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Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR PRO RGB Gaming Mouse, Backlit RGB LED, 16000 DPI, Black Side Panel, Optical
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Pros: Aesthetically pleasing. Seriously this mouse looks great. It is sleek and seamless and the led lights are fully customizable to your preferred color(s). The mouse has decent heft to it and feels very sturdy. The center scroll wheel is my favorite so far of any mouse I've ever used. It just has a good size and feel under my finger while scrolling and though it is a good solid "click" it isn't difficult to click down with or squishy like the middle scroll wheel buttons on other mice I've used. The side button placement can be changed to better fit the size of the user's hand. Ultimately it will be my wife using this mouse. I tend to use my Mac more than my PC and I mostly console game so this mouse won't be nearly as useful for me as it will be for her. It turns out that a mouse designed for gaming is also quite useful for a workstation. We have been able to set up the side buttons to work as shortcut keys for different functions in Revit (my wife is an architect and the design software she uses is complicated and has SO MANY shortcuts and commands) and according to my wife this mouse functions very well when used for work. The programmable side buttons save her a lot of keyboard strokes. One last thing for the pros is that I have gigantic hands and long fat fingers but my wife has very tiny hands with dainty little delicate fingers and somehow the mouse is comfortable for both of us. Thanks to the adjustable slider the optional side buttons are easy to use for both of us. I have also noticed that thanks to being able to relax my hand more while using this mouse that my wrist seems to experience less pain from prolonged use. My wife agreed when I mentioned this fact, saying that she is able to use this mouse for much longer than her other mice before her wrist begins to hurt. The only issue my wife has had is trying to get used to a mouse with wires again. I may purchase another one of these mice for myself if I ever get back into PC gaming. Since other reviewers have already reviewed this mouse's merits in regards to gaming I am not going to go into too much detail except to say that it does the job it was designed for flawlessly.

Cons: No software for OSX (Mac). There is a custom set of software/drivers available to make the LEDs work but it doesn't yet have any functionality for the side buttons. Though this mouse does have good "heft" the weight of this mouse is not adjustable like some other gaming mice I've used or seen for sale. I have an older Logitech laser gaming mouse that I have always gone back to as my preferred mouse because I managed to get the weight in it just right. Even though this Corsair is close it just isn't the same and, unfortunately, it never will be. I had a few hiccups with the software (a crash and once having an odd glitch where I would choose a color for the leds but the mouse would not reflect those changes) but nothing closing and reopening the program didn't solve.

Other Thoughts: This mouse is a great balance of form and function. There are more feature-rich mice out there that will do the same job but they won't have programmable leds to match or compliment your mouse to your case and/or keyboard and other pieces of your system.

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ASUS C202 Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6
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Pros: I had my wife help me with this review as we have decided to eventually make this our son's first "grown-up" gadget. He is coming up on 2 years old and has started to really enjoy calling my wife's parents (his grandparents) on Facetime since they live just under 1,000 miles away. With the camera on this we figure he can maybe take some selfies and send them to grandma and grandpa in e-mails and maybe even create some fun pictures or other messages for them. There are fun little settings like big head and big jaw, black and white and retro style for pictures. The camera isn't going to wow anyone or take award-winning photographs but it's a built in webcam for a $200 Chromebook not a DSLR advertised by a gangly washed-up tv actor.

The battery life on this Chromebook is fantastic. It seriously lasts so long I forget that it isn't plugged in and then forget when I first started using it so I didn't get an exact count on the number of hours it lasts. The battery lasts long enough that I haven't even had to plug it in while using it yet nor have I ever received any kind of battery low warning and I've been putting this thing through a lot while testing it out.

Another thing my wife noted was that this device doesn't get hot at all. No matter how many windows or apps we had open, games we played, or even how long it was on the charger it never became even slightly noticeably warmer than simply room temperature. The only thing that made it warmer was body heat from holding it in our lap.

The screen resolution is actually very good and the picture is very good. Colors are vibrant and the brightness is adjustable in all different ranges. It is also very easy to see and read the screen from the side so sharing a video, webpage, or document is no problem.

The speakers are quite decent for being a cheaper Chromebook. You aren't going to be using it for a party but for a quick youtube video share they're quite functional. Plugging in a quality pair of headphones takes care of that issue. My Klipsh headphones were right at home in the headphone port and made Imagine Dragons sound just as good as if I were listening on my iPod.

I realize I keep saying "for a Chromebook" or "for a little device" and other such phrases in this review but I find it important to keep in mind that this is not some big $3,000.00 17", quad-core, 32gb RAM, 1TB solid state drive, Nvidia 1,000 series GTX video card laptop but is instead a two-hundred dollar Chromebook that technically doesn't even have a real operating system. That being said, for a Chromebook this thing has a nice number of different ports. USB 3.0 ports, a card reader, and even an HDMI out. The card reader is great for expansion of the hard drive in case the 16gb it comes with isn't enough. Honestly if you are storing anything on this bigger than a document or a funny picture for Facebook you need to be getting an actual laptop, desktop PC, or Mac/Macbook.

This thing can take a beating. I turned my 20-month-old son loose on it and if you've never had a toddler who is learning his own strength and still developing his motor skills then you should watch The Flinstones episodes with Bam-Bam and imagine him having access to fine electronics. That will give you an idea about my son's behavior when he gets excited and displays his happiness at being able to use his Chromebook. I figured if he pounded on the keys a little they would maybe stop squeaking but no such luck (I will go over the squeaking in the "Cons" section). Even with his overzealous overhand slam typing and a decent amount of drool no damage was done to the Chromebook. So I give a big thumbs-up to the durability and spill-resistant keyboard.

Cons: One of the main problems my wife had with this was that it was not a laptop. She is a licensed architect so her work computers are all rather big impressive machines that run Revit and plan these massive projects. I even built her a desktop workstation for home with a workstation graphics card and an AMD Richland Black (another EggXpert item). Anyway with all of these big fancy PCs she found this little Chromebook a little underwhelming. Obviously she would never purchase one for herself but for someone who purchased this knowing they were getting a Chromebook there really are no cons here that are dealbreakers.

I originally had thought my son could make videos to send to his grandparents and other family members, however, the camera on this device comes with software that only allows for still images. There are programs available on the WebStore that make it possible to take video, however, the video is a little choppy and their length is limited. Despite this the still images are quite decent for sending an e-mail or posting to Facebook as a quick howdy-doo.

The big rubber bumper/protectors on this Chromebook are a little...clunky. They do a great job of protecting the machine but they do seem like they might be a bit of a dirt catcher and they add a bit of girth.

The keyboard, while I absolutely LOVE how the keys feel when I type (honestly I have not yet come across another keyboard either as a separate component or part of a laptop or macbook that feels this good under my fingers) as the tactile resistance, key-travel distance, and even the texture of the keys themselves are fantastic. However...they are squeaky. It seriously sounds like there is a little mouse under there and every time I type a letter he's poked with a little spike so that he then screams in his little mousey squeak voice and runs to the other side beneath the keyboard only to be stabbed again by the next letter. I had a hamster when I was a kid that would bite the living daylights out of any poor person (or cat) that happened to place anything made of flesh inside the bars of its cage. It had this wheel that it always ran on when anyone was trying to sleep. I swear in the deepest darkest silence of night that hamster wheel was nowhere near as squeaky as these keys. I'd spray some WD40 on them but they're spill resistant so no lubricant would get down in there anyway. Plus with my luck I'd be electrocuted and it would then explode into a fireball and my family doesn't want to read headlines and my obituary containing a can of lubricant and an electrical fire.

Other Thoughts: Honestly if you are looking for a Chromebook (something just to check e-mail, watch a few videos, and maintain social media accounts) and you want one that can take a decent amount of abuse this is a fantastic product and I would definitely recommend it.

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DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 120EX CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with 120mm PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
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Pros: For an AIO sealed liquid cooling solution this is pretty compact. It fits very well in my mid tower case (I plan on upgrading soon to a full tower but just haven't been able to decide which one I like) though is still just as tight a fit as every other component. I pulled an Intel brand AIO sealed liquid cooler in order to install this one. I like the Intel because it has the Intel logo in blue LED and looks great with the blue lights in my case but I have been considering going with a different color scheme when I upgrade. To that end I have decided to continue using this Deepcool. Also I really don't want to have to gut my PC again.

I saw no significant temperature decrease or increase so this cooler functions just as well as one Intel chooses to put their logo on. I would not be at all reluctant to use this cooler. It really does look good and function well.

Though the cooler is quite simple to install (look up videos on YouTube or other places online with a simple web search) the instructions included are pretty terrible. Seriously (and this isn't a guy "I don't stop to ask for directions" kind of thing) just throw the instructions away.

I am using this cooler with an Intel socket 2011v3. I see there are already a lot of other reviews that talk about temperatures compared to CPU load so I won't bore anyone with those specific techie details. Also I'm of the old school opinion that onboard motherboard temp sensors cannot be trusted (except as a way to determine that whatever cooler installed is actually working) and I'm not a big enough techie to have a separate one installed. Maybe my next build I'll get one of those cool ones with the LED readout that mounts in one of the drive bays.

Cons: Honestly if you are looking for an all-in-one sealed liquid cooling solution then this is a great product with no cons whatsoever. There aren't a lot of customization options for the extreme tech wizards but for your average geek who wants to be a step or three ahead of pre-built PCs in terms of appearance and function this is perfect.

Other Thoughts: Though my wife didn't really see it to me it kind of looks like this cooler adds a bit of a steampunk vibe to the system. This cooler may have just inspired the new look to my next build. Now to just find or create a steampunk-ey type case. Maybe I'll just take an old case and attach a couple of old valves and some copper pipe! I had a bit of a hiccup with my internet when I first tried to post this review so I hope I don't wind up being one of those guys that double posts a review!

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