Joined on 12/20/07
Rosewill RMS-16001 Monitor Mount
Pros: Everything you need in a single monitor mount Very adjustable stand. Moves up and down, tilts, and rotates side to side. Check the specifications for details on all of the different angles and combinations of movement it can provide. Comes with 2 different ways to attach the mount to a surface. One method requires a hole through the surface, the other uses a clamp to clamp down on the edge of a surface. The mount held firmly to my desk and offered good stability while typing on the desk. Two different sets of screws are included for different kinds of monitors. All parts, screws, instructions, and even tools (screw driver, hex wrench) come in the box. Quick, easy, and straightforward installation Probably the most important thing about this mount is if it can hold up a ~10 pound monitor and I am very happy to report that yes, it does. Strangely, it seems that you turn the screw in the minus (-) direction to add tension to the mount’s arm. Black color matches both of my monitors and likely many other monitor models on the market Cable management clip on the back of the monitor mount
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: Tested this monitor mount with an ASUS VE247H 23.6" Monitor. My monitor is 9.7 pounds (4.4 kilograms). There is a mutli-monitor gas spring arm model by Rosewill as well. Because of the height at which I have my monitor mounted, I use it along side my 27” monitor. I can also stand up and adjust the 24” monitor to standing height. And best of all, I can tilt the monitor to be viewable from my bed.
Pros: blue backlight
Cons: first keyboard bricked during firmware update. after rma, second one's backlight died after computer went to sleep. ultimately exchanged for logitech g110
Overall Review: this keyboard is ridiculously loud. its like using a typewriter. you can hear it from 20 ft away, through walls.
No frills. Just a great mouse
Pros: - Very light and responsive. Smooth to operate - Comfortable, especially for a fingertip grip like mine - Good price- much less expensive than other gaming mice
Cons: - I'm not crazy about the placement of the forward/back buttons and have found myself accidentally pressing them. They are also not prominent which make them harder to feel around for. May just take some getting use to
Overall Review: I had a Razer Imperator mouse for several years. Then a Corsair Glaive for several years. This mouse is less expensive and has all the same features. It doesn't look like a spaceship like some of the more expensive gaming mice.
Photoshop: still leading the pack in photo editing
Pros: Photoshop is an industry standard for photo manipulation and retouching. Operations that would have taken a skilled user a considerable amount time to do can now be performed by a novice user with a few clicks of the mouse. The new features that Adobe Photoshop Elements offer are great. You can: make people who blinked during the picture open their eyes, remove red eye, create a smile on someone’s face, remove or reposition objects in the photo, remove haze from nature photography, correct camera distortion. Adobe has improved auto selection and a plethora of other tools that are critical to photo manipulation. Step by step instructions for the causal user and the program offers options to play with for people who want eek every bit of customization out of the software. No subscription required.
Cons: I believe last year this came in a bundle of both Photoshop and Premier. I wish we got both for the $100 price tag Photopea is a great free alternative to Photoshop. Photoshop will always lead the pack of photo editing software, but free up-and-comers are coming closer and closer to offering almost all of the features of Photoshop.
Overall Review: Photoshop is an ever evolving product that has been a standard for photo editing for over a decade. They've experimented with a subscription based model for pricing and are once again offering their software for a 1 time fee. I'd much prefer the 1 time fee. Photoshop will have to keep coming out with new and exciting features to stay ahead of the free alternatives which cover all the basics of photo editing. When you buy Photoshop you are buying ease of use and product support- buying into a large community of people using the product and offering tutorials and help.
Good entry level case
Pros: Like that the side panels come off with thumb screws. Case can be taken apart without screwdrivers Love the magnetic dust guards for easy cleaning Like that it does not bother to include CD drive bays The case is lightweight and good size- not too large. Easier for transport than most desktop cases. Like the sleek black case with LEDs and control for the LEDs on the front of the case. Buttons have a satisfying click which gives a sense of confidence that they won’t break soon. Rubber grommets provide some buffer for the glass panel between the case and the glass
Cons: Front is quite hard to take off- you need to undo both sides and squeeze some plastic snaps to take the front off. I wish there was a quick release that did not require removal of side panels. Especially because the front dust cover came installed backwards. You could install the dust cover onto the front of the case- that way taking the cover out won’t get dust all over the inside of the case. Manual is not very descriptive in how to take the case apart. Only two spinning disk hard drive bays Cable management space in the back of the case is not very large SATA SSD cage - showing a bit of age as newer M.2 drives seem to be more popular in new builds
Overall Review: Comparing this case to a 650D which is a much larger, heavier case Standard two fans come with the case. Standard 2x USB and 2x USB 3.0
Cant recommend this seller
Missing USB-B cable from order of $700 monitor. Seller did not offer any form of reimbursement. Contacted seller about matching a sale price that was issued days after my purchase. Seller would not offer any compensation. I will avoid doing business with this seller in the future.