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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Even Quieter Than I Hoped5/31/2021 2:44:59 PM

Pros: Easy to install with the usual self-tapping screws (they supplied six screws ina little bag so you have a couple of extra). Runs very quietly. Moderate price compared to several super-duper fans which are either noisier or move less air.

Cons: Wish we could get this quality in a $5 fan.

Overall Review: Our main PC is both a HTPC and general purpose computer including some gaming. It needs to run quietly most of the time except when I'm doing some intense gaming. The cpu cooler is a Noctua, so we want the case fans to be similarly quiet. This be quiet! Pure Wings 2 120mm is being used as an exhaust fan at the rear of the PC case. According to HWMonitor software, the fan runs at approximately 1150 rpm, and I can only hear it if my ear is up close to the case. From two or three feet away it's silent. Hope it lasts a long time!

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Very Effective - Noticed It Right Away4/16/2021 6:16:39 PM

Pros: Cleans the air very effectively."Auto" setting works great; see below for details.Runs very quietly after it tests the air for about 10 or 15 seconds.Instructions claim filter works for about 2200 hours before replacement is necessary (yet to be tested).

Cons: Doesn't have wheels, but we just placed it a couple of feet in front of the window and left it there, so lack of wheels is not a problem for us.Replacement filter is currently priced $39.99 here at Newegg. May be considered expensive by some, but if it lasts for over 2000 hours then I'd say that's reasonable.

Overall Review: During late February and throughout March we were sneezing several times a day and blowing our noses probably eight times or more. Then this Rosewill air purifier/filter arrived. It was easy to set up and get it running. That same day our frequent sneezing and nose blowing stopped almost completely. Now we sneeze maybe once a day and blow our noses two or maybe three times which seems very normal.It runs so quietly you wouldn't know it's running if it weren't for the soft glow of the light around the top.AUTO setting: This seems to be the best choice. You turn it on and the fan revs u to High while it sucks in air and checks the dust level pm (parts per million). Then the fan slows down gradually as it cleans the air. The digital readout panel on the front of the machine shows what that level is. When the reading gets down to 10ppm or less the fan becomes nearly silent, yet it continues to clean the air. It works so well and so effectively that we are breathing well, and there is no point in using the manual settings (Low, Med, High).Our living room is about 14ft. by 22 ft.. The Rosewill RHAP-20001 is placed near the window at one end of the room and is effective for the entire room as far as we can tell. If you have a larger room you may need a more powerful model.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Still Sets a High Bar for Quality in 20213/25/2021 7:28:03 PM

Pros: One of Logitech's premium models. Produces crisp, clear results. Very good quality 1080p, 720p, or lower resolution, whichever suits your purpose.Great for Zoom, Skype, Houseparty, Facebook Messenger, and three or four telemedicine apps checked by my GF. She prefers the narrower angle of view of the C910 for that purpose. (Did I mention you can select a smaller, square field of view on both webcams?)Wide enough field of view to accommodate two people sitting side by side right in front of the camera, maybe more if you sit a couple of feet further away.Good stereo microphones. Good lighting and color control. (Color often depends on your choice of lighting.)Good choice for streaming while gaming or other live event.Excellent auto-focus anywhere up to about 4 inches from the webcam, so you can show a closeup of any item, document, or move your hand in and out to impress your friends. Exception: lighting can affect the auto-focus. More on that below.Has a standard tripod mounting hole which some may find useful. Does anyone actually use a tripod for their webcam? Most of us just clip it on top of the screen, and the C920 is very secure there.Logitech Capture is free, optional software for producing your own video and for streaming. It won't replace OBS, yet it's easier to use and handles all the basics well and produces good results. Worth checking out. You can download it for free from Logitech website. This software is a significant improvement over the old, long-lived Logitech Webcam Software.

Cons: Doesn't have the privacy cover for the lens which is included on pricier models.Not so much a con but it's common knowledge that the microphones on all webcams including this one pick up some reflected sound from the walls and ceiling of your room. Maybe sit closer, speak softer? Or, spend some extra money on a separate microphone.

Overall Review: Recently, we bought the C920 for me, and moved our older C910 to the GF's laptop so she can do telemedicine video calls with a clearer image and better color than her laptop's built-in webcam. Been testing the C920 on my ACER laptop (with an Intel Core i5 dual-core cpu) and on our main PC (with an Intel Core i5 quad-core cpu). Happy to report it works equally well on both. The camera seems to have a chip inside which processes the video in H.264 format, so your computer's processor doesn't have to work hard to handle it. Good lighting is always the way to go with any webcam, yet the C920 can produce very acceptable results with less than ideal lighting. HINT: Set the background on your monitor screen to use it for lighting. In Windows, right-click on an empty area of the screen and select "Personalize". In the new window select "Solid Color" and choose White or maybe amber if you want a warmer tint on your skin. Keep your video chat or other window fairly small so you're getting a lot of that screen lighting on your face. This is useful anytime, but especially at night, for example.Getting enough light on your face ensures that the webcam's auto-focus works properly. If you're sitting in poor light with a lamp somewhere behind you it makes auto-focus less effective. Remember, low light always reduces the webcam's frame rate so if you don't want jerky video put on some light!Regarding privacy, covering the lens is fine, but what about the microphones? If someone is hacking your camera they can still hear every word you say even if the lens is covered. There are a couple of options: 1. Unplug the webcam when it's not in use. 2. Disable the webcam and, separately, the microphone, in Device Manager.Just a word about Logitech's overall quality. Over the last 8 or 10 years we've owned a Quickcam Ultra Vision, a C270, a C525, and a C910. They're all still in good working order. Even the ancient little low-res ball shaped Quickcam still works. The point is Logitech quality is reliably good. The C910 has the Zeiss glass lens + stereo mics and produces high quality results in any decent lighting situation. The current C920 is very similar and uses H.264 format for quality and acceptable file size. The C920 also has a wider field of view.What about their Logitech Capture software app? It has all the usual adjustments plus picture-in-picture controls, chroma key, and more. Definitely worth a look if you're not quite ready for OBS or others.If you have a special need there are more expensive webcams that offer 60 frames-per-second or even 4K resolution (Logitech Brio springs to mind here). If that's you, be prepared to optimize your system with some pro-quality lighting, microphone, background, etc.Ultimately, Logitech C920 remains the most popular choice in high quality webcams even after eight years on the market. Time tested and approved.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Excellent Lightweight Keyboard2/15/2021 12:32:04 PM

Pros: Lightweight, easy to handle. Works with Logitech's Unified Receiver, so you can run a compatible Logitech mouse and the keyboard off of the same USB receiver/dongle. Large white letters, easy to see in dimly lit room (but no backlight). Battery lasts almost forever. OK, batteries lasted over a year so you'll probably forget the last time you had to change them :)

Cons: No backlight (but that would use more battery). No touchpad built in. Logitech makes another very similar model to this K360 which is longer and has a touchpad.

Overall Review: This is our second K360. The first one lasted about 6 or 8 years, during which it survived lots of moving around, an occasional accidental drop on the carpet, an occasional accidental kick, and a fair bit of pounding on while gaming. All in all, a surprisingly durable yet lightweight piece of gear.

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Small, Lightweight Mouse for Light Duty2/13/2021 12:23:21 PM

Pros: Fits well in smaller hands. Ambidextrous. Battery lasts a good amount of time.

Cons: If you like the feel of a heavier mouse or you have large hands this mouse may not suit you.

Overall Review: If you are a casual, everyday computer user or if you need a small mouse to carry when travelling then this may be a good choice. It's lightweight and has only the usual left and right buttons to click. There are no extra features, just the basics, which will suit many users. If you are clicking all day long for work or clicking hard and heavy for games, please look at a couple of different models: For users who want something more solid but not too large check out the Logitech M525 here on Newegg. For those who want gaming speed (meaning low lag time) try the M510, or go all out with a Logitech G-series "Lightspeed" mouse, also available here at Newegg.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Ambidextrous and Comfortable2/11/2021 10:57:05 AM

Pros: Feels solid,but not too heavy. Fits well in my hand. Easy to use it in left or right hand.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: Logitech's cheapest wireless mice are too lightweight, and their click action sends an unpleasant vibration through your finger over time. Move up to this better quality M525 and you get smoother motion and a positive click action. It feels like it will last a long time. Some websites claim that most wireless mice have too much latency ("lag" time) for gaming, but I game with this mouse every day and have not noticed any lag. YMMV.

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Cost Effective Low Profile Cooling7/12/2020 7:18:44 PM

Pros: Designed to fit in slim SFF cases. Runs quietly. Can be mounted on almost any Intel or AMD cpu from the last 10 years. Effective cooling for up to about 95-watt cpu. Reasonable cost.

Cons: Fan clips are fiddly to attach. The fan itself is all black, not red and white as pictured here on the product page. Won't fit over tall RAM modules, but we know that about low profile coolers, don't we?

Overall Review: Installed this in our HTPC on an Intel Core i5-4590 which had been cooled by a Noctua down-firing cooler. Depending on which direction you orient the cooling fins the fan will also cool either the voltage regulators or the RAM memory modules. Since the i5-4590 doesn't offer overclocking there's no benefit to having extra cooling of the voltage regulators; thus, I oriented the cooler to sit above the RAM. We use low profile RAM so there's no problem of RAM heatsinks interfering with the cooler. There's plenty of air flow over the memory so you could remove tall RAM heatsinks and have "active" cooling for them instead. I predict you're not going to like the fan clips much because they are tricky to clip on properly. At idle, the Raijintek Pallas kept the cpu within 2 degrees of what the Noctua had done before. Under load, the cpu was 3 to 4 degrees warmer using the Raijintek than it was with the Noctua. Even so, it never went above 64 C. Bearing in mind that the Raijintek is over 60% cheaper than the Noctua, I'd say this Pallas cooler is good value even if doesn't have the advertised red/white fan. It does run almost silent most of the time so it's a good choice for small cases and home theater use, but you can forget using it if you plan to overclock the cpu.

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I Posted Under GF's Name by Mistake4/21/2020 3:01:30 PM

Pros: Clean construction and easy to work with. Good airflow design even with the basic two 120mm fans provided. Easy cable management with good space behind motherboard tray and cable pass-through points. Mounting holes on back of motherboard tray for up to five 2.5-inch SSDs or HDDs. Mounting trays for two 3.5-inch drives. Magnetic dust filters at front, top and bottom of case are simple to remove and clean. Side window of tempered glass. Beveled top front edge for easy access to USB 3.0 ports and audio ports.

Cons: Metal side panel could usefully be sound-damped. BUT, the mesh front and top panels will probably negate the benefit of a sound-damped panel, anyway. There is serious competition in this price range from Fractal and other well known brands. Several motherboard standoffs are pre-installed (that's a PRO), but not for the center holes in most ATX boards (that's a CON). So, be prepared to add a couple more standoffs as needed.

Overall Review: This case is definitely easy to work with. By placing the HDD cage down near the bottom it leaves plenty of space for a large graphics card. Mounting all of the 2.5-inch drives on the rear of the motherboard tray means fewer cables fed through into the main area of the case; obviously, this keeps things neat and tidy, as does the bottom mounting with some extra space cable space for the PSU. There are heavier steel cases you can buy, but this one really is pretty sturdy and well thought out for the price. Montech also offers optional RGB fans which show through the mesh. I recommend this case to anyone wanting a spacious mid-tower with an RGB lighting strip and easy system build.

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OK on 2.4GHz But Failed on 5.0GHz3/6/2020 9:09:18 AM

Pros: Small; doesn't stick out from side of laptop and doesn't block adjacent USB port. Pretty good reception on 2.4GHz band. Sensible price.

Cons: Wouldn't stay connected on 5.0GHz band.

Overall Review: We have a reliable Lenovo Ideapad Y500 laptop from 2014 which is running Windows 8.1 Pro. It has only the 2.4GHz band using the built-in Intel Centrino 2230 chip. Wanting to take advantage of faster speeds available from our Comcast/Motorola dual-band router we ordered this small Wavlink Dual Band Nano USB Wi-fi Adapter. The 5.0GHz reception kept disconnecting after a few minutes of use. Made sure we were using the latest available driver from Wavlink, and that the laptop's built-in Centrino wi-fi chip was disabled so it couldn't interfere with the new adapter. It still wasn't reliable on 5.0GHz so I tried using each of the three USB ports on the laptop, namely two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0. Got the same result, no improvement. Next, I connected it to a newer ACER laptop (after disabling its built-in dual-band wi-fi which works great on both bands). Got the same result - 5.0GHz on the Wavlink kept failing. Also, location didn't matter. The problem occurred even when the laptops were placed within ten feet of the router with no obstructions in the way. Sometimes you can fiddle around with new hardware, adjusting inputs, or location, or drivers and get it to work well. Years ago the first gaming PC i built began crashing/restarting soon after installing a new graphics card. With two front fans and a rear exhaust fan it should have enough airflow. However, with the side panel removed the problem stopped. After adding a fan to the side panel location the system ran perfect. Unfortunately, no such luck with this little Wavlink adapter. Sent details to Newegg and they authorized a return for refund along with a shipping label. We've been shopping at Newegg for over fifteen years now and they're always very helpful. Just make sure you provide them with full details when requesting assistance.

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The Ultimate Keyboard - Wireless Done Right11/5/2019 9:25:40 AM

Pros: This review is for the "Clicky" model. Rigid construction. Doesn't flex, bend or make any creaky noise. Just heavy enough to sit firmly on your lap without sliding around. Very useful if you're sitting on the sofa! Has light "clicky" sound when keys are pressed, but it's not loud or annoying. Back-light dims after being idle for several seconds, then turns off after a few more seconds. BUT, the keys still work, so you can start typing again without missing a letter, and the back-light comes on again the moment you press any key. You will quickly learn to appreciate this thoughtful design point. Battery life is good considering the back-lighting and all the tech built into this unit. I clocked it at approximately 18 hours of full back-lit gaming plus another 8.5 hours of full back-lit typing and internet before plugging it in to recharge. It was still working OK when i plugged it in to recharge. Works like any standard wireless keyboard with the included USB receiver/dongle, and also on Bluetooth. Conveniently placed buttons along the top of keyboard offer quick selection of either wireless connection or Bluetooth. The USB charging cable can also be used as a USB extender cable so you can place the USB receiver/dongle out in the open for best reception. Numerous lighting configurations are possible. You can create your own or freely download configurations made by other users. Logitech has set up a nice section on their website for the "G-Series" gaming stuff. Look for G-Series logo, not for general "Keyboards" section. Numerous key macros can be configured and saved for quick selection.

Cons: There really isn't much to complain about here so I'll have to nitpick a little. I wish the battery lasted longer on a single charge. Here's why. We've been using an old Logitech K360 wireless keyboard for at least 6 or 7 years. It has no lighting at all, but it runs for about 2 years on a pair of AA alkaline batteries! So, we're spoiled by (almost) never having to think about batteries with that basic model. Like I said - nitpicking! Regarding setup and configuring of the lighting and macros Logitech needs better tutorials. When I asked a couple of friends who enjoy gaming but are inexperienced with configuring, they struggled when doing the setup. Both felt that clearer, simpler step-by-step instructions would be helpful. One friend who is male finally hit on downloading pre-configured settings on the Logi-G website and liked the result. The other friend is female and very tech-oriented. She figured out her own settings, but commented that a beginner might be hopelessly lost. I like the pre-configured lighting "Desktop" setup that I downloaded; in fact, as a left-handed gamer, I'd say it's a bit better than how I initially configured it, so will stick with the "Desktop" for now, at least.

Overall Review: This is an outstanding design. It does everything right. I'm very familiar with a couple of high quality wired back-lit gaming keyboards made by Corsair, namely the Strafe and the K70, both of which are programmable and very durable. (I pounded the keys on the K70 for over a year, and every key still worked perfectly with no sagging and no failures.) The Strafe is somewhat flexy/bendy/creaky, whereas the K70 is more rigidly constructed. Both Corsair models have Cherry MX keys which have a long travel when you press down. As a result, they can occasionally wobble side-to-side just a little. The G915 keys have medium travel when you press down and they never feel wobbly at all. Score 1 for Logitech. Cherry MX also have a louder and, to me, more annoying "clicky" sound. Score another half-point for the slightly more subtle sound of the G915 keys. Cherry MX keys are so sensitive that if you barely/slightly touch a key adjacent to the key you intend to press, then that adjacent key will be activated, too. Not good when gaming! This is probably the biggest shortcoming of Corsair's Cherry MX models. Have not experienced this on the G915, so score another 1 for Logitech. On the standard wireless connection, key response was lag-free as expected. Also tried it out using Bluetooth with an ACER laptop. Amazingly, there was no discernible lag. Usually, Bluetooth connected devices have a bit of noticeable lag, but no so with the G915 - very impressive. After a few weeks of use you get a pretty good feel for how a product performs. The one thing you can't know is how it will stand up to long-term use. The higher the initial cost the higher my expectations are for the gear to have a very long life. I'll try to provide an update next year .... Overall, the Logitech G915 is the best keyboard I've ever used. It beats the other very good quality Corsair models mentioned above, and it inspires confidence all the time it's in use. If you can afford it this is definitely the one to consider.

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Used It To Clone, Works Great6/13/2019 1:25:41 PM

Pros: Everything needed to install/mount an M.2 SATA SSD is included - case, connecting cord, mini screwdriver and retaining screw for your drive. Speed is OK, it's USB 3.0 which is fine for cloning or even for storing/transferring external data. If you need faster speed, pay more and get a case that features USB 3.1 Gen.2.

Cons: None at the price. This case only handles SATA M.2, not NVMe. Other cases may be compatible with NVMe M.2 drives in addition to SATA M.2, but they'll cost more.

Overall Review: It's a nice little case and it doesn't cost much. The main thing is be careful when inserting your drive into the case. It goes in at an angle, rather like when you install RAM memory into a laptop.

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5/20/2019 11:09:53 AM

Pros: Installed in laptop after cloning. Works perfectly. Install was easy, but needs tiny screwdriver which was supplied with external case I also bought. Speeds are good: Sequential Read/Write measures 556 / 523 MB/sec. on CrystalDiskMark. Random 4K Read/Write measures 28 / 44 MB/sec. on CrystalDiskMark. Measured 4K performance is a little below what the drive is actually capable of, and this may be a limitation of the laptop's motherboard design. Windows 10 v.1803 loads in about 10 - 12 seconds, and apps, games, and Chrome browser all open quickly as expected. Power usage must be pretty efficient; haven't noticed the laptop battery running out any sooner than before.

Cons: Not exactly a con, yet I needed an M.2 external case to be able to clone the existing drive onto the new WD Blue 3D 500GB. Found an inexpensive one here at Newegg. Do a Newegg search for Item#: 9SIAHB07W81435 which is for SATA M.2 drives only. (There are other ext. cases that cost more and will accept both SATA and NVMe drives.)

Overall Review: Our Acer E5-575G laptop from 2016 (Core i5-6200U @ 2.3GHz / 8GB RAM / SATA III / Intel HD 520 Graphics + Nvidia GTX950M) came with a Lite-on 128GB M.2 SATA SSD plus a 1TB Seagate HDD. After two and a half years the the Lite-on was filling up with apps and games, so we decided to get a larger capacity SSD. At first, a 250GB size seemed like the obvious way to go, but SSD prices kept dropping. So, a week or two ago we snapped up this 500GB M.2 from WD for $52.99 on sale. When cloning the existing Windows 10 setup onto the new SSD, Macrium Reflect Free software creates a 128GB partition. After installing the new drive and making sure it works OK, we used Windows Disk Management to expand the C: partition from 128GB to the full 500GB. WD provides a 5-year Warranty which shows they have a lot of confidence in the reliability of the Blue 3D design.

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Revived an Older HP Laptop2/23/2019 6:23:48 PM

Pros: UPDATE: In response to some users expressing concerns about Acronis software when cloning Windows onto a WD SSD, just wanted to mention that if you have a problem there's a good, free alternative. You can always try the free version of Macrium Reflect software. It seems to handle nearly every cloning situation smoothly. The other point is about whether to pay more for a pricey SSD such as the top of the line Samsung or Intel models . If you're giving your SSD very heavy Write workloads day in and day out (lots of video editing, lots of 3D content creation) then I would probably pay the extra dollars. However, everyday computer work, including gaming, has no need for that extra boost on heavy Write or heavy mixed workloads. We've been using SSDs in a variety of PCs and laptops for about 8 years now, and I can tell you there's hardly any noticeable difference in actual performance between any good SSD and a super-duper high-end SSD. So, a solid performer like the WD 3d Blue with its good warranty is really all you need. ORIGINAL REVIEW: A friend's older HP laptop is equipped with a basic AMD A4 or A6 cpu, 4GB of RAM, and an Hitachi 500GB hard drive which was running slow. It took nearly two and a half minutes just to boot up and be ready to use. He did the free upgrade to Windows 10 a couple of years ago, so he has several partitions on the old hard drive. We inserted the WD Blue 3D SSD into an external hard drive case and connected it to a USB 2.0 port on the laptop. Next, we installed the free version of Macrium Reflect and launched the program. Selected the blue link "Clone this drive", selected the WD Blue as the clone-to (destination) drive and clicked Next/Finish/Go/whatever, and let it do its thing. Cloning from the moderately full slow hard drive over the slow USB 2.0 connection took about 45 minutes to complete. Next, we removed the portion of the laptop's bottom cover which gives access to the hard drive and memory, unplugged and unscrewed the hard drive retaining bracket, replaced the old drive with the new WD 3D Blue SSD, put in the retaining screws, and plugged the bracket into the motherboard's connector and replaced the bottom cover. Next, we placed the laptop right side up, connected the power/charging cord, then tapped the power-on button. The laptop reached the sign-in screen in about 15 seconds, and it was ready to use in about another 15 or 20 seconds (lots of programs loading at startup). It runs smoothly and his programs/apps, internet, etc. all open quickly and Windows seems quick and responsive.

Cons: An SSD can't overcome a slow-ish cpu plus a ton of unnecessary apps loading every time the computer is powered on. Still, it's faster than it's ever been before, and some of those excess apps can be disabled from startup.

Overall Review: Here are a couple of brief results from the newest edition of CrystalDiskMark: Seq. Q32T1 Read - 431MB/sec. Seq. Q32T1 Write - 494MB/sec 4KiB Q8T8 Read - 218MB/sec. 4KiB Q8T8 Write - 157MB/sec. A very worthwhile improvement to an older laptop which should provide the user with several more years of quicker-than-ever performance.

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Solid For 1080P Gaming12/5/2018 12:17:48 PM

Pros: Playing most games on very High detail at 1080P. Very little fan noise when not gaming; therefore, it's suitable for HTPC and everyday tasks as well as gaming. Can run in many brand name PCs such as Dell, etc. because it doesn't require additional power. Draws only a maximum of 75 watts, so most 250-watt and higher power supplies in off-the-shelf PCs can handle it. Just plug it into the long x16 PCI-e slot on motherboard and attach retaining screw. Connect your monitor to the HDMI port and away you go.

Cons: Prices have been exorbitantly high for over a year. Only worth buying when price was reduced plus a mail-in rebate. Will probably be obsolete within 2 years for newest games.

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Sleek design, good fit for smaller hands.11/27/2018 3:28:56 PM

Pros: Compared to Logitech M325 this Zalman has better click action. DPI selector button on top gives more precise mouse movement for games. Gave the button one click to get excellent movement in first person shooter games. Feels sturdy without being too heavy. Good value when on sale.

Cons: Default DPI setting is OK for internet but choose a higher setting for games.

Overall Review: Would definitely buy another one at the sale price!

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Flexible, simple, and inexpensive10/28/2018 10:46:30 AM

Pros: Provides crisp, smooth video when connecting our laptop to a 3440 x 1440 widescreen monitor. These newest generation cables handle very high data rates including 4K video. If you just need to play 1080p video or games then you could use a cheaper, older design HDMI cable. Going forward it makes sense to have a cable that handles the latest specs. It's flexible and easy to connect so you can fit into tight spaces. The blue color makes it easy to tell it apart from a black cable plugged in next to it. Blue connectors make it easy to distinguish from other cables.

Cons: none so far

Overall Review: You can buy a basic, older design HDMI cable for less money, but we wanted to be sure to get one that handles higher resolution. This QVS cable gives a great picture and clear sound.

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Par For the Course10/5/2018 7:27:04 PM

Pros: Runs cool and quiet. Retail packaging includes inflated cushion sleeve for protection. For test results see Other Thoughts below. Toshiba has a varied history with regard to 2.5-inch drives. Over the years they supplied millions of spinning hard drives to dozens of manufacturers. Whenever I encounter an old laptop for repair or tuneup it often has a Toshiba HDD of 80GB up to 320GB capacity. Typically, these old HDDs can manage between 30MB/sec. to 35MB/sec. but at least they're still working! (In my experience their 3.5-inch desktop drives, for whatever reason, have a higher failure rate.) In recent years Seagate has established some market share, but Toshiba has remained a top choice for much OEM production as well as replacement hard drives.

Cons: 2-year warranty (should be at least 3-year at this price). A faster Firecuda SSHD 1TB hybrid drive costs only about $10 more and has a 5-year warranty. Does not include mounting screws or a SATA cable even though it's "Retail" packaging. Not really a con, but more of a warning: Be careful to get the exact model number of this drive. The DRAM cache size can vary all the way up to 128MB which this model has. The model numbers look very similar with the exception of one letter. For example, the model I'm writing about is named HDWL110XZSTA and has the 128MB cache, whereas another model HDWJ110XZSTA has only an 8MB cache. The cache size has a significant effect on performance - bigger is better! The model with 8MB cache is 9mm thick which suggests that it's intended for use in older laptops. Newer laptops usually only accomodate 7mm thickness.

Overall Review: I decided to test the Toshiba L200 by using it as an external drive. My 2014 vintage Lenovo Ideapad Y500 laptop (Core i5/8GB RAM/Windows 10) seemed a good place to begin. The L200 drive was inserted into an Orico USB 3.0 2.5-inch external case, connected to the Lenovo's USB 3.0 port, and ran the following test: AS SSD Benchmark 2.0.6821.41776 ------------------------------ Name: TOSHIBA HDWL110 SCSI Disk Device Firmware: 0 Controller: UASPStor Offset: 1024 K - OK Size: 931.51 GB Date: 9/27/2018 8:16:32 PM ------------------------------ Sequential: ------------------------------ Read: 130.56 MB/s Write: 115.89 MB/s Access Times: ------------------------------ Read: 18.614 ms Write: 2.941 ms These are decent, if not very exciting, results. The biggest shortcoming is, of course, the Access Time (Latency). Compared to an SSD or even an SSHD this seems slower than trying to pour molasses in January. Next up, it was moved over to our HTPC. Still in the Orico external case, it was connected to a USB 3.1 v.1 port on an ASRock motherboard / Intel Core i5-4590 @3.3GHz / 2 x 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM / Windows 8.1. This time the test was copying two large video files from a WD RED drive (average Seq. Read speed of 161MB/sec.) to the Toshiba L200. Files transferred: 1 x 33.1GB .mp4 video + 1 x 21.1GB .mp4 video Test 1 - L200 is empty: 130.6MB/sec. avg. (6 min. 57 sec. transfer time) Both files renamed after copying to avoid duplicate file message in Test 2. Test 2 - L200 is 66.7% full: 93.1MB/sec. avg. (9 min. 42 sec. transfer time) As can be seen, the Write speed is almost 30% slower when the drive is two-thirds full. This is perfectly normal for a drive of this type, and 93.1MB/sec. is still a respectable speed when you consider the small platter size, 5400rpm rotational speed, and the fact that it must not get too hot while working in a laptop computer. Touching the slide-on lid of the little external case during this very large file writing task, it felt warm but never hot. It also remained very quiet even though it was working at maximum Write speed continuously on large sequential files. I doubt you'll ever be able to hear it spinning in normal use. The L200 1TB can be recommended for use as a replacement HDD in a laptop or gaming console. Alternatively, if you have a spare external case you might use this drive for storing backups. I notice that you can get a very robust 2TB WD My Passport true portable HDD for about $14 more than this Toshiba, so in spite of its 128MB cache the Toshiba L200 seems overpriced. Look for a price drop to make this model more competitive.

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Good Price and Good Performance9/8/2018 6:18:49 PM

Pros: Arrived within two or three days of ordering. Plugged it into a Windows 8.1 PC (ASRock Z97 Extreme4 motherboard - 2014). Windows recognized and installed it; didn't need to use the driver disk that came with the Bluetooth adapter. Paired it with my Samsung Galaxy J320A phone (Android). To send a photo from phone to PC, right-click on Bluetooth icon in the PC system tray and select "Receive a file". Then, on the phone select the photo and tap the share icon (3 dots in a triangle shape), and choose Bluetooth as the sharing method. Progress bar appears on PC display screen and 3.2MB photo transfer takes a few seconds.

Cons: If the PC, phone, and Bluetooth adapter would let me simply say "send this photo to the computer" and handle it without me clicking, tapping, etc. it would be even better!

Overall Review: This little adapter works much better than one we tried a couple of years ago. That earlier one cost twice as much but only worked half as well. I recommend this Bluetooth adapter from Bailink Dream. It has has good range, it's easy to use, and the price is very reasonable.

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Inexpensive 2TB7/16/2018 9:50:04 AM

Pros: Packaging is good - a protective inflated envelope just big enough to hold the hard drive, inside a box just big enough to hold the inflated envelope. This protection is as good as retail packaging. I credit Newegg for this. Hard drive prices keep dropping. This is currently the cheapest 2TB you can buy at Newegg. Been using it for a couple of weeks and it's quiet. With the drive new and empty it shows very good Sequential speeds, while Random 4K speeds are the usual very slow results. Test results: ----------------------------------------------------------------------- CrystalDiskMark 6.0.1 x64 (C) 2007-2018 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World : ----------------------------------------------------------------------- * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 212.699 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 213.907 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 0.795 MB/s [ 194.1 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 1.865 MB/s [ 455.3 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.772 MB/s [ 188.5 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.184 MB/s [ 289.1 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.698 MB/s [ 170.4 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.000 MB/s [ 244.1 IOPS] Test : 1024 MiB [D: 0.0% (0.2/1863.0 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2018/07/16 9:14:24 OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 17134] (x64)

Cons: Toshiba doesn't have the greatest track record for support, RMA, or longevity, especially when it comes to bulk drives (non-retail packaging). To maximize its lifespan, set it to spin down after being idle for a short time. See "Other thoughts" below.

Overall Review: Set hard drive to spin down when idle: In Windows 10, right-click the Start button and select Power Options in the popup menu. Under Related Settings click on Additional Power Settings. Click on Change Plan Settings, then click on Change Advanced Power Settings. Click on Hard Disk/ Turn off hard disk after .... and set it for 2 minutes (or longer if needed for your purposes). Click Apply/OK to exit. We had a Toshiba PH-3200 7200rpm 2TB model which died after 3.5 years. It was used as a secondary data drive and was never worked hard. As you can imagine, that did not inspire confidence in the "P" series of 7200rpm drives. This new one may be better or simply more of the same. Time will tell!

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Helps Protect Against Malware or Ransomware Attack6/17/2018 1:55:51 PM

Pros: Backup your PC or laptop onto the Toshiba portable drive, then unplug it. If ransomware strikes, your backup is safe because it's not plugged in. Then you can reformat the infected drive and restore your system from this portable drive. **See "Other thoughts" below.** Small, portable, and colorful. Choosing a bright color might help you easily identify it in a pile of portable drives or in the parking lot if you dropped it. Free software on website for easy, convenient data backup and password protection security for data. Canvio "Advance" is the middle-of-the-range model of Canvio portable HDDs. Compared to Canvio "Basics" model the Advance gives color choices, free software, and a LONGER WARRANTY. Sequential Speeds are competitive with other brands. Notice that the Random Write speeds are pretty good considering it's not an SSD: CrystalDiskMark 5.2.1 x64 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 144.007 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 136.662 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.582 MB/s [ 142.1 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 7.107 MB/s [ 1735.1 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 143.837 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 152.442 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.460 MB/s [ 112.3 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 5.105 MB/s [ 1246.3 IOPS]

Cons: Warranty could and should be longer. For just a few dollars more you could get the Canvio "Premium" model.

Overall Review: Canvio "Premium" model for a few dollars more offers a 3-Year Warranty and a sturdy all-metal case (but you lose the color choices). It also comes with a USB 3.1 Type-C adapter for use with the new generation of laptops and desktops. User reviews for the Basic, Advance and Premium models all show very similar performance numbers for speed. It's reasonable to believe that the actual drive inside all three models is the same. Yet the warranty varies from 1-year, to 2-year, to 3-year. Check prices to see if the Premium is almost the same price with its 3-year warranty, metal case, and Type-C adapter. The Advance and Premium both offer the backup software and password protection software free on the Toshiba support website. The Basic model with its miserly 1-year warranty lacks the software option. **Regarding ransomware protection you may want to create a "System Image" type backup on this drive of your Windows or other system. If disaster strikes, whether it be boot drive failure or some nasty malware or ransomware, you can use the System Image backup to restore Windows or another operating system. (In some situations you may also need a Windows Repair Disc which you make separately.) For several years we've been using a WD My Passport Ultra 2TB portable HDD at home. Can only hope this Toshiba model proves to be as rugged and reliable as the WD. Time will tell!

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There's No Going Back Now ....4/13/2018 1:43:51 PM

Pros: UPDATE 04-13-2018: This exact same model has been re-launched on a new product page here at Newegg at a significantly lower price! It's now listed as Item#: N82E16824276594 . It's so new there are as yet no reviews. UPDATE 03-29-2018: Have been gaming and doing internet, productivity, etc. for a year now on this monitor, and it's been very stable and reliable. The moderate backlight bleed in the corners of the screen have not changed; the only time you notice them is when there's no display / black screen. It's not noticeable at all during normal use and that includes gaming. And, speaking of that, a lot of gaming recently has been with a GTX 1050Ti. With screen res. set at 3440x1440 and detail set at Med. to High, the framerate can vary from the 60's down to the 30's fps. And yet, there is no stuttering or flickering and no tearing. Gameplay remains nice and smooth UNLESS the framerate drops into the low 20's fps. This is a fantastic result for a budget gamer's G-card, and it really demonstrates the positive quality of G-Sync technology. Let me repeat that once more: no flickering, no stuttering, no screen tearing. I received this monitor for review. All findings are based on connection to a gaming PC via the DisplayPort 1.2 cable included in the carton. First and foremost, the OMEN X 35-inch is a simply awesome gaming monitor. Using G-Sync there is no screen tearing or stuttering (assuming your graphics can handle your chosen game settings smoothly). So, you get the best of both worlds. No need to use V-sync and risk stuttering, and no putting up with screen tearing that sometimes happens with V-sync turned off. The curved screen is really something when gaming. It gives you a sensationally wide field of view. If you sit up close to the screen (I don't) it almost completely fills your peripheral vision. Even when sitting about 30 inches from the screen you are drawn into the game, and the rest of the room fades away. At the risk of repeating myself .... it's an AWESOME GAMING MONITOR. Almost imperceptible motion blur. (See below.) Color profile options: Warm, Neutral, Cool, etc. Viewing Modes: Night, Movie, Photo, 3 Gaming modes, and a Custom. Also worth mentioning, there's a "Low Blue Light" setting which warms up the color and is supposed to reduce eye strain as well as allowing your psyche to wind down more quickly after a long session in front of the monitor. Naturally, I had my gamer friend Dr. Freud verify this finding .... Featuring both Displayport and HDMI input jacks, you can use this monitor with two separate computers if you wish. Just press a button on the right side of the monitor, select Input Control then choose HDMI or Displayport. You could hook up one for internet usage and keep a second computer securely off the internet to help avoid malware. Or, use the second input for a laptop to get a bigger display. There may other uses, too, such as monitoring a security camera, etc.. Easy height adjustment. With one hand atop the display panel and the other hand under the bottom edge the screen glides up and down smoothly, and stays there when you let go. Easy tilt adjustment. Tilt it forward (down) about 5 degrees or tilt it back over 20 degrees. Stand is removable for wall mounting; comes with a VESA mounting plate accessory. Cables included: DisplayPort, HDMI and USB 3.0 A-to-B. Color alert - the DisplayPort and HDMI cables are red! 3 x USB 3.0 ports on rear panel plus an upstream port to connect those inputs to the computer (See below for results.) A handy headphone jack on the left side panel is complemented by being able to hang up the headphones on the monitor's central support pillar behind the display when not in use. External power supply brick means no funny noises emanating from the monitor itself.

Cons: Panning side to side while in-game reveals a slight amount of motion blur, but it's so small you barely notice it. This finding is based on having G-sync enabled on both the monitor and the graphics card. It's possible that a different Nvidia g-card may provide different results. Selectable viewing modes include: Gaming-Racing, Gaming-FPS and Gaming-RTS. But, they show hardly any difference other than slight changes in screen contrast. Should G-sync work differently on these various settings? If so, I didn't experience it. Backlight bleed: On my sample there is what appears to be some backlight showing around the edge of the display in several places. It doesn't extend very far in and, when viewing anything other than a blank dark screen, I can't see any bad effect on the image on the screen. Warranty is 1 year. Seriously, for a monitor costing 10 times as much as a typical 24-inch model you might be forgiven for hoping the maker would provide at least a 3-year warranty. One egg removed from rating because of this. Of course, on their website they do offer extended warranties at extra cost. *Support* - so far there is none. The product description says that a CD containing a User Guide is supplied in the carton. After a careful search I confirmed it was not included with my sample. Was hoping for some details of the various viewing/gaming modes, but no such luck. At the HP website the only support available for this model is a data sheet. There is no user guide or other downloadable information. The very nice support rep on the HP chat window was also unable to find anything. Draw your own conclusion. One more egg removed from rating because of this. There's no indication this monitor supports AMD's FreeSync. I say this as an observation, not as a criticism. The price! You can build a pretty good system for what this display costs but, hey, you can always sell some of your furniture and appliances and buy this monitor.

Overall Review: Using the supplied HDMI cable I connected up to a 2016 ACER laptop with Core i5 and Nvidia 950M graphics. The Input Control button on the right side of the monitor lets you select Displayport or HDMI input. With HDMI selected the laptop's display was instantly duplicated on the OMEN X screen at the laptop's native resolution of 1980x1020p. Pressing FN+F5 on the laptop keyboard brought up a menu of display options: Laptop only, Duplicate, Extend and Second display only. Windows 10 display options menu listed a variety of available resolutions, and I selected 3440x1440 which then filled the OMEN X screen as expected. The laptop display became "letter-box" to accomodate the 3440x1440 on its own screen. The only glitch was that sound from the laptop was automatically sent to the OMEN X which has no built-in speakers. This was easily resolved by going into Windows Sound properties and selecting the laptop speakers as default instead of OMEN X. USB ports on rear panel: very convenient, of course, but do they introduce any lag? Fortunately, the answer is no. Mouse action and keyboard action are as quick and precise as they were when connected directly to my PC. Result is based on using a G-Skill Ripjaws mouse (the one that looks like a Transformer) and Corsair K-70 Lux keyboard. Ambient light softly glowing down onto the OMEN logo on the stand base doesn't measurably improve your gaming prowess, but it looks cool so who cares? Also, you can choose the color of the ambient glow. Finally, we come to the biggest dangers of gaming on the OMEN X 35-inch monitor. Spend just a couple of days playing your favorite games on the R1800 curved widescreen with G-sync enabled and there's no going back. You will be HOOKED. Furthermore, you'll be wanting to upgrade that graphics card so you can run higher detail game settings at 3440x1440. OK, game on!

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Basic Budget Recommendation3/26/2018 2:08:12 PM

Pros: Enough power for a basic PC with, say, an SSD, an HDD, a DVD, and a graphics card that runs on a single PCI-e 6+2-pin connector. Reasonably efficient when running from 30% to about 80% of rated power (i.e., a typical load for many users). Runs quietly while cruising along on normal tasks. Sleeved cables with sufficient length for mid-tower use. Corsair is a trusted name brand. My old Corsair TX-750 lasted about 7 years in a power-hungry gaming rig before it began to sag under heavy load.

Cons: Doesn't reach 80+ Bronze or 80+ Silver efficiency standard which would provide higher efficiency over a wider range of power draw. Lack of modular design (i.e., plug-in cables) means some effort will be required to tuck excess cables out of the way. Also, the cables are fat and round so they are bulkier than flat cables that may come with a fancier power supply. In spite of Corsair's claim, this unit's fan is pretty noticeable when it's under load. It adds some extra roar to the noise from the graphics card fan(s).

Overall Review: Needless to say, choosing a low cost power supply such as this allows those on a tight budget to spend more on other components. Just be aware of its sweet spot and its limitations. Typically, a factory will build a batch of power supplies, then run a series of tests to grade them. Those which fall below certain thresholds will be given a lower rating or designation. This one i have drops off quickly in efficiency below approximately a 30% load and also above 80% load. It's still fine as an everyday psu, but look elsewhere if you seek high energy efficiency and low heat emission.

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Good For Tall Slim Gamers; Others Look Elsewhere3/14/2018 11:09:56 AM

Pros: The best features are 1) the adjustable, removable lumbar support and 2) the forward-mounted pivot point under the seat for reclining. The lumbar support is a well made cushion which is firm enough to offer good support yet cushy enough not to hurt your back. It attaches to the chair using two elastic straps which can be adjusted to move the support cushion up or down to fit the hollow of your lower back. The recline feature is actually quite brilliant. Most office chairs recline from a central pillar directly under the center of the seat/ This naturally causes your feet and legs to be raised the same amount as your bottom is lowered. The Gamdias Achilles pivots from near the front of the chair; so, you rock back and your bottom goes down as usual but your feet & legs are only raised a little. This allows you to recline more comfortably. It may not sound like a big deal, but if you try it you're bound to be impressed.

Cons: There are two models - Large and Small (or is it Long and Short?). This Large model will only suit people at least six feet tall or more. At it's lowest height setting a person who is, say, 5'8" to 5'10" will find their toes barely touching the floor. In other words, if you're under 6' you'll need a footrest. Since almost every good, comfortable office chair has a much fuller range of height adjustment it's difficult to justify paying this much for such a narrow range of adjustment. What were they thinking? Looking closely at the product description here on Newegg i see nothing that would indicate this limitation. Imagine buying the chair, discovering it's unusable for you, then having to pay a 15% restocking fee to return it! And, that doesn't take into account the fact that you'd have to dismantle it completely and repack it. The second problem, potentially, is that the raised sides of the seat will not comfortably accommodate anyone who is heavy set or simply "wide in the beam". There is no adjustment for this whatsoever. The description says the Achilles supports up to 440 lbs. This is laughable because anyone who is much above half that weight will be unlikely to sit comfortably on the raised sides of the seat cushion. Was this chair designed by basketball players FOR basketball players?

Overall Review: I emailed Gamdias to ask if they could supply a shorter central pillar/gas tube which would effectively lower the seat cushion height. Having received no reply after 7 days I emailed again. This time they sent a prompt and very polite reply telling me it was not possible to substitute any parts. I've been using a standard "manager's" chair from our local office supply store for several years. It has a high back, good cushioning, and a good range of height adjustment which exceeds the Achilles range of adjustment by several inches, making it suitable for people from short to tall. It also accommodates persons both wide and slim, and it cost about $89 as I recall. I've had it about eight years and it's still OK. I like the Achilles chair and it's lights are pretty cool (as long as you're sitting with your back to the room; otherwise, no one can see them), but it's hard to justify its price with the limitations imposed by the design. It's certainly solidly constructed and will give years of service if you're tall and slim!

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Good Add-on Card If You Do It Right11/27/2017 8:55:38 AM

Pros: UPDATE April 2017: Please see Other Thoughts below. Adds 2 extra SATA ports to your system at low cost. Upgrades older SATA II systems from 280MB/s max. speed up to 380MB/s.

Cons: none at the price

Overall Review: UPDATE April 2017: Some users experience problems so here are some tips. 1. There are so many different motherboards and chipsets - this card will work with most of them if you install it correctly. 2. Windows "generic" drivers often work best with this card instead of the maker's "Asmedia" drivers. So, always let Windows install drivers first and see if that works for you. 3. This card was designed back in the Windows 7 days. I have used it with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on motherboards made by ASUS, ASRock, Intel, and ECS. These were all with Intel cpus. 4. Make sure the card is fully seated / plugged into one of the very short PCI-e x1 slots (not the older, longer PCI slot). 5. Don't connect a drive immediately. Plug in the card and boot up the computer. Let Windows install generic drivers, then restart the computer. AFTER Windows has fully booted up check that the card appears in Device Manager and that there isn't a yellow exclamation mark beside it. This confirms that the card is properly installed and recognised by Windows. Then, shutdown the computer fully and connect a drive or drives to the SATA port(s) on the card. 6. If you are connecting a boot drive (a drive that has your operating system on it) you MUST go into the BIOS (or UEFI) IMMEDIATELY when you power on the computer. Usually, this is done by pressing the either F2 key or DELETE key. Check your motherboard user manual if in doubt. In the BIOS go to the BOOT tab or screen and make sure your boot drive is selected as the 1st drive or Primary drive. Then select Save and Exit in the BIOS menu (or hit F10 key). Failure to do this may cause Windows to not boot up, and may even corrupt the Master Boot Record (MBR). 7. This card has a single "lane" of bandwidth so your SSD maximum Sequential Read speed will top out somewhere around 380MB/s to 410MB/s depending on the motherboard. If you want faster speed, consider using a card rated as "x2" or higher. That means it has 2 lanes of bandwidth and can go faster. It also costs more. And, it plugs into an x4 slot or bigger because motherboards don't actually have x2 slots, OK? This point has been made clear before but some users still buy the card then complain of the speed limitation. Do your homework before you buy! 8. Some reviewers mentioned disappointing speeds of around 210MB/s or less. They mentioned motherboards such as Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R and ASUS P6T. Please note that these boards' PCI-e x1 slots are the old PCI-e rev.1.0 and are, therefore, only half the speed of PCI-e rev.2. (Many boards from that era have a PCI-e x16 slot which is PCI-e rev.2, but they cheap out on the x1 slots!) The rev.1 cuts the speed in half compared to rev.2. An example of the faster cards would be SYBA SD-PEX40054 which is available here at Newegg and there are many others. Don't forget to boot into BIOS after connecting a boot drive to this card and make sure it is selected as the "first boot device"; otherwise, Windows won't boot up!

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Even Better Than the Corsair Strafe11/1/2017 10:49:50 AM

Pros: UPDATE 11-01-2017: Over a year of pounding on this K70 in FPS games mostly, and it's still as good as new. No sagging keys, no hit-or-miss response, etc. In short, it still works great. Definitely built to last. Should also mention I've used it with Windows 8.1 as well as Windows 10, both OK. ORIGINAL REVIEW 7-11-2016: All keys are light touch with very quick response (1ms polling interval, adjustable). Sturdy metal plate in the frame. It doesn't creak or bend - it's solid. Less expensive models with all plastic frames aren't quite so solidly made, although the key action may be similar. Highly customizeable using the free downloadable Corsair Utility Engine software (CUE). More on that below. CUE software not necessary for basic use in typing or gaming, but extremely useful. Large fonts on all letter & number keys are easy to read so you don't need the backlight to be very bright in order to see clearly. Clickety-clack sound of Cherry MX key presses provides audible feedback even during very light touches on the keys. Braided dual-USB cable completes the heavy-duty construction.

Cons: Slight accidental touching of a key next to the one you intended will register in addition to the intended key, but that's a given on any truly responsive light-touch keyboard. Clickety-clack sound of Cherry MX key presses provides audible feedback and may drive nearby people away! Some may feel this is a Pro rather than a Con. Pricey. It's fair to say you get what you pay for, and i feel this Corsair K70 LUX justifies its price. One may also point out that a perfectly serviceable Logitech or Microsoft wireless keyboard & mouse combo for everyday use and basic gaming can be had for around $25 right here on Newegg. However, those basic combos simply can't "get you into the game" like the Corsair K70 LUX can. The online User Guide has plenty of detail, but it lacks a step-by-step walkthrough tutorial with examples which would help accelerate the learning curve for those not already familiar with how to customize gaming software. This may be nitpicking, but a couple of friends were put off by the complexity of setting up Profiles, multiple Modes, and Actions. Check on Youtube for possible tutorials if you feel the need.

Overall Review: I recommend this keyboard if you want to invest in a really versatile, solidly made unit for longterm use. It has lots of useful features in addition to those already mentioned above. Here are a few of them: Keyboard Software "Corsair Utility Engine" (CUE for short) - Downloaded from downloads page CUE is about 85MB in size. Although every app is different, a program this size usually takes only a few seconds to install when using a modern cpu and an SSD, but CUE needed closer to 45 seconds (a guess-timate). When launched, the software immediately notified me of a firmware update for the K70 keyboard. It took about ten or twenty seconds to contact the server and install the update, no problem. Begin customizing by clicking on Profile in the main CUE window. Basically, you browse to the .exe file of a game and click to select it. This creates a Profile. Next, within that Profile create a Mode for each player or for each character if your game allows it and customize as desired. Next, within that Mode select multi-key combination(s) to create a macro Action(s) while playing the chosen character/Mode. Next, within that Mode, select lighting for selected key combinations/Actions to aid you when playing. Intricate and complex settings are possible if you go through these steps. You can change or readjust any of these later after trying them out. Random example: A game is shared by you and another person. One of you is left-handed and the other is right-handed. In the game's Profile, create a separate Mode for each player with one using W/A/S/P for movement while the left-hander uses Arrow keys. You'd also adjust other in-game action keys appropriately, of course. Volume Roller - a conveniently placed Windows volume control which is shaped like a little tube with a textured surface. Use your thumb or finger to roll it and precisely increase or decrease volume. Located just above the number pad keys makes it easy to reach. Right next to it is a Mute button. Rating - this gadget is a useful feature. Windows Key Lock - Tap this key to lock out the key with the Windows logo on it. Very useful for avoiding unwanted in-game interruptions. Rating - another useful feature. Wrist Rest (detachable) - Depending on the height of your keyboard shelf this wrist rest bar may be indispensable for long gaming or typing sessions. In my case the keyboard is located a little below where my forearms rest so the wrist rest bar is redundant. USB port on rear edge of keyboard - Handy for connecting a wired mouse or quickly accessing any USB device. If you connect a matched Corsair wired gaming mouse you can customize it/program it with the keyboard's CUE software - a nice combination! The keyboard connects to your PC using two USB plugs which accomodates the mouse or other USB device you plugged in without interfering with rapid response of the keyboard. Rating - good if only because it saves a USB port on the back of the PC for connecting another device. N-Key Rollover (or Full Key Rollover) - This feature allows you to tap multi-key combinations which every gamer knows is very useful. Without N-Key Rollover, Windows will execute two or maybe three of the keys you pressed and ignore the rest which would be disastrous when you're trying to crouch, reload, sidestep and then fire all in rapid succession. The keyboard software also allows you to disable this feature when using a computer with an old BIOS that may not support N-Key Rollover. Rating - can't do without it on a gaming keyboard! Polling Rate Selector - A switch on the rear edge of the keyboard (next to the USB port) which allows you adjust the polling rate to 1ms, 2ms, 4ms or 8ms. I like even numbers so i have it set on 2ms. Rating - good, but why not just leave it on 1ms or 2ms?

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