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Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Good Drive BUT Check Compatibility First 01/02/2017

This review is from: Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Notebooks / Laptops Internal Hard Drive ST2000LX001

Pros: - 2TB's of storage combined with SSD makes this an awesome overall drive especially at it's current price point.
- No additional software needed to take advantage of the SSD. The drive will automatically move the files your system accesses the most off the platters and onto the much faster SSD storage.
- Considerably faster than a standard 2TB platter drive for not only booting up, but launching applications. Though I will point out it may take a few days to fully see the potential. As an example, opening up something like Microsoft Word would take ~5 seconds on a standard drive. After a few launches it's just over a second now. Boot up time has decreased from just over 30 seconds to around 15.
- Providing you either have the right bracket or if your case layout permits, you can also mount this in a desktop.
- Read/Write speeds are both good however I feel that most users would get a better bang for their buck with a full SSD providing space is not the issue.

Cons: - My only major gripe with this drive is compatibility with certain laptops. And while this is something that is out of their hands, I could not get this laptop to work in my Latitude E6530. Rather than spend time working on that issue, I tried it out in a separate laptop and ultimately moved it over to my gaming desktop as a backup drive as I prefer 100% SSD's in my laptop.
I feel this is worth pointing out as, assuming you've read this far, you should do a quick search on the internet for whether there are other users who have problems getting this drive working if they have the same model laptop you plan on putting this in.

Other Thoughts: I've been using this drive constantly over the last 2 weeks without a single issue. (Not counting the compatibility problem with this particular laptop.) It's a LOT of storage for a laptop and that added SSD really does make a noticeable difference if you don't want to spend a fortune on a very large 100% SSD solution.
This drive definitely fills the niche for gamers, who generally desire both speed and storage capacity, however it can be equally as good for most power users in needed of a compromise between speed and space without putting a huge dent in their wallet.
While I don't have a console to test this on, I could see this offering advantages there as well as the drive is what handles moving files to the SSD, not the system. So games you play constantly 'should' load a slight bit faster.

In closing, while I would personally take a full SSD drive over a SSHD any day of the week, I can't really find any faults with this one. It delivers on everything it says it does and delivers it quite well. If you're on a budget, need space, but still want a taste of what SSD offers than you found it. Good drive. Good price. Good buy.

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Corsair SP Series, SP120 RGB LED, 120mm High Performance RGB LED Fan (CO-9050061-WW) 3-pack
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5 out of 5 eggs Understand What You're Getting vs What You May Need 12/18/2016

This review is from: Corsair SP Series, SP120 RGB LED, 120mm High Performance RGB LED Fan (CO-9050061-WW) 3-pack

Pros: High Performance is subjective. While these do move a reasonable amount of air, my only gripe is I would not consider these "high performance". What they are though is a fairly inexpensive and cool solution if you're looking to add some basic lighting effects to your case while still getting decent cooling. If you're looking for truly high performance air cooling, stop reading and keep looking!
With that out of the way, to the good stuff:
- At max spin up these fans are very quiet and as pointed out above move a respectable amount of air which will be more than adequate for almost all users.
- Easy installation and more than enough wire to accommodate even the largest of cases. I have a fairly large full tower and had no issues routing the wires and controller to anywhere I wanted.
- Lighting effects, while very basic, are pretty cool. The case I have these in is black with red accents so I chose a very slow pulsing red. It looks really nice!
- Comes with all screws and connectors you'll need straight out of the box.

Cons: - If I had to nitpick it's the advertising as high performance. I've had high performance fans. I also have partial hearing loss because I've had said fans at full spin. (I kid... but seriously if you've ever had a real air cooling solution you know how loud they get!)
These, if I had to rate on a 1-10 for air cooling, would be a comfortable 7.

Other Thoughts: What more is there to say? I've these fans running non-stop for 2 weeks and they're still spinning away. The case I have these in is just for file sharing so I just need the most basic of cooling. But, I also wanted the case to stand out more. Mission accomplished.
In a perfect world, I would have given these a 4.5 out of 5 eggs. I can't, so I round up in this case because I got exactly what I was expecting to get. A 3 pack of very basic RGB LED lit fans that made a rather mediocre looking case, if you'll pardon the pun, shine.

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4 out of 5 eggs Major Features; Minor Flaws 11/30/2016

This review is from: Scimitar Rgb Gaming Mouse Blk - CH-9000231-NA

Pros: - Customization. Wow… where to begin? This is by far the biggest pro to this mouse. Having 12 programmable buttons (technically more, but in reality you'll be using only the 12 of the side), which can be slid forward or backward depending on the size of your hand, a thumb click away is huge. Not only for gaming, but for other applications you use which may require multiple commands. Think video/photo editing. So while this is advertised as a gaming mouse, it has other very useful applications. If you can think of a use, you're a profile setting away from making it a reality.
- Continuing from there the software allows for multiple settings for lighting in terms of color choices and how they’re displayed. Ie, solid, strobing, etc. You can also have multiple dpi settings which are easily changed on the fly.
- Grip is much more hand/finger friendly than its younger non-MMO brother the Corsair Sabre. It’s not a huge change but you can feel it. One thing to point out though is it does take a solid week or two of use to get used to it.
- CUE Software. You’re going to see this in the cons as well. But for now, let me focus on the pros. Once installed your mouse should be detected and you’ll be prompted with a firmware update if needed. Configuring the mouse here is a breeze for basic use. Once you get into programming the buttons though, you’ll find yourself spending a little more time. Not that it’s difficult, it just takes time.
- From an FPS standpoint, this mouse also works like a champ. Smooth motion and pinpoint accurate. The only thing that could have made this a little nicer would have been the ability to add or decrease the weight slightly. It falls into what I consider the mid weight range but I know some people like their mice a little meatier. Me being one of them.

Cons: - CUE Software. Once in a while the lighting settings would stop working. Completely random; always annoying. After the second or third time it happened I took to the internet and sure enough there’s others with the same problem. This is something I have no doubt will be fixed with a software update so not the end of the world.
- The grip takes some time getting used to. Mainly because you’re now resting your thumbs on buttons. It took me close to 2 weeks to finally get comfortable with it. So if you’re not willing to put up with a break in period, you may want to look elsewhere.
- Lack of adjustable weight. There’s a lot crammed into this mouse so I can see why a feature like this is left out but once you slap “gaming” on a mouse and start approaching a certain price point there are features that gamers are expecting. This would have been nice to have, but is not something I’m going to hold against the mouse for my rating.

Other Thoughts: While this mouse was designed for MMO/MOBA gamers, it works just fine in another other genre of gaming. In some cases it may work better than what you have if you can get a little creative! I found myself creating profiles to use for applications outside the gaming world and was quite happy with what I was able to do.

Whether or not I would recommend this mouse really comes down to 1 question:
Are you willing to spend a solid week or two of gaming to get used to it? If the answer is no, then look elsewhere. If you’re coming from a similar mouse (think Naga), the transition to the Scimitar will probably be fairly smooth.
In the end this mouse is a solid 4 out of 5 eggs and is worth every penny providing you have a need (or can find one) for everything it has to offer.

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