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Ben L.

Ben L.

Joined on 11/17/05

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Logitech K800 2.4GHz Wireless Slim Illuminated Keyboard - Black
Logitech K800 2.4GHz Wireless Slim Illuminated Keyboard - Black

Pros: Very comfortable keyboard to use. Nice fit and finish. Sleek. The shape and texture of the keys is great, and the backlighting is gorgeous. Calculator key is great for the engineer! Dedicated volume/mute keys are great for the HTPC. Great reception/range, after troubleshooting! See below.

Cons: Reception was an issue but it was solved. I have two of these keyboards - one for work and one for home, along with a pair of Logitech Anywhere MX mice. I had one set at work originally, and liked them so much I bought the same combo for my HTPC build. On my HTPC build, the range was non-existant. I could sit 2 feet from the PC/receiver, and the mouse and keyboard would drop out every couple seconds. At work, they had great range, 15 or 20 feet. I swapped my work keyboard/mouse with the new set from my HTPC - same issues. On a whim I tried the USB extension cord that comes with the K800 - and it fixed it completely. Perfect reception from across my apartment, where before I could be a foot away from the receiver and it would drop. I tried the receiver in the front and back of my case, multiple USB ports, all of which had issues. Physically moving the receiver away from the computer solved the issue.

Overall Review: I'm not sure what about my HTPC combo caused this - the receiver at work is plugged directly into my laptop, and I've used the mouse on my desktop the same way - no issues. Only my HTPC had this problem. Perhaps the all-metal case? Or the compactness of the HTPC build caused to much noise near the USB ports? Here is my HTPC build: Case: Lian Li PC-C37B Mobo: MSI 890GXM-G65 CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 840 PS: Antec Earthwatts Green EA-430D Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 2x4GB DDR3 1333 HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB HD502HJ Wireless: Linksys WMP600N Optical: Samsung Black BD-ROM SH-B123L Graphics: 2x Sapphire Radeon HD5570 100293L OS: Windows 7 Pro Display: Samsung UN46C6300 46" LED backlit TV There is also a cable box nearby as well as a surround sound system, but the receiver is currently relocated closer to the TV, cable box, and sound system and reception is perfect. The issue was certainly related to being close to the computer itself.

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770

Pros: Works flawlessly. Fast. Stylish, if you look for that in RAM...

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Just plain works.

Superb mouse

Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX
Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX

Pros: Excellent tracking. The plastic feet glide on any surface, and the optics track any surface. The weight is perfect for me. I have big hands and the size is nice, but I don't "palm" the mouse like some must be doing. I hold it with my thumb and pinky on the contoured rubber sides, about halfway down. This puts the two side buttons in perfect position for my thumb, and the center button and scroll are easily accessed. The range is fantastic, 30+ feet(including several walls in between!). Chances are you won't be able to see the cursor anymore before it runs out of range. Just everything about it has superb feel. Every button is crisp and positive. Both scroll wheel options function well. Even the on/off switch on the bottom has nice feel and action. The software is excellent, the application-specific button mapping is a very nice feature. Having buttons dedicated to common tasks in CAD software has improved my workflow dramatically. Beautiful Looking.

Cons: Battery life is a bit short. They lasted about 2 months with heavy use, 8-10 hours a day. Not abysmal, but not great. Given the outstanding surface tracking and enormous range, it is understandable. A rechargeable battery with a usb cable like the K800 keyboard has would be a good idea. Way too small of an issue to dock it any eggs.

Overall Review: I work with CAD software which requires extensive center button use. Repurposing the window-switcher button to work as a center click worked fine for me. It isn't uncomfortable to me, but I can see how it could be for some. I just ordered another for my HTPC build!

HP Laptop EliteBook 8740w (XT908UT#ABA) Intel Core i5 1st Gen 560M (2.66GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD ATI FirePro M7820 17.0" Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
HP Laptop EliteBook 8740w (XT908UT#ABA) Intel Core i5 1st Gen 560M (2.66GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD ATI FirePro M7820 17.0" Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Pros: - Superb keyboard. By far the best keyboard feel I've ever seen in a laptop. I was concerned the mouse "nub" in the keyboard and its corresponding buttons would get in the way of typing, but they don't. Also, full size numpad with all buttons in their proper location and proportion. - Outstanding build quality. - Center-click button. Indispensable for CAD modeling. - Sturdy screen hinges. Hold the screen firmly in any position you place it - and even opens to a full 180 degrees (although I'm not sure why you'd want to!) - The screen is beautiful. I can't imagine how the 1920x1280 Dreamcolor screen looks. Must be stunning! The matte finish on the screen is excellent. I can work outside with absolutely no issues.

Cons: - The arrow keys are a bit small, but that is the only drawback to this keyboard. - Track pad is a bit small. I'd also prefer multi-touch for scrolling like the Macbook Pro. This computer with the macbook pro track pad's size and multi-touch would be perfection. - It is heavy; to be expected with a computer of this size and build quality/rigidity. - The optical drive tray is the one thing that feels a bit cheap.

Overall Review: On paper, this laptop is very expensive for what it has. I almost bought a high-end gaming laptop, since it was far superior as far as processor speed and raw graphics power. However, I wanted a Solidworks-supported video card, so I opted for the elitebook. I am very glad I did. This computer is expensive for a reason - it is extremely well designed. Every aspect of it is comfortable, rugged, and aesthetically pleasing at the same time, from the texture of the keys to the screen hinges. If you are looking for an engineering/CAD laptop, this is it.. or if you have deeper pockets, one of the more decked-out models! This laptop *barely* fits in HP's leather carrying case, but it does fit.

Excellent deal

COMPAQ Laptop Presario CQ61-420US AMD Athlon II Dual-Core M320 (2.1GHz) 3GB Memory 250GB HDD ATI Radeon HD 4200 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
COMPAQ Laptop Presario CQ61-420US AMD Athlon II Dual-Core M320 (2.1GHz) 3GB Memory 250GB HDD ATI Radeon HD 4200 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Pros: Very quick, fast hdd, good looking display. Enough RAM to run anything I need. Keyboard feel is very nice. Touchpad works well. Touchpad disable button is nice. Speakers are decent, better than I expected at this price. Runs EXTREMELY cool. I can barely notice any warmth when its been on my lap for hours. Windows 7 64-bit.

Cons: A single dead pixel in the middle of the screen.. No big deal, I hardly ever notice it. Battery life is a bit mediocre. I'm never far from an outlet so it doesn't bother me too much. Screen gets very dim when unplugged, as to be expected. Glossy screen is very difficult to see when working outside.

Overall Review: Formatted and put 7 Pro 64 on it right away to get rid of bloatware and get a minor upgrade. This is my first Windows 7 machine, and I'm liking it. Runs all my software without a glitch, except Photoshop CS3 freezes when closed, have to force exit.. no big deal. Runs Rhino3D, Pro/E, Photoshop CS3, mathcad, multisim, and office suite beautifully. I've had several running at once with only a minor decrease in performance, very happy with it's performance. I'll probably upgrade to 6gb ram in a little. The glossy back does get coated in fingerprints, but that makes no difference to me. Turning on Bass Boost, Virtual Surround, and Loudness Equalization options for the speakers improves the loudness and sound quality. My biggest gripe is the glossy screen. I like to work outside, and with it unplugged(dim screen) it is downright impossible to see if I'm in the sun. Sitting in the shade its fine. I got this for $420 with newegg discount and mail-in-rebate, absolutely a great