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HP 24o Black 24
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Pros: +After tweaking the contrast/brightness, it's a pretty good display with good picture quality and nice color representation.
+Gaming performance in terms of screen lag was good and I did not have any issues with ghosting in DOOM or Dead by Daylight.
+Was able to overclock the refresh rate to 66 Hz without causing any other issues (image jitter, clipping, loss in quality).
+Build quality is fairly good despite the monitor being all plastic and the base having no metal support (though there is a metal hinge for the tilt). It doesn't feel cheaply made.
+Plastic is matte, not glossy, so it doesn't show fingerprints.
+Monitor bezel around the screen is only 3/4" on the sides.

Cons: -Mine was missing the power cord as well...luckily I had a spare otherwise I'd have an unusable monitor.
-Only comes with a 15-pin D-Sub VGA cable. I understand not including a DVI cable since those are a bit antiquated, but I see no reason to not include a 6' HDMI cable instead.

Other Thoughts: As you can probably tell from the pictures and the specs, this monitor has no height or rotation adjustment, and does not support the DisplayPort interface.

Monitor tweaks/settings I used:
Brightness: 35
Contrast: 75
Colour: 6500K
Sharpness: 3
DDC/CI: Off
ACR: Off
Overdrive: Off

Connected to an EVGA GTX 980 via DVI cable on an i7 4790K system.

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Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1D)
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3 out of 5 eggs Good USB 3 performance but really flimsy construction 08/12/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1D)

Pros: + Good speeds with both read and write using USB3.
+ Comparing this drive with several other USB3 based drives I have (Corsair Voyager GO, Corsair Voyager Slider, Corsair Flash Voyager) in my benchmark testing using 4 different testing applications, it was either best or in the middle with performance, and only worst 1 time with 1 test. (See “Other Thoughts” for full benchmark testing results and rankings.)

+ Real world performance was very good. In an effort to put the drive through it’s paces, I did 3 file copy tests using TeraCopy 2.27 Free to track the copy times and performance.
** Large file test:
Copying the Windows 7 Professional w/SP1 64-bit ISO MSDN image, en_windows_7_professional_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_676939.iso, 3.09 GB in size, took 2 minutes, 42 seconds, with a write rate of 20 MB/s.
** Medium size file, large quantity test:
Copying a directory of images taken with my Canon PowerShot SX130IS 12MP digital camera, 882 files, 20 folders, 8.96 GB in size, took 9 minutes, 5 seconds, with a write rate of 17 MB/s.
** Small file, small quantity test:
Copying the Rage Against the Machine discography, 73 Files, 5 Folders, encoded with Lame Encoder in VBR V0 preset, 450MB in size, took 34 seconds, with a write rate of 13 MB/s.

Cons: - Really flimsy feeling construction. Because of the "split" construction (with a smaller top section) it feels like I could break the drive, or at least the housing, in my hands very easily. Yes, it's plastic, and most thumb drives are plastic, but this plastic and the way it's put together just feels incredibly flimsy and cheap.

- Has open holes for a lanyard or keyring, but does not come with either. Every other drive I've seen that has these holes comes with the lanyard or plastic string piece to use there.

Other Thoughts: The Corsair drives [that I have] feel like I could run them over with my truck and they'd still be in one piece and work fine; the Blaze B05 feels like I could break it with my bare hands. The performance is pretty good, but the construction leaves a lot to be desired. Being a thumb drive and portable, I wouldn't feel too comfortable lugging this thing around everywhere like I would with the other thumb drives that I have. I don't want to say it's "fragile", but, it definitely isn't going to survive a lot of throwing around and briefcase bouncing.

If you need a drive with solid performance that is only going to be used in one place and won't need to be transported around, this would be a good choice. If you need something that will go place to place, computer to computer, I would definitely look elsewhere. Even if the Blaze B05 had the best performance out of all of my drives, I wouldn't take it out of the house due to the construction compared to my other drives.

Test system:
Intel Core i7 4790K @ 4.4 GHz CPU
Gigabyte Z97X-SLI motherboard
EVGA GTX 980 SC
32 GB Crucial Ballistix LP DDR3-1600 (4 x 8 GB) RAM
Radeon R7 480 GB SSD
Seagate 4TB SSHD SSD/HDD hybrid drive
Seagate 2TB 7200 RPM HDD
Seasonic MII 850W PSU

Actual test results and rankings:
HD Tune 2.55
Transfer Rate - Minimum (MB/sec) 94 MB/sec **3rd place**
Transfer Rate - Maximum (MB/sec) 140.5 MB/sec **3rd place**
Transfer Rate - Average (MB/sec) 132.4 MB/sec **3rd place**
Access Time (ms) 0.5 ms **tied for 2nd place**
Burst Rate (MB/sec) 65.5 MB/sec **best**
CPU Usage (%) -1% **tied for best**

CrystalDiskMark 4.0.3 x64
Seq Q32T1 Read (MB/s) 135.8 MB/s **3rd place**
Seq Q32T1 Write (MB/s) 22.2 MB/s **3rd place**
4K Q32T1 Read (MB/s) 13.4 MB/s **best**
4K Q32T1 Write (MB/s) 0.124 MB/s **2nd place, almost tied with best**
Seq Read (MB/s) 138.4 MB/s **best**
Seq Write (MB/s) 21.6 MB/s **3rd place**
4K Read (MB/s) 12.91 MB/s **best**
4K Write (MB/s) 0.152 MB/s **best**

USBFlashSpeed.com
Read speed 110.26 MB/s **2nd place, almost tied with best**
Write speed 18.05 MB/s **3rd place**

NirSoft.net USBDeview x64 Speed Test
Read Speed 115.38 MB/s **best**
Write Speed 21.14 MB/s **worst**

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Linksys CM3008 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (8x4 Bonded channels)
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5 out of 5 eggs Great modem, works plug and play with Charter (as promised) 07/24/2016

This review is from: Linksys CM3008 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (8x4 Bonded channels)

Pros: Basically plug and play with my Charter Spectrum internet. I had to enter the MAC address of my old modem and enter my Charter account # to switch over to this new modem, but otherwise, it was plug and play. My Buffalo WZR-1750DHP had no issues with the CM3008.

Tried a quick speed test and the CM3008 was able to pull 100 Mbps down and 4 Mbps up which is the plan that I’m on with Charter. However, the Cisco DPC3010 that I was given by Charter actually gets 132 Mbps down and usually 4.5 – 5 Mbps up because of how strong our connection is. In that regard, if you pay for >100Mbps, keep in mind the CM3008 is capped at that speed so you may want to look at the CM3024 instead which will go up to 343 Mbps.

Have had no issues with anything else that I use currently – I have both SSH/SFTP and VNC servers, and also play online games in Steam as well as use 2 Rokus (Roku 2 & Roku 3) with Playstation Vue, Hulu, Netflix, and other services. The CM3008 worked just fine with all of these.

It’s about as big as a deck of playing cards. Wherever you put it, you basically lay it flat or you can try to prop it up on its side but there’s nothing to hold it in that orientation. It would definitely make a good “travel” modem or something that a “family IT guy” could take with them if a friend or relative thinks their modem is bad…you can literally fit it in your pocket.

Solid piece of kit. It’s fully plastic and has no metal at all other than the COAX jack but it still feels like it’s built well enough and could handle being dropped or being knocked off a desk or shelf.

Cons: Just a minor gripe - it cannot be wall mounted out of the box (but I’m sure you could use brackets or two sided tape/mounting squares if you really wanted to put it on the wall). It doesn't have slots in the back of the unit for wall mounting.

Other Thoughts: Don’t really have much else to say – it’s a cable modem, compatible with most providers, and it works basically plug and play. If you currently lease a modem from your provider, and your provider is compatible with this, definitely pick this up and it’ll pay for itself fairly quickly over what you’ll save on “modem lease” fees.

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