Joined on 06/22/09
Pros: I think I might be in love. This board has so many things that I just wasn't expecting. I love the new ago of the bios, fancy graphics, big clickable buttons, and built in web browsers. This bios has a lot of features that kept me coming back for more. The Overclock Genie, this is a fancy lil button that is suppose to overclock your cpu, it did an okay job about it (more in the cons) but I think it would work better with an Ivy bridge instead of a sandy bridge. The idea behind it is nice though. 4 Sata cables is also a really nice touch, as most motherboards I've gotten only had one or two The "M-connectors" are really useful adapters that allows you to quickly plug in your case cords, into your motherboard. The built in Debug Code read out doubles as a temperature read out for the CPU, something I haven't seen before. The motherboard brought my windows (8) rating for my Motherboard from a 7.3 to a 7.9, on both boards it was in a 6gbp/s sata port. The user manual has everything you could ever really want to know about this board. The sound card is really nice, the last thing I was expecting to change was the sound of my speakers, but suddenly I had richer clearer base, and just an overall better sound. That should give a basic rundown of the features of this board, there is a lot of little things to this board that make it stand out from the rest. Things that I didn't even know I wanted, like L.E.D.S telling me how much power my processor is getting and if it's enough. Or two seperate bioses that I can change between with a flick of a switch.
Cons: Just a few things to note, the OC genie did not change my processor speed at all, it did though make it about 20 degrees hotter, which is unacceptable to me. I fear this is most likely because I am use an i5 2500K when this is probably built for the latest intel processors (i.e 3570K.) The bios isn't as user friendly as it should be, for example I couldn't find my SSD drive in the boot priority list at all at first, the only thing that would show up on the list was my slave drive. It took me a while but I eventually figured out underneath the list of bootable drive, there is a separate option that lets you choose which harddrive to boot into. There is a lot of L.E.Ds on this board none of which mach the colors of the board. Not really so much of a con just something that irked me a bit. Had to install the drive for the LAN off the C.D sadly it isn't plug and play, so don't loose that CD.
Overall Review: On my old motherboard (Asrock Z77 Extreme) my windows (8) rating was: CPU: 7.6 RAM: 7.6 GPU 8.1 HDD: 7.3 With this motherboard the main changes are: RAM: 7.7 HDD: 7.9 With OC Boost CPU: 7.7 RAM: 7.7 The packaging for htis is very nice, and safe, it even comes with a metallic case badge that looks very nice, and a door hanger, which I found pretty funny. My Spec list for this build: Case: Thor V2 Processor: Intel i5 2500K RAM: PNY Optima 8GB 1333 (PC3 10666) GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G
Okay, but not Amazing
Pros: This device is plug and play, it seriously just works, which is great. I thought there would be a lot more fiddling about with it. Isn't overly huge or distracting, and can hide away pretty easy in a house. You can use it on a surge protector, which honestly I was not expecting. Decent bandwith, I was able to watch netflix on both my computer, and playstation 3 without any buffering or drop in quality. The secure at a touch of a button is defiantly a nice feature that might make some users rest easier.
Cons: I don't know if it's my house, or the product, but it does not have a long range at all. I could maybe get it to go a room over. Doesn't replace a direct Ethernet line, I saw this as something that might help get a device internet that isn't in range of wireless, but it just doesn't have the range. The "secure" button is not really that secure, if someone wanted to get into your network, they would. Even though its boasting up to 500 mbps, the port they use only supports up to 100mbps. I was not getting even close to a 100mpbs (try more like 54 mbps.)
Overall Review: This device had so much potential to be awesome, but lacks in so much. I fear that it has to do with how my house is wire, is how well this device performs, but after reading a lot of the other reviews, I'm not so sure that's the case anymore.
Lovely little thing
Pros: I love these chromebooks, this is the 2nd one I've owned before this I had the Acer C7. First off you have to be aware of what you are buying, this will not be like any laptop you have ever used, infact this won't be like anything you have ever used. This is just a web browser through and through, with apps. The laptop is more current now so more then ever, with "cloud computing" becoming a huge thing in the market, Chromebooks are literally made for cloud computing. This laptop is inexpensive, but fast, it starts up in under 4 seconds, and then your browsing the web. Microsoft office 365 works perfectly with this device, or you can use google docs if your professors don't mind it. Now you can't install microsoft office, but by paying the 10$ a month fee, you can use the full office suite on microsofts "skydrive" and there is literally no difference between it and the install able version. Spotify and Rdio both have web players that work great for the chromebook, not to mention the chromebooks own media player. Netflix works amazingly, I like it a little better then on normal computers to be honest. Steam has a web based chat program with notifications that are fully compatible with Chrome. As does most other instant messengers. The HDMI out is a really nice little thing that I did not expect to ever find on these laptops, that make them all the more useful for netflix. The keyboard is the best keyboard I have every used, worked can't really explain it but the keyboard is top notch, I wish google sold them separably so that I could use it on my main build. The mousepad is really sensitive, and easy to use after you get use to it (see cons) The laptop never gets hot, the battery lasts for hours, the SSD speeds this thing up like nothing else, the USB 3.0 is a nice addition for those who want an external harddrive. The screen is really nice for the price of this laptop, decently bright, and is good for what you need it for. I have not had any lag with this yet, I had 30 tabs open and not one problem.
Cons: The mousepad is tricky at first, I can see what google was trying to do, but they could of avoided all problems but including a built in right click into the mousepad.
Overall Review: With adobe entering into the cloud computing world with photoshop, this laptop will be able to do everything. The packaging for this is a wonderful box that is very protective of the laptop. Don't be scared of this laptop, it is a very powerful machine, that sooner rather then latter will be just as valid as a 12 hundred dollar laptop.
Nice, but nothing speacil
Pros: It's a mouse pad This mouse pad is a bit more slippery then other mouse pads I've used, which I like. It's big, I have never seen a mouse pad this big, and they call it "standard." No slip on the bottom helps it stick to the desk.**
Cons: **No slip doesn't work on glass at all. The pad is much to thin, every little bump under the pad, you can feel, so your desk has to be perfectly flat and clean, which with a wood desk, or glass, is hard to do. The Corsair mouse driver software said this pad was "good" not great, which is funny too me. For the cost it's weird that it doesn't come with a wrist pad. The top sensitive layer is glued on, which as any of us who have had a mouse pad with a glue'd on top knows, it eventually will just fall apart.
Overall Review: For whatever reason I really like the packaging on products, they never affect the overall rating but I do like to see a good package. The package for this mouse pad is excellent, it's this neat tube thing that feels nice, and just looks interesting. Plus you can make it into a piggy bank really easily (just take off the plastic tab.)
Pros: I've really enjoyed using this mouse. -The software is somewhat easy to use and understand -High DPI -A bit of customization in the weight I prefer a heavy mouse so I leave all the weights in -Very nice looking -The sniper button is a nice touch, I ended up using it for its intended use which is to set the DPI of the mouse really low while you hold, to make snipping easier? -Plug and play you don't have to install the driver if you want. - Compatible with windows 8 - Really well built. The braided cable is in a spot that prevents it from putting too much stress on it's connections. Nice clicky noise from all the buttons. Scroll wheel has a really nice and solid feeling to it. A metal frame (something I've never seen before) really makes the mouse just feel incredibly well built. I imagine it will last a really long time. -Nice set of blue L.E.Ds, which can be turned off in the driver software. -Braided cable is strong
Cons: I really like this mouse bad sadly it has a few problems that will prevent me from using it. The software, while somewhat easy to use is not very pretty, and can be confusing at times. The mouse for me, is not comfortable at all. Having large hands seems to be a requirement for this mouse, yet its low back makes it really uncomfortable to hold. I've been trying to figure out how to hold this mouse since I got it, and I just can't. The sniper button is way too far froward, in order to comfortable use the sniper button, you must move your hand all the way up the mouse, preventing you from using the back and forward buttons. So, one would assume you would need larger hands, but the actual contour of the mouse just doesn't support large hands. The other thing is I think this mouse is much too light, which can be good for some. But I like to feel my mouse. It's just those few things that really make this mouse unusable for me. Now this isn't to say that it works for some, but if you say like the logitech G500 (or similar shaped mice) you won't like the feeling of this mouse.
Overall Review: I don't know why, but I really like nice packaging, it's never something that can take away an egg, but it's defiantly something I like to see. I have to say this mouse had nice packaging very easy to open, style'd real nice. If you're like me and you like packaging, you'll like this one.
Great but not Amazing.
Pros: I love Ethernet connection, I find it to be more secure, faster, and just all around easier. But have a 5ghz wireless router I really wanted to try out my wireless. I'm impressed but not amazed. The card was able to quickly locate my signal and I was connected in a matter of seconds. It works great in windows 8, with windows 8 picking it up right away. I never installed the software that it comes with because windows 8 picked up on it so quickly it, and it worked great. The signal is decent, I am two rooms away from my router (large rooms mind you) and I get two-three bars with the 5ghz and four-five bars with 2.4ghz. I never had any problem with streaming music with spotify, but youtube with 720p did have to buffer. Battlefield 3, planetside 2, and Natural Selection 2, ran with middle of the road ping, keeping at around 70-120ms. I have to say this is a huge improvement from my usb wireless adapter that I had. Though that adapter was just limited to 2.4ghz. All in all I have to say this card performed really well. The card is really small.
Cons: A lot of what I represented as pros also double as cons when compared to ethernet. My actual speed of my internet is 50down and 5 up. So my speed was cut in half when I switched to wireless. Using 5ghz gives me really limited range in comparison to 2.4, I always thought it was the other around. Even on my phone (Samsung Galaxy) I get full bars when I'm connected to my 5ghz. When I received my card the metal that you screwdown to your case was a bit bent, making it hard to get in at first. Finally it did kill my ping in games, doubling it in comparison to ethernet. With how small the card is you would think it would come with some kind of low profile adapter, but alas it did not.
Overall Review: I will defiantly be using this card still in my other computer, as it is a perfect card for browsing the web, listening to music, and watching youtube. Also I was amazed at how quickly it worked for windows 8.