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Seagate STCT8000100 8TB NAS 2-Bay Network Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Rock-solid NAS 01/12/2015

This review is from: Seagate STCT8000100 8TB NAS 2-Bay Network Storage

Pros: This NAS that does exactly what you need, and does it well. Uptime was uninterrupted for the two weeks I left it on and I never had any performance issues or felt the need to reboot the device. I realize two weeks is a short duration, but a failure here would have been a serious red flag. Speed is more than adequate. I clocked small files under a gig at 92 MB/s and large files (4 gigs) averaging 65 MB/s. There are a lot of configurable options, I can see this device working well in a small to medium business setting. Probably not enough throughput for enterprise, plus there's no active directory integration. It's rated for 25 users and that seems like a reasonable maximum to me. Fantastic for home office, if your file server needs are this serious. The interface is excellent- very easy to use and customize. The loading mechanism for the hard drives is very sleek and the front-facing USB3 port is a great little extra feature. The three-year warranty is much appreciated.

Cons: It does run a bit hot. I strongly recommend good ventilation. Hopefully the unit can handle it long-term. The App Manager was lackluster and I didn't find any compelling add-ons.

Other Thoughts: Really great value on this NAS. It's really not a very complex device. You can set it and forget it. Tested with an ASRock based desktop PC, a Lenovo X230 notebook, an Apple Macbook Pro, a Roku 2XS and an AT&T residential gateway.

Corsair Gaming K95 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red Switches
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Versatile, heavy duty, and complex 12/01/2014

This review is from: Corsair Gaming K95 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red Switches

Pros: Fantastic build quality. Big, beefy, heavy. The keys, cables and volume dial are all of very high quality. It looks and feels as expensive as it is.

The backlight is bright and the colors are vivid. In fact, if backlighting and color choice is a priority, this keyboard is an easy winner. The backlight level is easy to adjust and customize.

Metal volume dial works great. Adjusting the sound level is seamless and the texture on the dial provides just the right feedback.

Keys provide great feedback and resistance. Red switches don't click but are still firm and substantial.

The software, while complex, does allow for massive customization. Between the colors, macros and binds, it's hard to imagine a circumstance that this board doesn't cover.

Palm rest is actually decent and has some padding to it. It's not just a plastic bar.

Cons: The software is not very user friendly. It does a lot, but could have been organized in a more coherent, explanatory way. Whoever designed it didn't give enough regard for ease of use, therefore it takes longer than usual to understand how to customize all the features you may be interested in. This is not a plug-n-play experience. Expect to spend at least an hour fiddling with the software to customize your profile. Corsair could really stand to learn a thing or two from Logitech in this regard.

The G-keys aren’t mechanical, which is the one bit of obvious cost-cutting.

Other Thoughts: Bear in mind there are two USB cables needed to provide power to this beefy board. It shouldn't be a problem for most desktop PC's but if you game from a laptop it might be a problem. There are no passthrough ports.

A few words on the G-keys, because I feel they are a bit of a missed opportunity. G-keys are nice but they are not arranged in an ideal way. If you use WASD for movement (as in common in FPS and RPGs) they don't provide a lot of extra functionality because they are difficult to reach on the fly. Other genre's like RTS will see more usefulness from them as they are, but there’s room for improvement. I feel Corsair could better differentiate themselves with a 5x3 key horizontal layout, to replace the WASD-Spacebar configuration that so many FPS and RPG games use for movement. That would make the G-keys truly useful.

Overall though, this is a really solid keyboard. It’s definitely for the kind of person who likes to customize every aspect of the experience and has the patience to take the time to really learn how to configure everything. Highly recommended as long as you know what you’re getting into.

DEEPCOOL Multi Core X8 Laptop Cooling Pad 17
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The most important feature of this cooling pad is the aluminum, fan cooled surface. The ridged design of the grill and the fan placement make this pad very effective at cooling your equipment by a few degrees. There are four fans, which can be enabled or disabled in pairs. The fans are not silent, but quiet enough so as to eventually blend into the background. The unit is USB powered, and conveniently includes a passthrough so as not to block a USB port.

Setup couldn’t be easier. Unlatch the rubber padded feet, plug it in, turn it on. The pad feels durable and stable. It’s clearly designed to be used on a flat desk surface, where it can draw air up and onto the underside of your laptop.

Cons: The only disadvantage is that it is only USB powered. Given that it’s meant to be used on a desk, it would be nice to plug it in. The USB passthrough definitely helps, but that port is really low on power. Mice seem to work okay, anything else is a gamble. USB flash drives worked 2 out of 4 times, a regular keyboard worked, a backlit keyboard did not. Predictably, a USB hard drive did not work. My point is, if you have a lot of USB devices, you’ll want to supplement with a powered USB hub.

Other Thoughts: This is a really nice cooling pad for the money. If your laptop runs hot, this will really help you out on an even surface. My only longevity concern is for the life of the fans. Movable parts wear quickly, but only time will tell if the fans break or develop squeeks. With that in mind, I have no problem recommending this as an excellent cooling pad for the price. Tested using a Lenovo X230, Lenovo T61, and Apple Macbook Pro 13”.


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Display Name: Lee J.

Date Joined: 03/27/03

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  • First Review: 03/12/08
  • Last Review: 01/12/15
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