Joined on 07/18/10
What It Does, It Does Well. But mostly it just doesn't do.
Pros: +Super Solid Construction - This mouse has quality. It doesn't rattle or make noise through normal operation (like moving, banging, throwing against a wall, etc.), save the normal mouse clicks. I am impressed with how secure it is. +Smooth - This mouse glides over my gaming mousepad like it's greased lightning. The sensor has no trouble picking up even small movements, fast and accurate like a cheetah. +Lights and Colors - The color selection is as broad as the universe and the actual replication is wonderful. +Software - Customization options are limitless, with acceleration, polling rate, macros and dpi settings. Careful you remember to actually play the game you bought the mouse for, you could be here all day. +DPI Settings - You can program 2 DPI settings, easy to change with the center key (default) (see Other Thoughts). +Weight - The mouse has a solid, heavier weight to it, just the way I like it (see Cons).
Cons: +Size - As a 6 foot tall guy with average-sized hands, I found this SteelSeries mouse to be too small in the hand. The main problem is the lack of curvature on the top of the mouse. It doesn't keep my hand comfortably arched like other gaming mice at this price point. I eventually could ignore the problem, but my hand hurt after just an hour of use. +Unchangeable Weight - For a mouse at this price point, I would expect, nay demand, the ability to change the weight. Sorry gamers, no luck here. +Medium-Heavy Click - The mouse takes a firm action to click, a little too much pressure for me. +Rubber Cord - Braided cord, please. +Logo Plastic - The clear plastic of the logo looks really tacky with the light off.
Overall Review: +Hand Preference - This mouse is ambidextrous, which I personally did not like. I prefer my right hand to be catered to in comfort and style. But...I concur this is just a preference. +Casing Color - In medium lighting, the red casing is definitely a scarlet color, not the fushia-tinted red as pictured. But I prefer this darker, ominious color anyway. +Side Grips - The ambidextrous grips left and right are plastic, not soft rubber. +No DPI setting indication - You just gotta feel for it. Functionally, I'm impressed with this mouse and its quality. It has the easy-to-access macro buttons, the beautiful DPI sensor and smooth operation I would expect. The build quality, and the software and its integration with other SteelSeries products are incredible. But it just doesn't finish. It's too small and too simple for me. To SteelSeries, I love the quality of this mouse, but I need more functionality. Give me a right-hand mouse with a braided cord and customizable weight at this price, and you got a promoter for life. Overall, I recommend you look elsewhere for a gaming mouse.
Heavy, Works Great, Hard to Install
Pros: + Cools well under heavy loads + Fits in standard ATX case + Nice appearance + Quiet fan but moves a lot of air
Cons: - Fairly difficult to install. Process took almost 30 minutes. Had a very hard time screwing in final mounting screws because of the angle vs. my MSI board’s heat pipes. - Very heavy, which could be a con depending on your usage.
Overall Review: Overall, I’m satisfied with this cooler. Once it was installed, it has been a breeze. You might need to break out some ingenuity to finagle it around your motherboard architecture. I would not buy it again because of my specific motherboard, but your experience may be completely different from mine System… MSI Z87-G41 LGA 1150 Intel i5-4690 Seagate 4TB SSHD Kingston 256GB SSD 16 GB DDR3
If You Don't Care How It Sounds...
Pros: I've always loved ASUS Products, so I was super excited for my new ZenBook. Let’s jump right in! + Aesthetics: I love the look and feel of my ZenBook. It’s light and easy to handle. The faux brushed metal looks professional and will hide scratches. A small bezel makes it easy to focus on the screen. The faint keyboard backlight is a nice touch, and I really appreciate that it didn’t come with a bunch of glamorous stickers and ASUS labels. + Screen Quality: Very high-quality screen for this price point. At bright settings, it really shines, while the blacks stay dark. It does an okay job standing up to glare, sufficient for my needs. + Fingerprint Sensor: Fast and accurate fingerprint sensor. Though it won’t control the mouse, the touchpad is so wide I never bump into it. + Function Keys: It may seem silly that I list this, but function keys aren’t always done right, but they are here. + Ports: Charging port, HDMI, 2x USB and 1x USB-C, SD Card reader, and (oh yeah!) a headphone jack. Perfect! + Speed: But this is really why you are here, and not still looking at that $450 laptop, isn’t it? Well, I can tell you, with the 256GB SSD, Core i5 8th Gen (Mobile) and 8GB of RAM, you get what you pay for. Of course, I’ve had no lag with general multi-tasking (word processing, 20+ browsing tabs, and playing music or videos). I’ve also had no hiccups playing Civ V at Low and some Medium settings. + ASUS RMA Process: I had to have a speaker repaired in my unit. Calling their support center was a surprisingly easy experience. Kudos, ASUS!
Cons: - Speakers: My biggest gripe with the computer is the quality of the speakers. No bass, kinda tin-can sounding. And there’s a very noticeable buzz with a small range of tones (think piano or voice) at anything higher than maybe 50% volume. I expected better from the price-point. - Trackpad: It’s...tacky. Like slightly sticky. And I have to admit, I’m not super impressed with the tracking. It will get a little jumpy especially if my finger is sweaty. And even though the gestures are intuitive, it doesn’t always pick up my multi-touches. - Bloatware: As to be expected with a name-brand product. - Rubber Quality: The rubber pads on the bottom on the computer and on the hinge to keep it from scratching have already gotten a little discolored, which is disappointing.
Overall Review: Overall, I would recommend this product for anyone looking for a Windows laptop that will last more than 3 years (thanks to the very nice specs). I expect my laptop to last 5+ years without issue. It’s not high-end, but it has some high-end quality features. What you will have to overlook or get used to are the cheaper speakers and the not-so-awesome trackpad. If those are really important to you, this isn’t for you. But for everyone else, definitely keep this on your short-list.
Not My First Choice
Pros: Corsair has always been a favorite brand. I’m enjoying this unit for my older home-built. + Quiet: So I tested this out with a mid-level game at maxed out graphics. The PSU fan didn’t even turn on, so it was literally silent. The manual claims a 300W load is needed to activate the fan, which is obviously a little higher than I thought. #celebratesilence + Aesthetics: I personally like the white on black look, some may not though so be aware of what you’re getting, especially if you have an exposed-side case. + Packaging: Man, I felt like I was getting a gift from a millionaire opening this power supply. With an included fabric bag to hold your unused cables and really thoughtful foam packaging, this PSU feels worth the investment before you ever plug it in.
Cons: There were no major bugs or defects in the PSU, just personal preferences. - Wires: I like sheathed wires, don’t get me wrong, but the individual sheathing throws me off. Must be a logic to putting a sheath around every wire, but I still haven’t found out. The included separators work but take a little too much energy for my taste.
Overall Review: For a system that requires the power output of this PSU, I would consider it a good option, but not my first choice. The silence at low outputs is an incredible feature. Put on your cowboy boots, though, and be prepared to wrangle some wires. System Information Motherboard // MSI P55-GD85 CPU // Intel i5-750 Lynnfield (3.73 GHz) Cooler // Corsair Hydro Series H110i RAM // AMD Radeon 16GB DDR3 SSD // Silicon Power 480GB HDD // Seagate 4TB SSHD (DX001) GPU // MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti OS // Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Product as good as advertised!
Pros: This powerline adapter is advertised as a super easy fix for the devices that can't receive wifi (either because of their location or because they lack an adapter). I can vouch that it works as advertised! + Comcast decided to put our internet hookup at the opposite side of our new house from the office - where my nice desktop sits. The router tops out our connection at 27 Mbps (we pay for 25). In the office, wifi speeds drop to about 4 Mbps, while the powerline connects sits at 23 Mbps. That's a drop of only 15%! + Easy setup: As other reviewers have said, it is truly as easy as plugging in both adapters to the wall, then one to the router and one to your internet-enabled device. + Small Form Factor: Using it on a standard wall outlet, it doesn't block the top opening.
Cons: - I don't know if NewEgg will ever stock this product directly again!
Overall Review: The included cables are the same color as the unit - a neutral cream color. Works great with my off-white house paint. At its retail price, this Powerline adapter does its job perfectly. Highly Recommended!