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CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Wretched Support 04/28/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm

Pros: Easy post attachment
Looks nice
Radiator assembly fit well

Cons: Cooler absolutely did not work; idle temperature on an Intel i3 35 watt part was 70 C, much worse than a stock cooler. The unit is not all that difficult to assemble...assuming you go to YouTube and watch a video. The instruction manual is near worthless.

Other Thoughts: I've bought a lot of Corsair products over the years, and generally been happy with most of them. I understand now and then something is not going to work. However, when something does not work, and it is not user error, I expect some ability to get help quickly. I was building a computer for a customer, and this computer was specifically designed to work in a high-ambient temperature environment (maybe 95 F). I specifically used low-heat parts (SSD, i3 35 watt CPU, lots of case fans, and a hydro cooler) to achieve this, and ironically it is reporting higher temps than if I had simply used a stock fan. I removed the cooling head from the CPU twice, checked the thermal paste (both times there was a square, indicating it was making contact) and cleaned the CPU and cooling head and re-applied Arctic MX 2 thermal compound. Now, after a user has done the obvious troubleshooting, one should be able to contact the manufacturer and get some sort of resolution quickly. Instead, here is what you will be greeted with (from the Corsair website) after you have created an account, and jumped through hoops trying to find a part number:
Corsair has received your request. Your ticket # is 6460298. A Corsair Representative will respond within 2 business days. Corsair Customer Service and Technical Support is available Monday – Friday, 7:00AM-5:00PM Pacific Time (excluding weekends and holidays).
Isn't that nice? If you have a problem, you can wait two days (or longer, if that crosses a weekend) for someone to e-mail you, and you an bet the initial e-mail will just be re-hashing what you already told them. Corsair, you need to provide better tech support than that.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro Lifetime - 1 PC
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Worth Every Penny 11/16/2013

This review is from: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro Lifetime - 1 PC

Pros: This is an excellent piece of software. I've used the free version for years, and it has seldom failed to find a piece of malware, often when other software didn't. It has a fast scan engine, an easy update process, and the controls are easy to read and understand. Better still, I have never seen it conflict with something else, or cause a system problem, a common problem with a lot of true virus scanners. The price, especially if you catch it on sale, is a bargain.

Cons: Really, none.

Other Thoughts: I've used the free version more times than I can count, and I don't mind paying for software I know works, and I am happy to support the people who developed this. The big advantage of the Pro version is that it updates automatically and runs without having to invoke it. The problem I find with the free version is simply people never remember to update it until after they get hit with something.

AZIO Large Print Tri-Color Illuminated Keyboard KB505U Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Ergonomic Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's a very nice-looking keyboard; absolutely easy to read, and it is a pleasure to use in a dark or low-lighted environment. You get three different LED colors, and they are toggled by pushing a button on the upper right side of the keyboard. Tired of blue? Hit a button; it's purple. Tired of purple? Hit a button, it's red. Nice choices.

Cons: If you are a good typist, I doubt you will be comfortable on this keyboard. Ironically, though the buttons are big and well-lit, I find myself constantly making mistakes when typing, I believe because the buttons are wider than standard, at least it feels that way. The keys are not sticky exactly, but also not responsive the way a really good keyboard should be. You are in essence choosing between form and functionality with this keyboard. It looks great; in my opinion, it does not type easily.

Other Thoughts: I have gone through three Saitech illuminated Eclipse keyboards, roughly one every 18 months. The problem is always the same; the keys are painted, and within about 6 months, some of the paint will smear off, leaving the key almost impossible to read, back lit or not. The Saitech is a much better keyboard in terms of feel, but this keyboard blows it away in terms of clarity, visibility, and choice of LED colors. I have not owned it long enough to see if the keys flake or smear; if they hold up over time, it will be a better keyboard than the Saitech in that regard as well. This will probably be an excellent keyboard if it is for a child, an older person who does not type quickly, someone primarily surfing the Internet, or a gamer playing in a dark room. If the keys were more responsive, I would have cheerfully given it 5 eggs, but with the difficulty in typing on it, I have to take at least one egg away and note the conditions under which it will probably serve best.


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Display Name: John P.

Date Joined: 05/28/02

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  • Last Review: 04/28/14
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