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Steelseries Apex M500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Red Switches and Blue LED
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Pros: The GOOD
+Quality built
+EZ PZ software
+Heavy on the desk, stays put.
+Good color blue LED
+6 ft cable

I am confident that this keyboard could conceivably be the last keyboard you buy if you take care of it. It is very well made from HIGH quality tinsel plastic. Good key travel, and it is precise. I could not detect ghosting, but I am not a professional gamer. I personally like the blue, it is the perfect blue LED color, it is not too bright or annoying. I love that MSI used the second windows key for their key! I liked the software as well, it is simple and easy to program keys and adjust the other keyboard settings. The back lighting of the keyboard levels, and it can be set to pulse.

If you can get this keyboard on sale, go for it. It is a great gaming keyboard!

Cons: The BAD
-No extra Macro Keys (higher model)
-Trouble with update

I have been called an “ANGRY TYPER” as I use a lot of force to type. So this keyboard not only annoys me, but others that are around me. If someone else was sitting next to me using one of these keyboards, at a gaming tournament or in an office, lets just say it would drive me insane after about 30 minutes. That is why many eons ago I switched to soft touch keyboards. Also the Apex M800 Steel series is much quieter.

The keyboard would not update during two attempts to do so with the software. Finally on the third try I got it to take on the bios update.

Really think they should have chosen multicolored LEDS for this one!

This keyboard is way overpriced for what it is. If it is truly expensive to build, then MSI needs to drop this keyboard from this line. I would rather buy the next step up, or get the MX800 that is fully programmable with Macro Keys. For functionality, price and customization, I would choose the APEX 64145 keyboard, a clear winner. Honestly, this keyboard should be no more than $65, if they want it to sell.

Other Thoughts: Attention NEWEGG, Please fix this horrible system of submitting reviews. I am tired of losing them when submitted. I suspect it is because of the timing out of sign in. It should not CLEAR the fields that a person has worked hard on filling out, when signing back in! GRRRRR.

OCZ Trion 100 2.5
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2 out of 5 eggs OCZ Trion 100 2.5” 960GB SSD 01/18/2016

This review is from: OCZ Trion 100 2.5" 960GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN100-25SAT3-960G

Pros: +Warranty 3yrs and good customer service
+Size of drive
+Fairly Priced

This is the first Toshiba drive, marketed under OCZ. It uses all Toshiba Nand’s and a partner’s controller.
This review took me awhile to do, since I thought it would be a good time to upgrade windows 7 to windows 10. Honestly, if Win 10 wasn’t a free upgrade, I would have stayed at 7 because I don’t need 10 and I don’t want the MS spyware.

Anyway I decided to do a fresh install of the Windows 10 from and ISO. Thankfully, I use many ASUS products, and they do update drivers regularly. I did not install any third party software, so that I could test the speed of the drive more accurately. I am going to refrain from any more windows 10 comments, since this review is about the OCZ drive.

I did partition the drive though, mainly because I like to keep system programs separated from normal programs. Not sure how this would affect the SSD long term performance, in the future.

The drive is pretty fast with a fresh install, my boot times were typically around 15 seconds. I installed Win10 in about 40 minutes with reboots. My games installed pretty quick, and played just fine. I would say that it seems like a decent drive. I cannot say anything about reliability though, as I had to get this review done.

I have never used an OCZ drive before today I have heard their 3 year warranty is about the same as Mushkin’s
So that is a good thing, if your drive fails. However, drives should not fail easily! I have had Western Digital drives run for 5 years gaming on them.

Cons: Cons
-Outdated Technology
-High Latency
-High Failure Rate 10-20%
-Performance is lacking

Well as any good consumer would do before buying a product, I did lots of research on this SSD before writing a review. When I hear DO stories, I am always skeptical of those dubious reports, because many of those are user error. However one thing I do pay attention to is failures after it as working. Like I said before these are basically Toshiba drives, rebranded to OCZ. Toshiba only deals in OEM products now. Obviously HIGH QUALITY is not on an OEMS mind. This is quite apparent with these drives, there are many failure stories in under 50 hours of use. So now I am prepared for that to happen, and have made a clone of the WIN10 install.
In my line of work, that is a completely unacceptable rate of failure. I also see this from Seagate as well, and is why I do not by their drives.

During testing I was not that impressed with overall latencies and write speeds. Burst speeds were fine, but consistency at high speeds was not there. I fact they were disappointing enough for me to change my mind about using this drive as a primary drive.

I did not go into high end testing on this drive because from what I can tell there are many other drives out there much faster, if you need extremely high performance buy a Samsung.

I have decided not to trust this drive, sorry OCZ but I hate drive crashes, and I hate installing Windows even more. So I am going to re-purpose this drive as an External Steam Game Backup Drive. That way, it will only be used for reading game info and it should work just fine for that.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend finding a different brand of drive or look at a newer model of this drive. This is really OCZ's first product since their bankruptcy recovery after Toshiba bought them. I do not thing this was a good attempt. In fact OCZ used to have a great rep, until they went bankrupt. Now, it seems the competition has blown this company out of the water.

Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router
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3 out of 5 eggs Ac1200 Newespert review 09/17/2015

This review is from: Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router

Pros: Pros:
Norton Filter
Comes with cables pre-connected.
Easy to follow instructions

I was sent this unit to review by Newegg. I will do my best to help you make a smart buying decision. First and foremost, I am here to help the average consumer.

So when I opened up the box everything is pretty much set up in an “idiot proof” format. Cables are pre-connected and the instructions are right there and easy to use. So kudos for that, I am sure that will reduce phone calls to get it going. What I did not like was the build construction of this unit. It is very low quality. The plastic is thin and a finger print magnet. There is only one USB 2.0 port in the rear. Pretty much useless in my book. USB 3.0 is a minimum requirement for a media server as far as I am concerned, especially when you are streaming too many items at one time. There are 4 GigE ports though so that is a good thing. However the cables really are not long enough to be useful.

Ok so after plugging it in, and opening a browser screen it comes right up to a quick setup screen. However, I could not see any option to setup as an AP (access point) or bypass the quick setup on this screen. You have to remove your Main router, and hook this up so it can setup as the main router to your ISP. I was very displeased with this because I had to remove my active router. I understand the need to make something basic to eliminate problems for your tech support, but this is ridiculous.

Onto the setup, the menus were pretty easy to navigate and well laid out. With minimal time to get used to them. There are enough controls to be able to do just about anything a normal user would do. The best move Belkin made though was to include the Norton Filters. I wish more companies would do this. It offloads that to Norton, instead of me. You can set it up as an AP. If you read the other reviews you can get a feel for what this router can do. I do not feel a need to waste my time repeating what the others have said.

The range on the router was adequate for my 1800 sq. ft. house. However once the signal strength dips below 60% Streaming will not happen. I was able to stream an UHD (LAN) and 2 1080p (WIFI) signals at the same time, so it should be able to handle gaming just fine as well. I did not have any signal drops when testing.

From my testing I have concluded this router performs normal like any other router I have tested from a hardware standpoint. However, I will not be testing it in a long term testing environment. The construction of the unit has poor venting, and I can only speculate as to the longevity of the product, but I doubt it would be years.

Cons: Cons:
Poor ventilation
Only one USB 2.0
Poor quality materials

First off this is only an AC1200 router, it is not really much faster than an AC900 router. Which for the price point is a much better deal. I have reviewed many routers as of late, and overall this router is what I would consider an entry level router. However, Belkin obviously thinks very highly of this router because it is priced about double of what it should be.

So far no router that I have worked with has even come close to my ASUS routers. Price for this unit is way too much for the performance I can get from similar units. I bought a refurbed AC2400 router from ASUS for about the same price.

Other Thoughts: I applaud Belkin for some new features that need to be in family router, namely Norton. It is also an easy to use web based interface. This is obviously setup to be an entry level idiot proof setup. If I was in charge of pricing I would slash the price of this unit in half, and it would sell just fine. It's price is what will keep inventories high, because there is just to much competition out there. JFYI I am not an ASUS fanboy, but thy have done just about everything right with their router, and they are impossible to hate.


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