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andrew k.

andrew k.

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Most Favorable Review

AWESOME

ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1LT LightScribe Support
ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1LT LightScribe Support

Pros: I got this burner for myself for christmas, spent about 2 hours with conan the barbarian on in the background, just adding in this burner and my new asus sound card while cleaning up the inside of my case. Installation, simple as any other drive, fits great in my old rosewill ATX case. Started up on the first boot, popped in a bluray and BAM there she goes... started up my powerdvd 10 ultra software and I was on my way. No driver installation needed on windows 7 64bit.

Cons: Don't know yet, havent burned anything, will be trying that later on when I start making backups. I just wanted to come and negate the other reviews that said this would blow up on startup and that it doesnt fit cases.... it is the exact same dimensions as every other drive... dont be fooled.

Overall Review: My HTPC is complete! :O I just need to get a 55" tv for myself and a good reciever and speakers! I bought my parents a 55" tv and used that as my first bluray test... and wow.... i dont think i can go back to standard(legacy) def.

12/27/2010
Most Critical Review

SecondFailure

Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System
Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System

Pros: I absolutely have to do a second write up on the second unit I tried. So to start: -Good construction -No Leaks -Operates This was the second Kuhler 620 I tried. After the first one performed so poorly I decided to exchange it at the store for another one to see if the first one was just a bad unit. Upon exchanging it I noticed that the new one was apparently a "4th generation" version of their cooler, which from all I can see that is different is that the power cables are straight instead of spiraled, the pump plate doesn't have the little circle button looking thing on it, and it comes with a faster, louder fan. There is not allusion to this on Antec's website as all advertising points to the old one still in existence.

Cons: -With FX8350 and an ambient temperature of about 65F, this is letting the processor idle at 47C right now. On warmer days, that will be in the mid 50's. During load on Crysis 3 my temperature shoots way past 70C! That's Crysis 3! Not even Prime95 which I wouldn't even attempt with this useless thing. Completely unacceptable and useless compared to my air cooler. This thing will allow your processor to destroy itself! -Customer service was garbage. The person who comes on Newegg to tell you to email them only responded once asking me for the details that I already gave them in my first email, and then never responded again.

Overall Review: I've tried this cooler in every configuration, hoses on top/bottom, personal cougar fans in push/pull going out of the case and coming into the case. Power connector in every mobo pin selection to see if maybe it wasn't receiving enough power. There is no remedy for this poorly performing product. I know it's operating because the radiator gets blisteringly hot. It's just not worth it for what it appears to be. If it's only good for low to mid range processors, then why would I risk having a water cooling system at all when an air cooler works so much better? How is this thing getting any positive reviews? Must only be from low voltage users. I'll be pulling this thing out as soon as I replenish my thermal paste. I wont be buying another Antec product.

Smooth as they come.

COUGAR Vortex PWM 120mm (CF-V12HP) Cooling Fan with Hydro-Dynamic Bearing and Pulse Width Modulation (Orange Version)
COUGAR Vortex PWM 120mm (CF-V12HP) Cooling Fan with Hydro-Dynamic Bearing and Pulse Width Modulation (Orange Version)

Pros: I hate to admit, but I've become of fan professional from sifting through so many fan brands. I've gone through 4 other fan brands and this is the first that has actually impressed me. I try so hard to target the highest flow I can get with the lowest noise as I'm sure many are, and using a 4 spot fan controller I've compared the ones I have. These can get up to about 1680RPM out of my fan controller, and at that speed they're wispy, but gentle on the ears. The flow is strong. <-- Like that?

Cons: Any fan could always be quieter with higher flow, but I'm satiated for now. No matter what, an object moving through air will create friction. A totally floating magnetic fan with a space age, super slick polymer is the best way to go. Point me to that.

Overall Review: Point me to that thing I was talking about in cons. ^

I'm surprised!

ZOWIE GEAR EC1 “White” Optical Gaming USB Wired 2000 dpi Mouse
ZOWIE GEAR EC1 “White” Optical Gaming USB Wired 2000 dpi Mouse

Pros: I just got this mouse and put it through a few hours of Battlefield 2, and I just wanted to help beef up the reviews for it. These are my early impressions. - Great contour, I use the palm grip and this mouse is fantastic for it. Similar to but, better than IME3.0. - Great response and resistence in the buttons. No accidental clicks. - Very interesting scroll wheel. Soft detent clicks, but nice and recognizable. Very even distance between them too. Button press isn't too hard either. - The sensor is excellent. I'm using a razer ironclad aluminum pad, and the tracking is flawless at low sensitivity. I'll be testing it on a goliathus alpha control as well when I get the chance. - The pads are large and it glides very smooth. I'm expecting them to wear out like all other feet from the large amounts of swiping I do, but so far, great glide. Not too slippery, but buttery. - Browser buttons are excellent, even.

Cons: None really for me. I didn't get sweating slippery hands while I was playing. In fact, the ability to pick the mouse up to recenter was one of the best I've experienced. Something to be aware of, the shell of the mouse is pretty thin, and as such, the light for the scroll wheel can bleed through the shell in spots. This can actually look pretty cool in he dark. I'm not sure how consistent this is across all of the mice.

Overall Review: I really dig this mouse. I like the simplicity of it and I like the white color. It splashes against all of the other mostly black computer equipment. Beckoning my hand to cup it. I researched the mouse beforehand and heard that the first batch released last year had a scroll wheel problem. My mouse does not have that problem so it seems that newegg has the fresh batch in stock. If you're looking at this mouse, and you find it attractive and like what it has to offer, I say get it.

Gets too much credit.

Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0
Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0

Pros: - Sturdy shell construction, one thing to look for is how the shell of a mouse can bend if squeezed. It lets you know what the quality of the plastic is. This mouse is very durable as you can squeeze it very hard and nothing moves. - Scroll indents like a gaming mouse should have. That's really the original selling point once most standard mice started changing in favor of smooth wheel inputs. - Reliable tracking. Since it's a low sensitivity mouse when used correctly without acceleration and precision options, it needs to keep up with fast swipes. I have not had a problem. - Simple design allows a comfortable palm grip. I think claw grips only work on small ambidexterous mice to be honest. Claw is never comfortable for me on any ergonomic mouse. - Good button clicks. You get decent feedback from clicking the buttons. Not mushy.

Cons: - Not very customizable. You can assign actions to buttons, otherwise no hardware DPI adjustment, no macroing, I don't believe it has internal memory to retain settings either. - The stock mouse feet are junk. You can use this mouse on a hard surface like your desk or an aluminum mouse pad, but it performs very slowly on cloth pads. It even feels like it could wear a cloth pad out really fast from all of the friction is causes. - Being a low sensitivity mouse, you'll find yourself in situations where you're recentering the mouse a lot. This can get to be a very hectic but necessary process in games. Sometimes when putting the mouse back down on the pad very hard, you will force clicks from the left and right buttons. I haven't experienced that with other mice.

Overall Review: Look, the whole "top rated gamers only use this mouse," that most of you buy into is a gimmick just as much as high DPI and colorful lights. Most gamers in pro gaming circuits nowadays are sponsored by Razer and Steelseries and so on. You really won't find this mouse actually being used. That said, this is still a fun mouse if you want to beat the snot out of it playing super low sensitivity FPS. Most of the time you'll be turning the in game sensitivity up and when you do that you start to rely more on software interpolation and lose some of the inherent hardware accuracy in drawing. That's the whole reason behind higher DPI gaming mice, you get to use the higher speed straight from the mouse with greater accuracy rather than having windows calculate and double/triple your input which can cause lag and mistakes. Go ahead and buy this mouse if you can get it super cheap. It only really seems worth $15 at most. Otherwise you really are better off getting a Roccat.

DairyFarm

RAZER Ironclad Hard Gaming Mouse Mat
RAZER Ironclad Hard Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: I just need to do a follow up on this pad. I've had it for roughly 4 months now. It is an amazing surface. Totally gives me a consistant space to mouse on. I repadded my mouse feet and I got a whole new level of glide out of this pad. I use the mamba mostly right now, but I've also tried my Logitech MX518 which also glides excellently and tracks great.

Cons: If you're dumb, you'll leave crumbs all over that will collect under your mouse and start to dig into this pad with excessive usage. It's not resistant to abuse, it's not made of diamond. You'll hear and feel if something is under your mouse, just wipe it all down.

Overall Review: I know the megasoma has production problems, it's highly possible that the ironclad could have some kind of manufacturing defect as well, but mine has no wear. I spend probably too much time on the computer. I play FPS at anywhere from mid to mid-low sensitivity so I'm swiping across the pad a lot. I don't have any "peeling." As far as I'm concerned, the pad is an aluminum surface with an even matte spray on it, not thick enough to actually peel. So I don't know WHAT the negative reviewers are talking about.