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This review is from: Rosewill RDRD-11003 2.5" SSD / HDD Mounting Kit for 3.5" Drive Bay with 60 mm Fan
Pros: Love the fan, looks good in the computer with the black mounting. Fits in my screwless mounts.
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.
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.
Pros: I am having a great experience with this SSHD.
+Speed - This drive is 25% faster than my previous 7200 RPM drive over SATA II.
+Price - At full price, this drive is just $10 more than its non-hybrid counterpart.
+Storage - 4 TB on Windows gives me over 3,700 GB of usable storage. Woop!
+SSD Overflow - Because of the speed boost over a standard HDD, I am comfortable installing less-intensive games to this SSHD while saving precious SSD room on my dual drive computer.
Cons: +Controller Compatibility - As with other modern drives I have tested, this drive doesn't work on SATA ports with Marvell controllers.
Other Thoughts: The compatibility issue doesn't lose this drive an egg because, through my experience, it is more Marvell's fault than the drive. I have spent months trying to RMA and use work-arounds on other new drives to make them compatible with Marvell, but the company is terrible about drivers and compatibility.
+AHCI vs. IDE - I recommend setting all your SATA ports (both 3GB/s and 6GB/s) to AHCI, not IDE, before any build or OS reinstallation. This will give you improved functionality on modern drives.
+BIOS vs. UEFI - Note that you cannot access more than 2 TB (or 2.2 TB in some cases) of this drive's storage if 1) your motherboard does not have UEFI / modern BIOS, and 2) you will use this drive as your boot drive. If you just want a fast storage drive while your OS installation sits on another drive, BIOS has no trouble using all 4 TB.
+Windows Installation - If you will be cloning a drive with a Windows installation to this drive, make sure: you hook this drive up to the same type of port (SATA II or III, aka using same controller) and that the port is set to the same setting with regards to AHCI/IDE. Cloning a current installation on SATA II IDE and then plugging this new drive into a SATA III port on AHCI will almost certainly not boot.
I definitely recommend this drive.
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield
Corsair H100i Liquid Cooler
AMD 16GB DDR3
OCZ Trion 100 120GB SSD
MSI GTX 650 Ti