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Irving H.

Irving H.

Joined on 08/30/05

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Most Favorable Review

Great mouse

Logitech G700 Black 13 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
Logitech G700 Black 13 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: Many well-placed buttons, all of which are easy to press. Wireless is great and had no problems, but you can plug it in and use as a wired mouse while charging. Very comfortable in the hand. It's not claw-grip friendly, but is light enough and has the proper positioning of the buttons to be picked up with two fingers easily. Your thumb rests under the thumb buttons, so they are out of the way until you need them, and are easy to press. I mainly use the mouse for FPS games, and this works great. The DPI adjustments, many buttons, and macro features can give you a real edge in any game.

Cons: Expensive, but a comfortable, great mouse is priceless. The top side button (default for increasing DPI) is hard to press. It requires a forward motion to press, so it could be positioned a little better, but maybe I'll get used to it. The scroll wheel does not have an auto-switch feature for switching between click-to-click and free-spin. Previous Logitech mice had this feature and I thought it was great, so don't know why they removed it on this model. You can still change modes, but it requires a button click instead of automatically switching based on how fast you spin the wheel. The charging cable is a little thick, so it is noticeable when using it in wired mode. It takes a standard micro-usb cable, so you can connect your own thinner cable if you want to solve the issue.

Overall Review: Be sure to look through all the options in the software. The gaming default setting uses a lot of power as it never sleeps. In practice, this is not needed for most games...even FPS. So you can save a lot of power by turning down the settings. In maximum power usage, it will last about 12 hours of continuous use before needing recharging. By default it polls at 1000 times per sec. This can place a lot of stress on your CPU. I found reducing it to 500 had no noticeable effects on the mouse performance, but drastically reduced the CPU load.

Most Critical Review

Not for gamers

VisionTek XG6 2-Tone 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Laser 2000 dpi 3D Gaming Mouse
VisionTek XG6 2-Tone 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Laser 2000 dpi 3D Gaming Mouse

Pros: I got the mouse because of the large number of buttons it had and I like a mouse with a lot of buttons. It certainly delivered in that area and was nice to be able to map them all to keystrokes. The DPI adjustment was nice too and it has an optional audio sound that plays the current DPI setting. It's very accurate and was easy to aim, etc. Software loaded easily and can map keystrokes to most buttons. Came with presets, but you probably won't use any of them.

Cons: Where to start...Firstly, the scroll wheel is much closer to the center of the mouse than most of us are used to and it's hard to get used to bending your finger enough to reach it. The joystick buttons are not ideally placed. It's difficult or impossible to press certain directions on them. But the biggest deal-breaker for me was that it's hard to lift the mouse up. If you normally lift your mouse off the desk for turning, you DO NOT want this mouse. There is no place for the thumb to rest to grip the mouse. I found myself trying to lift it with the base of my thumb and palm, but it has a slick surface making this very tough to do. Trying to lift it normally requires you to press a button accidentally. Finally, the thumb buttons are a little too far back and too close together. I frequently pressed the wrong one and the DPI adjustment is made my pressing both thumb buttons at the same time. You can't change this, so mistakes happen.

Overall Review: The mouse lacks proper ergonomics. This is due to the way they have to cram in all the buttons and joysticks. If it has a neutral position for your thumb and 4th finger it might be ok, but it's impossible to lift it up as it is. I also have big hands and like big mice, but this one is the largest mouse I've seen and gave some wrist problems. It needs to be 1/2 inch shorter or so and it would be great. You can map the 12 directions on the joysticks and two joystick combinations with the software. You CANNOT map the center mouse button, the wheel, or the thumb buttons to keystrokes. However, most games will see these buttons, so you can map it there. But it's not as good as L-tech's software where you can basically map anything to any button. No macros with this software either. This mouse would be ideal for drafting, but not for gaming. If you manipulate the mouse with your fingers instead of your whole arm, you won't like the wrist rest, but it's detachable, so no problems.

Amazing

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Incredibly fast. I ordered this drive as a backup drive and expected to purchase a pair of SSD drives for speed. However, once I installed this drive I found I was getting 140 MB/s read/write, which was almost twice as fast as my current platter RAID-0 array. So instead of going with the SSD, I decided to buy another one of these drives to put in RAID0 and went with the 2 TB drive for backup. The drive is quiet and incredibly fast. A pair of these in RAID 0 is almost as good as a low-end SSD. I'll wait a while more for SSD and be happy with this awesome drive for a few years. At this price and performance, it can't be beat.

Cons: None so far. 931 GB available in NTFS.

Great

Intel Core i5-2500K - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500K
Intel Core i5-2500K - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500K

Pros: The second-best gaming CPU on the market. Incredibly fast moving up from a Q6600. It scores 7.5 in Win7. For the price, it's an awesome buy.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Easily overclocked it to 4.0 GHz with the stock cooler. Score is 7.6 in Win7 at 4.0 GHz. It can certainly go higher than 4.0, but would recommend a better cooler.

Very nice

CyberPower Intelligent LCD UPS CP1350AVRLCD 1350 VA 815 Watts 10 Outlets UPS
CyberPower Intelligent LCD UPS CP1350AVRLCD 1350 VA 815 Watts 10 Outlets UPS

Pros: Great little unit. Easily keeps my quadcore computer and 26 inch monitor running for 10-15 minutes. USB interface is excellent and you can monitor you power consumption from your desktop. Very handy to see how power you are actually using.

Cons: None so far.

Lasts a long time

PLANTRONICS GAMECOMPRO1 USB Connector Circumaural Gaming Stereo Headset
PLANTRONICS GAMECOMPRO1 USB Connector Circumaural Gaming Stereo Headset

Pros: I've had this headset for two and a half years and it still works well. Very comfy and I've had them on for many hours with no discomfort. They are so soft and light that I forget I have it on. Mic is nice and others say I sound great. Great sound. I would buy this again if mine ever breaks.

Cons: The only thing that has shown wear is the in-line volume button. It no longer clicks like a button anymore and I simply have to hold it down for it to do anything, but it still works. The mic sometimes takes a few seconds to "warm up". Your first sentence of the day might be lost, but it's fine after that. Very rarely (twice a year) they stop working (either no sound, or highly distorted) . Unplugging them fixed it each time.

Overall Review: Don't buy cheap headphones. I've been through several headphones and I learned you certainly get what you pay for. No problem with these for 2.5 years, so I think I made the right choice. One thing to think about with USB headphones is that if you want to switch to normal desktop speakers you have to manually change the settings in Windows or your application. Whereas if you have an analog headset, you can just splice the speakers and headset to the same line and just switch them on/off. That's the only thing I miss about my old headset.