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Pros: Fast, inexpensive for the capacity, backwards compatible with SATA2
Other Thoughts: The Corsair Force LS 120 GB hits hard as a value oriented drive that also happens to perform pretty well. Read performance benchmarks at 216 MB/s average. Write performance benchmarked at 193 MB/s average. I copied a 1.8 gig zip file from a Samsung 830 Pro in 12 seconds, that ought to be fast enough for this price range. Benchmarked on an ASRock based desktop PC, but put into practical use on a Lenovo X230. I found it perfectly up to the task, more than doubling startup speed over the hard drive it came with.
The drive is small and almost ridiculously lightweight. It stayed surprisingly cool under testing. It would be a good idea to make sure automatic defrag is disabled (type dfrgui.exe into the Search bar from the Start menu, from there you can disable the schedule) That should improve the lifespan of the drive as defragging is unnecessary on SSDs.
This would be a great drive to pop into an older notebook or for use as a boot/application drive in a budget PC. For for price, it's tough to beat. I know the Kingston V300 is popular at this price point, but honestly I'd take this Corsair Force LS over it any day.
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.READ FULL REVIEW
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.
Display Name: Lee J.
Date Joined: 03/27/03
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