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OCZ TRION 150 2.5
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Pros: The drive is inexpensive and fast. It allows a user to boost performance in older machines (in my case a 6 year old laptop) and really bring some life back to the machine. This drive greatly boosts my ability to use my Asus UL-80vt after a few years of it sitting on the shelves. I threw on an Ubuntu distro initially and everything was humming along nicely. The drive reads and writes as well as any SSD I've used and I would be plenty happy to recommend the drive to others.

Before I used this as an OS drive in the laptop I used it in an external usb 2.0 enclosure to test out performance against the dated usb spec. It performs really well and the enclosure stayed nice and cool as well. SSD means if I bump the enclosure or machine when the disk is operating, I don't have to worry about hardware damage!

Cons: I don't really have any cons for this unit aside from the capacity of the drive. That said, see "Other" for more info. If I had to pick SOMETHING that was negative, it would be that the casing on the drive itself feels somewhat weak and not as well made as other drives I've used (Samsung 850 EVO Pro and an AMD SSD which ironically was made by OCZ). However, given that this is an internal drive and there are no moving parts, who cares?!

Other Thoughts: The capacity of the drive is fine for a secondary machine but if I were buying one, I'd get a higher capacity to future proof. This is not a problem for a secondary or travel laptop for me though, just something to hammer out some code on in my free time when I don't have my main machine with me.

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ASUS Z170-PRO LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs Solid Mid-Range Enthusiast Board! 03/15/2016

This review is from: ASUS Z170-PRO LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This board is very well-equipped for the price point. While a little higher than its competitors for a mid-range board, the quality of Asus products is one of the reasons that price isn't everything. The board performs well under multiple concurrent loads. I have been using this board for quite some time and have had nothing but good experiences with it. The one click overclocking works well, but is not a feature that I use all that often as my CPU cooling is not as robust as I would like. It is really nice to have a built-in display card on this board when a dedicated graphics card is not used or needed. When using a secondary display with the built-in gpu, it adds a nice second screen while gaming using a dedicated graphics card to drive the game. USB3.0 ports are a plus and a welcomed improvement over USB2.0/2.1 speeds which have felt sluggish on older machines. There is plenty of expansion available so long as you realize this is a mid-range board. I personally only run one nVidia card with no other expansions so 1 x full size PCIe slot is all I require (there are 3). Built-in ethernet port is sufficient for my networking requirements and performs as one would expect.

The board itself performs well and stays relatively cool thanks to the huge heat sinks installed over the crucial components. While a little tight for building a serious gaming rig, this board will suffice for most users' needs. It is also a plus that if budget is a concern, less expensive CPUs may be purchased in the i3 or i5 range as opposed to having to jump straight to the i7. DDR4 RAM is dropping in price every day which makes the idea of maxing the RAM at 64GB a much more realistic option.

There is also a built-in water pump header for a liquid cooling configuration which is the first I've seen on boards in this range (does not mean others do not have it).

Cons: It would be really nice if all PCIx slots could be run at x16 or even x8 at all times. The 3rd slot as noted in the specs is shared with the SATA controller. This is less than ideal and is really only useful if you're going to add on a RAID controller card. For me, it is not really an issue with a single GPU, but for others, the drop may be noticeable.

It's a little tight. There is a lot going on in a confined space with this unit. If you are looking for a full-size board with plenty of wiggle room for manipulating components during install, you will have a little trouble with this one. I have rather large hands and installing my GPU and other 1x expansion cards tends to be tricky --though I have found this to be the case on most mid-size boards, not just this unit.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I'm pretty happy with this board. I will probably set this unit up as a second PC for my wife now that testing is completed seeing as her demands are less intense than my own. Asus products are always decent and there is a reason why they maintain their place in the market. I would definitely recommend this board, but would also recommend exploring boards slightly above and below this price to see if there is a better fit for your needs as it feels like this board was designed to fit a gap in the pricing structure.

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SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset - White
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3 out of 5 eggs Nothing to write home about 02/23/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset - White

Pros: This headset is very pretty to look at. It has a look about it that screams techie and gamer while also being allowed to transition into the professional space as a headset for conference calls and listening to music while I crank out some code. The retractable microphone is also a nice feature in that I can retract it without having to worry about it still becoming bent or snapped off while in my bag. The built in volume and microphone control on the cord is also an added bonus so that I don't always have to switch out of full screen applications/games in order to adjust the volume or mute my mic.

Cons: Too light. The unit feels like it is cheaply made and for the price, I would expect a better build quality. The light weight would seem like it would increase your endurance while wearing them, but they are constantly shifting around on my head which is annoying at best. The headband is elastic but not able to be discretely adjusted. If I had a slightly smaller head, these probably would be better suited to me, but since I can't expand or contract the earpieces along the headband, I am unable to find a comfortable position in which to wear them.

Other Thoughts: The sound quality was okay which leaves it out of the pro or con category as to me, it was literally mediocre. I have relatively high standards having some experience with recording music. These just do not live up as far as the sound quality is concerned. Part of the reason is that to save weight, lighter magnets are used which in turn causes the bass response to be underwhelming. The headset is okay for online chat, however.

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Display Name: Matthew S.

Date Joined: 04/04/07

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