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Billie L.

Billie L.

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Most Favorable Review

Corsair Vengeance MM600 Gaming Mouse Mat

Corsair Vengeance MM600 (CH-9000017-WW) Gaming Mouse Mat
Corsair Vengeance MM600 (CH-9000017-WW) Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: * Flawless tracking. * Versatile dual surfaces. This also effectively doubles the life of the pad. * Generous size. * Precise manufacturing tolerances. * Attractive understated aesthetics make it suitable not just for gaming, but also for professional environments. No cheesy flashy logos or bold neon graphics on this bad boy.

Cons: * You will want a reasonably flat table/desk top. * Some flex (see "other thoughts" for an easy/inexpensive way to make this a non-issue)

Overall Review: As a motion graphics artist, I take my input devices seriously. I tested this pad on the job for nearly two weeks, under heavy usage, and it has performed admirably. With two types of surface (textured and smooth), it should find a home in any setup. Since I typically spend a good portion of the day making precise moves, I initially assumed the textured side would be right up my alley. Surprisingly enough, I gravitated more and more towards the smooth side for all gaming and production applications. This is largely a matter of subjective taste as the tracking is excellent on both sides. Be aware that the rubber corner bumpers are more for keeping it from sliding around than compensating for uneven table/desk tops. Torture testing it on a slightly uneven counter top, it does wobble and slide a bit, unless you find a spot where all four bumpers are touching. While advertised as "rigid" on the box, it does flex in the middle if you rest your hand/wrist on it. This did not affect functionality, but it could annoy some users. Instead of sitting around twiddling our thumbs, let's make a simple rubber cradle and turn this into the ultimate mouse pad! You will need: * 1x roll of solid thin black rubbery drawer liner (I found mine at the hardware store for two bucks) * White Pencil * Scissors or hobby knife. Instructions: - Rough cut a sheet of drawer liner a couple inches longer than the mouse pad (lengthwise). - Center the mouse pad on the drawer liner. - Using a white pencil, trace the mouse pad onto the drawer liner. Be careful not to mark up your mouse pad - hold an index card between the pencil and mouse pad edge if needed. - Remove the mouse pad and cut the drawer liner (on the inside edge of the lines). Trim off about 1/8'' on one long and one short side of the drawer liner, to make it slightly smaller than the mouse pad. - Cut out notches in the drawer liner to make room for the 4 corner bumpers. Our goal is to make the entire pad sit on the drawer liner without a gap, so the notches are necessary. - Place the drawer liner between your desk and the mouse pad. Not only does this remove the flex, the grippy drawer liner makes the mouse pad stick to your desk like glue. Since we cut the drawer liner a tad smaller than the mouse pad, it is invisible during use. The mouse pad itself is unaltered and good as new. Happy mousing!

Most Critical Review

Not bad so far.

Hanns-G Hi-221DPB 22" WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
Hanns-G Hi-221DPB 22" WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: *Cheap, big for the price. *Decent picture quality. *Good sharpness through VGA (if you do not have DVI options and you are worried, don't be. It looks fine without it.) *haven't found any stuck pixels yet, but haven't really been looking either. *Long, robust VGA and power cables. My case is quite far from the monitor, and I could go a bit further even. *Hanns-G's packaging job was well-designed and excellent. There was no additional newegg box on top, but I highly doubt that would matter. You would really have to trash the box to damage this thing in shipping. *Generally clear and simple adjustment menu (not the buttons, the menu itself) *Included speaker. Yes, on-monitor speakers are garbage by nature, but for office environments where space is at a premium and sound quality is not an issue, it's very handy. People giving the speakers a con are missing the point. If you want to listen to music get some large real speakers.

Cons: *Poor color reproduction, weak saturation. This isn't an issue for standard computing, but if you are a professional doing photo or video editing and post production, get something higher-end if you can afford it. If not, calibrate the color as best you can... it's still perfectly usable on a budget. *Off-axis visibility worse than some monitors, but acceptable for this price. Left+Right is OK, but Up+Down has a pretty narrow range which is a problem in my studio setup, since the stand doesn't handle much tilt. *Poorly engineered stand. *No DVI cable included. Not an issue for me because I'm using VGA. *AUTO button poorly placed between MENU and UP+DOWN buttons... it's too easy to accidentally hit while tweaking the picture. *Slightly inconsistent blacks. Generally the blacks are decent butsome areas (mainly the lower middle of the screen) are somewhat gray in comparison. This is extremely subtle and many people wouldn't notice. Not an issue for the price.

Overall Review: Cons continued: *Paper manual has no info on stand adjustment. *CD-ROM manual has info, but it's not very reassuring. It seems like it's going to break if you adjust the tilt because it requires extreme force. *The "3 year warranty" is misleading. Like many others, I found out that Hanns G only covers the LCD (in other words the part that matters) for only 1 year. Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame. /end cons Other thoughts: This sucker comes with the brightness and contrast CRANKED to eyeball-melting levels. Go into the menu immediately and dial them down to saner levels. Overall a great deal at sale prices, assuming it holds up over time (always the danger with cheap monitors). I'll be back in a few months to let you know how it's running after some heavier use. If it's still going I will bump it up a star then.

update 2010

Rosewill Tool Kit Computer Tool Kits for Network & PC Repair Kits with Plier Hex Key Bits ESD Strap Phillips Screwdriver Bits & Socket Sets RTK-045
Rosewill Tool Kit Computer Tool Kits for Network & PC Repair Kits with Plier Hex Key Bits ESD Strap Phillips Screwdriver Bits & Socket Sets RTK-045

Pros: Just a follow up to my initial 2008 review I posted here. The toolkit has held up well with a good amount of use upgrading, repairing, and tweaking my computers and other electronics, plus removing and installing rack screws. The bits are still in decent shape for the type of metal they are, none of them are so stripped as to not work or to strip tight case screws etc. They have lasted longer than I expected.

Cons: The ghetto style wire strippers are only tolerable for once in a blue moon use. if you have a project that requires stripping even a few wires these are not going to be up to the job.

Overall Review: Do not hesitate to buy this kit if you need some cheap computer tools, it;s the best bang/buck tool son newegg! Also, I've been told I'm very attractive as far as Martians go. My luscious green skin and taut 52-pack stellar abs are driving all the ladies in the solar system wild.

Cheap DVD for You & For Me

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black IDE Model GH22NP20
LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black IDE Model GH22NP20

Pros: *I'll start with 3 stars. If it's still working in about 8 months, I'll come back and bump up the stars to 4. If it's still working in over a year, I'll bump it to 5. *Works so far. With these cheap optical drives it's always a question of how long it'll last. I'll update you in 8 months and again in a year if the product is still on newegg by then. *Cute looking. I dig the rolled edges on the front plastic. *Nero Essentials included. My personal favorite of the burning software typically included with drives. Can't stand that media player that comes with it though, with it's obnoxious nag screens and so on.

Cons: *Loud as heck. I mean, who cares really, there are not many applications where you would need an inexpensive optical drive to be silent. As long as the thing lasts awhile without dying who cares how loud it is right?

Overall Review: If you install that annoying Nero media player while installing the Nero burning software, be absolutely sure you do not associate your files with it. Of course, you can just fix your file associations later if you know how, but if you are more of the newbie side of things, it's probably better to keep things from getting messed up in the first place right?

Just bought another one.

Logitech Value 100 Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Standard Keyboard
Logitech Value 100 Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Standard Keyboard

Pros: *Just bought another one for my mom because I love the feel of this thing. She's also pleased with it. *None of that cheesy multimedia junk that pollutes keyboards these days. Straight and simple with great feeling keys. *Not a super-"clicky" sounding board, fairly quiet. I realize some people like the clicky board feel and some want pure silent mush. This one is somewhere in between but closer to quiet mush than loud click. I mean mush in a good way. It's all about preference here. To me this board is a great balance.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: As noted in my previous reviews of this board, I've owned the first one for a long time and it's still working like a champ.

Great Value

MSI MBOX K9N6PGM2-V AMD Socket AM2+ / AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Barebone
MSI MBOX K9N6PGM2-V AMD Socket AM2+ / AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Barebone

Pros: *Great bang-for the buck. *Rolled edges inside... you won't be cutting your fingers with this case. An extremely welcome feature at this dirt cheap price. *PSU has just enough wattage that you don't need to throw it out for budget office/browsing etc machines. I used it to build a budget box for my mom who doesn't need insane performance, and the included PSU has enough juice for that no problem. *Drivers worked fine in XP, no hiccups. *Black case. *3.5'' bay door to keep dust out of your card slots if you mount a card reader.

Cons: *Thin metal... that means this sucker is loud. but seriously, what do you expect for the price? This is a non-issue. But don't buy this expecting a super-quiet $150 Antec case. Not gonna happen. *Thin metal on hard drive brackets, again, just what you expect for this great price point, so complaining about that is just silly. Just letting you know so you know what to expect. *Thin metal means that if you plan on constantly swapping components upgrading and tinkering, this is absolutely the wrong case cause it'll eventually get bent outta shape. But if you need a good quality budget barebone for a set-it-up-then-forget-it box, this is a great deal. *The black case was nice, but then they had to ruin it with the ugly silver colored plastic around the ports and on the 3.5'' bay door. This thing would have looked better all black. *Only so-so VGA out for onboard video. Don't worry it's fine to use, it's just not the best I've seen. *Obviously PSU is too wimpy for higher end

Overall Review: -Using with Athlon X2 BE-2300. No problems, moves along like a low budget champ. Installation wasn't too bad; enough room to work without taking out the mobo or anything thanks to AMD's heatsink procedure. -Kingston DDR800. Again no problems. I only tried one slot (#1) so I can't tell you if both slots work. Sorry. I'll be sure to beat myself with a wooden spoon to make up for this omission! -Only 4 HDD screws, keep that in mind if you're using more than one OEM drive and do not have spare screws lying around. It has about screws for 5.2'' devices (DVD drives yadda yadda). -Could not be more pleased with this barebone. This is about the cheapest way you can build a budget box on newegg and still keep good quality. You can't go wrong with this purchase unless you expect it to be something it's not. -Recommended A+ (unless the PSU explodes during the coming year of course. All the other reviews haven't had an incidents yet, so hopefully it'll last.).