Velocity Micro Edge Z55 Intel Core i7 Gaming System

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On its Web site and in its press materials, Velocity Micro makes a strong point that each of its systems is built by hand and receives individual attention. Our early-model system didn’t come with Velocity Micro’s traditional owner’s portfolio that contains the system’s manual, driver disks, and accessory pack, likely because we received the system before it was available for purchase. Velocity Micro lists the owner’s portfolio as a standard inclusion when configuring the system on the company’s Web site. We did receive some of the contents of an owner’s portfolio, however, such as the driver and application disc, DX58SO Quick Reference guide, four zip strips, five Velcro ties, five extra screws, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon disc, various propaganda, a FarCry2 postcard, an Intel door hanger, AC power cable, and SATA cable. The applications included on the driver and application disc were Acronis True Image 11 Home, CyberLink Live Premium, Diskeeper Home Edition, DivX Pro for Windows, Dolby Control Center, Norton 360, and PLAYXPERT in-Game Platform. FutureMark 3DMark Vantage - Velocity Micro Basic Edition came preinstalled on the system. There wasn’t much of any bloatware preinstalled on the system, which is a nice bonus.

The Edge Z55 Core i7 Gaming System also comes with a Velocity Micro-branded version of the Creative Multimedia Keyboard Lite and a Velocity Micro-branded version of the Creative Mouse Lite Pro. The USB keyboard has a shiny, black finish with silver hotkeys. The keyboard’s shiny finish picked up a few fingerprints, but they were easily wiped away. The predefined hotkeys include: Back, Forward, Stop, Refresh, Home, Favorites, Calculator, Media Player, Play/Pause, Stop, Previous Track, Next Track, Volume Down, Mute, and Volume Up. The keyboard also has two blue lights that illuminate the area in front of the keyboard. The keys themselves are not backlit and have a pretty light touch, but are a bit noisy.


The USB optical mouse is also black in color. It has a blue backlit scrolling wheel. It also has a removable cover and a Scroll button. No additional cover plates came with our mouse.  

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