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Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 Game Drive for Xbox STEA2000403
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Designed for Xbox, good drive! 08/28/2015

This review is from: Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 Game Drive for Xbox STEA2000403

Pros: Works great. Tested on Xbox360, formats, saves etc just fine. It looks like the price similar to other 2TB portable drives, but with the added Xbox styling and logo, as well as a "promise" of sorts from Seagate that it is designed especially for Xbox.

Of course it can also be used as a "normal" external HDD for your laptop or PC, but you'll want to reformat the drive if you've been using it with your Xbox.

Other pro's include USB3.0 speed -- transfers to and from the PC averaged 117MB/s (big file), which is about as good as you are gonna get from a 5400 rpm sataIII drive, which is what is inside this thing.

If you're an Xbox fan-boy-girl you might just like to have this drive because of its cool Xbox styling, and just use it as a normal drive. That'll work just fine.

Cons: It seems there is a slight price premium for the Xbox styling and the promise that it has been designed for Xbox. Its a little unclear what this means (other than putting it in a green case with an Xbox logo). Perhaps there was some additional "magic" or testing that was done to ensure the drive would work consistently or well with Xbox devices. We may never know, but if you remember the days of trying to hack Xbox's to change or increase storage, and the frustration that accompanied, you might appreciate the super authorized nature of Seagate's offering.

Other Thoughts: As with all these drives, 2TB means 2,000,000,000,000 bytes of storage. According to my computer, this drive gives 2,000,396,742,656 bytes of available storage (NTFS formatted), so a bit extra space for good measure. Thanks Seagate!

(Sorry, couldn't resist. HDD makers get infinite grief about this, so I thought Seagate deserved a little hat tip for giving us a 2TB drive with MORE than 2 trillion bytes of capacity. 1.81TB naysayers can google "Why windows reports tebibytes as terabytes?" )

While the branding may add a bit to the price, I suspect that sale prices will be very similar to the best 2TB prices out there, so no complaint here.

By the way, if you do let it format on your Xbox, change your mind, and then want to use it with your PC, note that Xbox makes a bunch of partitions you'll want to delete before reformat.

Corsair Gaming STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Almost classy! 08/05/2015

This review is from: Corsair Gaming STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red

Pros: This is a great keyboard. Uses Cherry MX red keys - lighter touch mechanical keys, not the clicky type, and are a bit easier to press than the Cherry MX brown (which according to Corsair *will* be an option for this model).

This is Corsair's less expensive entry mechanical keyboard.

The keyboard is nicely weighted - at a hefty 2 lbs, and stays where it is put. The bottom sports two small flip out stands to raise up the angle a bit. The stands seem well designed, and flip out 90 degrees from normal, probably to make them more resistant to breakage. The full size layout is just a bit more compact than a standard full sized keyboard, at about 1 inch narrower (thanks to slightly closer spacing between the numeric keypad and the rest of the keys) which doesn't impact key spacing. The thick connector cable is rubber, not braided, and feels/looks a bit like a soft IEC power cable, nice conservative look. The single cable terminates in two USB connectors, one for the keyboard, and the second for the USB port on the back of the keyboard (so you can plug in a USB drive or other accessory.)

The lighting is all red, one under each key, plus red stripes on the left and right edges of the keyboard, as well as the three "status" lights (num, caps and scroll locks) and the two buttons that control lighting intensity and keyboard lock (which by defaults locks out the windows key, but can be programmed for other things, a nice touch for gamers who *hate* accidentally hitting the windows key during a gaming session.)

This is a nice looking keyboard, almost corporate looking (especially with the lights off). If you need a mechanical keyboard at work, short of getting an old IBM ps/2 keyboard, this might do the trick without generating too much geek envy.

Cons: The included software is pretty confusing. Although clearly powerful, it takes some getting used to. Seems like typical homegrown stuff.

Its possible to create multiple profiles and scenes within each profile that can be cycled through. Also, you can create program specific settings as well as infinite macros, key assignments, etc.

The software can save a program to the keyboard so it works without the software running (so you can plug it into another computer, for example), but its not obvious in the UI how to save settings to the keyboard. (hint, you save a profile, and its hidden in a context menu.)

I still haven't been able to figure out how to set the keyboard so the lights come on set at low intensity after the computer wakes or is booted. Every time I start up the computer, bam, bright red lights!

Other Thoughts: For gamers, I think this is a great starting mechanical -- awesome switches, low price. If you can live without multiple colors (any color you want as long as its red), and are partial to Cherry MX Red keys, you might love this keyboard.

If you are old school and will be using this primarily for typing/computing and just occasional gaming, then this may be the keyboard for you. Its fairly understated (classy, high waf, etc) looking, so doesn't stand out or make you look (too much) like a geek.

Make sure you like Cherry MX red keys, or are prepared to get used to them. I think for most people, this keyboard could improve their typing speed. But for some, especially those very used to squishy, short throw laptop keyboards, there may be a period of adjustment, or you might just not like it altogether. Initially I found myself hitting wrong keys, or multiple keys as the MX reds are easy to press (and register the key fairly high in the keystroke). Its easy for a "sloppy" typist to mistype until you get used to it. After a while, though, its all good. By the way, while certainly noisier than a laptop, these are no louder than a typical late '90s PC keyboard.

I think when you spend more than twenty dollars on a keyboard, you should know if you like the keys before you buy it, so get out to a brick and mortar or a friends house to try theirs first.

During my evaluation, Corsair pushed out a firmware update for the keyboard -- not sure what it fixed, but it did install without issue.

TP-LINK Archer T9E AC1900 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is an easy to install, high performance wifi adapter. In windows 8.1, was recognized immediately and started working without any fuss.

If you don't have the option to run a gigabit Ethernet cable to your desktop or htpc computer, this is a great option.

While one other reviewer mentioned that the board ran hot, I didn't notice that -- even when moving a fair bit of data, it seemed to remain cool, which translates to efficient use of power.

The three external antennae are easily removed in the event you want to mount remote antennas for better reception (in the event your pc is under a metal desk, for instance.

This thing is speedy, especially in AC at close distances.

Cons: The TPlink management software doesn't install on windows 8.1 as folks have mentioned. I suppose that would give more control over the card, configuration etc. For me, though, the windows wifi built in app works just fine.

I think the biggest con of any wifi card for a desktop PC is that it isn't wired ethernet. That said, if you need to use a wifi card, this one is great. Perhaps such a high end card could include antennae extenders in the event you wanted to mount the antennas on the the top of your desk, rather than buried below.

Other Thoughts: TPLink networking gear officially rocks. TPLink is one of the (the?) biggest home/soho networking company in China, so they know what they are doing.


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