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Most Favorable Review

Works well and looks good too.

ASUS Laptop Intel Core i5 3rd Gen 3210M (2.50GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 17.3" Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit X75A-XH51
ASUS Laptop Intel Core i5 3rd Gen 3210M (2.50GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 17.3" Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit X75A-XH51

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.

12/16/2012
Most Critical Review

Nice feel, nice design, questionable software

Steelseries Apex M500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Red Switches and Blue LED
Steelseries Apex M500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Red Switches and Blue LED

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.

Comes in Colors

Corsair Gaming GLAIVE RGB Gaming Mouse, Backlit RGB LED, 16000 dpi, Optical, Black
Corsair Gaming GLAIVE RGB Gaming Mouse, Backlit RGB LED, 16000 dpi, Optical, Black

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

Tight and Pretty

Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB CC-9011101-WW Black ATX Mid Tower Tempered Glass Computer Case
Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB CC-9011101-WW Black ATX Mid Tower Tempered Glass Computer Case

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. Mods: 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. :-) The build: MSI Z270 Xpower Titanium Intel i7 7700k Corsair H115i G. Skill TridentZ 32GB (2x16) 3200 MSI GTX 1070 Quick Silver Corsair AX860i Samsung 850 Pros

Nice package for OS install

Windows 10 Pro - Full Version (32 & 64-bit) / USB Flash Drive
Windows 10 Pro - Full Version (32 & 64-bit) / USB Flash Drive

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.

Zay are Zee best

G.SKILL TridentZ Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C14D-32GTZSW
G.SKILL TridentZ Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C14D-32GTZSW

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

Cons: None

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.