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This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager GO 32GB USB 3.0 OTG Flash Drive Model CMFVG-32GB-NA
Pros: The Voyager GO 32GB drive is fantastic. I was really surprised by the size of the unit when I received it. The drive is roughly 1/2 that of other drives I own (Kingston DataTraveller comes to mind). The casing on it is metal and feels very durable with the exception of the cap. The cap covers the micro-USB end of the device which can be used in certain Android devices to transfer data. The unit is lightning quick as advertized when utilizing a USB 3.0 port, but definitely holds its own when using USB 2.0 as well.
Overall I am very happy with the unit. Its primary use is as a mass storage device for music. I put a vast majority of MP3 files onto the unit and then plug the unit into my vehicle's USB port and abra cadabra, I have ~32GB of music available at my finger tips in a very discrete package.
If you want to "stylize" the unit you can use the included yellow cap instead of the standard black.
Comes with a key ring adapter for easy attachment to your keys or a lanyard.
I would highly recommend this item if needing something durable, small, fast, and uber portable.
This device has become a surprising edition to my every day carry items.
Cons: The main con with this device is that to utilize the micro-USB end, the device to which you are connecting the flash drive needs to have USB Host mode enabled for mass storage devices. I have three different Android powered phones: HTC One, HTC Rezound, and the HTC Incredible. The Rezound and Incredible had both been rooted and had the CyanogenMod ROMs installed. On these two devices, I was able to utilize the USB drive without issue. However, on my stock HTC One (Sprint), I was unable to access the device from within the system. The system recognizes it, but I was unable to browse the device or transfer files.
The other downside of plugging this device into your phone or other mobile device is that it leeches power. You are unable to charge your device while utilizing the flash drive so any transferring operations would need to be brief to avoid excessive battery usage.
The other downside of this device is that there is no added security for the main USB end of the device --the terminal is always exposed. While the unit feels very durable, I am concerned that having the device in my pocket all the time would lend to some destruction of the terminal at some point or another.
This review is from: Corsair Vengeance 2100 Circumaural Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
Pros: The Corsair Vengeance 2100 Headset is a fantastic unit. I received the unit shortly after Thanksgiving 2013 and have fallen in love with it.
The unit is very solid. I accidentally dropped it from desk height (around 39") and it survived landing on a concrete floor with not even a scratch.
The sound quality is exceptional with very rich low-end and high-end. Turning this device to a modest level blocks out all other noise from the office/home and allows me to focus on the task at hand. The unit has built in volume control which works very nicely on both Windows and OSX.
The microphone quality was decent as to be expected for this price range. I took multiple VoIP calls while using this unit and made sure to ask about call clarity and all was said to be good. I also did a few recordings for my own findings and determined that the microphone was decent and would definitly work for a Ventrillo or TeamSpeak session.
Device setup was a breeze once I downloaded the software from Corsair's website. Simply plug in the dongle, wait for the drivers to install and then power up the headset. On Windows, the headset will automatically be selected, however on OSX you will need to option + click to select it as the output/input device in the settings.
Battery life is fairly decent for a wireless headset, rated at 10 hours, I wasn't able to wear it out after a full day's use at the office. The included cable for charging the device is long enough that I can put the headset on its stand and have the device plugged into my PC to charge overnight while I am away.
The product includes a USB extension/dock for the dongle. If you are finding that you are having difficulty with the reception, you are able to use this extension to reposition the dongle to somewhere that is not the back of your PC. This comes in handy in my setup as it makes it easy to grab the dongle for when I need to take the device home.
Cons: Even though I love this headset there are a few minor issues of note.
Bulk: This thing is huge. When wearing this headset I feel as though I look like I should be waving light sticks on a tarmac directing heavies into some international airport gate. While the headset doesn't feel particularly heavy while worn, it does look a little large on the head.
Device Power/connection indicator. The packaging seems to indicate that the device would retain the blue light as a power indicator that it was on and connected. Maybe this is just my misunderstanding, but just glancing at the headset there is no way to determine if it is powered on or not. The only ways to determine if it's connected (other than by it producing sound) would be to check if the light on the dongle is a solid blue as opposed to flashing, or to wait a few seconds to see if the blue indicator on the headset itself is flashing (connected) or off (device is off).
Other Thoughts: Nothing here really is a detriment enough to demote its 5-star rating to a 4-star, so I stand by my rating firmly.
If you are looking at this device as an option for the Playstation 4, I did test on there as well terrible results. While the device is recognized and seems to connect initially, the driver support is not there yet from Sony. The device will connect briefly, play audio and then disconnect only to repeat the process over and over again. I tried multiple things to try to get this to work as the all audio through headset option on the PS4 is fantastic. I made sure that range was not a factor, but still no luck. Will just need to wait for Corsair/Sony to update the drivers on the PS4.
I do not have an Xbox One so I could not test on there. Sorry, MS fans.
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving
Pros: The TP-LINK TL-SG105 is a fantastic little unit. My previous experience with Gigabit switches comes in the way of two 8-port Linksys units however, when given the opportunity to try something new, I couldn't resist. I greatly enjoy the performance of this little unit. I decided that to best test the unit, I should employ it within my office environment. Being a developer who also does a lot of SQL Server management, the ability to quickly move large files quickly is very important.
I have thrown tons of data through this unit over the past week or so and it has not glitched once. Transfer speeds are lightning quick and right up there where one would expect them to be for a Gigabit switch.
The size of the unit contributes greatly to my appreciation of it. The thing is tiny --even smaller than comparable units from other manufacturers. Not only is the unit a small form factor which can easily be tucked away mounted to the underside of a desk, it is also in a metal case as opposed to plastic. As such, the case acts as a heatsink --dissipating heat in such an efficient manner that even after a few hours of hammering multi-GB database backups back and forth between servers, the thing is barely even warm.
The fact that it is unmanaged simplifies the unit quite a bit. This is great since you simply plug it into your network and add devices. There is no configuration necessary, quite literally plug and play. I had the unit set up in < 2 minutes.
Cons: The only con I have is that it is a 5 port unit, but if you require more ports, you wouldn't be looking at this unit in the first place. Other than that this unit is fantastic.
Other Thoughts: I briefly tested this on my home network with my PS3, XBOX 360, and Desktop PC. I was running Netflix on the PC and the PS3 and downloading a game from Xbox Live at the same time and I didn't notice any degradation in speed between the devices. The lights were happily flashing along on the unit and the bits and bytes were flying.
Get this unit, for the price you probably can't beat it!