Date Joined: 11/29/04
Pros: The Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) still takes some getting used to but it is quite useful to be able to precisly configure and store your settings...and then forget about it. For me, I don't want to have to think about my mouse. I want to set it up, get comfortable with it and forget its under my hand. With the 3 interchangeable thumb rests (I prefer the large one), excellent placing of scroll wheel and 3 buttons, the Glaive disapears and becomes my magic wand.
Very precise and fast on every surface I have around my desk.
Just love the shape. RGB if that matters to you.
Cons: None that I've floated over.
Overall Review: Excellent value, feels better than a much more expensive mouse I was using.
Great for large palm hands.
USB plug easily identifiable, nice thin braided cable.
For some reason half of my review is not being displayed by Newegg.com
Pros: -Solidly built case with good thick unscratched coating, sturdy rubberized feet with good clearance.
-Tempered glass looks fantastic. Rubber washers very helpful.
-Front mounted 280mm H115i radiator fit perfectly, albeit tightly without removing HDD array or sleeve.
-The three front fans are static pressure and push air through the radiator well.
-High quality removable dust screens.
-Personally dislike flashing so solid blue for me but RGB controller hub works well if you want to play.
-Very clean build on the MoBo topside makes the torturous weaving on the bottom side tolerable.
-Just drop dead gorgeous and very pleased when finished. (Swore a bit during build)
Cons: -No fan power hub.
-Just a silly 1 centimeter more clearance beneath the motherboard and side panel would have made all the cable management headaches go away, hence the 1 star knocked off.
-Magnetic front air filter cleaning is a bit cumbersome since the front glass must be removed first.
Overall Review: This is a Compact Mid-Size, sometimes not advertised as such, so be aware.
Take your time with this one. It’s tight and no room for error. It’s not going to be a fast build rather a labor of love. Being snowed in for the weekend, I spent about 2 hours just admiring her beauty...getting to know her parts. Then took everything apart, looked again, and planned the construction. (be prepared to re-plan :-)) There is no space between the motherboard and PSU shroud so I ran the front panel audio connection underneath and found a cutout in the lower left corner to slip it through. Ran the other front panel connectors underneath and through the cutout in the PSU shroud. Same thing for the Link dongle into the USB 2. The underside got a bit hairy but there are plenty of ties. In retrospect the only real problem was the thick ATX cables from the Corsair PSU... had to wrestle those snakes to the ground.
Added a Corsair ML120 PRO LED 120mm MagLev PWM fan on the rear.
Cut out rear mesh grill and installed a black ring grill for increased exhaust flow.
Keep a dedicated Windex nearby. :-)
MSI Z270 Xpower Titanium
Intel i7 7700k
G. Skill TridentZ 32GB (2x16) 3200
MSI GTX 1070 Quick Silver
Samsung 850 Pros
Pros: Easiest and quickest OS install ever.
Cute little bootable USB works in 3.0 ports as well as 2.0
License key printed on enclosed card.
Full retail package, not OEM
Cons: None - as a delivery system. Not opining on Win10 itself here.
Overall Review: Suggest you disconnect all drives except the one you want to install to and disconnect the system from network connectivity before installing. Do Win 10 updates later.
O&O Software's ShutUp10 will take care of most phone home issues.
Pros: 32GB (2x16) 14-14-14-34-2N
On QVL list for my MSI Z270 XPower Titanium motherboard.
XMP setting at 3200 recognized instantly (no muss no fuss).
Works perfectly as tested by Memtest 7.3. single individual stick in DIMMA2.
Run overnight for 12 hours in dual channel mode with zero errors in Memtest 7.3
Overall Review: Got these for hitting the combination of low latency and speed sweet-spot.
The closest I will ever get to being a fanboy of any brand is with G. Skill memory modules. Over the years and countless builds both high end and low end, they just work as they should.
Pros: Good weight and size...stable base on a shelf. Coax cable doesn't flip it over.
Performs to advertised spec so I'm not going to repeat here. Subject to your ISP and local conditions anyway.
Provisioning with Spectrum (TW) took all of 5 minutes.
Cons: Doesn't really matter to me but be aware there isn't a built in wall mount capability if it matters to you.
Nothing wrong technicality but the power plug aligns horizontally so it takes up two plugs on a UPS which is rather silly and costs Asus a star.
Overall Review: Recommended with no reservations. Would purchase again for other locations.
Pros: 8GB DDR4
Quiet and inconspicuous.
Room to expand RAM, PSU, Video Card
Cons: None really for what it is... a great email, web, Skype, etc mini tower for a student or a Grandma.
Overall Review: Ships with old version of Windows 10 so be prepared for many hours of updates initially and I'd recommend a Disk Cleanup run afterwards.
They partitioned the 1GB HDD C-150/D-850, so partitioning software might be needed if that's not to your liking.
Pros: Cool little QoS extension ports for your network/small LAN.
Can hang on wall if it's getting crowded back there.
Cons: Excepting that the TP-Link website is a bit hard to navigate, really none for my modest LAN needs.
Overall Review: This is not a plug and play hub, it is a switch and must be configured. The mini disc helps setting up the config tool..
Pros: Worked out of the box with no download.
Very sturdy, solid and no twist or flex.
Love the smooth matte finish
Adjustable back-lit brightness
Nice long and supple cord.
Routing channels to direct the USB cord to the left, center or right.
Cons: No USB port
Only blue back-lit
Problems with Steelseries 3.7.4 - Slow to install, slow to load, multiple reboots and ultimately doesn't work.
Overall Review: It's a nice if somewhat overpriced mechanical keyboard. Fortunately it works well without any of the downloaded stuff or firmware updates. Felt like it bricked there for a while on numerous reboots but seems ok now.
Pros: Called Time Warner provisioning to give them the MAC address to activate the modem on my account and stop paying for rental. In about 10 minutes I was up and running with superior download speeds and less buffering. Good inexpensive solution.
Cons: No, does what it claims - as advertised.
Overall Review: I have recommended to friends and clients alike.
Ease of installation - Fired right up first time - no bloatware!
Connected over a secure WiFi network with no problem.
Bluetooth worked and connects readily.
HDMI port convenient for proper monitor.
Its great to be able to put a desktop in your pocket
It is a real mobile desktop...as advertised. I love this little critter
Cons: Understanding the limitations that an eMMC drive has I have no problem with it in this type of device other than there just isn't enough of it. After enduring the Windows 10 updates and installing some basic security software (NOD32, Malwarebytes, CCleaner) and Firefox There are only 9GB left available.
2GB of LPDDT3 is cutting it pretty close to the bone - it works, it's ok, but it does limit running programs simultaneously
Overall Review: Yes, a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse would make a nice bundle.
Personally, I can't stand Window 10 but I have to remain proficient in its use. I use this primarily to demonstrate Windows 10 and offer technical support to my clients most of whom get a kick out of the Kangaroo and want to buy one.
My original, more lengthy, detailed and better written review was zapped by the digital spirits when I went to submit it so I had to hurry this. But I'm quite pleased and recommend it.
Pros: Solid all metal (Zinc alloy/aluminum) construction.
5 Year warranty.
Fastest flash drive I've ever used or seen.
Will fit all but the most cramped USB 3 or 2 slots.
It's not inexpensive but you will get what you pay for.
Cons: I'm not complaining.
Overall Review: 3.25 long x 1' wide
Used this to store and transfer images. What a blast. I mean there is just no wait time. Bang. It's done.
Took just a over minute to copy over 8.5GB of files.
The Corsair CMFVYGTX3B-128GB is simply superb.
Pros: Plug and play.
Detected everything I plugged into it.
I like that it is small and light. I just taped it down to a monitor base with double sided tape.
Top mounted power button and LED light is a great convenience.
Cons: Short 3' USB cable. Should be about 6'.
If maxed out it's slightly underpowered.
Overall Review: I love flight simming with Prepar3d on the computer and this powered USB hub is great for powering all my Saitek Pro Flight Controllers: rudder pedals, yoke, gauges, led panels, etc..
As far as more mundane desktop devices go I had no problem with cameras, HDDs, and all the other gizmos I've collected.
Pros: Can't determine.
Cons: Dead on Arrival
Overall Review: DOA happens so I cannot evaluate this board. 3 star neutral rating since a working one probably is fine.
Pros: 8GBs of storage
Very little heat
Drives seem very fast
Multiple user friendly
Cons: Lack of documentation
Wrong web URL for setup (I mean, seriously?)
Only warranted for 3 year
Overall Review: Well, it's all the about the setup which is done automatically on line. That is once you find it. Not sure I like the "cloud" setting up my stuff. After the initial surprise at the lack of documentation and web support it somehow does work. And I must admit quite well. I've practically forgotten about it, which is a good thing.
Not much more to say, it does what it's supposed to do...hold a lot of data, connect to my network (private and public) serve and backup files. A bit concerned about only a 3 year warranty for an archive product. Time will tell.
At the moment I am very happy with Seagate STCU8000100 8TB NAS 4-Bay Network Storage
Pros: Extremely quiet
Gives off very little heat
Cons: Expensive (but does have extra encryption/secure erase feature)
Overall Review: Perfect for archived storage as the 5900RPM is not the fastest though admittedly the overall throughput seemed perfectly adequate. So, yes, a fine large HDD for a NAS array. Photographers and video editors should be ecstatic. Recording of surveillance systems, etc, you get the idea.
I transferred some files and programs from one computer to another using this drive in sneaker net mode and had no issues with the data.
And security concerns are eased with the self encryption/decryption built in. I do however, wish Seagate would guarantee their enterprise drives for 5 years.
Pros: Set to run 2400MHz @ 9-11-11-31-1T @ 1.65 volts in BIOS
Ran single module at a time through Memtest 5.01. Passed 5 passes each. Not a single error.
What more can I say?
Cons: XMP is set to run a 2T CR but since it runs a 1T CR it's not really a con.
Overall Review: This is SDRAM sweetness. As advertised.
After I'm done overclocking the CPU and am confident of stability, I have a strong hunch I'll be able to goose the Trident modules a bit more. :)
Z87 M POWER MAX
CPU: Intel i7 4700K @ 4.0 (while testing)
RAM: G.Skill Trident X 2400 9-11-11-31 (XMP) 2x4GB
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro - Win7 x64
GPU: MSI GTX770 Lightning
PSU: Corsair AX860i
Pros: First off, this is a beautiful board just to look at, then you realize how solid it is...no flex. It's laid out very cleanly...no doubt due to more and more operations on the CPU itself.
Everything worked out of the box
On-board debug LED
Clear CMOS button on outside
Click BIOS 4 UEFI interface
802.11 b/g/n WiFi & Bluetooth 4 support (I had no issues with LAN Ethernet either)
Takes full advantage on Intel 4th gen features (Haswell)
Live Update 5
Functions as advertised
Cons: So much going on I can't stop tinkering and gloating.
Overall Review: When updating the BIOS from M-Flash, make sure you select "BIOS and ME" otherwise you will hose the ME and loose functionality. Mine came with BIOS 1.2 and during the update process I inadvertantly selected just BIOS. My mistake, my fault. So...,
I called the MSI Tech Support Motherboard phone number 9am - 6pm (PST) and spoke with Warner who turned out to be friendly, professional and dedicated to troubleshooting and solving my issue. He didn't waste my time, understood the issue, got right to the point and fixed it, all while answering any questions I had along the way. It was top tier support from the get go. Very impressed.
Also, contrary to popular belief, it is recommended to install MoBo drivers from the disk that comes with your board and then updating to whatever is current.
Z87 M POWER MAX
CPU: Intel i7 4700K
RAM: G.Skill 2400 9-11-11-31 (XMP) 2x4GB
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro - Win7 x64
GPU: MSI GTX770 Lightning
PSU: Corsair AX860i
Pros: Distinctive plastic case styling. Gunmetal for this review. Wish they all came in this color.
Solid and functional steel chassis. Painted gunmetal on the interior.
1" / 2.55mm of cable management space underneath the motherboard.
3 pre-installed fans, which offer moderately good stock airflow. (Please see Other Thoughts below.)
Side panels are very durable and easy to remove with thumbscrew and slide design.
Top half side panel window was well protected and not scratched.
Removable HDD cage for increased airflow/longer graphics cards.
The HDD bays are easily accessible from the cable management side of the case.
2 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 on top along with headphone and 3-way fan controller.
Stock Fans are quite quiet (under 28 db).
The case comes with numerous parts, screws, zip ties, mounting points, etc.
Front double mesh configuration really restricts airflow. A removable and cleanable filter would be a far better solution than the weird plastic mesh that is oddly not replaceable and hence not easily cleaned.
Wish the bottom HDD module had space for 3 instead of just 2 racks.
The rubber grommets for cable management are still inexplicably delicate and easily separated from the chassis. Care must be taken when threading cables through them.
The front panel door panel takes a lot of zen to open and the latch doesn't always keep door shut unless you really press hard. It's a little cheesy.
Overall Review: The first thing I did was snip out the rear 120mm exhaust mesh and replace it with an aftermarket fan grill.
Bought 2 140mm fans for the top exhaust. Took the original 140 from the top and put it in front.
Took the leftover 120mm fan and put it on the bottom. Cooler and breezier now.
Over the last two years I've built 5 systems that spec'd NZXT cases. Only problem was a missing bag of fan screws on one and a defective connector on another. Both were resolved without hassle, free of charge and delivered within 5 business days. so I've had nothing but good experiences with NZXT and can trust them to go the extra mile for me and my customers complete satisfaction. If you have a damaged or missing part (**** happens) then simply contact them via their website, use the online chat feature (not email) and they'll take good care of you.
Pros: I really like the overall feel of this input device. It's very responsive. And due to the very good looking and practical brushed aluminum top It's very solid with no flex in the keyboard and hence no creaky noises like in some rather more expensive boards. The keys do make some noise but not excessively and I also really appreciate the nice touch to the direction keys "W" "A" "S" "D" and arrow keys which are a different color...silver and it makes them easy to find. Also the rubberized palm rest is actually comfortable and manages to stay attached. As for stability there are four flip feet and four rubberized pads (seven if you use the palm rest for comfort adjustment. Very nice.
The volume and mute controls in the upper right are convenient and easy to deal with as are the stop, fast forward, etc, media keys.
The color coded Maroon USB plug makes it easy to differentiate between the jumble of USB keys that are typically all black and the thick braided USB cord implies good quality and durability. No problems with the USB pass-through...works like a charm. Works in the BIOS as well, no problem entering.
Cons: It's quite large...20" across but then again it is a gaming keyboard so this is understandable to some degree
Control lights for macro recording, profile selection and light dimming at top of board are white lights and this I do not understand at all. With all the color customization, which is very nice indeed, why have thees little annoying white lights that don't coordinate with your color preference? It's minor but I'm taking half a star.
The Corsair software still has a way to go but they do seem to be updating both software and firmware. Macro recording has built in noticeable delays and it's a bear to get rid of them. The process itself is not easy or intuitive...dare I say a bit kludged. The saving grace is that once in I seldom need to change them. Taking half a star.
Overall Review: I really like this keyboard and once the G-Key macro issues are sorted it's a lovely board. In fact it has replaced the gamming board from another manufacturer that I have been using. So I can recommend this honestly as I am not just a reviewer but a coverted user.
Corsair K50 Keyboard
OS: Win7 x64
Pros: Very nice braided cord with attached Velcro tie to take up excess.
Maroon USB connector makes it easy to differentiate from the myriad of black ones.
Scroll wheel has a solid and precise feel to it.
DPI switch right below scroll wheel has a 3 light led corresponding to settings.
Extra Large PTFE mouse feet allows for easy glide
Cons: The Optical sensor was quite bouncy on a green surface. Even on a black surface, if left alone, the cursor would start to jump for no reason after a while.
The right side of the mouse has a panel on it that abruptly ends with a sharp exposed edge which can be felt in my palm just beneath the pinky. It is indeed annoying and I cannot see a reason for it.
Red LED Corsair logo is too bright. It's either on all the way or off. Would be nice to have an in between to reduce glare.
Overall Review: No doubt this mouse will be more comfortable for those with smaller hands than mine and while the weighting system means little to me and my style, it is well designed and if it matters to you will be a big plus.
The left side under the thumb and the right side under the ring and pinky finger have a cat's tongue like abrasiveness. This is personal thing and you might very well like it though I prefer the "rubberized" approach.
The Corsair software still has a way to go but they do seem to be updating both software and firmware. Reviewed version noted below.
Overall, this is a decent mouse with a bunch of good features at a competitive price and if it fit's your hand you might very well love it. It's just not a mouse for my paws.
Pros: On/Off switch
Radio On/Off switch2 USB connectors
ICMP-FLOOD Attack Filtering
TCP-SYN-FLOOD Attack Filtering
Ignore Ping Packet From WAN Port
Cons: Administrative paswword limited to only 14 alpha-numeric characters and no punctuation marks.
No IPS signatures.
Typos,grammar in help files
Overall Review: The device has been running steadily and solidly for ten days now without any issues. It should be noted that I am surprised and delighted that it gives off very little heat, in contrast to a lot of other wireless routers out there.
Although there is a quick set-up mini disc, (which I never use from any vendor) for the purpose of this review, I chose to set it up straight out of the box with the browser interface / Management Console and without reading any instructions, blurbs or box art.
After connecting to the default 192.168.1.1 /24 address I was greeted with the usual user/password pop-up and then a clean green/gray interface laid out very logically:
Main groups on the left, selected item in center and contextual help on the right.
The first thing I did was change the administrator user name and password which was located under System Tools > Password. I was surprised that the password is limited to just 14 alpha-numeric characters. This requires a reboot which takes 60 seconds as do all subsequent reboots.
Both radio channels have identical setup screens so I then disabled the SSID for both channels with unchecks respectively and changed the default network names to that of my network. WPA2-PSK / AES is the default so I just changed the key and group key update period to 300 seconds.
At this point I wanted to make sure I had connectivity so after rebooting the cale modem I rebooted the desktop for wired and fired up a notebook for wireless. And...and...Bingo! All systems go. The network meter on the notebook was even giving me peaks at abot 550 though the average was about 380 to 420 on low power on the 5.2 channel in the same large room. I found that as I moved about it did become necessary to boost the power to medium and high as more an more walls came into play. But that's to be expected.
Before this turns into a step by step tutorial, suffice it to say I continued the set-up to finesse the settings for my environment and found everything and them some for a router at this price. Impressive.
Just for the review, after about three days I decided to upgrade the firmware...even though I was not experiencing any issues. But first, I made a backup copy of the settings from System Tools > Backup & Restore. Finding the proper download from the website was easy and direct. Expanding the .zip file, I uploaded to the router from the System Tools > Firmware Upgrade in the management console.
Unfortunately, the firmware update will hose all your settings and set you back to defaults so connectivity was lost. However, having made a back-up it wasn't much of a problem to get things back the way I wanted.
All in all a very good router with a sophisticated yet easy option set and an excellent value..
Pros: Windows 7 Pro
7200 rpm HDD
Not preloaded with third party junk. Some of the Asus stuff is actually useful.
All hookups (LAN, USB, HDMI, etc.) are on one side.
Wireless works very well and there is no annoying wireless button on the front edge.
Excellent performance for a system of this type.
Cons: Not really a con since it's not advertised as such but do be aware there is no embedded Bluetooth.
Overall Review: Extremely happy with this system. For someone needing a work at office / work at home system with a 17" widescreen. it's perfect.
Pros: It's tall, it can osculate, it pushes air, has 3 speeds and a removable, washable filter. Works for me.
Cons: Base could be stronger, as it is it's a little flimsy.
Overall Review: This is my third one. One for the kitchen, one for the living room and one for the bedroom.
Pros: Out of the box as advertised.
No heat issues as with the 400 series.
26" 1920x1200 goodness.
All black, no adolescent graphics.
Overclocks good like a 570 should.
This card and a good CPU (think i7 950 or better) and FSX has never looked better. Looks unbelievably good.
Cons: Yeah, the software is craapp. Looks and feels like it was coded in 2001. Unless you're curious, don't even bother...use EVGA Precision or MSI Afterburner.
Made in China (like all the others).
Overall Review: Why give a misleading product rating because you don't like UPS or Newegg?
Get the latest drivers from Nvidia...266.58 as of this writing.
Enjoy a beautiful 570 experience!
Pros: Works as advertised...fast as they come.
Software disk included (down-loadable from website by the way)
Overall Review: Most Asus, Lite-on, Plextor and Sony DVD burners are all made at the same factory.