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This review is from: Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB2000100
Pros: The Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 drive is a fantastic unit. With digital photos, games, movies, tv shows, mobile device backups, and much more to store on modern-day machines, it's nice to know that you can plug in a drive as additional storage or for redundancy of data as is my case. This drive is advertised as working with Windows 8/8.1 but it's a USB controller connected to an HDD so it will work with any machine with a USB port regardless of OS. The drive runs cool to the touch even when running my Mac OS X Time Machine backups. I also transferred 1.2TB of data in bulk between my machine and then copied all of the data onto other redundant storage --the transfer was exceptionally quick. I was actually surprised how fast the drive read and wrote over USB 3.0 since it is a standard spindle drive and not an SSD.
The unit is simple, plug it in, format to desired file system, and off you go. I've reformatted this unit 5 times now (Mac OS Journaled, Mac OS Journaled Case Senstive, exfat, FAT, and NTFS) and each iteration worked as expected.
I ran CCleaner's free space cleaning on the device and it performs as well as internal drives on most of my other machines. Would definitely buy a higher capacity drive in the future should the need arise.
Cons: No native ability to upgrade/replace drive. I'm sure you could pop the unit open and put in a new HDD if you wanted to increase capacity or replace it with solid state storage but that's a known factor going into purchasing this unit and not worth taking away any stars.
The only real complaint I have is the size of the power plug. The transformer is enclosed in the plug itself which means the plug becomes a huge monstrosity taking up multiple slots on my power strip. Having the plug either be modular (think laptop power supply) or formatted like a slim plug adapter (eg. macbook pro charger/netgear power plugs) such that the unit would only take up one space and just would end up being tall, this would be much better.
Other Thoughts: Overall I'm very happy with the unit. I currently just leave it as extra storage on my CloudStation NAS which seems to be the best use for me. The CloudStation has 2.0TB as well, so this is a simple redundant drive. I would definitely recommend these units to friends and family looking to expand storage capacity on a laptop or otherwise.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair MM200 CH-9000086-WW Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat
Pros: This mouse pad is huge! Large enough to place my keyboard, mouse, smartphone/tablet, etc, it is a fantastic addition to my workspace. It makes my workspace feel more organized since there is a defined area on which my keyboard and mouse should rest. The material is silky smooth as to be expected.
My logitech MX Revolution has no issues tracking across the pad and glides along gracefully as I click and clack all over my development environment and video games alike!
The pad is easy to keep clean (especially if you don't eat at your work station...) by simply brushing debris off with a lint-free cloth or soft nylon brush.
Corsair makes quality products and this has been no exception. The packaging even reflects this and is a work of art in and of itself. The container looks like a tube in which you might receive a piece of fine art carefully rolled and placed inside for safe keeping.
Cons: No cons, works as expected.
Other Thoughts: Very happy, would definitely purchase again if I had a need.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This motherboard offers the latest and greatest features in a compact package. The unit supplies the latest in Intel chipset technology allowing you to build a rig with a 6 or 8 core processor to stay on top of the competition!
DDR4 memory is lightning quick and pairing this motherboard with 16GB of RAM, a 6-core processor, Samsung 840 Pro SSD, and my GTX560 from a few years ago allows me to stomp pretty much any game I want to play.
The real joy for this rig has been development efficiency. Building multiple projects in Visual Studio 13 has been much faster and the machine just hums right along.
Oh, need to rip a blu-ray and convert the video to .mkv for use on your home media server??! No problem! Need to do RAW photo editing and manipulation for hours on end??!! It does that too!
I am very satisfied with the build quality and sheer amount of customization that can be done on this unit from a BIOS perspective. Perhaps I am more easily impressed than others, but I found the unit to be very solid and more than what I need for a daily driver so to speak.
Cons: It gets a little warm ;) Not more than one would expect since, well, this is a gaming motherboard and you are going to be running it under load quite a bit if you play any games. A few extra case fans knocked it down a bit to make me more comfortable. Besides, a 140W processor is bound to kick out some heat.
Other Thoughts: Love it, hope it lasts a long time, will buy ASRock again in the future as a first time user of their products!READ FULL REVIEW
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