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Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Blue Switches
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: The keyboard feels solid, has a good "feel" while typing, and seemed to work well...while it lasted. Key characters did not fade, smudge, or come off in over a year.

Cons: First the number 8 key failed; really annoying when you have a password that contains an 8 and you can't understand why your log ins fail all the time. After that, started getting multiple character insertions, and then it would skip the "s" every time I typed it and then the whole computer started to go nuts, with windows flying open and screens popping up.

Other Thoughts: I don't review products very often, but I was very disappointed in this "mechanical" keyboard. I understand a $15-$20 keyboard is likely to fail after some time, but this was considerably more expensive than that and should have been better quality. My experience is right in line with several other reviewers; it worked great at first, but then within a year of moderate use began malfunctioning and now it is impossible to use at all. I determined my problems were with the keyboard, one, because I've seen this sort of sudden screen-opening problems before, and two, I unplugged the keyboard, the problem went away, put the keyboard back, the problems returned, substituted a different keyboard and no more problems. Although this product looks good on paper, I really would not recommend it to anybody considering the price and short lifespan.

HP 8000 Elite Desktop - 2.9 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB Memory, 250GB HDD DVD - Windows 7 Professional
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good price for relatively modern hardware; lots of USB ports, clean inside and out, not much updating needed, good warranty.

Cons: Given that these are refurbs, and the hardware they come with is stated right in the description, I can't see much to list as a con; they come with what they say they do, and run accordingly.

Other Thoughts: I almost never buy refurb anything; prices are so low on new computers, it hardly makes sense, and you don't know the history of what you're buying. That said, I had a customer that had truly ancient stuff that was falling apart, and they couldn't afford new, so this was the next best alternative. I was pleasantly surprised when I got the three units I ordered; they had obviously been cleaned on the inside, and while I see some people have gotten some scuffed ones on the outside, mine were in very good cosmetic condition. All three booted right up, there was very little I needed to do to get them updated, and they were fast enough for the tasks they were slated for, and much better than the ones they were replacing. Many cheap refurbs have inadequate amounts of memory, and often use surprisingly expensive DDR 2 memory, so after the necessary upgrades to make them usable, they aren't such a great deal. These came with 4 GB of RAM, so there was nothing that needed to be done (though I would have preferred 8 , of course). There were no unpleasant surprises when I plugged them in.

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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Pleasant Surprise 04/01/2015


Pros: Surprisingly good case for a very low price. It has practically every must-have feature you could ask for, great cut-outs, good cable management, even a "bulge" in the side panels to allow routing thick cables, and easy access to any hard drive bays. The style is understated, yet stylish.

Cons: As many have mentioned, and rightly so, the metal is very thin. The retention locks are sort of odd, and I snapped one while trying to mount a DVD burner.

Other Thoughts: In spite of a few cons, I gave this case 5 stars because, relative to its price and intended market, this is an excellent case. Perfect? No, but much closer than others that cost more. As noted by other reviewers, the metal is thin, but I see that as a con only in that it could be easily damaged in shipping, and the side panels may not align with the "fit" feel that cases with heavier metal do. Once the computer is built, unless you plan on moving these a lot, I can't see this would be a problem. I also would agree there was some difficulty getting the stand-offs to line up with my board. It's worth noting the stand-offs come pre-installed, which is nice. Also, like many cheaper cases, the front panel wires mount directly to the front panel which means if you remove the front panel, you must be careful not to tear the wires off the motherboard. Front panel is held on by 6 plastic snap-ins, and those could be easy to break. Where cheap cases usually fall down is in cable management (Cooler Master Elite series, for example), but this one is great, no complaints, and hard drive mounting options. This one excels in both. I did not notice an option for a front cooling fan, however, but as I was using an SSD, that did not bother me, and the hard drive mounting points looked like they would allow for an attached hard drive fan if necessary. All in all, perhaps the best case I've seen for 75% of the builds you'll ever want to do. Even the odd retention clips are not really a problem, as there are screw holes for traditional mounting.


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Display Name: John P.

Date Joined: 05/28/02

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  • Last Review: 08/17/15
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