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John S.

John S.

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Most Favorable Review
Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard
Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard

Pros: It's a logitech keyboard, so it's solid and does what it's supposed to do. The illumination is the best I've ever seen so far, looks great at night and even during the day, not overpowering at all if you're gaming at night with all the lights off, no eye strain after a week of use so far. Several extra/useful media buttons, and the addition of all those G keys which can serve useful in the right programs/games/etc. The ability to assign a series of keystrokes to a G key is a definite winner. The layout in general isn't complicated or confusing. The addition of 2 USB ports, integrated carry handles and wire-routing under the KB are a nice touch. No hand strain after a week of playing Left4Dead for hours on end.

Cons: Pretty wide because of the added G keys, lighting has off/low/high but it says 3 brightness levels which leads one to believe it's off/low/medium/high, sometimes my L key, right Shift key and R key don't work, instructions are a bit lacking, included software covers only the G keys and not the KB as a whole in terms of setting up multimedia buttons, illumination can seem dull if leaning back/looking down at the keyboard, letters are almost not visible at all during the day if the backlighting is off because the letters/symbols/numbers are left clear instead of painted, the windows-button-disable switch feels very cheap, G keys are a bit hard to set up for most users, G keys aren't recognized by games like Left4Dead so instant G key binding is not possible unless the G key is assigned to a normal key which defeats the purpose. The presence of the G keys does make it harder to make the move from one keyboard to this one.

Overall Review: Though there's a list of cons in my opinion, none of them make me regret my purchase. It's a great keyboard, and I'm more than satisfied. The only real problem I have with it is the fact that sometimes keystrokes for certain keys don't register, and I have to tap them again to get them to work. I can't tell if it's an issue or if I need to tap them a little harder. I may just do an exchange and see if the next one has the same issue. With the massive amount of testing I've done just in the week of owning it, I can safely say I would definitely recommend this keyboard to the gamer looking for a nice illuminated keyboard that won't let them down.

Most Critical Review
Razer Carcharias Over Ear PC Gaming Headset
Razer Carcharias Over Ear PC Gaming Headset

Pros: Very comfortable, braided cable, dual jack, great sound, in-line volume and mic control. A fantastic headset...when it works.

Cons: Mic died a few months after purchase, had to pay out of my own pocket to ship it to Razer before they would send me a replacement. The replacement lasted until today, mic died with only 1 month left on my warranty...will have to pay out of my pocket yet again to get a warranty replacement that I'm sure will have the mic fail in just a few months. This 80 dollar headset will ultimately cost me well over 100 dollars thanks to all the shipping charges I paid.

Overall Review: Two brand new Carcharias headsets that had the mics die within the first six months...that's un-acceptable. While they do have good customer support, their products are not reliable at all and are apparently prone to breakage/failure. Spend your money elsewhere, unless you don't mind paying the price for faulty products.

Entry-level for modular PSUs

CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850 W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850 W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Pros: -It's a Corsair -Modular(see cons) -Quiet

Cons: If you're looking for a true modular power supply then you may have to look elsewhere. As with most modular power supplies the 24-pin cable is not modular which is typically expected, but there are two PCI-E cables that are also not modular which was a bit of a let down. They also stick 4 plugs on the molex and sata cables instead of offering a variety, so you'll be stuck with some excess cable/plugs unless you want to modify the cables. Would have been nice to see 1-, 2-, and 4- plug cables for each type. This unit is also slightly longer than its TX850 counterpart. Because of this I can no longer run a fan on the bottom fan spot of my case. Not a big deal to me, but this may help someone in deciding if this is a good fit for them.

Overall Review: Not a bad power supply at all for the money when it's on sale like it is currently, but if I knew then what I know now I would have spent a little more on a different modular power supply since I prefer not voiding my warranty by modding cables.

11/17/2014

Not bad

Lenovo Thinkpad L420 Notebook Intel Core i5-2520M 2.5Ghz - 4GB Ram - 320GB Hard Drive - DVD RW  - Windows 7 Professional
Lenovo Thinkpad L420 Notebook Intel Core i5-2520M 2.5Ghz - 4GB Ram - 320GB Hard Drive - DVD RW - Windows 7 Professional

Pros: Small, lightweight, all the bells and whistles as far as external ports go, sturdy/sharp-edged build quality you would expect from a ThinkPad.

Cons: -No Webcam, though it wasn't advertised with one. -No keyboard light, it was listed as having one. -Weak third-party support for accessories, skins, etc. The T420 was more popular and therefore supported a bit better.

Overall Review: All in all it's a great laptop for the price. First thing I did was apply my own graphic skin to the back of the screen, upgraded RAM to 6GB, and wiped the 32-bit install of Windows 7 Pro for a x64 version. The key you get is OEM and works with any version of Windows 7 Pro, but only Pro. Next update will be an SSD and this laptop will be a screamer.

Not bad

XFX Black Edition Double D Radeon R9 280 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card R9-280A-TDBD
XFX Black Edition Double D Radeon R9 280 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card R9-280A-TDBD

Pros: -Cool -Quiet -Easy to OC -Looks cool

Cons: -Very big

Overall Review: All in all it's a pretty good card. I scored it on sale for $249.99 and it came with a $30 mail-in rebate, AMD Never Settle Space Edition(Gold/3game), and the XFX Mousepad which made it a pretty awesome deal. Lifetime warranty on top of that. Runs much cooler and quieter than my flashed and overclocked XFX 6950.

May be a problem for CPU temps.

CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with Carrying Handle and Windowed Side Panel - Black
CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with Carrying Handle and Windowed Side Panel - Black

Pros: -Plenty of space inside. Very roomy for a mid ATX case. -Plenty of places for fans...2x front, 1x bottom, 1x rear, 2x top, 2x side. -Removable upper HDD cage for larger video cards, but most should fit without having to remove it. -Filtered front panel. -Removable filters on the bottom for PSU and optional fan. -Solid construction and coated interior. -Looks far more refined and professional than the Scout 1. It's a pretty good looking case.

Cons: Warning: Wall of text head! -Power, reset, and lighting buttons aren't included in the top i/o panel. Would have preferred to see those included under that movable dust cover. -Out of the box this case is not very compatible with 240mm rads. The only place you can really mount one without any fabrication to the case would be up top but you have to pick if you want the rad or the fans inside. Both won't fit and one of them will need to be mounted on top outside of the case which means no more cool looking top pop-off plate. You also can't run this as a push/pull setup. Only one or the other. If you want that setup you'll have to remove both HDD cages and run the push/rad/pull setup up front which means you'll have to relocate your SSDs/HDDs. -The side panel fan spots are horizontally stacked at the bottom of the panel and are part of the panel itself rather than the window. With this layout you have two fans throwing air at your video card. No more fresh air to your CPU, or in my case my h50 rad setup that I have mounted as rear exhaust. On the Scout 1 they were part of the window and vertically stacked which shot air at your GPU and CPU...an ideal layout if you run side panel fans. -The two fan spots on the front panel are really low. This has all your front intake air flowing across the bottom half of the case through HDD cages and anything you have in those cages which heavily cuts down on airflow. On the Scout 1 you had one lower front panel fan spot and the option of throwing an upper front panel fan under your optical drive if you knew how to custom-mount it there, this put half your front intake across the bottom of the case and half your front intake air across the top of the case. Those last two cons cause a huge lack of fresh air in the CPU area and forced me to use the rearward-top fan spot as intake and I will probably use the forward-top fan spot as intake as well, but I have to find a way to filter them since they're meant to be exhaust. This will leave me with my rear exhaust(pull<rad<shroud<push) as my only exhaust and the side panel fan spots acting as exhaust vents. I don't plan to have any fans mounted to the side panel because having two fans horizontally stacked so low on the panel seems pointless especially with that bottom fan spot that, if used, throws air right at most video card intake fans defeating the purpose of the side panel fans. Not an ideal setup but it'll work until I get around to a custom side panel window with vertically stacked 120mm fan holes.

Overall Review: Due to the poor side panel design, low positioning of those side panel fan spots, and the low positioning of the front panel fan spots I had to dock this thing two eggs. Cooler Master completely neglected CPU cooling when they designed this case which is a rookie mistake to be making when you're CM.

seller reviews
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Product as described(mostly, actually doesn't have keyboard light but not a big deal), super fast shipping, very happy with my purchase.

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