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Logitech M705 Black 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Marathon Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs crippling design flaw 01/27/2014

This review is from: Logitech M705 Black 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Marathon Mouse

Pros: feels nice in the hand.
decent button setup.
uses unifying receiver system.
really want to like it, except...

Cons: RIDICULOUS design flaw that makes it unusable: the optical sensor is located on the far left (if you look at the mouse from the bottom). It should have been near the right, or more towards the "center of mass". This may not sound like a problem, until you try to use it, and realize you have to entirely re-train your hand - because you have to move the entire mouse, not just the "center of mass" like you're used to doing.

Extremely disappointed with Logitech for screwing this up especially on a mouse in their mid-range line. This is an absurd design oversight that shouldn't have made it past the first 5 minutes of usability testing.

Other Thoughts: Put your $40 towards a better mouse which isn't designed by an intern.

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ZOTAC Synergy ZT-40611-10L GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: + cheapest dual-DVI PCI express card I could find (was using onboard gfx but the HDMI port flaked out and I needed to run dual monitors)
+ 2D desktop performance seems reasonable
+ small, no additional power connector

Cons: - performance is so-so (the "windows experience" thing tags it at like 4.8, compared to a 5.8 with a Radeon 3660 and 6.5 with Intel HD 4000 onboard). Haven't tried it in games but this is an office PC so I don't really care.
- HAD ISSUES GETTING THE OS TO RECOGNIZE IT - see below

Other Thoughts: If you're trying to get this to work on a newer motherboard (i.e. with PCIEx 3.0 slots) - keep in mind this is a PCIEx 2.0 card. I had to go into the BIOS (Intel Z77 chipset) and force it to initialize the slot as PCIEx Gen2 - otherwise the card was not recognized in Windows and I would not get any display even in BIOS.

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Nippon Labs USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA HDD Adapter w/ Power  Model USB-SATA
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs PSU is bad, FIX THIS 06/08/2011

This review is from: Nippon Labs USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA HDD Adapter w/ Power Model USB-SATA

Pros: Works as a USB-IDE/SATA converter... if you have another power supply. Doesn't require special drivers. Speed is decent.

Cons: After being plugged in for 30 seconds with no drive attached, input side of power supply fried and smoked. Even when new, it made a strange sound when there was no load, suggesting it's a low-quality switching adapter. Luckily I had no drive attached when it went up.

Other Thoughts: Seems this power supply problem isn't just isolated to me - there's got to be 10 reports of it in the first page of comments alone. The fact that this is so rampant and hasn't been fixed makes me want to avoid all Nippon Labs products in the future.

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Display Name: Phil A.

Date Joined: 10/05/05

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  • First Review: 04/08/10
  • Last Review: 01/27/14
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