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Incipio SILICRYLIC DualPro Obsidian Black / Obsidian Black Solid Hard Shell Case w/ Silicone Core for iPhone 5 / 5S IPH-815
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Waited too long to get a case--my butterfingers managed a number of chips in my iPhone 5. Picked up for $15.49 shipped.

This case fits the phone well and doesn't block the Lightning connector, headphone jack, or camera. Top and side buttons are covered and replaced with buttons built into the case, which feel organic. Mute switch is accessible through recessed opening.

Feels great in the hand.

Big unexpected benefit: without a case, I was losing Wi-Fi signal when holding the top of my phone in landscape orientation. Having this case fixes that problem.

Cons: Seems durable but don't expect Otterbox-level protection. No problems so far with a few drops already.

This didn't come with instructions, so I have to assume I installed the case correctly since it fits.

Fairly large "INCIPIO" stamp with a logo on the back, not a big fan of that.

Other Thoughts: Some may not like the mute switch access. Despite having no nails it's not too tough for me to access, but it is fairly deep in there.

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ASUS M5A88-V EVO AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Frustrating install, but it's working 04/27/2012

This review is from: ASUS M5A88-V EVO AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Good mobo layout, and the manual is detailed and doesn't read in ESL for once.

The Q-Connector is fantastic. I haven't installed a mobo in a few years, so I don't know if this sort of thing is becoming standard issue these days, but I sure hope it is.

Cons: Windows install after putting in this board was comical. Could not get mouse to work on back USB ports until I installed the Windows USB 3.0 driver. Joke was on me, as the install program wasn't designed to work with a keyboard! Incredibly bad design on ASUS' part here. Thankfully mouse worked in a front panel port, otherwise I'm not sure what I would have done.

Wouldn't post on first start-up. Removed third and fourth memory sticks, replaced, and it booted. Twice now since install (a couple months or so now), the system randomly won't post unless I remove and replace again. Looks like I got bad slots, but they are working for now. Guessing it's only a matter of time before I'm down to two.

Onboard audio mic-in is garbage (at least with Win 7). I ended up installing my ancient SB Live in a PCI slot to be able to use Ventrilo and Skype.

Other Thoughts: If it were just one of these problems, I'd recommend this mobo, but I've had boards almost half the price give me a lot less trouble. I can't recommend it.

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Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 5000
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Spotty wireless 09/26/2009

This review is from: Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 5000

Pros: Like the design, though it would have taken some getting used to as it's much larger than any other mice I've used. Buttons are very quiet, no bright visible lighting.

Cons: Wireless is very spotty. At what seems like random intervals, it will stop registering movement or clicks for a split second; very annoying for a competitive gamer. Side buttons are also too small compared to other products on the market, and the top button is poorly placed.

Other Thoughts: Returning this for a wired model, which will be the plain white, too bad since this one matches my rig's black/silver perfectly. My girlfriend has a wireless mouse from Logitech with her laptop that works flawlessly, so I'd assumed overall that wireless mouse tech had improved over the years. I suppose not.

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