Joined on 12/29/11
Update of my previous review
Pros: Same as before. A great keyboard.
Cons: One thing I've noticed upon using this keyboard for the six weeks I've been using it is there's something odd going on with the backlighting when I put my computer into sleep mode. I have the backlight set to the medium, and when I put the computer to sleep, sometimes the backlight goes to the highest brightness and stays on. In normal circumstances this wouldn't bother me, but my computer is in my bedroom, and the LEDs on brightest setting practically light up the whole room when my lights are off. I don't know if there's some issue in the drivers that causes this, but it doesn't do it all the time.
Overall Review: I've had no other issues with this keyboard. If you're in the market for a Cherry MX Blue board, I'd still recommend this one.
Very nice headphones, but...
Pros: Beautiful, crisp highs, well defined mids, fairly large sound-stage. Great for listening to acoustic guitar, vocally driven music, or anything with precise instrumentation. Pretty good fit and finish. I would have hoped for less plastic for this price range, but at least it seems like sturdy plastic. Comfortable velour ear pads. Overall, they look pretty neat.
Cons: They aren't as comfortable as they could be, that's where they loose one egg. They want to sit on my head (which is probably larger than most; I wear a 60cm hat for reference) in a position that doesn't provide optimal acoustics. I find myself adjusting them fairly often. I wear glasses while using them often, and I feel the pressure of the headphones against my glasses and then against my ear. The 3-D wing things do a pretty good job keeping them up on my head however, so that's not really an issue, it's more front to back adjustments I'm making.
Overall Review: The biggest thing people seem to knock these 'phones for is "lack of bass." I wouldn't say they have a lack of bass, the bass is just more balanced with the mids and can sometimes be drown out by the highs. At the same time though, open-back headphones aren't really meant to contain the bass most people are looking for in heavier music. There are headphones out there much better for EDM and heavy rock/metal, that's for sure.
Pros: Fast Response, precise control, ergonomic.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I had to get used to the range it has in regards to how far off the surface of the desk it reads motion. I was used to being able to lift my old optical mouse off the desk a little bit to reposition it on my mouse pad, but you have to lift this mouse twice as far to get the same effect. Not bad, just took getting used to. I got it as a Daily Deal, so the price was hard to pass up. Haven't installed the drivers to use the other buttons yet.
Great Cheap Card
Pros: Great step up from on-board graphics. I love that it has an actual HDMI port on it instead of a mini HDMI, made for an easy hook up to my monitor. Set up couldn't have been simpler. The $20 rebate sold me.
Cons: The mounting bracket was bent in the box, but not bad enough that I couldn't bend it back into shape and install it. No other cons so far.
Overall Review: Overall I'm satisfied. This card was my first upgrade to my recently purchased Dell Inspiron 620, also purchased here on Newegg. Don't mistake it for a high end card, it's not. But it beats the hell out of Intel HD Graphics 2000. Can't beat the $44 price tag.
Impressed So Far
Pros: Really nice 23" Full HD monitor, good speakers, sleek styling, convenient front USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader and headphone/mic I/O concealed behind a panel. This thing literally has more USB 2.0 ports than I have things to plug into them all. On board HDMI is also nice.
Cons: Only had one problem with it so far, and that came when trying to install Java. For whatever reason it wasn't installing Java correctly and I kept getting a 'ClassNotFoundException." The problem has since resolved itself, and I doubt it had anything to do with the actual computer hardware, probably just a compatability glitch with the latest JRE. Also, the hard drive could be and fans could be a little quieter. There is a constant low buzzing noise typical of a computer always audible as long as no sound is playing, but that might also be because I have the tower positioned on my desk so that the side port is facing me as I sit. Oh, and the mouse and keyboard it comes with are pretty cheap, but it's not expensive to upgrade those. All minor cons.
Overall Review: Getting a Full HD monitor and speakers as part of the package sold this computer for me. I also bought a PNY graphics card to add to it, but haven't done that yet. It's handled all the multitasking I've given it so far with ease.