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Corsair Gaming VOID Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good headphone, so so mic 09/13/2015

This review is from: Corsair Gaming VOID Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset

Pros: Good overall sound quality, sound fidelity is high as long as the source does not contain very high frequency contents (such as brass instrument or high pitched female vocals). The soundscape of the headphone's audio reproduction is quite even, with only slight bias toward bass. This gives nice punchy sounds without getting overly muddy on the sound with exaggerated bass track. The audio is clearly reproduced without any artifact of a wireless connection (as long as the content is not high frequency). The 7.1 sound is quite good if the game properly support the simulated surround sound. Directional sound response is nicely done, give you a clear sense of audio orientation and create realism and suspense.
The cushions for the ears are thick and well padded, and comfortable for wear. There is a LED light on the mic for mute status indication.
The headphone uses a standard micro-usb type B connector for charging, can take to up 1 AMP of input current, so most cell phone chargers can readily charge this head phone without you having to resort to booting up a computer to charge the headphone. The omni-presence of micro-usb cables also means you don't have trouble finding the cable to charge the head set. The battery life of the headphone is also quite good, I have had the headphone for more than 2 weeks, and only had to charge it once.
If you don't want to bother with the LED light tweaking software, you don't even have to bother with installing/downloading any device driver. The USB dongle for the wireless streaming is readily recognized by Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, and the unit shows up as a standard USB digital audio device.

Cons: The good sound production is marred by audio clipping at high frequency. High pitched female vocal (in songs) and brass or string instrument can be often be heard clipped at the high end when transmitted via the wireless link (assuming to be audio artifacts due to bandwidth limited compression used for transmission).
The LED light on the ear muffs are pointless to me, I never bothered to install the control software after reading comments regarding the iffy behavior of the software.
The mic input is over compressed in an attempt to reduce upstream spectrum use from the headset back to the computer. In addition, the LED status light is good on paper, it works for bystanders who can see you from afar regarding the state of the mic, however, since the mic is so close to your mouth and below your field of vision normally, you would have to bend the mic and look down to see what that LED, which is completely useless in the heat of the battle for a game. The voice from the mic is also tinny, needs substantial input boost to properly pick up the voice, and is too compressed to use for anything others than normal speech. In another word, you can use it for chatting in a game, as a skype headset, and not as a regular recording device for anything other than that despite of the high price of the headset unit.
Since the unit is only recognized as a standard USB digital audio device, the headset can only be used as a standard stereo device under windows. Any games would have to provide simulated 3D sound provision to provide surround audio.
The ear muffs are big and fluffy, but I find myself unwilling to wear it for extended period of time. You definitely feel the presence of this headphone on your head, not like some studio quality headphone I have that allow you to forgot the existence of a headphone and allow you to be absorbed into the sound. That combined with the high frequency audio clipping issue (especially with high bit rate MP3 320kbps for instance), make it not suitable for anything outside of gaming and audio conferencing.
The USB streaming dongle is also of significant size, making connecting it behind a computer difficult and would seem to be easy target for breaking itself or the USB port when bumped or kicked.

Other Thoughts: I really want to like this headset, and in concept it is great. It's wireless, has comfortable ear muffs, long lasting battery. However, the high frequency audio artifact makes using this distracting, and the mic phone is also not sufficient beyond gaming chat and audio conferencing. The color changing LEDs in the ear muffs are not my cup of tea, and it seems to be a hassle requiring your to install extra software to turn them off. They should only be turned on using the extra software for anyone wanting that feature.
With everything said, for the purpose it is designed for, which is gaming (FPS especially) who the soundscape is often low frequency grumble and the occasional wise crack over audio link on the simulated combat radio channels, this headset serves well for all its promised functionality. I would recommend it as what is claims to be a gaming headset with the convenience of wireless streaming, just make sure you leave the computer far away so you can't accidentally kick or bump the USB dongle to ruin your day.

Belkin WeMo F5Z0489 LED Lighting Starter Set, 2 WeMo Smart Light Bulbs & WeMo Link, Control Multiple WeMo Bulbs from Anywhere, Wi-Fi Enabled
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: LED lighting very energy efficient, 3000K temperature lighting very similar to the warm glow of an age old incandescent light. The light bulbs can be controlled via an app on the smartphone for on/off, dimming and timer operation and can be configured to be controlled over the internet. My son loves the idea of it, gives him something to play with before bed as he sets the dimmers and turns off his desk lamp from his lablet while tucked away in his bed.
For the price being charged, getting 2 LED light bulb + the WeMo function seems to be a reasonable bargain.
You can set up a timer to turn on and off the bulb at a predetermined time and set up a sleep timer for gradually dimming the lights while going to sleep.
My 9 ear old son loves it, I installed one of these in his desk lamp and the other in the overhead light in his bedroom, and he can control the lighting with his tablet.

Cons: The app that interfaces with the WeMo controller unit has poor performance, it takes a long time to load. Even on a very fast flagship smartphone, it takes a while to load. Most of the load time seems to be the app looking for the connected devices and their current operational state. The add device function is clumsy and inconsistent, I had the app installed on 3 devices. 1 smartphone and 2 tablets. Each device had trouble during various stages of the setup process, although through perseverance and patience, the bulbs are finally detected and setup. The WeMo controller is plugged into an AC outlet and connects to the home wifi access point and runs a remote server that allow the WeMo app to connect from the internet to control the WeMo compliant devices. You can control these bulbs over the internet , which I promptly turned off for home network security reasons. I see little reason to control two light bulbs while I am not at home,. The scan function for finding devices takes a LONG time. The apps has a very long response time when transitioning between screens, even for something as simple as modifying the name of a discovered device. UI intuitiveness seems to be a complete afterthought for the WeMo app.
The extra dimming and timer function seems to be function just for the sake of function. They work as advertised, but if these smart bulbs came with a wall mount control units, I'd think they would be much more functionally useful. As it stands, I am scratching my head as why I would bother to use my smartphone just to operate a couple of light bulbs. The dimmer and timer function costs very little as a package, but I keep wondering why I wouldn't be better served with just better price on the LED bulbs.

Other Thoughts: The product seems to over look the fact that a light bulb should be simple and easy to operate. The remote on a tablet/smartphone feature puzzle me a bit, as I find it's often more trouble some for me to try to locate me phone or tablet just to turn on/off a bulb than just go to the wall switch to turn the light on/off. The dimmer function is nice, but it is again only accessible via an app on a smart device, making it cumbersome to operate. This product makes me feel like sitting in my car and driving the car trying to drive it with my smart phone, while it's a novel idea, wouldn't it just be easier to use the steering wheel (or a light switch in this case) than to fiddle around with a poorly written app on a smartphone?
Light bulb is the symbol of simplicity, I think the WeMo smart light bulb design had lost sight of that basic need. The iffy setup and clumsy app interface does not help either, who wants to sit through 30 second of an app loading just to dim a light bulb or turn on/off a light bulb. My 9 year old son loves it, I can see if the WeMo controls something more than a light bulb, maybe a smart thermostat, it's be a lot more useful. But a WeMo smart light bulb seems to be somewhat frivolous.

SAMSUNG 500GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Fast, efficient drive 03/20/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 500GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1

Pros: Very fast access speed, USB 3.0 interface coupled with mSATA SSD 500GB drive produced by Samsung gives fantastic transfer rates. This is bar none, the fastest external portable drive you can get on the drive, hands down!!
Test real life transfer rate:
Large consecutive media files (over 200MB files, totaling 15GB), sustained transfer rate ~270MB/s
Many many small files (~ 1-2 MB in isde, 34GB), ~ 180MB/s.
Tested using Win 7 Pro.
Sustain read transfer rate over USB 3.0 using synthetic bench mark tool (same as over mSATA ports): sequential read 237 MB/s, sequential write 264MB/s, over 51K random read op/s, and over 36K random write op/s. This is very close to mid range direct SATA connected SSD drives.
SMOKING FAST just about describes it!!

Cons: Not as fast as a full fledged high end SSD drives designed for internal mounting directly off the SATA ports(which on my system approaches ~ 450MB/s read, and 400MB/s write using Samsung SSD's). But, hey I am just nitpicking here. With over 200MB/s transfer rate from this little putty, what else can you ask from an external portable drive less than the size of a credit card?
Also I found out the drive is sensitive to EMI noise, using the included very short USB cable is recommended. I see real life tested sustained transfer rate reducing about 10% using a 6ft USB 3 cable vs. the included short cable. Also using a USB header mounted on the front of my workstation system seems to reduced the sustained peak transfer rate about 5% compared to the ports directly mounted on the back of the case right off the motherboard. With such high transfer rates (~ 3Gbps easily), it is not surprising the quality of the cable and noise sensitivity is seen.

Other Thoughts: This external SSD drive is easily faster than almost any spinner drive on the market today, so you probably won't see full speed of this drive until you are copying files from a very fast SSD internal drive. Any spinner drive would likely be the bottle neck in data transfer with this drive.
Also, I noted the drive is sensitive to any nose on the USB 3 interface, this includes both internal cable routing inside your computer case as well as USB cables used to connect the drive to the USB 3.0 port. Make sure to avoid using really long USB 3.0 cables (always use good quality shielded, impedance matched cables), and avoid using USB headers if you want to maximize the transfer rate.
There's really nothing negative to say about this drive, other than the fact that you will be waiting for your internal hard drive to spit out enough information to feed this external drive when copying files.


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