with very little to no lag. And when it does lag, it's hardly noticeable.
-Whisper quiet. The PSU, the CPU fan, my GPU fan (more on that in a minute), even the optical drive, all are incredibly quiet with barely a buzz.
-Straightforward case. Nothing gaudy, no windows, nothing gimmicky.
-Spacious and fast HDD. 3.0 gbps, 7200 rpm, and 500 gbs!
Cons: -Onboard graphics, the GeForce 6150SE just barely gets by on it's own. Watching a movie is no problem, but Flash 10.1 with HD or Blu-Ray will definitely not work. At least, not well.
-Onboard sound is good, but not great. It is 6 channel, however, so that's a plus. (For the price, I was expecting 2 channel, really.)
-You are rather limited in terms of upgrading.
-64 bit Windows tends to lag a bit on just 3 gbs of RAM. (I reinstalled using 32 and it performs much better. To get full functionality out of the 64 bit, I recommend upgrading the memory.)
Other Thoughts: I bought a GeForce GT220 to replace the onboard video and gaming with this thing is respectable. Batman: Arkham Asylum, Left4Dead, even Crysis (on low to medium settings) can run on this without breaking a sweat.
I bought an 8 channel sound card to go with my new speaker system and the difference between the two sound setups is amazing, plus a small boost in overall system performance since I no longer use the onboard audio. (Every little bit of resource saving helps!)
If you buy this computer, which I recommend, I suggest the following:
-A graphics card upgrade.
-A sound card upgrade.
-A quad core processor. (The mobo can handle both Athlon and Phenom IIs in dual, triple, or quad cores. 95 watts and lower, though.)
-Max out the 4 gigs of RAM. (You can finally use 64 bit on this system once you do.)
-A PSU upgrade. (It comes with a 250 watt, so you may need to upgrade it before you make any drastic changes. I'm currently using it with all of the aforementioned upgrades.)
Display Name: Jefferey B.
Date Joined: 01/05/06
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