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Gunsmith 27th June 2006, 13:10 Quote
hmmm the can cooler is tempting......
hitman012 27th June 2006, 13:14 Quote
That Microsoft keyboard is very good value for what it is. Their hardware is always quality - definitely worth buying.
logan 27th June 2006, 13:18 Quote
DougEdey 27th June 2006, 13:23 Quote
Only £4 more then my standard one. Couldn't believe the build quality on this KB.

Will have to get it when I get my job started!
quack 27th June 2006, 13:23 Quote
Very tempted by the MS keyboard for work. :)
excession 27th June 2006, 13:42 Quote
What's the button on the top right of the MS keyboard? Just above the number pad? :o
olly_lewis 27th June 2006, 13:43 Quote
That Microsoft keyboard is a nice looking, ergonomic keyboard, does it come in a wireless option? Though even if it only comes in a wired config, it still is a nice looking and styled keyboard.

Also, that media man external HHD enclosure/ encoder looks quite nice, but the price neends to drop like a lead balloon. The design is a biut hit and miss but the remote is a nice looker and looks like it will fit in a hand quite snuggly.

But the best item on the desk this week, has to be the Coolit beverage chiller, fts nicely on desk and beats a minifridge for price and size, every time....
Captain Slug 27th June 2006, 14:06 Quote
<- still uses a ball mouse
Veles 27th June 2006, 14:25 Quote
THat drinks cooler sounds pretty cool, tempted to try and find one of those.
BioSniper 27th June 2006, 14:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by excession
What's the button on the top right of the MS keyboard? Just above the number pad? :o

A quicklaunch key for the calculator. ;)

I have a Comfort Curve and its pretty darned nice, I think I bought it a fair few months back from amazon for about a tenner (its gone up on there now, doh) though I find the proper split ones more ergonomic and didnt like the laptop keys much (at first) having now used it for about 4 months I can say its pretty nice to use.

If you get one beware: It gets bloody dirty bloody quickly. unless you clean your keyboard regularly after about 3-4 days of exposure it will naturally get pretty dusty and the keys show all sorts of dirt and body oils and looks grim.
Also another worthy note, it doesn't rise much from the desk which is a slight niggle. I would rather it have a bit more or an angle to it.
If you can tolerate it, buy a "proper" MS natural one, but if you want a keyboard that will work well, has a very nice key press and genrally helps your wrists a bit get the MS Comfort Curve.

Oh yeah. and I found it to be narrower than pretty much every keyboard I put it against.
DXR_13KE 27th June 2006, 14:53 Quote
how does the cooler work internaly?
bloodcar 27th June 2006, 15:04 Quote
The keys that are enlarged on the keyboard aren't enlarged because they're the most common keys used. They're enlarged because if they were normal sized then they would be awkward to hit while typing properly.
ChromeX 27th June 2006, 15:47 Quote
The microsoft keyboard and cooler look really good! I need a new kb cos this one sucks and a drinks cooler is a must. How many times have you been sitting in your room with a can of beer or whatever and it gets warm while your playing games. Think i'll treat myself tomorrow!
EK-MDi 27th June 2006, 15:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by hitman012
That Microsoft keyboard is very good value for what it is. Their hardware is always quality - definitely worth buying.
It is good yes, but not perfect. As in, it's not wireless :(. So close to being my next purchase:(.
eddtox 27th June 2006, 16:17 Quote
@ChromeX: I reccomend the MS Wireless Natural MultiMedia Keyboard (and the intellimouse explorer 2 while I'm at it). I've had it for about six months and I absolutely love it. Having never used a natural keyboard I found it a bit odd at first, but after about an hour I was converted. It has proper keys (i.e not laptop :P) and it feels very "natural". It gets five stars from me.

-ed out
lepre 27th June 2006, 16:38 Quote
i had the MS keyboard curve 2000 black for a while now and i'm very proud of it. with only 15euros it's nice and not too big and it helps you to write "more correctly".

i remembered about the enlarged keys only when i read it here...i totally forgot it :)

and the calculator button works in linux too!!

the only problem is that it doesn't work with a ps2/usb adapter so with old motherboard it's a bit tricky during boot (i have a ps/2 keyboard connected too under the desk)
ralph.pickering 27th June 2006, 16:42 Quote
It's a pity the bottom of cans aren't flat. I'd suspect that when it comes to surface area, the amount of can exposed to air trying to warm your drink versus the tiny amount of surface area actually touching the cooling plate will mean that your coke is still going to end up at room temperature if you don't drink it quickly enough.

A mini champagne bucket design would be a much more efficient way of cooling your cans. Or simply get one of those mini fridges.
blaffer4x4 27th June 2006, 17:00 Quote
ralph.pickering,
now go, go and mod!
yahooadam 27th June 2006, 17:56 Quote
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Whilst this provides a simple way to hook up a hard drive over USB (there are no drivers required) it's not exactly the fastest. In HDTach, our Western Digital WD2500 SATA hard drive was bursting at 79.2MB/s and the average read speed was 50.0MB/s connected via SATA directly into the motherboard. Using the adapter over USB, performance dropped to a chronic 35.1MB/s burst and a 31.6MB/s average read speed. This makes it easy to use, but slow.
Im sorry bit tech (some of todays topics are going to be a bit negative from me im afraid) but i dont know why your blaiming the adaptor for this speed
I mean - its limited by the USB speed, what did you expect, 35MB/s is about all USB can do ... what did you expect ...
You make the product sound bad, when its functioning as well as it can ....
Firehed 27th June 2006, 18:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
how does the cooler work internaly?
Little tiny pelt I'd wager

Some useful stuff in this roundup... I wonder if I could get just the power brick for an eSATA drive.
Faction 27th June 2006, 18:40 Quote
That beverage cooler is what I want!

I believe it came with the $600 CoolerIT liquid cooling system.
hitman012 27th June 2006, 18:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by yahooadam
Im sorry bit tech (some of todays topics are going to be a bit negative from me im afraid) but i dont know why your blaiming the adaptor for this speed
I mean - its limited by the USB speed, what did you expect, 35MB/s is about all USB can do ... what did you expect ...
You make the product sound bad, when its functioning as well as it can ....
USB2 has a theoretical bandwidth of 480Mbps (60MB/s) - even in practise this is about 40MB/s, meaning that about 20% of the potential throughput is lost somewhere in the SATA-USB bridge controller.
Tomm 27th June 2006, 19:14 Quote
That SATA--> USB convertor seems right up my street, given that I want a backup hard drive. But if this kit isn't worth bothering with, are there any that are worth my perusal?

IDE or SATA in fact :)
Da Dego 27th June 2006, 19:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by yahooadam
Im sorry bit tech (some of todays topics are going to be a bit negative from me im afraid) but i dont know why your blaiming the adaptor for this speed
I mean - its limited by the USB speed, what did you expect, 35MB/s is about all USB can do ... what did you expect ...
You make the product sound bad, when its functioning as well as it can ....
Ehrm, should we instead leave readers to think that they're going to get native SATA speeds? Nobody is blaiming [sic] ;) anybody...but simply that it is sluggish if you need to run software off of it as opposed to just a general file copy. Otherwise, you're bound to get people who think it might be the solution to run their whole hot-swappable computer idea. The article notes specifically what it is good for, and what it isn't.

Oh, and as Hitman said, you may wish to look at theoretical maximum of USB 2.0. 35 is a bit low.
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