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FarStone Technology, Inc. VirtualDrive Pro 14 - 3 users
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs so so 02/05/2013

This review is from: FarStone Technology, Inc. VirtualDrive Pro 14 - 3 users

Pros: nice to run games from hdd, protect disks.

Cons: needs elevated privileges to run in win7, so the kid games, which this works well for , become a pain b/c have to supply password. inserting a vcd from file manager won't work even though the file association there. to get a support ticket you have to dig up your registration code, what a pain. some games, like the Lego series, did not work for me no matter what options I tried when making the vcd. but for the stuff it works for, it is a good way to protect disks and have some improved performace.

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ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This all black pcb and black memory slots and heatsinks board looks good inside a source 210 case which is black inside also. It is the more narrow atx form. I had used a video card with a very large heatsink and I recalled that I did not have particular problems with that. I did not notice having any particulalr issue about malformed plastic ports or anything like that and so the build quality seems to be okay as far as I can tell. Had no particular issues with insetting cpu, memory, etc., except for psu cables being just barely long enough for the 12v sockets up top with bottom mount psu which I guess is common. The only problem that I had was figuring out that in order to boot a linux live cd, the optical drive has to be plugged into one of the sata ports grouped near the bottom, not the two asmedia type sata ports that are near the ram. would not boot from the cd until I changed. Had no issues other than that everything on the board(ie audio, etc.) seems to be picked up and working correctly on very recent linux kernel. The win7 setup went without a hitch and perfect, except the junk software on the disk that i installed by accident from being in a hurry(easily removed). cpu fan very loud for about a second on switching on but subsides quickly. No issues with sleep/suspend on either OS. Have not oc yet. board seems to be a fairly basic one, no led on it, etc., but I guess for the price to be expected. Has enough connectors for front audio, usb, etc., and enough port in the back for an office type PC. Happy enough with it for that. OK bios, no particular issue with it.

Cons: C***ware on driver disk. No indicator led or digital readout for feedback. Basically , a cheap board, but good for low budget build if one wanted to shunt money over to an ssd which is what I did.

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Zippy BL-741 USB V.2.0 512 Color Gradation Illuminated Backlight Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs possible durability issue/too heavy handed? 07/18/2012

This review is from: Zippy BL-741 USB V.2.0 512 Color Gradation Illuminated Backlight Keyboard

Pros: Ability to change the LED colors, and gradations of intensity. Has a nice feel regarding the clickiness of the keys..hard to describe. Slim, felt pretty solid for the price. Inexpensive.

Cons: Somewhat abnormal layout described in other reviews. have been using for several months to play Skyrim and the "w" key( used very much to move forward in the game) is beginning to feel already sunk in a little and a little lacking in responsiveness now. Had not expected a kb to wear like this so quickly. Still usable but somewhat disappointed in this aspect.

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Display Name: joseph s.

Date Joined: 12/20/01

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 01/11/02
  • Last Review: 02/05/13
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