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Douglas W.

Douglas W.

Joined on 11/10/02

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Most Favorable Review

Pretty good, could be improved.

Logitech G700 Black 13 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
Logitech G700 Black 13 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: -Just enough macro buttons to do what i need, and not too many to make it awkward. -Scroll mode -Stores Profiles and can quick switch -Can be used while charging (and doesnt require wireless) -Works great on battery right until it dies* -Battery compartment has slot for wireless receiver so you don't lose it during transport. -Comes with wireless USB extension so you can place receiver where you want.

Cons: -Battery life (not as good as other wireless mice like the MX pro); If it used 2 rechargeable batteries, it would be better. -Little uncomfortable after long use; I have somewhat large hands, and my pinky starts to cramp up after a while using this mouse. - Doesn't use the same software that my G110 keyboard does, so having 2 different installs is kind of annoying.

Overall Review: I wanted a mouse that wasn't covered in macro keys (razor or G600), but still wanted some keys that i could program. This mouse works pretty well in both wired and wireless mode. The battery life is kinda of low for my tastes. Average use it will go about 36 hours (the MX pro i have at work will go a full week). It will work great right up until it dies, which you just plug it in and it continues where you were. (mid game) I do like how i can run it from the wire and it will use that for data. It does get rather uncomfortable after long play however. I have rather large hands and my pinky side starts to cramp up after 5-6 hours. I prefer the shape of the G5/MX500 to this one as it is more comfortable (due to its length). If they made this mouse with the form of the G5, and added a 2nd rechargeable battery, this would be a perfect mouse. Overall, it isn't too bad.

11/24/2012
Most Critical Review

Meh Keyboard

RAZER BlackWidow Black Wired Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – MAC Edition
RAZER BlackWidow Black Wired Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – MAC Edition

Pros: -The feel is better than i expected from a mechanical keyboard. -It seems to type fairly well, and it has a braided cored to keep snags down. -Keys have a matte/almost sandy finish to them, which is kinda nice.

Cons: -First, the Caps Lock key sucks. It doesnt have the standard cutout near the "A" key so i frequently hit it when trying to type "A" so much so i pulled the thing off. -Keys are painted, not etched. So paint will ware out over time. -Gloss Black is highly attractive to fingerprints. More a cosmetic thing, but still annoying. -Media keys are "FN" keys of the F keys, which is kind of annoying and makes them difficult, if not impossible to hit one handed. No reason for them to not be on separate keys. -No Software included: Not a major point off, as it works out of the box without it.

Overall Review: The Capslock key is the most major annoyance, as it interferes with my typing ability. There is a reason the cutout on that key is a standard, as well as the notches on the F and J keys. If they had put the standard capslock key on this, it would be 4 eggs. Separate media keys would have given it 5.

Good little board

ASUS P8H77-I LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P8H77-I LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Small, with lots of SATA connections, USB 3.0 and HDMI out. Good price. Good for small home servers kept our of the way or HTPC's. Comes from ASUS which i have been using their mobo's for a long time now.

Cons: Tight fit - The CPU socket is a bit too close to the PCI/Ram slots, making putting a larger than stock cooler on a challenge. Only 2 6gig SATA connectors.

Overall Review: I used this for my Home server/NAS system in a Fractal 304 case. Fits pretty well. Tho putting the larger heat sync on it was abit of a push as it is bearly touching the ram. I dont have a dedicated video card in it, but i imagine it could potentially hit that. I had to send the first shipment back due to bad handling (not Neweggs fault) which caused water damage. Everything is working fine after newegg RMA'ed the damaged one. I didnt want to risk using it in case it had been water damaged.

Pre-Seagate Drive

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: *Decent storage space *Quiet *Speed is on par with other mechanical drives.

Cons: *A bit smaller than i would have preferred for this quality of drive. No longer in production due to Seagate buying them out and eliminating them.

Overall Review: I purchased this drive before Seagate purchased Samsungs HDD division. It works pretty well so far, tho i dont know how well the warranty will hold up if anything happens. I suspect i would get back a lower quality Seagate drive. Im now looking around for a good 3-4 TB drive, and im not sure i can trust Seagates given all their known failures. This drive itself is a good drive and im glad i got it before it got removed from the market.

Works pretty well

Intel Core i5-2500K - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500K
Intel Core i5-2500K - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500K

Pros: *Quad Core * Low Temps *Good surface area to help spread the heat and provides a base for heatsync placement. * Built in video controller It runs really well. I havent overclocked it yet, and unlikely i have plans to now (see below) but it runs and plays all my games without maxxing out. Havent used the on board video for output yet, but it is working in conjunction with my PCI card.

Cons: *Doesnt support PCI 3.0 *Non-Hyperthreaded (not taking eggs off for this)

Overall Review: Im currently using this in my gaming rig, however i will so upgrade to an i7 Ivy Bridge, and will transfer this to my new NAS build. I found out that Sandy Bridge CPU's do not support the new PCI 3.0 standard, so if i want to run PCI 3 cards, i need to upgrade. This CPU runs pretty cool (i have it paired with a CM 212 Evo) and can run all my games with little effort. Although they would run better if the games supported multi/hyper threading (not the cpu's fault). I havent had a chance to overclock this yet and now that im upgrading to an i7, its unlikely that i will, but its nice to know i have the capability to. All in all, a good CPU for the price.

Get what you pay for

GWC HU2G40 USB 2.0 4-Port Hub with 2.5A Power Adapter, Bus-power/Self-power Modes
GWC HU2G40 USB 2.0 4-Port Hub with 2.5A Power Adapter, Bus-power/Self-power Modes

Pros: *Small/Thin *Self Powered *4 ports * It's cheap It did appear to be 2.0 speed, when i tested it by plugging in a flash drive into it (windows didnt warn me it was a slow connection. I verified this by doing the same test with a 1.1 hub, which i did receive the warning on)

Cons: I had problems with this from the start. *It's a risk. Some may work, but its not reliable. *It doesn't like working with a 2nd USB hub, either plugged in itself, or in any other port on the same computer. *It was flaky working with my Logitech G110 keyboard and G5 mouse. Sometimes the audio wouldnt work right though it, it would loose connection with both keyboard and mouse while playing videos (mostly youtube), and tonight it did not give me full functionality of my keyboard (no backlights, audio driver didn't work, G-keys didnt work) when i booted up my machine, or after i restarted it.

Overall Review: Im into my 3rd month of owning this. I got this so i would only have 1 USB plug to mess with when 'docking' my laptop to my external gear (keyboard, mouse, z-board, monitor, speakers, network). However it was not working correctly right out of the box. I didnt bother to return it as it would have cost more in shipping and hassle than it was worth. As explained, it doesn't reliably work with USB devices. Im not sure if the device itself is just bad, or if its just not able to handle advanced traffic my gaming devices put out. Either way, ive just got back to plugging everything directly into my laptop. This was a waste of money