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Western Digital WD Green WD10EZRX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I know running green/eco drives in RAID is generally iffy, but I have 4 of these in RAID5 in a RAID enclosure and no problems so far.

They run cool, even though they are in a tight box with nothing but a low speed 80mm fan. Also quiet.

Cons: Slight "click" whenever they spin down, but most HDDs will have that.

Other Thoughts: I have 4 of these in RAID5 in a re-branded RAIDON enclosure. I'm not commenting on speed, as I didn't test the drives individually. In RAID5 write speeds are slower but that is just as likely to be the enclosure itself.

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MSI GS Series GS60 Ghost Pro-044 Gaming Laptop 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4710HQ (2.50GHz) 12GB Memory 1TB HDD 128GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB 15.6
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Thin & light - The main reason i went with the Ghost Pro line. I do a fair amount of travel and wanted a personal laptop that I could keep in my carry on with my work laptop. Since dragging around a cinderblock with a screen is never fun, the stereotypical 1.5", 6+ pound slab that many companies call a notebook computer is out of the question. This laptop is the exact opposite - light, thin, and most importantly, portable.

Power - With a GTX970, i7 4710, and near instant boot times, I guess I have an excuse to upgrade my desktop now that it's getting 1-upped by my laptop

Screen - While there are models with 3K and 4K screens, the basic 1080P IPS screen is great on its own. Sharp, good contrast, and great viewing angles. .

Solid feel - Mostly aluminum and little to no flex in the body of the laptop. Some flex in the screen but given the thickness I'm not surprised.

128GB SSD plus a 1TB 7200RPM HDD - Personally I prefer this arrangement over a single 256GB or 512GB SSD. I don't mind waiting an extra couple seconds for a game to load and would rather have the extra storage for a few movies and shows, while still getting that SSD speed on the OS

Cons: Keyboard - Not necessarily bad, but takes some getting used to. While the back lighting is nice and it's one of the better island style keyboards in terms of key feel (still just an island style keyboard though), it's kind of cramped and the keys on the number pad are smaller than the rest of the keyboard.

Touchpad - This is bad, no way to get around it. It's jumpy, it hangs, and no amount of fiddling helps. It can be argued that with a gaming laptop you usually have a mouse. But then what's the point of getting a laptop that was also designed with portability in mind?

Other Thoughts: Since these are neither pros nor cons I'll put them here -

Fans - First, MSI put a GTX970 and i7 in a laptop half as thick as the traditional gaming laptop, The fans are going to be loud under load, that should be obvious. But, it's mostly air movement noise instead of motor noiseand honestly not as loud as I thought. However, not a pro due to the unexpected. Idle noise. Yes, when the 970 shuts off, so does the second fan. But, even the idle CPU temps are in the low to mid 30s Celsius, the CPU fan still sits at several thousand RPMs according to MSIs program. While not exactly loud, still close in volume at idle as my desktop under load.

Speakers - Average to above average for a laptop. The speakers are kind of lacking in the load end, a side effect of their small size. However, still better overall than some of my older laptops and get fairly loud.

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I've gone the traditional "desktop replacement" route in the past and it was a mistake. They're big, bulky, and pushed the definition of a notebook computer. I also find many of them are lacking in the quality department. Not all, just the one I've used (from a company with a 4 letter name known well amongst enthusiasts) and talking to friends about theirs. They tend to be plastic-y and develop issues fairly quickly. The GS60GP has a solid field and hopefully won't break any time soon.

That's actually the second reason I chose this laptop after the portability. I know some people aren't crazy about MSIs quality control lately. Personally I've only had one problem over several products (a couple graphics cards, two motherboards, and a netbook.) One day after several months, the netbook refused to power on. However, MSIs customer service was outstanding. Quick responses, useful answers, and when I RMA'd it, a fast repair time. I'm sad to say, but I find that to be pretty rare these days and it helped them take more of my money.

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Rosewill Apollo - RK-9100xR - Mechanical Keyboard with Red Backlight
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Some good, some bad 12/13/2014

This review is from: Rosewill Apollo - RK-9100xR - Mechanical Keyboard with Red Backlight

Pros: Price - The main reason I chose this specific keyboard. Got it on sale plus used a discount code, was one of the cheapest keyboards I found with backlighting and true Cherry Blues.

Backlit, with on the fly adjustable brightness

Built in USB hub

Wrist rest

True Cherry mechanical switches

Size - Many "gaming" keyboards are larger as they have added macro keys down the side, this is the size of a standard keyboard with a number pad.

Spare multi-color key caps with a key cap remover.

Cons: Construction quality - The wrist rest is kind of flimsy and there's a rough seam around the edge of the keyboard. It also has a cheap plastic feeling that my old keyboard (Das Keyboard) didn't have.

Software - I wasn't to crazy about it, ended up just installing it.

Power on lag, can't get into BIOS - My main concern, as even though it's plugged into the same port as my old keyboard, the Apollo takes so long to "boot" my computer is already already at the Windows loading screen, so I'll have to pull out my old keyboard if I need to do anything in the BIOS.

Other Thoughts: I was using a Das Keyboard with Cherry Browns, but decided I wanted to give Blues a try and also wanted to switch back over to a backlit keyboard. The 9100xR had the features I wanted - backlit, wrist rest, and Cherry Blues - while still having the features I liked from the Das Keyboard - a built in USB hub and multimedia keys.

But it has some downsides. The construction quality, "Meh" software, and long power-on times aren't something I'd expect from a keyboard with a normal price of $150.

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