Joined on 09/05/04
Pros: Relatively compact keyboard, keys very helpful (especially if you use Office a lot - it has buttons for Word and Excel!). Soft keys, not hard to press down. Looks nice. Very good keyboard overall.
Cons: The only issue I've had is that the letters on the keyboard are painted dead-center of each key (as opposed to top left corner for standard keyboards). This means that if you want to add foreign language layout stickers (I need Russian stickers, because I don't type fast in Russian), it will look kind of weird and cluttered. But nothing too serious.
Overall Review: Good keyboard, good value. I recommend.
What were they thinking?
Pros: I got this as a replacement for the Arctic Cooler that burnt on me after a year of intense use. It works, I guess. Very quiet, too, I noticed the difference when compared to the old version.
Cons: I have the regular 9800 pro card, manufactured by ATI. Yet the power plug on the Arctic cooler was not the right size. My previous cooler that burnt had two plug versions, but this one only has one. In theory, it should've worked anyway, because the larger three-pin plug still only connects two wires. However, it didn't work. I ended up stuffing the tiny two-pin plug awkwardly into a three-pin connector that is used for case fans on my motherboard. It doesn't look pretty, but it runs.
Overall Review: I don't get it. It's for 9800 pro cards, and it didn't fit mine? Seems like it's not a problem for most people, though, so get it - it works well and cools the card well. Never had issues with overheating since I've started using ArcticCooler.
Pros: Pumps a LOT of air. Has a speed controller if you don't want it loud. Honestly though, my heatsink is twice as loud as this fan on max speed, so I don't think it's half bad.
Overall Review: Great fan. I'm using it in my new system and it's keeping my CPU below 40 C on full load. Best fan I've bought!
Some terrible flaws
Pros: Five fan slots (back and front slots can hold 120 mm fans, the top and side ones can hold 90 mm) - it comes with four fans, but I bought four news ones (and used the 120 mm fan that came with the case in the front) with much higher airflow and without the annoying blinking LEDs. Keeps my CPU under 40c even on high load. Relatively spacious.
Cons: Some terrible design flaws. The mobo fits too closely into the case, so one of my pci slot inserts that regulates the speed of my heatsink fan made the mobo short and come up with all sorts of weird issues. Had to tape it inside away from the mobo. There are no instructions (except on how to install the front light), so I nearly destroyed my dvd-rom before I figured out how to install it (you have to take off the front panel!). The screwless system is super annoying and is poorly thought out. Some odd elements that I had would not fit, such as a speed regulator for my rear fan that was designed for the floppy drive slot. I ended up taping the thing to the case as the screwless things couldn't hold it in.
Overall Review: For the money, this is ok, but unfortunately some problems that could've been easy to fix were not resolved. The case is OK for home use, but if you want it to look professional, try again. I'm using tape in several places. It does provide great cooling, especially if you buy new fans for it. WARNING: it runs pretty loud with five fans installed. I personally don't care that it's louder than my A/C, but some people might have more of a problem with that. Overall a decent case, spacious, etc, if you're ok with making some adjustments to it.
Good idea, but...
Pros: I got this mouse for my parents, who thought that the logitech mice are too big. This mouse seems to be a little slimmer, but is still comfortable for the hand, which is exactly what they wanted. And although everyone in my family is righty, the idea of an ambidextrous mouse is nice.
Cons: The browsing buttons on the side of the mouse are a pain. They're very easy to press and are located exactly where the fingers are when they grip the mouse. The outcome is that whenever you move the mouse to either side, you run the risk of pressing the browser button. For those who use the computer predominantely for browsing, this becomes a horrible plight. One gets used to it, of course, but it's in no way friendly.
Overall Review: Personally, I would prefer the logitech mice. But if for some reason that's not option, this one isn't that bad.