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ECS NGT440-512QI-F1 GeForce GT 440 (Fermi) 512MB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Runs 2 monitors. (VGA, DVI, and/or HDMI)
Brings a standard desktop up to compatibility with Windows 7 and 8 (assumed).
Faster display than onboard.
adds super fast dedicated video memory
Can't hear anything (quiet)
Fairly inexpensive - got my boss to order this for my work PC
very small
no need to upgrade PSU for me, and no wires needed, it draws power from the motherboard only.

Cons: graphics on shield aren't cool or desirable and waste money. Would rather it was $5 or $10 cheaper without artwork.

Driver disc that came with it didn't really work right, maybe something I did wrong. It only displayed "Browse CD and Exit". In the instructions it was supposed to have installation options. Anyway, I just downloaded the latest drivers from nVidia, which is easy enough and better.

Other Thoughts: Installed in a Dell Optiplex 330. Nice upgrade to my PC at work. Now I can run 2 monitors and upgrade Windows if I want.

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i-rocks KR-6402-BK Black 109 Normal Keys USB Wired Slim Aluminum X-Slim Keyboard for PC
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: THis is actually a pretty good gaming keyboard. THere are a lot of little pluses about this keyboard that will go unmentioned. As you can see, I seem to drag the shift with this keyboard, but that could be my fault. It has features like: you just plug it in, and it works. ALl of the function keys work -- and correctly -- without software. The light on the caps and numpad is a good idea, I've actually not seen that before. It doesn't slide at all. It's fairly quiet.

THe keys almost feel like high quality D-pad buttons. Not the greatest for typing, but they are really quick for WASD.

FOr the price, if you get a working one, this might be a really good choice. In some ways it actually feels better than my Fatal1ty (which I thought would never be able to replace), and is more comfortable and smaller (better) than the Logitech Illuminated (the wristrest is a dealbreaker for me, honestly), all while being cheaper than either were.

Cons: Well I had to return it, so that makes it more expensive and a hassle and disappointment.

You end up typing differently, like with the flat of your finger, instead of the tip. This can make your fingers sore for a while at first.

Other Thoughts: I wish there was a bigger gap separating the function keys. A few keys can sound creaky. Different ones on different keyboards (this is my second). Not a huge deal.

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i-rocks KR-6402-BK Black 109 Normal Keys USB Wired Slim Aluminum X-Slim Keyboard for PC
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: looks sleek, not bad key feel, media keys, full size, but small frame, USB slots could be useful for some.

I liked the simplicity and they key layout mostly. The Fn with the left hand and the media keys with the right. But, I'd prefer it was the opposite - to press the Fn key to use the F1-12 keys.

It's certainly much better than the keyboards that come with pre-built PCs, but...

Cons: The spacebar is probably the root of the problem. Mine came crooked. I'm not sure if it's missing the membrane under one side, but it's slanted in and seems to miss my strokes. So, it's slightly defective, and now I have to return it, unfortunately

I didn't know the keystroke would be so short. It might be more shallow than a laptop. I am coming from a Creative Fatality keyboard at home and a Logitech Illuminated keyboard at work. The key feel is superior for both of my current keyboards. The keys feel actually good, but it's so short, and they are kind of stiff. The main thing though, is that there are spaces in between the keys where your fingertips hit the metal frame, and let me tell you, it's not nice. It's very uncomfortable, and it's even hard to tell if you've pressed the key, it's so shallow. Typing decent speeds on it, but I keep tripping up. I guess I could get used to it, but why?

Other Thoughts: I like the scissor switch keyboards like the Fatal1ty (discontinued), and the Logitech Illuminated keyboard.

You can hit the scissor style keys at a slight angle and they will still work perfectly. They feel pretty alright, and don't make nearly as much noise as the "cherry switch" keyboards. But they are not all created equal apparently.

Note that I've never used a Mac keyboard like the rest of the reviewers keep mentioning, but I'm kind of surprised because it seems like I wouldn't like it.

Wish keyboards had the Numpad on the left, or separated from the keyboard on a Y cable, or separate USB cable.

Throughout my profession, the Numpad is intended to be used by the off-hand so that you can write down the results with your main hand (or use the mouse, for example). I guess it's IBM's fault for putting it there 25 years ago and everyone followed suit.

Swapping it would allow you to have the main keys centered with the monitor and have the mouse closer to the right s

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Thomas H.'s Profile

Display Name: Thomas H.

Date Joined: 05/01/07

  • Reviews: 24
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  • First Review: 11/13/09
  • Last Review: 09/18/12
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