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Bill E.

Bill E.

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent solution for additional storage needs

ICY DOCK MB561US-4S-1 Aluminum / Plastic 4 x 3.5" SATA I/II USB 2.0 & eSATA Aluminum HDD Enclosure for Mac & PC
ICY DOCK MB561US-4S-1 Aluminum / Plastic 4 x 3.5" SATA I/II USB 2.0 & eSATA Aluminum HDD Enclosure for Mac & PC

Pros: Stylish, compact, air cooled, 4 drive capacity, no problems with Win 7, EATA or USB, it works! This is an elegant solution to additional/portable storage needs for a desktop or to move files from one system to another.

Cons: Even with the fan system, the drives are a little hotter than I would like (40+ deg C). If you get the ICY dock removable tray with the slats (ICY DOCK MB453TRAY-B Removable Tray62597138) for all the openings, it will reduce the temp to 32 - 36 deg c by helping the fan to draw air thru the system. BAD on you ICY dock, don't sell it with the closed front end trays!

Overall Review: If you have EATA available from your mobo or laptop, use it over USB. The usb is flaky in Win 7 and with some mobo's in recognizing the drives. EATA is a dream for mounting and dismounting. Definitely consider getting the "open" removable trays to help with air flow.

10/15/2010
Most Critical Review

A love affair lost

EVGA X17 Gaming Mouse, Wired, Black, Customizable, 16,000 DPI, 5 Profiles, 10 Buttons, Ergonomic 903-W1-17BK-KR
EVGA X17 Gaming Mouse, Wired, Black, Customizable, 16,000 DPI, 5 Profiles, 10 Buttons, Ergonomic 903-W1-17BK-KR

Pros: Looked like a logical gaming successor to a Torq X10 with similar features and one or two more perhaps.

Cons: Hand scroll wheel died after 3 months.

Overall Review: I have had several EVGA mice over the years. The Torq x10 is my favorite with the right combination of: - ruggedness - durability (they still work after years, just worn down top surfaces and sticky left side buttons) - button program options - just the right number of buttons and good software for them - not too intrusive updating software - We all know what company is the worst at this - not EVGA. - hand feel - it feels good in your hand ergonomically I wanted to buy another but that model is no longer available. This new incarnation/evolution of their gaming mouse starts out looking like a logical next step. It is not. The hand/scroll wheel died after 3-4 months. The right/left mouse buttons and the scrolling wheel are critical and need to be able to take a lot of exercising. This model mouse failed miserable. I can see issues after a year or two with a mouse but not 3 months. Yes I can warranty it back BUT I'll just end up with another one. No thanx...It is a shame. No more EVGA mice (or perhaps any other item with that brand name) for me.

Gamer mouse pad

Cyber Snipa CSMPTR01 Tracer Mouse Pad
Cyber Snipa CSMPTR01 Tracer Mouse Pad

Pros: Nice feel, great surface finish and look, fantastic tracking, good size for desk top surface area.

Cons: I have been using it with and without a conventional mouse (rubber) below it. For some reason I find having a "spongy" regular mouse pad below it makes it much more comfortable to use. I don't know if is the extra thickness or sponginess/bounciness of the additional pad that makes it feel better. This is not serious, just an observation.

Overall Review: Very nice mouse pad for gaming or other desktop applications. The rimmed blue light is "hot" if you are into that sort of decoration.

Woooo...check this mouse out

ZOWIE GEAR EC1 “Black” Optical Gaming USB Wired 2000 dpi Mouse
ZOWIE GEAR EC1 “Black” Optical Gaming USB Wired 2000 dpi Mouse

Pros: Fit and finish > very nice Construction > rugged Handling > excellent Comfort and Size > very very nice Weight > OK ... i would like it just a little heavier but that is personal preference

Cons: None yet...see thoughts below. If it wears out in one year i will downgrade my rating and never buy one again. If it lasts, i will get one for my laptop and travelling...i don't like wireless mouses because of the response time (particularly bluetooth ones!)

Overall Review: This is a mouse...not the master console to control the universe like some gaming mouses have become. I got the larger version and find it extremely comfortable and easy to handle. I am waiting to see how it performs over the long term: is the wheel really as good as they advertise. I wore out a Logitech G9 over the course of two years especially the fraying of the cloth covered usb wire.

Really nice compact case but some w t f s are ther

LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C50B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C50B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Well built and stamped sheet metal. Heavy gauge and nicely finished. I purchased the unit for a compact in a shelf pc / television system connected to a 60" lg plasma screen. Air flow is well thought out and case remarkably cool for such a tight/small package. Enough space inside for 3 cards (including a largish 9800 GT video card) on a micro atx mobo. I have 1 BD drive / 1 ssd for operating system above the BD drive / 2 1-TB storage drives in the case and could have put one more 1-TB drive in if it hadnt been for the length of the BD drive. A dvd/cd would have given it enough room to fit.

Cons: For a case of this overall quality and design, two small but significant issues come to mind in the build: 1. The connectors to the case front USB ports are not the standard 8/10 pin connector block but an actual usb connector. Where did that come from. The front usb connectors need to be the standard connector block that one plugs into a mobo. This is serious because the case so tight and any loose/extra wires are a problem. Besides who in their right mind would have an internal usb case connection with that arrangement. 2. The power indicator light connector block is useless for 99.9% of the mobos. Again. This is part of the front panel block for usb/hdd/power indicator. Wood shed here i come (see below)! Other than these two seemingly small items this is an outstanding case. Potential 6 eggs but minus 1 egg for each of these items.

Overall Review: I would have given case 6 eggs if it hadnt been for front panel usb connections. Whoever thought of that needs to be taken to wood shed and talked to - seriously - otherwise this is a really nice case. Remarkable for that matter. When doing the build, think it through. This case is very compact and you can't go back and plug in a mobo connector at the end. You may have to take apart the entire case and rebuild it once or twice if you find stuff you forgot. Put the processor and it's fan in last. It is in a wide open spot in the case and that gives a lot of room for working. Also, buy a completely modular power supply. Wire management with ties is a must. This is very important because there is no space to spare. Air circulation is very good. I experimented with several options on the bench and monitored mobo/processor/video card temps for a while with heavy use. Ended up closing off the vent and adding 1 other 120 mm fan on the power supply side of the case for best air flow.

Outstanding monitor

Acer B243HAJbdr Black 24" Height,Swivel,Pivot & Tilt Adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 80000:1(1000:1)
Acer B243HAJbdr Black 24" Height,Swivel,Pivot & Tilt Adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 80000:1(1000:1)

Pros: Tilt/Swivel/PIVOT adjustable 2 ms refresh TFT Acer Quality Bright and very adjustable for various situations No dead pixels (always an issue/fear!) Outstanding monitor...

Cons: No HDMI port (no biggie) No Speakers (no biggie) No DisplayPort (no biggie - future versions need this to compete with new ASUS models that have just come out) Reason is I purchased 3 for grouped monitor setup and needed DVI port for that anyway. The Displayport would have been nice and will be a must in the coming year(s) for multi monitor setups.

Overall Review: Disclosure: this is my "second" Acer monitor setup. I had been a HannsG person up till then. Acer is just a superior monitor in price/quality/performance than the HannsG and you pay more for it. HannsG is very good - Acer is better. Purchased 3 of these to be able to set them up side by side in portrait mode using xfx 6950 bumped to 6970 (bios flash). Screens grouped at 3240X1920. Outstanding. My wife calls in my tryptic shrine to the internet. The reason HDMI is no biggie is one needs to use the DVI connection to create an ATI grouped monitor set. Runs BC2 at 30-35 fps (FRAPS) except during extreme situations where the system goes down to to 18-24 fps with the monitor response being flawless. Again, this is an outstanding monitor for the price, but i am biased towards Acer now.