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This review is from: Corsair M65 USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse - Black
Pros: This mouse is a great replacement for my old mouse, Boomslang CE2007. The DPI settings are very advanced compared to that mouse and the feel of the mouse is a lot sturdier. I think Corsair is doing a very good job in the Peripheral department, both items I own, keyboard and mouse, I have from that company share the same sturdiness and solid construction.
The mouse itself has a near perfect grip for my hands; I'm 6'2" and have very long and slender hands. I don't feel like I am having to claw grip this mouse nor do I feel like the mouse is too big and I can't hit all the buttons from a comfortable position.
The design of the mouse is nice; the metal undercarriage makes the mouse feel high quality. The weighs are a nice touch but I have never had a mouse that came with weighs I wanted to make lighter. The heavier the mouse the better in my opinion. The button clicks are very solid as is the scroll wheel and sniper dpi button. I haven’t used that button yet but have wanted to install Team Fortress 2 just to use it. Great braided cable; please all mice should have braided cables from now on. The braided cable on this mouse is a great length too.
The lighting effects are nice and so is the software. I am running Windows 8.1 x64 and the drivers work as they should with no fuss. I am able to easily find the settings I need and make the changes. I love the different options for the LEDs, the white light looks great in the front and back.
Cons: Nothing, I have found nothing wrong with this mouse. It is advertised as a gamers mouse and so far it fills that position perfectly. Nothing wrong with this mouse.
Other Thoughts: I have read a lot of other reviews on this mouse and I honestly can’t understand them. Sure there are grips with someone’s personal preference on some things but this mouse has fulfilled everything I would look for. Would recommend to anyone looking for a high quality, medium priced mouse with excellent features.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: DEEPCOOL STEAM CASTLE (WHITE) Unique Steam Punk Style With Side Window 200mm Fan(Front) Micro ATX / Mini-ITX +120mm Fan(Rear)+4 Magic Controllable LED Lights (Top) SGCC+PLASTIC (ABS)
Pros: The design of this case is very unique. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it but once I opened the box I fell in love. The white color is so pure that it was exactly what I hoped for with this build.
The fan options on this case are second to none for its size. You have different fans options for the front, top, and rear of the case. They include either a 120/140/200mm fans. You also have water cooling options for the top and rear fan spots and rubber grommets to support custom loops and external radiators as well.
The LEDs are a very nice addition and the options to change color and brightness are nice. There is also an option to change it to a slow pulsing type light and options to customize the speed of the pulsing. If LEDs aren't your thing you can simply turn off the lightshow all together.
The vertical motherboard tray design seems to make sure all the components have good enough airflow with the single low speed 200mm fan as an intake. I use a fan-less power supply and it stays cool in this case and at first I was afraid that it might not be getting good enough airflow.
I like the addition of the window on the side of this case because it’s always a pleasure to view your build after it’s been completed without having to take the side panel off.
You can fit pretty good length video cards in the case and you can fit decent size power supplies. Tool less installation is always nice to work with. The fan filter on the power supply section of the case is a nice gesture.
Overall the build quality of this case seems to be topnotch. The steel inside is very strong and the ABS plastic is easy to remove and snaps back into place perfectly every time. I don't feel like I'm going to break it taking off the top and front panels.
Cons: You will have to plan your cable routing wisely. I didn’t completely deck out this case with 5 hard drives and two graphics cards in SLI or crossfire but if I had I might be taking most the building time to route cables and give it a good clean look.
I wish there were rubber grommets for the cable routing holes on the motherboard tray and maybe a second cable routing hole for Micro ATX users. The fans that ship with the case didn’t put out much airflow and had a flimsy feel to them. No front fan filter is completely absurd when they thought to add one for the power supply intake.
Modular power supplies depending on size will need the cables plugged into them before installing into the case since I didn’t have enough room to plug them in after installation. I have a 240 AIO water cooling unit I would have loved to add to this case but my fiancé wanted to be able to burn CDs/DVDs so I had to compromise and leave out the AIO.
The control panel buttons being on the side of the case was a strange choice. The fan controller button seemed to stick a little when pushed in; I needed to rotate the fan controller button a little for it to pop back out which seems like a defect. Visible cords inside the case due to the side control panel being so high can be an eyesore.
Other Thoughts: My main goals on this build were to create a clean looking inside with good cable management, find parts that would offset the pure white color of the case, and to make this a barely audible HTPC build.
I believe I have succeeded on all those goals with this case. I would defiantly recommend this case to someone who likes the unique looks and can find parts to match the color scheme. The yellow version of this case would offer some nice yellow and black motherboard choices as well as the red case.
With the white case I chose the ASUS Gryphon Z97 motherboard with amour kit plus some white Kingston DDR3 sticks. The color combination for those parts and this case couldn’t have worked out any better. I also purchased the 0db Silverstone Nightjar 520 to offset the white and black parts and give some metallic color to the mix. I have plans to remove the grills at a later date and do some color modifications.
Overall this has been a fantastic case to work with and the only real big gripe I have with the case is a lack of front fan filters. Other than that small caveat this case has been a dream to work in.
Motherboard: ASUS Gryphon Z97 with armor kit
RAM: Kingston HyperX white 1866 DDR3
Power Supply: Silverstone Nightjar 520w
CPU: Intel i5-4460
SSD: Mushkin Chronos 240gb
Case: Deepcool Steam Castle white
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving
Pros: This switch is exactly what it says it is, a 5 port no fuss unmanaged switch. I hooked this into my Buffalo wireless G router and instantly worked without any power cycles. I was able to move files from one port to the other with lightning fast speeds, about 200mb/s. I hooked up a test scenario where I could enable Jumbos and got a nice little speed bump from that setting being enabled. I also stuck the unit in a box with no ventilation to test its fan-less design and make sure it didn't slow down once the unit started to heat up. I had the same throughput regardless of where the box was located.
The price is right for a switch like this, there are some lower cost units and then some higher cost units but this offers good features at a reasonable cost to the consumer.
Cons: I can't think of anything wrong with this switch, I can't complain about it not having features it wasn't advertised to have. It has everything I would look for in a switch this size and this price. The only thing I can think of is it doesn't have a very long cord for the power adapter but that would really be reaching.
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a hard-wired solution to your network and need 4 extra ports for some of your devices, this is the way to go. It has nice features that not everyone will use like Jumbos but the speed is there and this device is a really nice way to expand your network.READ FULL REVIEW