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DEEPCOOL Multi Core X8 Laptop Cooling Pad 17
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs No more flames and burned cpus! 09/17/2014

This review is from: DEEPCOOL Multi Core X8 Laptop Cooling Pad 17" Pure Aluminium Extrution Panel 4* 100mm Fans

Pros: Keeps my flaming hot MacBook Pro and XPS Core i7 Dell 17" laptop NICE AND COOL! Pretty decent build quality. I like how you can adjust the fan speeds. 4 big fans pull air through the pad very well and make little to no noise (unless on high setting). I think it looks pretty slick, black color, matches both the Mac and Dell nicely. Pass through design with the USB ports. Have used this device extensively for almost 1 month and it still runs perfect and has held up well. Has good non-slip feet on the bottom that keeps the device and your laptop in place.

Cons: 1 year warranty. Hydro-Bearings...? Something doesn't sound right with that... I have a feeling that they are sleeve bearings. So I can't imagine that they will last on the high speed setting for more than 2 years. Hurts my wrists when my laptop is on it. Pretty much need to use a keyboard and mouse plugged into my laptop. It is REALLY not comfortable to use day in and day out with it unless you have them. The little feet on the bottom of the unit will most likely be the first to break if this thing is moved around a lot. On the high setting it is sort of noisy. Not terrible, but noticeable and did send a little vibration through to the laptop. Would have been nice to see some sort of integration of the USB cable when you are not using it, maybe folds up in a little door or something. I wonder how long the speed control switch will last, feels on the flimsy side.

Other Thoughts: It works, I mean, it'll keep the hottest laptop nice and cool, as long as you have it on a flat surface like a table and not your Ninja Turtles blanket... While the build quality isn't bad, for the price, it would be nice to see a better switch and deeper cooling channels. Ball bearing fans would make this thing last a LONG time. I bet that is why the warranty is only 1 year, because of the fans. Ultimately, this is a buy if you have a scorcher of a laptop (or do gaming)... You'll get many more years out of a laptop with this cooling pad. Heat IS ALWAYS the enemy. Having said that, your wrists will thank you if you use a regular keyboard and mouse.
Even with me being a EggExpert reviewer, I want people to know what is going to work, how intuitive a product is and that it is a value, because at the end of the day that is all one can ask for! I look forward to continued good service out of this product and feel that it is a great deal!

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Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Beastly Storage Capacity!!!! 08/13/2014

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: Minimal retail packaging. I like that, it's important to be as environmentally effective when shipping a product and when packing it. Small box, good protection. I like that. Plug and Play affair (Windows 7 Professional). No bloat ware, just a manufacture registration application that worked well. Everything you need is in the box, power adapter and USB 3.0 cable. Drive is FAST, I was able to copy 43GB of LARGE picture files over my 1000 base-T network in 13 minutes. 57GB of MP3 files in 15 minutes. We're talking almost 80MB a second here folks, even over a network, that is FAST! When plugged into computer to do file copies, the drive was also routinely fast as well, around 60MB both ways. Terracopy was used for the network transfers. System was a run of the mill Intel Core i3 with 4GB RAM. Remember, 5TB of space, that's 5,000GB... ..and the price!? Hard to beat!

Cons: 1 year warranty. Seagate still makes a good hard drive I feel. Too bad they don't believe in their products, a 2 year warranty would be better and a 3 year would be best! REMEMBER do not trust ANY external hard drive for long term backup. This is a good start, but you would want to have some other options available and ALWAYS use more than one drive or medium to store precious data...

Other Thoughts: Drive was slightly warm to the touch, made really no audible noise. I put this thing through the wringer (tested for almost one month), copying hundreds of GB of data and it never whimpered. For the price, this is a hard deal to beat. I've been a pretty big fan of Seagate in the past, they have had their share of rough spots, like all the other players, but have faired well for the most part. I think that if you need a drive to store LOTS of data on, this one is worth a hard look. Personally I have a hard time thinking about filling something like this to capacity and then having it die, so make sure that you are not using this thing as your only backup. Get a second drive and rotate them. I'm sure all the videos and pictures of your kid, little Bobby are worth a few hundred bucks to you, right?
Even with me being a EggExpert reviewer, I want people to know what is going to work, how intuitive a product is and that it is a value, because at the end of the day that is all one can ask for! I look forward to continued good service out of this product and feel that it is a great deal!

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ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Performance LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good feature set for price 07/10/2014

This review is from: ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Performance LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Intel Motherboard

Pros: Packed well. I really like that this main board was surrounded by foam. That will keep it much safer during shipping. Good manual, easy to understand if you are new to the world of computer building... Came with a 3 month FREE subscription card for Xsplit a "livestreaming" service. Don't know if I would use it, but I'm sure others that pick up this board might, so that is nice. BIOS was easy to navigate and this board didn't have any issues with the i3 that I used. For those that are new to the UEFI BIOS, it's very slick and not scary looking, i.e., days of old. Point and click with a mouse, easy to mess with. This board looks robust and the layout is nice. I also like that it came with legacy PCI slots, you never know... I like that it has a tried and true Intel network interface. The other board had the "Killer NIC" which I think was / is hype. ....and looking at my notes, I didn't see any differences in speed / transfers on my 1000BaseT LAN. For the price this seems to be built well, good caps, good looking PCB (see cons though) and nice bridge heat sinks... Audio sounds really decent, might be attributed to the "Purity Sound 2" onboard. Generally great performance from this board (in my test environment). Windows 7 installed in around 15 minutes. Good board for any type or user; gamer, video editor, general user, etc. The price point I feel is really good. Also, after spending quite a bit of time with this board, the HDMI was really nice to have. I was able to play 1080p MP4 video without issue and other day to day tasks didn't make this board whimper at all. I think ASRock might be on to something here...

Cons: No Qualcomm Killer NIC if you really want it (you don't, trust me)... Unlike the "Killer" version of this mother board, this one does not have the fancy labeled I/O bracket, I really think that they could have included one. It would look cool and help for port location if you didn't know what goes where... Depending on what SATA ports you use, the board can lock. I had to manually set speed for my DDR3 (GSkill), which I thought was weird, but this can happen some times, not a big deal. (FYI, the board did a POST fine, I just happened to notice that the speed was off) No M.2 for SSD, most people might not use it, but it would have been nice to have... The only other thing that I wanted to make a note of is the quality OF the PCB, while I didn't have any issues with feeling that the board was going to snap in half or installation issues, the layering of this board isn't as good as say an Asus or GigaByte board. I feel that the price reflects that.

Other Thoughts: I feel that most of these H97 platform boards will all be pretty competitive and similar it really depends on if you are shopping by price or by allegiance. I myself am a Gigabyte fan, I've used LOTS of their boards and their failure rate is VERY low. I've used some AsRock in the past 5 years and have had some issues. Having said that, this board was not DOA and was able to POST without issue. Just remember, get decent RAM, not the super cheap stuff. I also feel that ASRock is stepping up the quality control and their packaging is the best that I've seen. Other MFGs. should take note, surrounding the board in foam like they do is a BRILLIANT idea!
Even with me being a EggExpert reviewer, I want people to know what is going to work, how intuitive a product is and that it is a value, because at the end of the day that is all one can ask for! I look forward to continued good service out of this product and feel that it is a great deal!

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