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EVGA TORQ X10 901-X1-1103-KR Wired Laser Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Ergonomics missed 07/03/2014

This review is from: EVGA TORQ X10 901-X1-1103-KR Wired Laser Gaming Mouse

Pros: Mechanically sound, well designed. Looks easy to clean and maintain. LED lighting is cool. Software is cool.

Cons: Ergonimics are poorly thought out. Buttons and wheel feel too far forward on the fingertips. No roundness in the lateral direction (top mouse plane is roughly flat laterally).

Other Thoughts: So I bought this to replace my Logitech mx518. I use it regularly but also play left-handed when gaming and my hand is not straight but somewhat crossed across the mouse. If you think of your hand, it's rounded in both the long axis and across your fingers when you cup it for a mouse. This mouse is pretty flat across the fingers, the axis 90 degrees from your forearm. When I play games left-handed and cross my hand over the mouse a little off-axis, it's ergonimics are horrible. It's not a simple flex to hit the buttons but I have to flatten my hand to hit them. EVGA missed the boat big time on simple ergonomics. While I can see as an engineer that this is very well designed and thought-out mouse, I think too many engineers were tasked with this project and not enough foo-foo designers tasked with usability and ergonomics. I'm a mechanical engineer. I do appreciate this aspect. But I also appreciate that especially with user interfaces not everything should have right angles and sharp angles. I was hoping for a well-engineered product and better software than what I'm used to with Logitech. The software seems sound. The ergonomics make it almost unusable for what I'm used to. I literally had to plug my old logitech mouse back in to play games. EVGA, add some roundness and radii to the transverse axis and don't make the buttons so flat. This is an engineer's dream but a user's nightmare where hand meets machine. I am sadly disappointed but also impressed by your first design. Every design I've encountered that looks mechanical is disappointing. This is reminiscent of a Saitek joystick with harsh angles and mechatronic feel. We need smooth ergo melding to the hand. This requires round and smooth surfaces with no planes or thoughts of planes. For a mechanical engineer to say this needs more foo foo, take notice. I have to say Logitech leads by example in the ergonomic arena. Make better software with equivalent ergonomics and you'll be a serious competitor. Don't be afraid to mimmick successful ergonomics. Different is not always better. I would not recommend this to a friend based solely on the ergonomics. A great first-go EVGA. Keep it up. I really wanted to love this mouse. I just can't.

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Vantec NexStar CX 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Sturdy design. Functional. It has a power switch on the back.

Cons: The indicator light can be a bit bright. Nothing a bit of tape can't fix for you.

Other Thoughts: I actually own 3 of these with various interfaces (all usb2.0 at least) and I've ordered 1 more. They are a great value. I like being able to pick out my own hard drive and then get an enclosure with a power switch. Some external drives don't have a power switch and you have to unplug them. I've got 1TB working in them and I'm equipping another with 2TB when I get it. I get 14-20MB/second transfer through the USB interface. If you're doing backups you're talking roughly 20 hours for 1000GB. Consider using the eSATA if you want something faster.

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Transcend TS-RDP5K USB 2.0 Card Reader
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Solid function 06/14/2014

This review is from: Transcend TS-RDP5K USB 2.0 Card Reader

Pros: This is a simple, compact, functional product. It is quickly recognized when inserted into a usb slot and I've never had problems with it.

Cons: It's black, so sometimes it's hard to see if I have it laying around. Really no other cons I can note. Maybe the fact that it only reads SD and micro SD cards.

Other Thoughts: If you're after a simple SD or micro SD card reader, this one fits the bill nicely. I like the fact it's dedicated to just SD and micro SD and works very well at that. I would buy it again.

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Date Joined: 07/05/05

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