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This review is from: Corsair MM600 CH-9000084-WW Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
Pros: Looked nice while it lasted...
Cons: Almost exactly one month to the day since I reviewed this product and my fears coming true. The contact surface is starting to separate from the aluminum.
I'm disgusted with Corsair. They charge such a premium, can't be bothered to recess the plastic, and now the glue is letting it go around the edges. If it wasn't for the one year warranty I'd be completely disenchanted with them. Lets hope that process goes well.
The contact surface is also wearing down faster than I expected and inexplicable knicks are forming in the middle of the surface area.
By no means was this pad even close to being abused and I very consciously avoided the edges as much as possibly, but yet here we are. A mighty shame.
Other Thoughts: OLD REVIEW:
Pros: Excellent build quality, which Corsair is well-known for with all their products. I knew I was in for a treat when I opened up the UPS box and saw just how big and heavy this sucker was. It was very well packaged and even featured a sample of both textured surfaces on the front, so you could test them out with your finger before even opening it up. Nice touch Corsair...
After removing the MM600 from it's packaging I was even more impressed with what I saw. Solid aircraft grade aluminum with four rubber feet. It just feels like quality in my hands... Features a heavy-textured side for precise tracking and a smooth-textured side for fast paced gaming. I absolutely love the smooth side myself and I think most people will, but it's nice to have the option of switching it up if the situation calls for it.
I tested this pad with a Corsair M90 mouse which features an Avago ADNS-9500 laser sensor. I find that the tracking is 100% accurate even at the highest DPI setting. My mouse literally feels like it's hovering over the pad when I move it as there is virtually no resistance at all. Overall, this is just a sick mouse pad and it definitely improves my gaming experience.
The heavy-textured side feels very rough to the touch, but in use my mouse actually glided over it smoother than I thought it would. I could see how it would help if I was sniping in an FPS game, or playing any game that required slow, accurate mouse movements. It virtually eliminates those unwanted jerky moves we all hate so much.
This pad is big, but not abnormally large to a point that makes it impractical for most desks. I actually have a small desk and was able to fit it on by just repositioning my 24 inch monitor slightly.
Cons: I'm really reaching here to find anything bad to say about this pad. The heavy-textured side feels so rough to the touch that it makes me wonder how well it would hold up. Of course, I cannot comment on that as I have only been using it for a short time, but I wouldn't be surprised if the texture wore smooth after a while.
It's a little pricey for a mouse pad, at least to the average Joe. That said, it's worth the cost considering the quality.
Other Thoughts: I have nothing more to say other than go buy this puppy right now if you're in the market for a new pad. You won't be let down, I promise you that! Good job Corsair!
This review is from: Seagate STCR4000101 4TB Personal Cloud NAS server
Pros: + The most convenient, user friendly, stable and powerful entry-level NAS I've tested.
+ Great features: Auto-backup, Several backup storage solutions including Dropbox and Google Drive, Download Manager, Torrent App, Media App, Print Server, UPnP, DLNA, iTunes, SMB, AFP, FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Time Machine capable.
+ User friendly but a very limited way to initially set it up. You must connect it to LAN to do so.
+ Can turn off status light, though it's position on top of the unit so it won't necessarily glare at you. Very sleek.
+ Activity log that seems to cover most events and usages.
+ Worked without a problem on Cable Modem/Router that doesn't allow wireless repeaters, third party routers, or extenders. So compatibility seems to be very high with little worry if you use a router provided by your internet provider.
+ Power consumption is pretty good for NAS. Up to 12-15 Watts on full, heavy loads and down to 5 Watts when in power saving mode. Average of 10 watts in between that. Not incredible for standalone drives but pretty good for a NAS server.
+ Seagate's media app works VERY well on mobile, both Android and Apple. Remember, though, your ability to remotely access this drive is ENTIRELY dependent on the router you connect this to, your upload speed, the network you use to connect to it whether wi-fi or mobile data, and the files you use.
That said, I was able to reliably stream music, including FLAC, with absolutely no hiccups. Both on wi-fi and mobile data.
Video files are a mixed bag depending on several factors including codecs used but Seagate's app can handle AVI, WMV, MKV, MP4, etc. If it plays I was able to stream video files up to 4K in resolution and 32GB in size without a problem on Wi-Fi. On Mobile Data streaming any video file isn't reliable; HOWEVER this feature is still in BETA. My mobile LTE data is uncapped and faster than my home internet so it's definitely not about speed or throttling but a quirk in the Seagate app it seems, hopefully it gets frequently updated and addresses this. I can also say that if you don't want to use Seagate's app to stream you can use any music player or video player that allows it. For instance, for video I used MX Player to steam over mobile data.
+ Accessing pictures and files was also no fuss remotely.
+Seagate support is fantastic. I wasn't thrilled with their level of support on previous occasions but now they're very friendly, thorough and helpful. Response times were usually less than 12 hours through e-mail.
Cons: - Initial setup, including an automatic firmware update, took over 30 mins. Once done, though, everything runs flawlessly.
- Mobile app isn't perfect. It'll occasionally crash or take forever to update files but it's rare for me when that happens.
- Transfer speeds while on the same network to this drive is a bit underwhelming at 60 MBps.
- Plex server app hasn't launched yet but it's promised and you can work around it for now.
- My drive had a quirk where it wouldn't go into power saving mode without first selecting no power save, power cycling it, and then selecting the power saving time I wanted. Seagate was quick to help me resolve this issue, though.
Other Thoughts: It is very important to remember what this NAS server is all about: Entry level ease. It's not meant to be a power user feature rich, super savvy NAS server. It's meant to be a no fuss, easy to use for your average consumer NAS server. Even my parents were able to use it and that's saying something. This is the first device that basically does everything that it is advertised to do and as well as you'd think it should.
I was able to reliably and quickly access this drive and its files from any networked computer, PS3, Blu-ray players, tablets, phones, LG smart tv, etc. I was also able to reliably access this drive remotely on wi-fi and mobile. It works so well on mobile for music that I am not going to even use Spotify anymore. Since this device uses your own network you don't need to pay a monthly fee to use it.
So, again, if you have decent internet with adequate upload speeds (I'd recommend at least 2 Mbps - 250 KBps, for music, and 4 Mbps - 500 KBps for video) you'll be able to efficiently access this drive anywhere so long as the network's download speeds you're on is also matching your upload speeds. If accessing this drive on Mobile data remember that your data rates and caps still apply.
This is the first item that I have received from Newegg Expert Reviews that I am enthusiastically recommending without any reservations. It's really hard to be critical over something that works as intended.
Pros: Just as good as the G700
Plenty of buttons for most games
Macros work decently
Can use wirelessly or wired
You don't realize how much you'll love the free scrolling mouse wheel until you use a mouse without the feature.
The only sign of this being refurbished is the lack of packaging.
Cons: A very lazy update from Logitech, it offers nothing new to the G700 except an ugly paint job.
I replaced my G700 because the middle mouse button wouldn't work, had to switch the middle mouse button the the left wheel button, which also stopped working. Then the main left button stopped working consistently, had to be pressed a certain way and then the mouse began chewing through the battery when wireless, even when replaced with a new, higher capacity one.
But I had the mouse for about 5 years before the wear and tear happened and the mouse went through Diablo 2 and Diablo 3, countless other games and two MMORPGs. Whether that's an acceptable MTBF is up to you.
Other Thoughts: I think logitech mice are EXTREMELY overpriced because they're not built like they used to be. Sure, the shells are solid but when you take them apart and look at the switches, they're just not nearly as good as older switches, thus forced obsolescence to encourage sales. So I definitely wouldn't buy one unless on sale or refurbed.
Truth be told, I wouldn't have gotten the G700s if there were a proper competing mouse with the amount of buttons I want and the ability to be wired/wireless.
It's a solid mouse but build quality is up for debate.
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