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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Great speed and size at a reasonable price! 07/03/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5" 240GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP240GBSS3S55S25FR

Pros: SATA 3 allows up to 6Gbps speeds. This gives the drive's max advertised speeds plenty of space to work with. However, while the advertised read and write speeds are 530Mbps and 500 MBps respectively, my own AS SSD benchmark only came to 515 Mbps and 476 Mbps.
7mm thickness will allow the drive to be installed in most systems.
1500G shock resistance makes it fairly shock proof.
Like most SSD's, the drive is silent.
Trimm support (industry standard these days)
3 year warranty.

Cons: No negative feedback to give!

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a decent SSD with a good amount of space, this 240GB SSD is probably what you're looking for, especially if it's on sale! Buyers will have no regrets with this drive.

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SteelSeries Siberia 800 Wireless Gaming Headset
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3 out of 5 eggs Good product with some hiccups and avoidable missteps. 05/30/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia 800 Wireless Gaming Headset

Pros: The headset is fairly comfortable (see cons), and provides plenty of cushioning to ensure long multi-hour sessions are headache free.

The sound quality is as should be expected. Dolby 7.1 surround sound delivers clean audio wirelessly at advertised ranges. During days of testing, I had no problems or any distortion while using the headset wirelessly. As for the microphone, I was told by numerous people that the microphone was clear and free of any background noise.

Battery life is also as advertised, and should get you through a typical days usage. If you forget to charge the headset one night, the product allows you to swap the batteries out to minimize downtime. Even better, SteelSeries has already included a 2nd battery in the box! To my knowledge, this is the first wireless headset to do this! Others make you buy the 2nd battery separately.

Included in the box are a number of cables that'll allow the headset to be used in numerous situations. PC Gaming? Check. Xbox One? Check. Phone or tablet? Check. TV/Stereo? Check. For those who like to travel, SteelSeries has even included AC Adapters for nearly every region on this planet.

The transmitter serves a double purpose, allowing users to change a handful of settings, including EQ's to a certain extent (see cons).

Cons: The faux leather makes the headset rather hot. While the headset isn't fully adjustable to fit people's heads that aren't "average".

With all of the cables and accessories this headset includes, you would think there'd be a carrying bag. There isn't. This seems to be a rather simple and cheap problem that could've been avoided. Many of the accessories will be lost, especially during travel.

There are no drivers included for this product in the box, or online. Additionally, the SteelSeries engine doesn't support this product. If you don't like being forced to change limited settings from the transmitter, you're out of luck. There is NO control panel for this "premium" headset.

I struggled between rating this 3/5 or 4/5. However, with the missing features, and choice of build materials, the price tag is rather high. If the price was lower and more competitive, or didn't have as many cons. It would've easily achieved a 4/5 if not 5/5 rating.

Other Thoughts: If one can overlook the cons, this headset is a decent product and should be considered among others in its market segment especially if found on sale. If SteelSeries releases an update to this product, they'd only need to include proper software support, and a nice carrying bag for all of its accessories to have a near perfect product!

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SAMSUNG T3 Portable 250GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive
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4 out of 5 eggs Small and Fast External SSD With Only One Hiccup. 04/18/2016

This review is from: SAMSUNG T3 Portable 250GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive

Pros: This device is small and light! It's just a tiny bit wider and taller than a credit card and has very little weight to it. If portability is your main priority, you have just found what you're looking for!
Metallic shell gives you the impression it is well made with quality materials.
Able to withstand drops of at least 6.5 feet. (I obviously didn't test this, so we'll have to take Samsungs word for it!)
Performs as advertised when using a USB 3.1 cable and port, however while it is backwards compatible with older USB standards, using them will slow down transfer speeds.
Comes with a 3 year warranty, while it is extremely unlikely for a Samsung drive to fail, it is good to know you're protected should you receive a lemon.
Includes encryption software.
Finally, the device is fully compatible with Windows, Mac, and Android.

Cons: As others have said, the cable is extremely short and is very inconvenient. I'd highly recommend for people interested in this drive to find another USB 3.1 compatible cable that is longer to avoid unneeded frustrations that Samsung bundles with this drive.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I do recommend this drive, it is fast, small and light. Easy to travel with and includes encryption to keep your data safe. Get yourself another cable that Samsung should've used in the first place, and this is pretty much a "perfect" drive to buy.

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Display Name: Zachary B.

Date Joined: 03/01/05

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  • First Review: 02/20/07
  • Last Review: 07/03/16
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