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This review is from: UtechSmart Venus 50 to 16400 DPI Laser MMO Gaming Mouse for PC - 18 Programmable Buttons, Weight Tuning Cartridge, 12 Side Buttons, 5 Programmable User Profiles Omron Micro Switches
Pros: Overwhelming Array of Customizable Lighting, Effects, and Settings
Sharp Appearance Even When Cold and Dark
Other Thoughts: This mouse was on my wish list for a few weeks to round out the peripheral selection to accompany a new gaming PC build. I was intrigued by the twelve side buttons and the "IGN's Pick" tagline. It went on sale for $27.99 and I took the plunge and placed my order.
I liked it from the moment I unpackaged it. It has two unexpected features that I really like: the rows of side buttons are angled so that buttons 1-6 and 7-12 form slight convex valleys that make navigating by feel much more effective. The Razer 2014 MMO model that I previously owned was a quality product but the 12 side button surfaces were all flush. This mouse also features an extruded shelf underneath the bottom row of buttons that acts as a thumb rest. A simple but ingenious addition that makes gaming with this mouse an absolute blast, especially for the price.
Most enthusiastically recommended.
This review is from: Thermaltake NiC C5 (CLP0608) 120mm Untouchable CPU Cooler
Pros: Good Cooling for AMD FX-8350
Cons: Mounting assembly required improvisation and creativity. Specialized mounting hardware.
Other Thoughts: It was necessary for me to add plastic and rubber washers between the included brackets and plastic spacers in order to close the gap between the lockdown screws and the brackets. The bottom heat sink is thick and I found the included fasteners far too short. A few attempts at substituting aftermarket screws led to me to some fasteners known as socket cap screws that I would not have found without the aid of a sales associate at a home improvement store. After about the eighth or tenth time muscling this monster down with the new fasteners my CPU idle temp effectively cut in half from about 40C to a steady 18-20C. It does take a lot of pressure and torque, but the cooling capacity is there once it's firmly mounted. I set the fan adjustment knob to about 40%.
MSI 970 GAMING AM3+ motherboard, In-Win MANA 136 ATX case is *barely* wide enough to accommodate it.
Pros: Unobtrusive size and design
Included fasteners for mounting to the back of a monitor
Performance is consistent with advertised capabilities
Cons: None at this time
Other Thoughts: My days building custom desktop PCs for gaming are behind me, so I researched options for more compact and streamlined computing solutions. I reviewed Chromeboxes and this device. A local electronics retailer had it on sale for $80.00 even. For the price I decided to give it a try.
I have paired it with an Asus PA248Q monitor - something of an older model, but the four USB 3.0 ports built it to it alleviate the immediate need for bluetooth input devices. At first I tried simply inserting the stick directly into the HDMI port but I couldn't get it to power on. Using the included extension cable seemed to fix that. This monitor's native resolution is 1920x1200, and the Chromebit seems to handle it without breaking a sweat.
It powered on quickly, initial setup and software update was rapid. Web browsing is very fast and the graphics and sound capability seem relatively strong. I have yet to attempt streaming any movies but music plays well. At first I had difficulty getting any sound output from the monitor's speakers. This was remedied by the ultimate realization that the monitor doesn't have speakers - but it does feature a 3.5 mm audio jack. I broke my Sennheiser headphones out of storage and found my audio solution.
Initially I was bewildered by the absence of anything approaching a power button, but I've found that powering on the monitor will also start the Chromebit following a normal shutdown.
So far this seems like the perfect solution for my computing needs now. For the price I am satisfied and impressed.