Date Joined: 11/10/04
Pros: Good, stable motherboard. Has 2 IDE channels + 4 SATA. The Q-connector for the motherboard is really nice. Should have been invented years ago. (Or the ATX spec should have included standardized front panel wiring)
Cons: Windows sees the SATA drives as being removable and always has the icon sitting in the tray.
Pros: Solid construction, especially the front doors. You'll only need a screwdriver to mount the motherboard. Includes 2 120mm fans. Everyone that has seen this case really likes it.
Price after rebate. Extremely good deal.
Cons: Mail in rebates are a pain.
Wiring can be messy with the top mounted switches, LEDs, and usb/firewire ports.
Overall Review: The hard drive mounting rails don't fit as tightly as other cases I've worked with, but they'll do the job.
The top mounted ports and switches make it perfect for sitting on the floor next to the desk.
Comments: Great drive, like all the Lite-Ons I've owned. I have 2 of these in my own computers, and have installed this drive in several friends' computers. To my knowledge, none of them have ever made a coaster. Lite-On makes great burners, and they can read badly scratched discs where other drives fail. (I've witnessed this many times.)
My only complaint would be that they get a little noisy at higher speeds, but I'll gladly accept that given the price and performance of this product.
Comments: I have two of these running dual channel on an Asus A7N8X Deluxe. Works great, no problems at all.
Comments: The cord is about 5'6" from keyboard to usb port. The game pad cord is about 29" long. Hope this helps. This is a great keyboard and I highly recommend it.
Comments: The fan-only power connectors are an awesome feature. The power supply monitors case temperature and will raise and lower the fans' rpm to compensate. My computer is now significantly quieter. I can now hear the hard drive access, which was previously drowned out by the fans.
Beware of cheap power supplies, the one that came in my case killed several motherboards before we figured it out. This wasn't an instant thing,
each time it took weeks or months. This all stopped when I got a decent power supply. There are decent units available for much less, but I wanted the extra features this one offered.
Comments: I bought this mouse after trying both it and the Razor diamondback.
These are both awesome mice, equally sensitive and have great right/left/wheel button feel.
I bought the logitech since the mx518's extra top and side buttons are much easier to use. One of my friends owns a diamondback, and I really liked it, but its side buttons seemed useless to me. Since everyone's hand is different, I suggest playing with both mice if at all possible.
The razor has one thing this mouse doesn't, the sides are transparent and is light up when you move the mouse.
I highly recommend either mouse if you want an upgrade.
Adjustable wrist rest is a nice idea and the backlights look cool. Quiet keys. Programmable Gamepad seems to offer infinite possibilites.
Wrist-rest is very poorly designed. It's nice looking, but horrible for actual typing. It's made of hard plastic, which is a far cry from my old memorex mx2700 keyboard. (Feel free to consider me a pansy.) The programming software is decent, but had to be reinstalled after I unplugged the keyboard to move my computer. Also, it has issues with certain games. Might be worth it to do a google search before you buy. Pad has limited utility in FPS games.
Calling it a gamer's keyboard is very accurate. The only thing it does well is gaming.
Worth the price if:
1. you play a lot of games and have cash burning a hole in your pocket. :)
2. you have a really old (loud) keyboard that is annoying you
Not worth it if:
1. You don't take advantage of the programmable game pad.
2. You have a decent keyboard that is comfortable to use.