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Roland B.

Roland B.

Joined on 11/01/07

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Not Bad, but Not Great

Rosewill RK-7310 Black 105 Normal Keys 7 Function Keys USB Wired Super Slim Multimedia Keyboard
Rosewill RK-7310 Black 105 Normal Keys 7 Function Keys USB Wired Super Slim Multimedia Keyboard

Pros: Inexpensive and light-weight, with the low-profile keys of a laptop. Despite this, the keys have a good action to them. Looks nice, despite the low price.

Cons: A "play" key (not a button) and volume controls do not make a multimedia keyboard. Luckily WinAmp has Global Hotkeys, but if you use Windows Media Player or the like then you're going to be disappointed.

Overall Review: The layout is a bit weird, but not hard to get used to.

Most Critical Review

Bad experiences

PC CHIPS A33G V1.0 AM2 SiS 761 GX Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
PC CHIPS A33G V1.0 AM2 SiS 761 GX Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I've ordered three of these. The first is running great after nearly six months.

Cons: The last two, ordered in the past two weeks - one as an RMA replacement for the other - were DOA out of the box. No POST, nothing. Every other component of the system, from the PSU to the CPU to the RAM, was checked on the working example from a few months back. All worked. Process of elimination: bad board. TWICE.

Overall Review: Newegg is great. They're not only taking the bad board back for a refund, they're also eating the shipping costs. PC Chips, on the other hand, is a typical no-name company. Their website was thoroughly unhelpful. I'm going to move up from them...to Foxconn. Yes, that bad.

Thankfully, It Was Free

NVIDIA Gift Call of duty - World at war
NVIDIA Gift Call of duty - World at war

Pros: Looks good, mostly. I didn't have to pay for it.

Cons: Boring and linear. As games get more and more open (Crysis, GTA, Mercenaries 2, Far Cry 2, etc.) this feels like a huge step back. And really, yet another WWII FPS?

Overall Review: If you've never played a WWII shooter before, you might enjoy this a bit. If you've played any first-person shooters in the past five years, you'll likely be disappointed.

Dead After 11 Months

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black IDE Model DH-20A4P-04
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black IDE Model DH-20A4P-04

Pros: Worked fine for 11 months, and then...

Cons: Now it's dead. I can read data CDs and DVDs, but can't run program discs. A bit of a problem, as I was trying to install a new OS.

Overall Review: Not worth the few dollars you save over other brands.

Great Keyboard - buying my second right now!

Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000
Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000

Pros: It's absolutely the best keyboard I've ever used. Looks great, works great, VERY easy on the hands and wrists. The "lock" indicators are gorgeous.

Cons: A few extra buttons would be nice, but for the price you get plenty.

Overall Review: To the reviewer who mentioned that more media controls would be nice: I agree, but if you download the keyboard's specific software from Microsoft you can re-map each of the extra keys. My last one - which I broke earlier today, leading to me using a horrible Labtec wireless as I order a new one - had the browser forward/back buttons remapped to be previous/next track, and it worked great with Windows Media Player.