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XTRAC PADS RIPPER XL Optical Mouse pad
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5 out of 5 eggs AWESOME! 08/28/2013

This review is from: XTRAC PADS RIPPER XL Optical Mouse pad

Pros: Huge. Soft. Helps with the accuracy of my Deathadder. Was using a thin harder pad and my wrist would hurt after extended gaming... so more!

Cons: Not really a "con", but it is pretty expensive for a track pad...but I knew that going in and I dont regret it.

Lenovo ThinkPad Bluetooth Laser Mouse
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5 out of 5 eggs wonderful mouse 08/28/2013

This review is from: Lenovo ThinkPad Bluetooth Laser Mouse

Pros: Connected without a hitch. Programmable wheel. Small enough for travel. Pretty stylish. Matte finish for grip... frankly I am very very happy.

Cons: None so far...we'll see how long the batteries last.

Other Thoughts: Bought this for use with my MSI GS70 while the figure out the trackpad issues and while traveling... So far, so good.

MSI 17.3
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I got this last night, so I haven't played with it all that much; however, I already have a couple of things.

-For my first 17” laptop this is almost as heavy as our 15” Dell (which now that we have a new laptop I am going to set on fire).
-Very thin! I am really impressed at the thickness of this laptop. The other laptop I was considering was the Razer Blade (14”), but I was underwhelmed by the screen resolution and the price and specs when compared to this thing.
-Raid 0 SSDs are always awesome, but the real story to meet is how much storage is in this thing. I will probably not do a ton of gaming on this thing, but will use Ableton, Serato, and Traktor. I have a tons of stuff that I need to store on this thing and having the speed of the SSDs and the storage (and decent speed) of a 1TB 7200rpm…that’s hard to beat!
-The keyboard is really comfortable and pretty attractive to be honest.
-VERY QUIET and very cool. Our Dell with a i7-720QM was hot and loud…and generally a piece, but that’s for another review…
-The screen is really great. Little to no glare. Everything looks pretty clean. I will have to play something on here to see what it can really do.

Cons: Now on to the cons…

I don’t particularly care for Windows 8. Honestly, I am going to spend a couple of days attempting to get this thing worked out and then I am going to either load Windows 7 (if possible) or I am going to send this back to MSI…its that bad. I have an Acer Iconia W700 with touch and Windows 8, which is pretty good… So, keep that in mind when you read the following.

-First off the touchpad is intolerable. It doesn’t always pick up your finger movement, but it does a pretty good job of picking up on your palm or arm while typing…this is annoying. Also, the cursor moves super slow at the 80% fastest speed. When you turn up the cursor speed the cursor seems to blink out…not sure what that is all about. Also, at full speed it does like to stay in one place, so you cant select anything while its fast enough to use…this is frustrating.
-In general this thing is almost completely unusable because of all of the switching back and forth between different programs. When you put the cursor in the top right and try to get the cursor down to the settings there is a panel that comes up at the bottom and the right side bar disappears…infuriating… The same happens when you attempt to move the cursor right to left (it may be the other direction). It will start swapping from program to program if you have more than one open…anger… I had to shut off almost all of the finger movement options for the track pad just so that I could use this thing.

In general, besides the trackpad, I biggest cons are Windows 8. I have fought off the iZombies for as long as I can, but I am getting tired of Windows one good, one bad track record (XP, Vista,W7, W8…W9 will be good maybe). I have a Windows 8 tablet that is pretty good, but if you take away touch their OS is s**t… Windows should really think things through with W9. I have friend in IT that are furious about the server/enterprise version of W8 and now I understand why…

Other Thoughts: We will see where this goes. I will be spending the next week trying to figure out how to make this OS suck less than it does now. If I can figure it out I will repost and let everyone know. If I cant do that I will be attempt to install another OS on this thing, send this thing back to MSI (I may cry a little) or sell it (I may cry when I do this too)… Windows 8 in its current iteration is unbearable without touch…and frankly I am not buying this laptop to sissy foot around with touch.


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Display Name: alexander j.

Date Joined: 11/14/06

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  • First Review: 05/03/09
  • Last Review: 08/28/13
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