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Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Joined on 07/30/04

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Most Favorable Review

Incredible keyboard for the price (on sale/refurb)

RAPOO VPRO V500L Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Blue Switches, Red LED, Aluminum Frame, 6.0 Feet Braided Cable Wire Grade-A Refurbished "Like New"
RAPOO VPRO V500L Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Blue Switches, Red LED, Aluminum Frame, 6.0 Feet Braided Cable Wire Grade-A Refurbished "Like New"

Pros: This is one of the first purchases in a long time that I have felt I got an extremely good deal on. If you can get this for around $20 or less, buy it for fun. It costs the same (but beats) any of the basic membrane office or super cheap gaming keyboards. For a true mechanical keyboard, this price is rare. The keyboard came in a nice simple box, no software required (all functions are done using key combinations). My order said "refurbished" but does not seem that way at all. It was pristine, literally brand new, I inspected every inch, and if it is refurb I cannot tell. Braided cable is nice and long enough for me, LEDs are bright and look nice, and you can change brightness by holding 'Fn' and pressing the up or down arrows. The Rapoo Blue key switches are satisfying, quick, and have great finger-feel. The tactile points in the depress let you know when you type, along with the audible crisp click. I own the Corsair Strafe mechanical keyboard (which this one looks almost exactly like), and I find myself craving the blue switches on this thing when I am not gaming with friends over microphone. If you are on voice chat, you may want to consider a quieter keyboard, but for general fun and the price (20 or less), you cannot beat this thing. It has definitely boosted my opinion of Rapoo, who I had not heard of before.

Cons: The true injection molded key caps are very nice, and almost identical to Corsair except a little lighter and cheaper. The only thing I can complain about is that the LEDs behind the key caps are off center in places. The left-most side of the VPRO logo is not all the way lit, and a few keys are hard to see the backlight very much because of the way they were molded. Also, if you brush against the keys sideways too fast the key caps can pop off, which doesn't happen with my other 2 mechanical boards. They just aren't secured as tightly.

Overall Review: Highly recommended, as soon as I opened and used this keyboard I knew I wanted to write a review to let others know how it was. OVERALL a fun little mechanical Blue-switch gaming/general use keyboard. Media keys work right out of the box, all functions work, and it's performed nicely for me for over a month of use now. If you can get it for cheap, grab one and you won't regret it.

10/19/2017

This changed my opinion of ENHANCE - Awesome Mouse Mat!!

ENHANCE GX-MP2 XXL Extended Gaming Mouse Pad Mat (31.50" x 13.75") with Low-Friction Tracking Surface and Non-Slip Backing
ENHANCE GX-MP2 XXL Extended Gaming Mouse Pad Mat (31.50" x 13.75") with Low-Friction Tracking Surface and Non-Slip Backing

Pros: -This is a Great product!! -Looks fantastic - Keeps vibrant colors after months of use -Good price, plus I got it on sale at an ever better price -High quality stitching - Very smooth surface -Comfortable padding -Doesn't slip

Cons: Nothing so far!

Overall Review: This XXL gaming mat is GIANT, wider (vertically) than my Corsair MM300, just as long, equal quality stitching has not frayed (although looks like it's doubled up stitching vs. single stitch on Corsair), priced cheaper than competitive products, looks nice, is very thick and comfortable, and does it's job! No complaints, 5/5

Nothing bad to say

Rosewill RCCC-16001 Lightning Cable, White, 6 ft. MFi Certified
Rosewill RCCC-16001 Lightning Cable, White, 6 ft. MFi Certified

Pros: Ordered 2 of these 5 months ago, and they have stood the test of time so far very well. I bend one of them 90 degrees (near the connector) almost every night while checking my e-mail and I'm always worried it's going to short out, but it hasn't yet. After having an off brand "apple certified" 10ft cable and also a Duracell 10ft cable go bad on me, I bought these and they are wonderful for the price.

Cons: Thick lightning plug might not fit through all protective phone cases, but it fits through my Otterbox slim just fine.

Overall Review: Got them with a promo code discount and I am very pleased with my purchase.

My favorite part of my new build

Intel BXTS13X Water/Liquid Cooling Thermal Solution for Socket LGA1150/ LGA2011 / LGA1366 / LGA1156 / LGA1155
Intel BXTS13X Water/Liquid Cooling Thermal Solution for Socket LGA1150/ LGA2011 / LGA1366 / LGA1156 / LGA1155

Pros: -VERY quiet, keeps my CPU so cool that my PC (high power gaming rig) runs almost completely silent most of the time. Occasionally when it's first powered on you can hear it gurgle as it moves the air bubbles around, but not a bad thing at all. -Blue LED on Intel logo heatsink and blue LED on cooling fan look incredibly cool and clean, my favorite. All those gray Corsair AIO coolers have nothing on this guy -Makes great contact with CPU, very low temps even when overclocking. Fan speed adjusts perfectly to handle any additional heat while gaming intensely, and as soon as things slow down it spins back down to silent

Cons: No cons if you have PC building experience. I personally enjoy building, figuring out how to get everything where I want it and run cables. If you want it to be kid-level easy you may have trouble sizing the little back plate for your CPU cooler, but it's really not that tricky

Overall Review: Highly recommended, although I hope not everyone buys one because I want my PC to look unique. :P This is an amazingly convenient water cooling system where you get all the benefits and look of water cooling, without having to run tubes and pour coolant. 5/5

BYTECC ME-740U2 Aluminum 3.5" IDE USB2.0 (type B) External Enclosure
BYTECC ME-740U2 Aluminum 3.5" IDE USB2.0 (type B) External Enclosure

Comments: My first external enclosure purchase. The LED isn't that bad, comparable to Logitech speaker LED's. The case itself is very thick nice aluminum, solid construction. It seals up nicely and is very easy to work with. The reason I give it 4 stars: The power plug to the harddrive is a strange size and therefore very difficult to plug or unplug from the harddrive. Took me 10 minutes to pull it out! The HDD wobbles a bit once inside, even when screwed in, and makes me afraid to move it around too much. Also, I put a brand new unformatted 250GB drive into it, and it recognized it as 2000 GB(2 TB) at first. You really need to put it into the computer by itself, format the drive, and then put it into the enclosure. After doing that it recognized it fine and all is well now! Very useful device!

Very engaging!

Dungeon Siege 2 PC Game
Dungeon Siege 2 PC Game

Comments: Any RPG lover has to grab this game! A very engaging, fun, fast paced game! I looked foward to playing it everyday in my free time until I beat it, then I started all over. Chris Taylor is one of the best game creators of all time. Not enough character customization in my opinion, and the graphics are a bit needy(the game only runs at 800x600 at 30-45fps with my 3.0Ghz, 1Gb RAM, 6600GT computer). The gameplay is unsurpassed! You find secrets everywhere and the lore/plot of the game is great, not too much of it to make it boring like some other RPG's I've played. They even made the multiplayer worth playing. Buy and enjoy!