Date Joined: 11/12/04
Pros: I've been using Logitech gaming mice for years and they just keep getting better. The adjustable weight and textured thumb rest make this mouse very comfortable to use. All of the buttons are easy to reach, and can be assigned keys or macros with the bundled software (software does not need to run or even be installed after first time configuration - settings are saved to the mouse's internal memory).
Cons: Logitech software could be much better. They should take some notes from the new Microsoft mouse and keyboard software.
Pros: Huge area - as big as a 19" LCD screen (for reference).
Soft, smooth surface.
Cons: Make sure you have room for it on your desk. I have to position mine vertically.
Overall Review: There is no reason to buy a bigger mousepad. This thing is giant and works flawlessly. If you're looking for a new mousepad, this is the one you want.
Pros: Easily the best laptop mouse I've owned. Small, but still comfortable to hold.
The laser tracking is quite impressive; the sensitivity falls somewhere between the medium and high DPI settings on my desktop's Logitech MX518.
The nano receiver is so tiny that you can leave it plugged in on the go.
Comes with 2xAA batteries. The package claims that battery life will last up to a year. It goes to sleep after a while in case you forget to turn it off.
Cons: It would be even better if this mouse had back/forward buttons.
Overall Review: I use this mouse for Photoshop editing and gaming. Previously I was concerned that response time would suffer on wireless, but I don't notice any lag whatsoever.
The piano finish with orange/red trim perfectly matches my Gateway P-series laptop.
Pros: High resolution, great color/contrast/brightness, fast response time, and a sturdy base.
Overall a really sweet monitor for the price.
Cons: For some reason various shades of gray don't display correctly on this monitor. Most people probably wouldn't see it, though.
I do graphic art and web design, and noticed that certain images (usually grays) look a few shades too light.
Overall Review: I mostly use this screen for gaming and movie watching, and it looks very good.
If you're into digital art you might want to avoid this one because of the problem with grays.
Pros: Tons of storage, seems pretty fast.
Thick rubber casing. I think you could run it over with a truck and still use it.
Cons: Because of the casing this drive is pretty large compared to others.
Overall Review: The armor casing makes me want to TRY to break this thing just to see how it holds up.
...will it blend?!
Pros: Definitely the best layout I've seen on a surge protector. The dual rows of spaced transformer sockets is great, and the sleek profile is nice.
It isn't listed in the specs, but the packaging says that anything plugged into it is covered by a $300,000 replacement policy if killed by a surge.
Overall Review: My old strip had three spaced transformer sockets, but since those things are all shaped differently they would still get in the way of each other.
Pros: Easy to install, great signal strength from across the house, doesn't drop connection.
Cons: The usual packet loss that is to be expected from wireless adapters.
Overall Review: Everyone should know that gaming on wireless will result in lag spikes, no matter what card you have. This is due to packet loss and is pretty much unavoidable based on the way that wireless routers send data.
If you care about lag in online games, use a wired connection.
Pros: 3 speed settings. Very quiet on low. Not too noisy on medium if you have a good case.
I wanted to maintain a steady flow of air through my case to keep temps constant. The manual controls allow me to balance intake/exhaust.
Cons: They are loud when set to high, but I don't know why you would ever need to. The 3-pin connection isn't necessary.
Overall Review: I use two of these as intakes for an Antec 300. With all 4 fans set to low the system stays cool.
Core2 Quad @2.4
4gb DDR2 800
geforce 512mb 9800 GTX+
1x 250gb 7200rpm HD
1x 1tb 5400rpm HD
Pros: =Great airflow (with 2x 120mm front fans installed).
=Roomy, good cable management.
=Built-in air filter (meh).
Cons: =The front panel is plastic and feels pretty cheap.
=Does not have an external 3.5" slot for floppy / card readers.
=Built-in air filter is not very effective. It keeps out hair and stuff, but lets plenty of dust through.
Overall Review: I swapped my parts from a 900 into the 300 because the cable management is MUCH better.
Pros: -Very slick looking.
-Mic arm is flexible.
-Recording quality is good.
-Comes with a nice case for travel.
Cons: -Audio quality is mediocre. Absolutely no bass, so don't expect games or music to sound good.
-Earbuds produce suction when inserted. I've never had earbuds do that, and it's really annoying.
-Mechanism that braces the mic in your ear is somewhat uncomfortable. Cool idea but it's not very stable.
-The clip on the cord is absolutely pointless.
Overall Review: These would probably be fine for casual VoIP use.
Pros: -Drag and drop interface
-Great battery life
-Clips to anything
Cons: -On/Off/Hold switch is tricky to push using one hand
-Audio jack is on the side, not the top
Overall Review: As always, the earbuds that come with these things are pretty worthless. Buy those separate if you want your music to sound better.
Pros: -Comfortable material
-Stays in place
Cons: After roughly two weeks of normal use (resting my wrist on it) the seams along one side came apart, exposing the sticky gel on the inside.
Overall Review: This product would get 5 eggs if it didn't break so quickly. I was hoping for at least a couple years of use first.
Pros: If you couldn't tell from the picture, this sub kicks out some powerful bass. Absolutely awesome for gaming- I'm talking about 'nades making your floor shake. Music sounds great too.
Also, have you glanced at the price? With free shipping? Wow.
Cons: The speakers don't actually have tweeters. Mids aren't the best, but it's not very noticeable unless you're an audiophile.
Overall Review: I bought these from Newegg when CC was going out of business. Even at liquidation prices these were still $60 cheaper at Newegg. No wonder CC died off.
Pros: Pretty easy to install and clean. Keeps 99% of dust out of my Antec 900. Definitely worth a few dollars.
Also, the filter is black, not that yellowish color in the picture.
Cons: Filters should be slightly thicker.
Overall Review: THESE WILL FIT IN THE 900! I have 3 installed. One covers the side vent by laying the filter over it and then snapping on half of the cover. Two more cover the front fans, but it was a little tricky because you cannot screw them into place. You have to set them on the fan nubs, and then carefully place the metal plates (middle one first) back onto the fan. Since the plates are now raised they won't be held on by screws any more, but once you slide the HD cage back into the case, they won't move more than a few mm.
Pros: -Laptop-style keys with pretty good response.
-Slim design looks nice.
-Not too many flashy useless buttons.
-Seems pretty durable.
Cons: This is the noisiest keyboard I've ever used. I'm pretty sure it beats out those old-school clicky beige ones.
The buttons are a little harder to push than true laptop keys.
Some of the key layout is dumb. The oversize Enter seems unnecessary, and forced the crucial \ key to a weird spot near the bottom right. To make up for it they put another \ key on the bottom left, but that actually makes L-Alt harder to hit.
Overall Review: I generally like Rosewill products but this one isn't that fantastic. For keyboards in the $15-$25 range I'd definitely spend a little more for higher quality and standard layout.
Pros: Fast, cheap, sexy blue heat spreaders, worked right out of the box.
Overall Review: 4GB will keep you covered for a while.
Pros: Amazing airflow. Even with a Quad 2.4 and 9800GTX+ chugging away at games it stays very cool. Sometimes I have to get a sweater because there's so much cold air blowing out of my computer.
Despite 4 fans, this is a near-silent case on low settings, which is plenty. My laptop makes more noise.
There's also plenty of space for a mid-tower. Fits the huge new video cards just fine.
The tray and top panel are nice features.
Cons: Hard to find air filters for the front intake fans. I ended up using the thin foam padding that came with my mobo. I cut it to the correct width and laid it over the front plates. Suction from the fans is enough to hold it on, and it doesn't look terrible.
Overall Review: Don't go sticking your d*ck in the 200mm fan and it won't break.
Pros: This is an insanely fast card. Runs L4D, Cod4, UT3, TF2, CoH, and Medieval TW2 maxed out with great FPS (provided your processor can keep up).
Cons: ...too awesome? It makes the 8800GTS in my laptop look pathetic.
Overall Review: Fits just fine in my Antec 900.
I don't see why anyone would spend tons more money on a "better" card. This beast can handle anything you throw at it.
Pros: Very easy install, stays cool, lots of features for the price. Slapped in a Quad 2.4, 9800GTX+, 4GB GSkill, 250GB Seagate, and it booted right up. Didn't need to mess with the BIOS at all.
Cons: Can't seem to get the HD activity light to work, but it's not critical.
Overall Review: Some people list the "slow boot" as a con, but I like that the mobo gives you a few seconds to enter setup instead of flashing past it. I hate missing the prompt.
Pros: Awesome bass, very comfortable, detachable/flexible mic, great voice quality.
Cons: Weak highs. I don't notice it in games, but some music starts to break up. "Fatal1ty" is printed across the top of the headband in plain letters.
Overall Review: The padding is a soft velvety material instead of the usual leatherette stuff.
This headset is great for gaming, but not very good for listening to music.
Pros: Compact, powered, solid stand, lots of ports.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I've got a laptop and not enough USB ports for all of my peripherals. This really helped to consolidate everything. (Mouse, headset, wacom tablet, external hd, wireless card, camera/mp3 cord).
Pros: Very sturdy aluminum design, USB-powered with an on/off switch, dual fans directly cool both GPU and CPU, slight incline (roughly 2” at the back) helps ventilation. Fans blow air UP.
Cons: Some edges are not rounded. They aren’t sharp, but you wouldn’t want to drop it on your foot.
Overall Review: My Gateway P-172S FX (Dual Core, 8800GTS, 7200rpm HDD) used to get pretty hot playing Call of Duty 4 and Company of Heroes, but now it stays at idle temperatures in-game with the graphics cranked, even on hot summer days!