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Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1K)
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3 out of 5 eggs Silicon Power 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive: an average flash drive for a decent price 07/22/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1K)

Pros: At the moment(July, 20) the 32GB Silicon Power Blaze B05 is on sale for $6.99 plus shipping. This is a great price for an average speed, small, capless USB 3.0 flash stick.
You get average read/write speeds for all file sizes through USB 3.0 connection.
The fact that the male USB connection retracts into the housing will help protect it from physical damage like being crushed or bent.
Has a loop in the back for inserting a carry cord or keyring.

Cons: Another capless flash drive with the USB connection exposed. Though it does retract into the housing, the male USB connection is still exposed to dust, dirt, lint, and other particles when in pockets or carry bags. The danger here is that these paricles can then be transferred into your device's USB port(s).
This Silicon Power Blaze B05 gets quite a bit lower transfer speeds then other USB 3.0 flash drives I have on hand, though still average compared to most out there.
I have a bit of trouble getting the slider that ejects the male USB head to work properly. It seems to stick and take quite a bit of extra effort to slide out properly. It locks into the out position but has no trouble retracting back into the housing.
Has a slot in the back for a carrying cord or a keyring but does not come with either.

Other Thoughts: Testing with 4GB file:
Write Speeds: average 45.8 MB/s
Read Speeds: average 146.7 MB/s

HD Tune Pro Transfer Speeds - Read: 144.76 KB/s | Write: 49.21 KB/s

For less than $10 the 32GB Silicon Power Blaze B05 is a pretty good deal. You can find better for that price but is the couple MB/s speed difference worth the effort to shop and research? That's up to the buyer, personally I would say yes.
If you're in a hurry to find a flash drive and this one is readily available; go for it, you really shouldn't be disappointed.

1 egg reduction for having no dust protection. 1 egg reduction for being slower than the multiple flash drives I've tested against. But overall a decent item.

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Linksys EA9500 MAX-STREAM AC5400 Next Gen MU-MIMO Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router with 8 Gigabit Ports and Seamless Roaming
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5 out of 5 eggs Linksys MAX-STREAM AC5400 Next Gen MU-MIMO Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router: Great option if you can afford it 06/29/2016

This review is from: Linksys EA9500 MAX-STREAM AC5400 Next Gen MU-MIMO Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router with 8 Gigabit Ports and Seamless Roaming

Pros: A 1.4 GHz dual-core onboard processor
Tri-band wireless with two 5Ghz bands
Eight external antennae that stay put when you've positioned them unlike others that tend to droop after a short time.
Eight Gigabit ports, a USB 3.0, and a USB 2.0 port
Beam-forming and MU-MIMO 5Ghz technology. Though MUM-MIMO only works with other compatible devices
Smart WiFi app allows for remote access to connected devices
A 3 Year warranty from Linksys

Cons: Finding a good spot for this huge router was the only real "con" for me. Has no screw holes for horizontal desk mounting or vertical wall mounting. It is heavy enough to keep it's positioning against light contact but will move and maybe slightly alter your antennae positioning when bumped.

Some may consider the price a con but if you are in need of this type of device then this one is worth the price you are paying.

Other Thoughts: The pros far outweigh the cons. The only cons I have even encountered are all aesthetic. The Max-Stream AC5400 delivers some of the best quality available to home users, though you are definitely paying for it.

4GB video file transfer from a USB 3.0 external drive averaged:
93 Mbps using 2.4Ghz and 259 Mbps using 5Ghz

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Corsair Gaming VOID Surround Hybrid Stereo Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 USB Adapter - Red
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5 out of 5 eggs Corsair CA-9011144-NA: Gaming VOID Surround Hybrid Stereo Headset (Red) - are a great option 06/25/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming VOID Surround Hybrid Stereo Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 USB Adapter - Red

Pros: The Corsair Gaming VOID headset is a great set compared to other $75-100 options:

Dolby 7.1 USB adapter included that offers great surround sound feedback in compatibile games, movies, or any audio source.

Much higher than average volume and clarity for a headset.

Good quality microphone; recording multiple voice samples all came out perfectly audible even at high volumes.

Corsair Utility Engine software has an easy interface for setting up multiple sound profiles using their built-in equalizer. Also comes with some preconfigured profiles for movies, games, music, etc that will sound great for most users.

The micro-fiber ear pads are very comfortable even when used for extended periods. Also generate much less heat/sweat than vinyl, pleather, or leather options.

Mic mute button works good and is easy to locate while wearing.

Nice length 3.5mm cable, I measured at just about 6 feet.

Cons: The headband causes some discomfort rather quickly but not enough to cause pain or irritability. Hopefully Corsair will offer more padding and/or a flatter plastic surface in future sets.

At max volume the sound escaping the headphones is rather loud. I can hear the audio from across the house while being worn. Same with outside sounds while wearing; if the volume is low-medium I can hear everything going on in the area.

Other Thoughts: The microphone arm feels like it could break off rather easily. I would much rather have a retractable mic to avoid this and to make cord wrapping, transporting and storage much easier.

I have had bad experiences with soft rubber cables like the ones the Gaming VOID uses. Many over the years have torn and broken very easily on me. Braided cables are always better in my opinion.

The aesthsetic design is rather odd. A more simple design would be better. These almost look like they were designed after a helmet from Starship Troopers.

Compared to the Steelseries 5Hv3 I was using which were almost the same price at launch: the Gaming VOID has nearly 3x the volume, much much better sound quality even at max volume, has surround sound option, is much more comfortable, feels much more resilient to wear, and has Corsair customer support(which I have great experiences with many times) vs Steelseries support(total lack of it).

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