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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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Pros: Speedy drive for the price! Used this to upgrade my desktop's boot drive. I was running out of room on my OCZ TRION 100 120GB SSD, as I primarily use this computer for gaming. Now, I can download my whole game library to an SSD instead of debating what to put on my HDD.

Noticed a little bump in speed on boot vs. my old SSD, which I am very happy about.

Cons: Not a fault of this drive, as I have tested four others with the same issue, but it doesn't work over a Marvell SATA III connection. Check your motherboard, especially if it is about 5 years old like mine. If all your SATA III ports are Marvell, be prepared for the drive to only work correctly over SATA II.

Other Thoughts: If you're reading this and you are still booting from a HDD, stop what you are doing right now. BUY AN SSD!

I would definitely recommend this drive to those who use larger program suites, like Photoshop, AutoCAD, etc., or who are gamers with large libraries. The extra speed provided by more expensive drives is not, in my opinion, noticeable enough to warrant spending more than this solid SSD.

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Results over SATA II (3Gb/s) connection:

SP S55 480GB
Avg Read: 250 MB/s (7.8 MB/s per thread)

OCZ TRION 100 120GB
Avg Read: 233 MB/s (7.3 MB/s per thread)

System Information:
MSI P55-GD85
Intel i5-750 Lynnfield (3.73 GHz)
Corsair Hydro Series H110i
AMD Radeon 16GB DDR3
Seagate 4TB SSHD (DX001)
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti
Windows 10 Home 64-bit

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Rosewill RDRD-11003 2.5
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Pros: Love the fan, looks good in the computer with the black mounting. Fits in my screwless mounts.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I don't expect to experience a significant boost in the longevity of my OCZ Trion 100 drive, but since I got it for the same price as a normal bracket, I figured, why not?

If you have two SSDs, I recommend you opt for a dual-SSD bracket to save space, but that's just me.

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SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse - Forged Red
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3 out of 5 eggs What It Does, It Does Well. But mostly it just doesn't do. 06/26/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse - Forged Red

Pros: +Super Solid Construction - This mouse has quality. It doesn't rattle or make noise through normal operation (like moving, banging, throwing against a wall, etc.), save the normal mouse clicks. I am impressed with how secure it is.
+Smooth - This mouse glides over my gaming mousepad like it's greased lightning. The sensor has no trouble picking up even small movements, fast and accurate like a cheetah.
+Lights and Colors - The color selection is as broad as the universe and the actual replication is wonderful.
+Software - Customization options are limitless, with acceleration, polling rate, macros and dpi settings. Careful you remember to actually play the game you bought the mouse for, you could be here all day.
+DPI Settings - You can program 2 DPI settings, easy to change with the center key (default) (see Other Thoughts).
+Weight - The mouse has a solid, heavier weight to it, just the way I like it (see Cons).

Cons: +Size - As a 6 foot tall guy with average-sized hands, I found this SteelSeries mouse to be too small in the hand. The main problem is the lack of curvature on the top of the mouse. It doesn't keep my hand comfortably arched like other gaming mice at this price point. I eventually could ignore the problem, but my hand hurt after just an hour of use.
+Unchangeable Weight - For a mouse at this price point, I would expect, nay demand, the ability to change the weight. Sorry gamers, no luck here.
+Medium-Heavy Click - The mouse takes a firm action to click, a little too much pressure for me.
+Rubber Cord - Braided cord, please.
+Logo Plastic - The clear plastic of the logo looks really tacky with the light off.

Other Thoughts: +Hand Preference - This mouse is ambidextrous, which I personally did not like. I prefer my right hand to be catered to in comfort and style. But...I concur this is just a preference.
+Casing Color - In medium lighting, the red casing is definitely a scarlet color, not the fushia-tinted red as pictured. But I prefer this darker, ominious color anyway.
+Side Grips - The ambidextrous grips left and right are plastic, not soft rubber.
+No DPI setting indication - You just gotta feel for it.

Functionally, I'm impressed with this mouse and its quality. It has the easy-to-access macro buttons, the beautiful DPI sensor and smooth operation I would expect. The build quality, and the software and its integration with other SteelSeries products are incredible. But it just doesn't finish. It's too small and too simple for me.

To SteelSeries, I love the quality of this mouse, but I need more functionality. Give me a right-hand mouse with a braided cord and customizable weight at this price, and you got a promoter for life.

Overall, I recommend you look elsewhere for a gaming mouse.

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Zacchari G.'s Profile

Display Name: Zacchari G.

Date Joined: 07/18/10

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 08/01/15
  • Last Review: 08/27/16
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