Joined on 05/18/06
Pros: Does what I bought it for. I often use a computer in a position where using a mouse is awkward, uncomfortable and/or impracticable. The trackball operation is very smooth. Overall feel good. As a refurb, it seems to be functioning perfectly and looks like new and offers a good value vs. new. The USB transceiver stows in the battery compartment when not in use. Great battery life so far.
Cons: Not a perfect fit for my hand but not a deal breaker. Not a surprise for me since my hands are a tad small for my size.
Overall Review: Installed with no hassles. Logitech software downloads from their site. Not necessary for the trackball to function but adds some features. The extra buttons are handy. I actually wouldn't mind a couple more buttons under the ball for thumb operation. Among other things, I use this for CADD operation. The center wheel doesn't mimic a mouse exactly in AutoCad 2013 straight out of the box, But, with Logitech software, it can be remapped.
Pros: Compact board in width and length. Drivers installed w/o issue. Seemed to work okay. But...
Cons: Negative performance boost vs. video card it replaced. Possible compatibility issues.
Overall Review: I guess this purchase was a bit of a post-Black Friday impulse buy. I've been running a Radeon HD 2600 XT w/ 512 Mb for several yrs with no issues. But, now that I'm working quite a bit with Revit and more with Photoshop, I thought I'd try something a bit newer with more memory until I find the workstation I want (i.e. have enough money) and put in a Firepro. Windows installed drivers with virtually no intervention on my part. I installed the nVidia control software and checked that I had the newest drivers. No issues. But my system, with the EVGA nVidia card installed, returned a WE score of only 4.8 video vs 5.7 with the old MSI ATI card. I checked settings and tweaked w/o overclocking but couldn't improve that. Reserving judgement, I have been using the card. But rendering times in Revit have taken much longer than with my old card. The last frustration was a series of unexpected system shutdowns. My system stays on pretty much 24/7. This morning, I found my displays blank and the system unresponsive to keyboard or mouse. I had to physically shut off the power supply (switch in back) and reboot the system. It came back on line normally. I began work on a Revit project. Within minutes, the system shutdown on me with work in progress. Very unsettling. I restarted the system (had to reset the switch as before) checked BIOS settings and restarted Windows. And it came back up fine. I rechecked and could find nothing obviously remiss. But I have a project due by Monday and this was enough. So I re installed the Radeon card. At this point, several hours later, I have had no issues. Go figure. So the Geforce card is in the box and I will wait until I can put a Firepro in a workstation configuration. Maybe, if I build a cheapo media box, I'll try it again in that. My system specs: hp Pavilion a6030n Media PC (RX887A) Motherboard: ECS MCP61PM-HM (HP/Compaq Nettle-GL8E) Chipset: GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 Reflashed BIOS: Phoenix Tech LTD 2006/12/19, 2008-07-16 CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 (B) 4800+ 2.5 GHz RAM: 8 Gb (4 x 2 Gb) PC-6400 (800 MHz) DDR2 DIMMs Video: AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT SSD: OCZ 240 Gb HDD: Samsung 2.5 500 Gb Fujitsu RAID 2.5 120 Gb x2 Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
Pros: Good volume, decent fidelity, simple connections, good value.
Cons: Lead lengths are a bit skimpy. No keyhole slots on back or other provision for mounting on wall.
Overall Review: Well boxed, looks like original packaging. Works well with my Win 7 PC. Full range sound and volume beats the pants off of any other PC speaker system I've experienced certainly anything else in this price range. Yes, the size of the enclosures pose a challenge for a crowded desktop. It's not a con but a fact of life (physics) that you get more volume and better fidelity for less money from larger drivers and enclosures.
Very good value
Pros: Long, well molded connectors, very tight connections, beefy insulation.
Cons: Under certain circumstances, could be the same as the cons. None, really.
Overall Review: I wanted a long cable with a good tight micro USB connector at a reasonable price. I wasn't disappointed. Though, at times, it's almost too long.