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Mad Catz R.A.T. 9 MCB437090013/02/1 Red 6 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 6400 dpi Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I was seeking a new mouse because I could not find a mouse that prevent the weight of my hand from eventually resting on the heel of my hand when playing, and after a time it would make my whole hand tingle and burn. I tried different grips, claw vs palm, and I tried wrist wrests, and none of that helped. Gaming mice are simply too small for my hands.

The RAT 9 is very adjustable--within a few hours of having the mouse, I had configured it very comfortably. The problem with the tingling and burning in my hand has not returned--making this very expensive gaming mouse worth every penny, in spite of a few issues.

Cons: The main issue has been the battery life. The batteries that shipped with the mouse last about a day on a charge with normal computing, and maybe five hours in sustained gaming. They will die on you when you least expect it, and changing the battery requires removing the palm-rest from the mouse--not a big deal, just an extra few seconds you don't usually have in the middle of a game.

The mouse will sometimes lose its connection to the computer when changing batteries. While it's rare, it happens. Unplugging the USB plug and then plugging it back in fixes the issue.

You do have to keep the sensor of the mouse clean and only run it on a clean mouse pad. It is crazy sensitive to this--even dust that you can't easily see with the eye can mess up the tracking. I have gotten in the habit of spraying the sensor with compressed air about every third day to prevent problems. I have used several other brands of mouse and have never seen one so crazy sensitive to dust on the lens as the RAT 9 is.

The mouse is back-heavy and this can make precision clicking a challenge. You can add weight but it adds to the back of the mouse--it makes the problem worse, not better.

The software is ok--not outstanding, but not lacking in essential features either. It did have a bit of a learning curve, so give yourself a bit to figure it out before you give up on it.

Other Thoughts: The RAT 9 is really a pretty cantankerous piece of equipment for its price--you would expect a "plug it in / use it / forget about it" mouse but that's not what this is. If you aren't changing batteries you are spraying the sensor or adjusting the DPI so you can actually click on that little icon.

The one saving grace of this mouse, and it is a huge one to me, is its ergonomics. It works for large hands and I think it may have saved me a considerable doctor's bill. This is entirely how it earned its four stars for me.

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CORSAIR CSM Series CS650M 650W ATX12V v2.4 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This modular power supply comes well packaged and is easy to install. The modular cables fight tightly and have a latch to hold them in place. The motherboard power cables aren't removable.

The unit is very quiet, noticeably quieter than the power supply that it replaced, which is also a quality unit.

Electrically, it's excellent, with very high efficiency, and a full range of voltage, temperature, and short circuit protections to protect your system.

Testing from light to full load in a heavy test system drew the single 12-volt rail from it's maximum value of 12.024 volts to 11.88 volts at full load. It would not drop below 11.88 despite the addition of further load. I was very pleased to note that at full load, the fan is still reasonably quiet, its sound being lost in the sounds of the system components.

Cons: The modular cables are of the flat ribbon variety, and they do not easily bend around tight corners.

The SATA cables in particular are frustrating. The connectors should really be just a little further apart and the cable should be longer--getting the test system cabled in a Rosewill Blackhawk case was a real challenge, and left more tension on the cable than I'd like.

The included Molex to FDD converter cable has the same black gloss finish as the rest, but the connectors on the Molex side were noticeably loose, making it harder to line up and plug in. A minor quibble, but I really didn't expect to see this kind of a lower-quality "afterthought" converter included with a unit of this quality.

Other Thoughts: It's a quality power supply from a company with a stellar reputation, and at a good price point. Despite some frustration with cables that are shorter and stiffer than I'd prefer, this is still a quality unit. It does face some competition at its selected price point, especially if you have a larger case.

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Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2014 - Value Edition - 3 PCs / 2 Years
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Not the best 01/20/2014

This review is from: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2014 - Value Edition - 3 PCs / 2 Years

Pros: Inexpensive. Does well in independent testing. Easy install.

Cons: Detects cookies as viruses.

If you turn off background scanning, it generates a security warning that you cannot turn off.

Detected X-Fi driver as a virus and removed it from system without prompting, rendering sound card inoperative.

Other Thoughts: Not impressed. Although it does well in independent testing, I was amazed to see it flag simple cookies as viruses.

Detecting a common sound driver as a virus is beyond the pale.

Not recommended.

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