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Seagate  STDF30000100  30TB  NAS Pro 6-Bay Network Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs EggXpert Review - Seagate 30TB NAS 03/23/2015

This review is from: Seagate STDF30000100 30TB NAS Pro 6-Bay Network Storage

Pros: 30TB of storage - Six Seagate ST5000NC0002 Terascale drives fill up the belly of this NAS server, they are set up by default to be in Seagate's own "SimplyRAID", which seems to be a variation on RAID5 where each disk is striped but a parity is also stored for the ability to restore data if a single drive fails. The only difference between this and RAID5 seems to be the ability to take the excess storage of dissimilar drive sizes and use that for parity information... Since the 30TB variation of this server comes packed full of identical drives, then this is essentially just RAID5. This leaves 25TB usable and 5TB of the drives are being used for parity information.

The system has a very small form factor. I would describe it as approximately the size of an average toaster. You could easily fit it just about anywhere out of the way.

High-quality external PSU manufactured by the well known Channel Well Technology gives me a sense of relief knowing that I hopefully won't be looking at replacing the power brick anytime soon. It only gets a little warm to the touch, so nothing to worry about.

Runs cool and quiet under load thanks to it's low power consumption. Even under load writing hundreds of GB of data the drives never exceeded 37C that I observed, and I never could hear the 120mm cooling fan even though it is only located a few feet away. (I can't say the same for the other computers in the room, that's for sure)

Can be set up to be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection, can even be shut down remotely. The NAS OS is easy to understand and navigate, as well as the Sdrive app.

Cons: There is a little vibration; These are made to handle much more vibration over the long-term than the basic Barracuda drives, but I have the NAS sitting on the floor a few feet away and I can feel the vibration of the drives working in my feet. I'm not sure how I feel about this, but 30TB worth of platters working is bound to cause some kind of vibration. All in all it's not that bad I suppose, this floor tends to carry vibrations from rather far away anyway, so I'm not going to be deducting an egg for that. I would probably blame the mounting system for the drives which doesn't seem to have any sort of vibration dampening to them.

Other Thoughts: I never could find out exactly what CPU this thing has, since all Seagate mentions is it's a 1.7GHz dual-core Intel CPU. The best I can tell, it's some kind of low-power Pentium with a 15W TDP. The heatsink on it is tiny and looks like some old OEM motherboard's northbridge heatsink, but with such a low TDP I'm sure it gets the job done. The entire motherboard fits off to one side of the case, with the PCB containing the SATA ports for the drives plugged into it at a 90 degree angle to save space and allow proper airflow from it's single 120mm fan. Basically, the case is only slighly larger than the space occupied by the drives, and was much smaller than I expected.
Setup was extremely easy following the included instructions and the descriptions of the NAS OS options, even a child could do it. You practically just have to plug it in and turn it on, then go to a web address and twiddle your thumbs for a little bit.
If you have the NAS connected to your local network, there's no need to use the Sdrive app or access the NAS OS at all, instead you can easily add a Public Share via the NAS OS and add it as a network location under Windows (I have no experience with Linux or Mac OS, sorry) and directly access it's drive contents without any trouble or the need for entering a username and password.
If you want a more secure backup in case of drive failures, delete the pre-made volume and instead choose a custom RAID6 or SimplyRAID Dual, which is like RAID6 except works like SimplyRAID when using dissimilar disk sizes. Since all the drives are 5TB and every bay is filled, I opted to just go straight for RAID6. The problem with RAID5, or Seagate's regular SimplyRAID, is that if such a large drive fails, it takes a very long time to rebuild a drive from parity information. If an additional drive fails before the disk is restored, you will have lost the entire array. RAID6 protects against 2 disk failures. It doesn't take long to delete the volume and create another one, so it's worth taking the few extra minutes during setup instead of taking hours later backing up your data to another source, reconfiguring the NAS volume, and then replacing the data to the NAS server... again. This does decrease your usable space to 20TB, but that's still quite a lot of space.
To transfer approximately 220GB of data off of a single drive I was backing up took about an hour, with an average transfer speed of 514Mb/s (~64MB/s), or about half of the avaliable 1Gb/s bandwidth of the network. This I'm sure was bottlenecked by the speed of the single hard drive I was backing up data from, a 5400RPM 3TB Seagate NAS. CPU usage of the server during this transfer would peak at around 90% in a few spikes, but mostly hovered around 60%, and RAM usage never went above 17%, so the hardware seems adequate for it's purpose.
This NAS server has by far the most avaliable storage capacity in it's price range from what I have seen, and you're practically paying for the drives it conta

Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs EggXpert Review - Corsair RGB Laser Gaming Mouse 01/28/2015

This review is from: Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse

Pros: Excellent tracking. This is absolutely the most accurate mouse I have ever used.

It is pretty light. I like light mice and it is almost perfect for me. If anything, I think it could be a little lighter, but I am still getting used to it over my old mouse that I've had for years which was even lighter than this one.

The customizable lights are really aesthetically pleasing. Choosing your favorite color(s) just makes it feel that much more like your own mouse.

Five fully customizable DPI settings which allow you to even set a separate DPI for the vertical and horizontal axis, which is quite possibly the most amazing about this mouse. *(almost a pro, but apparently there's also a sixth "sniper" DPI setting --- but it is unclear how to activate it which makes it more of a con)

Cons: It just doesn't feel right. Now, I have very large, clumsy hands. No, bigger than what you were just thinking after reading that. I actually haven't found a mouse that does feel right. This mouse is actually shaped very similarly to my old mouse, so i am used to the shape... but it still doesn't' fit my hand right at all. I have to hold it with my fingers curled and my palm elevated otherwise they hang way off the front of the mouse if I try to rest my palm normally. It's not comfortable at all for long periods of time. I'm still trying to find that perfect mouse for the guy with really, really big hands and little to no dexterity. I am sorry to say, but this mouse is NOT it.

The left click is way too sensitive. Related to the fact that I have to hover my hand over the mouse and curl my fingers, I find myself accidentally clicking way to often just from the weight of my pointer finger resting on the button. I had a friend laughing at my stream while I was playing just a couple of nights ago because I accidentally fired on a friendly at the start of a game with hilarious consequences... well, at least it was despite the fact I was trying to play a serious game. When using the internet, I accidentally click ads or links I don't want to go to. It's just not a very enjoyable experience.

The software is unclear about how to use all the settings, and has to be running in order for the mouse to remember it's DPI presets/default DPI. It takes a while to load at startup. It would be much more acceptable if that was integrated into the mouse, instead of being an application running. Additionally, the application hogs up more memory than Google Chrome at a whopping 200MB. That is the highest memory usage I have when I'm not in a game. That's more than a little ridiculous. One last thing, there are a lot of options in the application that have no real explanation on what they do or how you use them. There is nothing in the readme regarding them, nothing in the user manual... I've just been stuck wondering what they are and why they won't work.

Even though you can select colors for the lighting, and it shows custom lighting being applied to even the DPI indicator, every time I try to change the color of the DPI indicator I get a message stating it cannot be performed on that light. Also, I see no option to choose a custom color hue or brightness, only about a dozen preset colors to choose from. This is still because of the completely unhelpful user manual and finicky software.

Other Thoughts: The cord is a little stiff. Not too much to complain about so I'm not including it as a con, but it is making a zig-zag across my desk on it's way to the computer. Hopefully it will eventually "break in" and become more flexible.

Despite it's awkward feel, I still like that it's similar enough in shape layout and weight to my old mouse so it still seems familiar. This is obviously just a personal opinion, as not everybody has used the same mice, and probably don't have monstrously large hands.

The fact is, the mouse itself is great. The software and lack of clear instructions on how to use it is terrible and extremely frustrating. I just want to look in the manual and learn how to use it. Is that so much to ask? Instead, looks like I'll be searching the Corsair Gaming forums (Which they actually provide a link to... in the software itself. Go figure.) Possibly having to post a thread asking how to use it so some jerks can call me a noob and it can get bumped off the first page within a day before anybody helpful actually looks at it. < / rant >

I love the mouse but the software required for it to fully function is vague and too resource intensive I can only give this thing three eggs. - There's just no excuse for the software.

Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs EggXpert Review - Corsair H1500 Gaming Headset 12/26/2014

This review is from: Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset

Pros: This headset has a very strong build quality, they're not flimsy in the least. That's a problem with some headsets if the frame is made of plastic, and especially on the sliders themselves, where you'd adjust the size for your head, since it would be the narrowest part of the frame. This headset just feels extraordinarily more durable than any I've ever had before.

The pads are very comfortable as well, and I am a person who gets uncomfortable very easily. Other headphones I've used before will always hurt my ears and/or the top of my head after just a few minutes, but the Corair Gaming H1500's pads are so soft and have plenty of room to fit around my big ears, instead of crushing them, and I can game for hours and I forget they're even on my head.

Despite the closed design, the headphones still let plenty of environmental sound in as long as you have the volume set low. They do get very loud, however (probably dangerously loud) and can easily drown out your environment if you need to.

Sound quality is very good, and even though there's not a ton of bass, there's just enough to make me happy when listening to my favorite music. I've never experienced surround sound in headphones before, but it is easy for me to recognize what direction a sound is coming from in these headphones EXCEPT for rear-left. It might not be a problem with the headphones as much as it is my brain, but it's hard for me to determine that direction.

Lastly, the microphone is a vast improvement over my old desktop mic that I used to use. It can fold out of the way, and won't pick up too much environmental noise. It's noise cancelling is very good as well. The mute button is a very useful feature. When I first started playing with the headset, I kept accidentally knocking the mic with my hand if I were to try and scratch my nose or something. I apologized to my friends when it happened in case I deafened them with a knock to the microphone, but they said they didn't hear anything; So, I'm assuming it cancelled out the noise from accidentally hitting the back-side of the microphone stem.

Cons: My girlfriend wants to steal these, so it looks like I will be buying another pair soon.

Other Thoughts: Apparently my head isn't quite big enough. I have always considered myself to have an average sized head, some headsets I've used would seem too small even if I extended the sliders all the way out. These headphones fit a little loose when the sliders are closed. Not a lot, just a little bit. If I move my head too fast, they will fall off. That's my only problem with them, but they're so good over-all I've decided not to include this as a con.

I am very happy with this headset and would recommend it to ANYBODY looking for a good gaming headset without too big of a pricetag.


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