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Matthew J.

Matthew J.

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Most Favorable Review

Great, cheap mouse. No frills, but works great right out of the box.

Rosewill Wireless Optical Computer Mouse, Compact, Travel Friendly, Office Style, Adjustable DPI, 4 Buttons, USB - Black
Rosewill Wireless Optical Computer Mouse, Compact, Travel Friendly, Office Style, Adjustable DPI, 4 Buttons, USB - Black

Pros: It's a small travel sized mouse and the perfect size for keeping at an end table for use with a laptop. I like the simplistic, non-fancy packaging which is a change from the over-the-top attempts to make a product seem extra fancy with glossy packaging and pseudo high tech graphics. (I've purchased too many "gaming" mice which make me wonder how much I spent on the packaging alone.) At this price point, the corrugated paperboard box, just under 3" wide, and a small sheet for instructions are all I want or need. No configuration was required even in Mac OSX. It just worked when I plugged in the dongle. I expect it will be the same for Windows users.

Cons: No cons to speak of. It's common for bluetooth mice to include the dongle *inside* the mouse body under the battery hatch. (Logitech does this also.) The person who left the single egg review apparently has the time in her life to leave a review on Newegg, but can't be bothered to read a short instruction sheet – in this case – a list with 4 instructions and less than 40 words total. After installing the battery, the 2nd instruction is "2.) Before closing battery lid, remove the USB dongle from its slot." I'm mainly leaving this review to counteract the other reviews. I almost didn't buy it because of them, but I took the risk, predicting these might be low-information reviewers. This mouse automatically turns itself off after 10 minutes to preserve the battery life. It does not come with a battery so make sure you have a AAA battery on hand, and a moderate IQ. My first attempt, I installed the battery backwards, but quickly realized there was no light and blamed myself instead of the product, and then fixed the problem. It's *very* hard to tell which way to insert the battery in low light or with poor eyesight. Use a magnifier if your eyesight is like mine. BTW, calling this a "4-button mouse" is misleading. You get left-click, right-click, and center-click with the mouse wheel. That 4th button is the "DPI" switch which switches between 4 modes. It works fine but is mostly superfluous. I prefer setting 3 which is nice and speedy.

Overall Review: If this lasts for the full 3 year period for which it is waranteed, I'll be very happy. I'll update my review in case of early failure. Special purpose use: I'm using this because the touchpad went out on my Macbook and I've now killed two $10 wired mice by having the USB plug bend the cable against my leg. I got sick of killing perfectly good mice by abusing the cable so decided to try wireless. Without an "off" switch, I'm not sure I'd recommend it as a travel mouse.

12/25/2018
Most Critical Review

Brilliantly designed, totally quiet, wish it were more expensive

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (SS-650KM Active PFC F3) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Hasw
SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (SS-650KM Active PFC F3) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Hasw

Pros: Perfect silence. Unlike a lower-powered 350w Seasonic I bought previously, which had a high pitched whine. I was delighted this one was actually quiet. The fans have never come on - paired with a quad core i5 used for web production and light video-editing tasks. Other reviews mention ribbon cables. Mine came with nicely sleeved cables in 10/2012. Plenty of extra cables included for various configurations.

Cons: Failed at 11 months. The designers of this power supply are clearly brilliant. To pack so much efficient wattage in a small, switch-mode power supply takes real genius. I'm certain the engineers designed it to last, and their production dept. cut the cost with low-grade components, figuring the increased sales at a lower price point would outweigh the cost of all the increased returns. I wish they had a "premium" built-to-last version because I'd pay extra to avoid the hassle of returning this.

Trusted brand, near silent operation

Seasonic FOCUS GM-550, 550W 80+ Gold, Semi-Modular, Fits All ATX Systems, Fan Control in Silent and Cooling Mode, 7 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application
Seasonic FOCUS GM-550, 550W 80+ Gold, Semi-Modular, Fits All ATX Systems, Fan Control in Silent and Cooling Mode, 7 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application

Pros: I always lean toward Seasonic because I've had several cut-rate switchmode power supplies fail on me over the years, not just in computing but in other consumer electronic applications as well. For me, it's always worth paying $20 more for a reliable brand because they all fail eventually. This unit's 7-yr warranty and Gold power rating are plusses in my book. I prefer semi-modular over fully-modular due for reduced potential failure points on cables that will always stay connected anyway. I've only had it running for one day but so far, the fan is completely inaudible.

Cons: No cons, no defects. I will update my review if I notice any significant problems over the coming years. Cables are minimal and merely adequate – not the rugged, braided cables that Seasonic ships with their X-series, premium product. My only nitpicks is that I don't understand why these ship with two mesh, silkscreened bags. It seems like wasteful packaging and over the years, my parts bin has become full of these bags. They could skip the instruction manual too; it provides no useful information in 19 different languages.

Overall Review: Be sure to open and review this product within 15 days if you want to participate in the Steam gift card offer packed inside. I think most of us look for sales and accumulate parts for a build over the course of a couple months so many will not see the gift card offer until well after the 15 days have ended.

You will not be happy with this case

DIYPC DIY-5823BK Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 1 x 80mm Fan
DIYPC DIY-5823BK Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 1 x 80mm Fan

Pros: It's large enough to hold all your components.

Cons: The side panels are so flimsy and easily bent. They're just a notch thicker than disposable tin baking pans.

Overall Review: In the end, I didn't use this case. I salvaged the power button and wires, deconstructed the box, and left it on the curb for metal scrappers who wanted a few extra cents worth of junk metal.

More than your money's worth

XION XON-560 mATX/ ITX Meshed Mini Tower Case, USB 3.0, White/Blue LED
XION XON-560 mATX/ ITX Meshed Mini Tower Case, USB 3.0, White/Blue LED

Pros: At $30 after MIR, it's a steal. To me cases are a necessary utility, like car tires. If I didn't have to buy them, I wouldn't. So I'm a veteran buyer of low-end flimsy pieces of crizzaple like the $30 DIYPC-branded cases. And this is the first time I've gotten excited about a case. Same price as the cheap cases, but improved quality in every respect. • Solid side panels don't flex when held by the corners (unlike DIYPC brand.) • Hard enamel paint "feels" better than the textured standard black. • Designed for bottom-mounted PSU • Two water-cooling hose grommets are installed (description doesn't mention it.) • The advertised "blue" LEDs are actually white, which I think looks better • USB3 mobo connector built into case, unexpected at this price point. • Includes 2 tool-less sleds for 3.5" drives and a single SSD bay

Cons: • Plastic HD sleds are lightweight plastic, but sufficient if handled gently (this is barely a con since I didn't expect them at all.)

Overall Review: The USB 3.0 connector built in is worth the price of admission. I bought a CoolerMaster HAF case for $60 this same month (Sept. 2013) and it did NOT include USB 3. Adding it later with the SYBA CL-PCI20114 cost an extra $15 - half the price of this Xion case which includes it! For sheer value, this case is a no-brainer. One last thought, no one makes a white internal DVD-burner as far as I can tell; if you plan to use a DVD-burner with this case it will not match.

Give your drive adequate power

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Inexpensive, large storage for the price.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Underpowering your drives may cause the head crash and click 'o death. As I read through the past seven pages of reviews, I can't help but notice that several people who bought 3 or four drives experienced *all* three or *all* four drives fail. This may suggest the PSU has inadequate current to power four drives. Either that or damage from abusive shipping. Something to think about.