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Corsair CH-9000081-NA K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with White LED, Cherry MX Red
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Feels great
-Red switches are great with the way the keys are raised up
-18 programmable keys for macros or whatever else I decide I need over there
-Easy to use media controls
-Ability to disable Windows key for gaming
-Multiple Profiles
-Individual key backlighting (with multiple brightness levels)
-Very nice aesthetics
-Very easy to switch back light settings
-Wrist rest is actually nice too
-Easy to use software
Lets start off with this is the nicest-feeling keyboard I have ever owned. The raised keys are very nice to type on, and I think they go perfectly with the red switches as far as how the whole thing feels overall. Beyond just that, the brushed aluminum looks great and gives the whole keyboard a very high-quality feel and look. I love the separate media controls and especially the volume control being a roller instead of buttons.

This is the only keyboard ever where I have used the wrist rest. It is nice and soft without being squishy, and it actually attaches using screws, so when I move my keyboard around it doesn't fall off!

The 18 extra programmable keys are nice. Always nice to have a lot of keys for macros. Beyond just that, it seems as if every key can actually have its function changed if you prefer a completely custom setup for gaming.

The software is pretty simple and straight forward. I found it very easy to use and figure out.

Cons: -Does not have headphone/mic inputs build into the keyboard
-Only 1 USB port
-No software install CD

I was a bit sad to see no headphone hook up on the keyboard. My old one did have that which was nice when I was using my wired headset. Also, most gaming keyboard I have had have 2 USB ports built into them, this keyboard only has one. The software must be downloaded from the Corsair website, there is no installation CD. Generally I would recommend getting the software from the website anyways, but it is nice to have the CD as an option in case your internet is out or something like that while trying to get this set up. None of these are huge deals, just things that I thought could have been done differently to make the keyboard a bit better.

Other Thoughts: -The keyboard is longer than others
-Other reviews about LED reliability

My wife's keyboard is just a standard layout and normal-sized, it comes to be about 17 3/4" long, this keyboard is 2.5 inches longer at 19 3/4" long. this is no problem for me, but something that should be taken into consideration if desk space is a major issue.

Other reviews I have read about this keyboard lead me to question the reliability of the LEDs. So far, mine have been perfect, but it is something I will certainly look out for. I will post an update if there are any issues with the LEDs in the future, so far they seem great though.

Another bright side to this keyboard is that with the raised keys, it seems that my cat finds it to be an uncomfortable bed. With previous keyboards I would find my cat sleeping on the keyboard. So far, he seems to avoid doing that with this keyboard!

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Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 Backup Plus Slim Portable External Hard Drive for Mac Model STDS2000100
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -2 TB Hard Drive in a nice casing
-USB 3.0 connection
-Easy to use with Macs
-Can be used with Windows with a free driver download
-Backup from social media is nice

Overall, I am very happy with this product. I have a Macbook from my office that I use on occasion, and this is great for moving files back and forth from that to my Windows desktop. Beyond that, the Macbook has a limited 128 GB SSD, and this gives me the space I need. The case has a very nice look and a sturdy feel to it.

When it was initially plugged into the Macbook I use it was very easy to install the software for it off of the hard drive itself, no need for a download or anything. Beyond that it instantly was able to be used as a time machine backup. For a Mac, this hard drive is spectacular.

I personally like the feature this drive has of being able to do a backup from social media. Its very simple to do, just a few clicks and it will back up all your photos from online onto your drive. So, if anything were to happen to the photos on your social media account, it would be nice to have a backup.

Cons: -Short cable
-Initial difficulty downloading Windows driver

The cable to connect the drive to a USB port is only about 1.5 feet long, which can be a bit short for some set ups.

When I was first attempting to use this on my Windows PC, the download link for the driver would not work. This made it so that I could not use the drive with my Windows PC. Luckily the download link was functional again the next day and since then I have not had any issues at all. This drive is great and does an excellent job with helping to manage files between Macs and PCs. This only appeared to be down that first day, see other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: My biggest complaint was something to do with a website error where I had to wait a day to get the Windows drivers. I have checked multiple times since then, just to see the reliability of it, and other than that first day, it has been available for download every single day, so I don’t think that is an issue.

The speeds on it seem great. I was able to back up 90 GB worth of data in 16 minutes, which is pretty nice.

Overall this is a great external drive and I highly recommend it. My cat agrees as well.

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OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Great longevity
-Nice build quality
-SSD speeds are always a pro

Being rated for 20 GB/day for 3 years is a great sign. A 3 year warranty is also very reassuring. The build quality of the drive is very nice. It has a solid feel and has a metal housing. While this SSD isn't the fastest one in the world, it has great performance for its price and paired with its reliability makes this SSD an excellent choice.

Cons: -A bit heavy compared to other SSDs
-Absolutely no accessories are included
-No cloning software included

This SSD is heavier than others I have used in the past. This isn't a big deal, when it is actually in my laptop, I don't notice the difference, but if I just hold bare drives, I can feel the difference. This SSD came with nothing but the drive and some papers in the box. There were no SATA cables, no bay adapters, and not even any screws. There is also no sort of cloning software included. While this isn't a huge deal, it is something to take note of when purchasing.

Other Thoughts: My speed tests were pretty similar to those of other reviewers, but here are my average results from several tests:

Sequential Read: 381 MB/s
Sequential Write: 362 MB/s

Overall, I highly recommend this drive. Its speed is better than others that I have purchased in this price range and the rated life of it is higher than others as well. Overall it is an excellent buy!

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Display Name: Joshua W.

Date Joined: 12/08/08

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  • First Review: 04/01/11
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