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Seagate  STDD4000100  4TB  NAS Pro 2-Bay Network Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Extremely Fast, but limited and pricey 03/18/2015

This review is from: Seagate STDD4000100 4TB NAS Pro 2-Bay Network Storage

Pros: Seagate like WD has leveraged their natural business of making large capacy mechanical HDDs and ventured into the logical market of SOHO/Prosumer NAS units. While the first few generations from both have been hit and miss, Seagate looks like it has refined its recipe for success.

Not going to waste too much time or go into too much detail, just going to dive into the high and low lights because this is a very entry level NAS in terms of features and expandibility, but offers high-end performance.

+FAST!!! Wow. Intel Rangely chipset powered by a fiesty Atom SoC. This is the current darling of the SOHO/Prosumer market and it does not disappoint. This thing destroys the old ARM/Marvel Armada based chips that the NAS market used to favor and its not really close. I was getting sustained 110MB/s transfers over 1Gb LAN which is going to be near the theoretical peak performance of a 5400RPM platter drive and also near the peak of a Gigabit LAN connection. In comparison, my WD MyCloud EX4 only gets 45-50MB/s doing the same 20GB transfer of a Diablo 3 game folder (both big and small files). The EX4 is slow, but this NAS Pro is REALLY fast, right up there with the QNAPs and Synology units out there.

+Easy to set-up. Just go to discovery.seagate.com from your browser and the web based set-up is responsive and intiutive.

+iSCSI set-up within the console interface. WD MyCloud EX4 did not have this and I had to use the Windows iSCSI initiator which is much more advanced.

+Nice App for Android and iPhone, but much more limited than WD MyCloud EX4 as it only appears to work over the local network, while the EX4 works over the cloud. I may need to investigate this further to see if I can access outside of my LAN, but still not as easy to use.

+The high performance makes it ideal for a video file server or DVR unit. My wife records her shows to this unit as an iSCSI target and can watch her shows on any network connected device. If we could get the cloud feature working as it does on the EX4, you can even watch remotely.

+High quality power cable, long extension, and included Cat5e cable.

+Link Aggregation simple to set up and works without a hitch, although it is hard to say how well it works since a single Gigabit connection is enough to saturate these mechanical drives.

Cons: Now for the cons, and there's quite a few which is why i dropped some eggs on this unit.

-Price. At $550 this is an expensive unit for the drive bay capacity and the included drives. 2TB drives go for <$100 here on Newegg and you can get powerful 4-bay NAS units from the best in the business for $300-$400. This pricepoint for Seagate just isn't competitive.

-This unit only allows for EasyRAID, which basically means RAID1, no matter what. For a 2-bay NAS this is understandable, but if someone wanted to go RAID0 or even JBOD to maximize performance and storage capacity, there is no option for that which is a shame. Hopefully the 4 and 8 bay versions fix this, as I find it a bit insulting to offer no option to choose RAID level.

-2 Bays and 4TB is limiting. Again, going back to previous comment, RAID1 means you only have 2TB effective storage. If you want 2TB of really high performance, this thing is it. But if you need more, you're going to have to spend a lot more money.

-Minor, but there are no readout panels on the front. Units in this price range often have a bit more to them.

-As mentioned above, I was not able to get to my shared drive remotely, outside of my network. I need to research this more but my EX4 worked flawlessly out of the box, just create an account, install apps on both PC and mobile device (phone) log in, and you get access to your files, music, videos anywhere on the internet. With this device, Sdrive shows no devices found.

Other Thoughts: Its a really fast unit, no doubt about it. Seagate has the performance aspect nailed down, but they have some work on the pricing and functionality angle. If you need more storage, or more bays, I would recommend buying the 4-bay diskless unit and sourcing your own drives, and saving yourself a bundle of money.

Hope this helps!

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Corsair H2100 USB Connector Circumaural Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Solid Gaming Headset 03/02/2015

This review is from: Corsair H2100 USB Connector Circumaural Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset

Pros: Gaming headsets have become popularized over the last few years as gamers look to integrate immersive online gaming with the interactive communication of voice coms that are often required for fast-paced fps, moba, mmo, and social gaming.

Corsair has recently entered into the gaming headset arena and the H2100 is a solid and affordable addition to the wireless gaming choices out there.

I found a number of positives with the headset.

+Battery life is good, lasts for more than 8-9 hours which is longer than my G930. They may last longer but I tend to charge them after a solid 8-9 hours of gaming max.

+Comfortable and good build quality. There's a lot of industrial textures used and the end result is a well constructed, sturdy headset. The cloth ear pieces and faux leather headband are also very comfortable and snug
fitting.

+The cans are circumaural but do not fully block out sound, which I prefer so I can hear some ambient noise. The ones that block out too much sound are not a great choice for those who need to hear ambient sound.

+Very easy to set up with the USB dongle, with good range. At least as good as my G930, but your experience may vary depending whether or not you live in an apt with lots of other wireless devices.

+Sound quality and positional sound are also excellent, on par with my G930 and better than some of the cheaper gaming headsets I have used in the past, like Plantronics Gamcom 555 and SteelSeries V3.

+Mic quality is also very good no problems with clarity or feedback. For anyone who games online and uses voice a lot, you know how annoying those people with bad mics are. This headset will allow you to not be "that guy"

Cons: Not really major negatives, but still flaws nonetheless.

-Not the best looking headsets out there, not that this really matters unless you want to be the best dressed geek at a LAN party? But in all seriousness, the G930 still looks great and well designed, vs. this headset which is designed for comfort, but the lines are kind of all over the place.

-0 wires....not really sure this is true given you have a wired extension to the usb dongle if needed, and another long usb cable to charge the headset.

-Charging cable still uses microUSB B, headsets like these would benefit greatly from the new USB C standard that would allow interchangeable connectivity. Maybe in the next version of the H2100 we'll see this. The location of the charging port is OK, really wish Corsair or Logitech would design something proprietary, like a magnet charging system or a charging mount like the Sennheiser wireless headsets.

Other Thoughts: Not much to say here, Corsair has a variety of excellent gaming products and this is coming from a self-professed Logitech fanboy. While Corsair generally focuses on functionality, I must say Logitech's products generally come off as better looking, more stylized devices while retaining much of the practical functionality of these Corsair devices.

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Logitech  G710 Mechanical Keyboard, Cherry MX Blue Switches
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Another Great G-Series Keyboard 01/19/2015

This review is from: Logitech G710 Mechanical Keyboard, Cherry MX Blue Switches

Pros: I've been using Logitech Gaming Keyboards since they invented the genre with the original G15, and the G710 Blue continues this solid pedigree. Here's a rundown of the key highlights of this keyboard

+The blue switches feel amazing. Anyone who remembers those old IBM "clicky" keys will appreciate these..except for maybe anyone else who lives with you, more on this later.

+The key caps are well made, sturdy, feel great with a slight matte finish to them. Contrast for WASD and arrow keys, you can also control the level of illumination for these key groups as well. I've had issues in the past with some Logitech keyboards including the original G15 where the keycaps would get loose over time, no such issue on these. The space bar is the only key that is not as tight and responsive as I would like.

+The media keys and volume wheel are really handy features.

+G-keys are a little more understated with only 6, so if you are a heavy G-key user you may need the G510 or G910 instead.

+Amazingly heavy, well built. They must have a slab of lead in this thing because it is HEAVY. Really nice though because it prevents the keyboard from sliding around even when I am pounding out 100+wpm like I am now or 150+apm when heavy gaming.

Cons: Nothing to take off, but some annoyances nonetheless

-It is LOUD. Know this before you buy this. If you live with others that are noise sensitive, or share a space while gaming, you may want to consider the G710+ with the dampened MX Browns. Personally, the G710+ didn't feel much better than domed rubber cap keyboard, and while my wife always jokes about the loudness of this keyboard, she hasn't demanded that I get rid of it, yet either.

-The cord is really thick, and kinda ugly. They got away with 1 USB header in the past, not sure why they needed 2 here.

-Only USB2.0 for onboard port, and since it uses 2xUSB ports, its not really giving you an extra header.

-Keyboard does not remember lighting settings between reboots.

-Keyboard cannot wake system from S3 sleep. This is apparently a known issue and imo, a hardware/firmware problem. Logitech's suggestion is to disable any "Allow Windows to power off" USB devices/hubs/controllers in Devmgr but I did this for about 20 entries and this did nothing. Again, I think this is a firmware issue, but not a deal-breaker since I can just wake with mouse click.

-Palm rest is serviceable, but something more textured/padded would've been even nicer.

Other Thoughts: I got this on sale during the holiday run up for $90, and I'm pleased with it for this price. Keys are solid, sure, responsive.

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