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OCZ Trion 100 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Average speed, solid reliability 01/13/2016

This review is from: OCZ Trion 100 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN100-25SAT3-120G

Pros: This is a solid little 120GB SSD. Real-world and bench-marked read and write speeds are in the 400 to 450 MB/sec range. If you are looking for a cheap SSD to update an older laptop or desktop, and you do not need a ton of space for your programs and applications, you could do much worse for $50 or less.

Cons: None

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iRULU U8 Smart Watch Bluetooth Google Android and Apple iOS Compatible Music Play Photo Function Fitness and Sleep Tracker Red
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Pros: The main features I was looking for in a new watch was that it lights up so I could see it in the dark without grasping around for my phone. I also wanted a pedometer to track my activity, and this watch has it. Once you play around with the interface a bit, it is easy to use. It's a simple watch, which is good because it has the basic functions I was looking for and I don't have to sift through too much other stuff I don't care about.

Another convenient thing about the watch is that it charges on the same cable as my phone, so I don't need to bring two chargers with me when I am traveling. Also, the battery has a decent life - it lasts quite a long time before needing to be charged again.

The pedometer seemed to work pretty well, but I did not check for complete accuracy. Within the pedometer feature, there is a stopwatch which was helpful as I knew hoe long I had been walking for.

Cons: The instructions are printed in a very small font and in poor English, so I had to figure out many of the features on my own. Also, the app that goes with this watch was not in my app store (Fire Phone) so I am probably missing out on some of the features.

I couldn't figure out how to switch the Metric to English. This to me was the biggest basic flaw of the watch, especially since it is sold in the United States.

I am not a large person, but the watch seemed bulky. I think this is just the nature of a "smart" watch, as it needs a sufficiently large screen to be able to see and swipe and tap, but when I wear it, it just seems big and heavy and makes me reminisce about my old 1990's-era Timex Indiglo.

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GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: This board includes a host of modern, useful features, including SLI, 2 x M.2 SSD support, SATA Express 16GBps, next-gen USB, and HDMI/Display port video out. You are going to be covered for many years, as far as support for high quality, fast hardware goes, with this motherboard.

To be clear you MUST use a new Skylake, 6th generation Intel CPU with this board. It does not support any CPUs in the older lines of chipsets. I am using the i-7 6700 (non-K) as I do not overclock.

I run a lot of hard drives in my PC for 3D animation and video editing, so it's good that this board has plenty of internal Sata III connectors to fully take advantage of the throughput on my spinning drives.

Something you don't see too often in a board at this price range is the inclusion of integrated high-end audio I/O. The SoundBlaster chip sounds awesome and will come in handy for audio recording and production.

DDR4 ram has come down quite a bit in price over the past year, which is good, as this board requires you to use this newer spec of system memory. I am running the less expensive DDR4 2400 RAM and the speeds are great for video production, animation, and gaming.

Less importantly, but still a bonus, is that the board looks really slick inside my case. It has a professional look and feel as far as colors, and quality of the parts included.

Cons: The "Heroes of the Storm" branding is lame. At the very least, I would have expected a code to redeem the game inside the box, as there is a huge logo on the front of the box. All that is included is a "busy/not busy" branded door hang (like you'd find in a hotel room for the cleaning person) and a slip to enter a giveaway for "Heroes" merchandise. Not a deal-breaker, of course, but a bit annoying.

Other Thoughts: As a side note, I do not overclock my CPU or RAM, so I can't speak to the stability or features that this board has to offer along those lines. AT clock speeds, the board has been doing great.

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