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Pros: First off, I want to start by saying that I bought this drive because of its manufacturer as well as for the price to GB ratio. Its on an amazing sale at the time of this writing and you cant beat the speed and capabilities of this drive.
I've had it in my PC for about a month now, its very quiet even under a lot of load and doesn't run very hot. My old drive lasted me about 4 years but recently started making noises so I know when to cut my losses. Install was easy. As far as a normal hard drive goes, this drive performs very well. I don't have a bunch of numbers to post, but compared to my older HD, my computer boots and runs files much faster. This hard drive is no SSD drive though as a true SSD would be leagues ahead of it, HOWEVER, good luck trying to afford a 4TB SSD, even if they exist yet.
Cons: I said above the install was easy, yeah, for the hardware. Getting it actually set up was another issue. The drive came completely unformatted, which really isn't a problem, but I couldn't even see the drive after hooking it up from my OS. I had to do a clean install from the ground up and in that install I formatted the HD. I should have been able to do that using the OS but I couldn't even do that let alone a system clone. Then when I was formatting it, I ran in to additional issues. For whatever reason only about 2TB of memory was allocated to my formatted drive. The other 2TB is inaccessible for some reason. Truthfully, I don't care, I wont even use up 2TB, but I would at least like the option of using my whole HD. Why the issues arose, I dont know and I don't have the time or the energy to fix them.
Other Thoughts: All things considered, it's not a bad hard drive, there were some software issues but not enough to phone home about.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It keeps my cpu at about 27 degrees Celsius which is perfect! The design is really sleek, and the added small touches really make a difference. For example, the device that covers the cpu itself, there are leds which can be programmed to indicate the temperature the cpu currently rests at. Which if you have a see through area on your case is really helpful. Also the ability to download the software and get all the information from the motherboard directly is a huge plus. I can now easily see all the temperatures of every device plugged in to my system and I can change all kinds of settings related to fan and pump speed. The install wasn't so easy though I imagine a larger more modern case would have made that easier.
It was very quiet as I knew it would be but I have to say I could hear the pump in that silence which got to be kind of annoying, but that's just me being over critical.
Cons: The worst part about this was its installation engineering. In todays day and age, cases come in all shapes and sizes, I figure if the motherboard that fits the cpu can fit in the case, then so can the watercooler that says it fits the cpu. The problem I had was that it was WAY too big for my case, not so much of a problem though, I'll just mount it outside of the case, however that led to more problems. The problem of screw holes lining up. Even if this fit in to the case I knew I had no screw holes where the manual intended them to be. I ended up drilling a few holes and hooking the radiator to the case in my own way. A good way around this for future engineers would be to allow for adjustable screw holes to fit hundreds of more pc cases. Seriously.
Last little issue I had was that once I had this hooked up, I wasn't really instructed where to go from there. I actually didn't know there was software, I just figured there was because why else would the cooler have a hookup to the motherboard through usb? I did a quick google search and from there it was easy. The usb thing is another problem though, it took up a whole port on my motherboard which is very modern, only about a year old. Which meant to configure my cooler, I had to unhook a cable which went to two of the ports on the front of the case. Not a huge issue I guess but a different hookup would have been more enjoyable.
Other Thoughts: All in all, for the money, with the right case, this is worth the buy, my issues were most likely not a common thing, which is why I only took one egg off for the problems. I know if my case was perfectly fitted this could have been a ten minute installation no problem.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Pros: For starters, I want to make my most prominent observations.
I love how the keyboard slowly changes colors over time, something I haven't seen on other keyboards, it may be possible however I have never figured it out. This color change was the default when I plugged in to the computer which can be annoying the novice keyboard owner because the changing colors can be hard on the eyes and are a bit distracting. So to change the lighting patterns, you will have to go through some software settings which by default should not be a thing.
Another very unique factor of this keyboard is that upon hitting any keys, the color of that specifically hit key turns blue, then fades to white and then back to whatever color it was before. This is awesome for anyone who types very quickly as the keyboard not only gives an audible click sound to tell me the key has been pushed, but it now comes with a visual cue as well, which means if I happen to make a mistake, I almost never forget to quickly go back and fix it right after I make it.
This keyboard is definitely more comfortable than others.
Cons: As a gaming keyboard for it's price, I know I can find something better. There are no added special gaming keys for additional gaming comfort. There are no marks on special gaming keys like wasd for example that give sensory feedback to where your hands are placed while staring at the screen.
There is no wrist rest which a 180$ keyboard should at least offer. The space bar is very weird and actually completely unique to this keyboard compared to any of the ones I have used in the past.I dont actually like it much but I guess it isn't a big deal.
Initially, the keyboard design doesn't benefit me in any way on the side of learning how to use its special features like specific key coloring or macroing. Past keyboards I have used in this price range give me the ability to figure out how to use all of their little extras simply by looking at them and messing around.
Other Thoughts: In conclusion, I love the keyboard, but there are better ones out there in this price range. The keyboard has awesome color and programming features however it suffers from lack of gaming related features while still calling itself a gaming keyboard.READ FULL REVIEW