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SAMSUNG T3 Portable 500GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive
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4 out of 5 eggs Great for expandable storage on small devices, but still not as fast as true SSDs 05/05/2016

This review is from: SAMSUNG T3 Portable 500GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive

Pros: There's a lot to like about this drive, but don't buy it thinking you will get the same performance as your SSD in your laptop, PC or even newer PCIe smartphones. This drive comes close to maxing out USB 3.0 speeds but it is still limited by the USB 3/3.1 host controller and interface. The NAND and the controller may be the same as Samsung's 2.5" SSDs, but USB 3.0 limits overall performance and latency.

Performance is good, compared to some other drives I tested:

***Samsung T3 Portable 500GB
-Diablo 3: [Read MB/s] [Write 115-188 MB/s]
-CrystalMark [Read 422 MB/s] [Write 279 MB/s]

***Corsair Voyager
-Diablo 3: [Read 294 MB/s] [Write 165 MB/s]
-CrystalMark [Read 316 MB/s] [Write 179 MB/s]

***Sandisk Extreme II in Orico USB 3.0 enclosure
-Diablo 3: [Read 256 MB/s] [Write 224 MB/s]
-CrystalMark [Read 266MB/s] [Write 265 MB/s]

***Samsung 850 Pro SSD SATA3/6G
-Diablo 3: [Read 540 MB/s] [Write 515 MB/s]
-CrystalMark [Read 544 MB/s] [513 MB/s]

Interesting after about a minute of copying Diablo 3, the speed dropped down to 115MB/s which might have been due to thermal throttling. Overall the performance as you can see is good compared to external or USB 3.0/3.1 connected drives, but still much slower than standard PCIe or NVMe drives so don't expect a desktop replacement

Speeds on the 512GB version may be slower as I saw some online reviews showed the 2TB version will do 500MB/500MB R/W, while mine suffered from the typical lower write speed of having fewer channels and NAND modules to write to that lower capacity drives frequently endure.

+Size and quality is great. Its slightly bigger than a pack of Trident but not as big as a pack of Five gum. It has a partial metal enclosure to help with heat dissipation but it doesn't look like this is working that well.

+Cable quality is really nice, USB C connector is awesome as it is universal and can be inserted either way. Cable also has a small Velcro to let you wrap it neatly.

Cons: -Not as fast as standard SSDs on PCIe.
-May throttle with extended read/writes?
-512GB version seems to have lower writes compared to higher capacities even though it is stated as up to 512GB/s
-You will need to buy or have a device that has USB C to USB C as this comes with only a USB C to USB B 3.1 cable.

Other Thoughts: Overall a good product, but room for improvement. I think the main limitation is still the USB 3.0/3.1 controllers just can't handle the throughput of SSDs, but this may improve over time.

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G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches
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5 out of 5 eggs Quality that Rivals All Other Mechanical Keyboards 03/19/2016

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches

Pros: G.Skill has been known for years for their excellent RAM kits, but recently they've ventured into the Gaming peripheral market, and the Ripjaws KM780 is an amazing first effort from this enthusiast brand.

G.Skill builds their line-up around the super popular mechanical Cherry MX switches; there are numerous which makes it a daunting decision for a novice, so I will do my best to simplify your decision-making process.

Do you want RGB Lighting? If Yes, you will want to go to the KM780 RGB section and this will cost you more money for this option. The default option on the KM780 MX line-up is RED ONLY.

What kind of switch do you want? The 3 offered by G.Skill are the 3 most popular for gaming, Brown, Red and Blue. Blue is the loudest and has an audible and tactile "click" that reminds many of old IBM or even typewriters. Brown has no "click" but has a tactile "bump" about halfway through the keystroke and will make an audible noise when the key bottoms out. Red has no tactile bump and has the least friction but still makes an audible noise when the key bottoms out. All mechanical keyboards will be noisier than rubber dome or chiclet style keyboards, so keep that in mind.

This review is of the Cherry MX Brown switches, which are the most popular because they provide some feedback when the key actuates. Personally I prefer the Red switches since there is less resistance when depressing the keys but this is all personal preference. There are many Pros of this keyboard that rival even industry stalwarts like Corsair and Logitech, I will mainly compare against Logitech since I am a self-professed Logitech fanboy.

+Amazing build quality. The keyboard is heavy duty and solid feeling. Ther keyboard has an industrial design with a beautiful brushed aluminum body. There's a G.Skill decal that will be immediately familiar to anyone who has bought their RAM kits and some nice piping trim along with some debossed accents on either side.

+Keys are flush to the body of the keyboard. This is a really nice feature and differentiator compared to Logitech, which have a "well" where all the keys sit. On the KM780, the switches are flush with the keyboard body and the keycaps are elevated above the keyboard body. This makes a huge difference when it comes to keeping your keyboard clean, especially if you have pets. Just a quick spray of compressed air will keep your keyboard clean!

+Braided and gold plated cable connectors. Really super high quality here, nice and long and wonderfully built.

+USB passthrough and Mic and Headset ports. There are cable inputs that extend the cable from the back of your PCs I/O plate to keep this all near the keyboard to keep your cabling nice and clean.

+Built-in Mouse Bungie- Again great attention to detail, Logitech used to offer stuff like this but have since stripped everything down. On one of the back rails, there is a little flip up clip that allows you to keep your mouse bungied which gives it some slack and reduces drag/resistance on the mouse itself. Great feature!!!!

+Wrist rest is enclosed. Its not completely solid, but it is finished on both the front and back and feels much more solid than many hollow backed wristrests. Texture is nice as well.

+Gaming keys. This version comes with gaming keys and a keycap removal tool that can be used to replace the standard key caps to help you find your FPS homekeys faster. Great for those who do a LOT Of gaming, although for standard users not sure how useful or desirable this is.

+Backlighting and key caps look excellent. Very clearly lit, all main function lights show up clearly on numpad and F keys. Remember, if you want something besides Red, you will want to pay the extra for the RGB.

+Standard media keys and 6 Gaming keys. No gaming keyboard is "complete" without these and both Corsair and Logitech, the originator of the Gaming keyboard have these features.

Cons: While the keyboard is excellent overall, there are a few cons that I found, nothing worth taking points off for.

-The software is not "universal" meaning the RGB and Red versions have different versions of software. The update did go off flawlessly however.

-The backlighting can be controlled, but the increments are not very granular and overall, the dimmest setting was still bright imo. From what I saw it only does 0/33/66/100 for intensity.

-While the wristrest is wonderful quality, it still uses the "pincer" style insertion which can break and it is built to be symmetrical which isn't that functional when your right hand is in the center of the keyboard when actually typing.

-The spacebar does not feel like the rest of the keys but most mech keyboards I have used have this same problem. There is just 1 mechanical key in the middle and 2 fake keys balancing it on either end. It would be nice if Cherry made a wider, more sturdy spacebar key.

-The gaming keys are comical imo, they are so exaggerated I could not see myself using them unless I ONLY used the keyboard for FPS gaming. The slopes of the keys are so extreme that you might bruise your fingers when typing WASD, its just weird imo. Obviously they are optional, I would be more inclined to use them for the "G keys" so my pinky knew instantly what they were hitting.

Other Thoughts: What can I say, I am incredibly impressed with G.Skill's first foray into the gaming keyboard market. They got pretty much everything right and even managed to beat some of the more well established industry stalwarts like Corsair and Logitech in some feature areas. Build quality is on par and maybe even better (the brushed alum is awesome!). Price is right as well, it is comparably priced against similar options from Logitech and Corsair.

Main thing is to do some homework first on the type of Cherry MX switch you prefer and if you want to pay more for the RGB featrure, and you should be all set!!!

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G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red Switches
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5 out of 5 eggs Quality that Rivals All Other Mechanical Keyboards 03/19/2016

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red Switches

Pros: G.Skill has been known for years for their excellent RAM kits, but recently they've ventured into the Gaming peripheral market, and the Ripjaws KM780 is an amazing first effort from this enthusiast brand.

G.Skill builds their line-up around the super popular mechanical Cherry MX switches; there are numerous which makes it a daunting decision for a novice, so I will do my best to simplify your decision-making process.

Do you want RGB Lighting? If Yes, you will want to go to the KM780 RGB section and this will cost you more money for this option. The default option on the KM780 MX line-up is RED ONLY.

What kind of switch do you want? The 3 offered by G.Skill are the 3 most popular for gaming, Brown, Red and Blue. Blue is the loudest and has an audible and tactile "click" that reminds many of old IBM or even typewriters. Brown has no "click" but has a tactile "bump" about halfway through the keystroke and will make an audible noise when the key bottoms out. Red has no tactile bump and has the least friction but still makes an audible noise when the key bottoms out. All mechanical keyboards will be noisier than rubber dome or chiclet style keyboards, so keep that in mind.

This review is of the Cherry MX Red switches, which are the best imo for fast typing and gaming. There are many Pros of this keyboard that rival even industry stalwarts like Corsair and Logitech, I will mainly compare against Logitech since I am a self-professed Logitech fanboy.

+Amazing build quality. The keyboard is heavy duty and solid feeling. Ther keyboard has an industrial design with a beautiful brushed aluminum body. There's a G.Skill decal that will be immediately familiar to anyone who has bought their RAM kits and some nice piping trim along with some debossed accents on either side.

+Keys are flush to the body of the keyboard. This is a really nice feature and differentiator compared to Logitech, which have a "well" where all the keys sit. On the KM780, the switches are flush with the keyboard body and the keycaps are elevated above the keyboard body. This makes a huge difference when it comes to keeping your keyboard clean, especially if you have pets. Just a quick spray of compressed air will keep your keyboard clean!

+Braided and gold plated cable connectors. Really super high quality here, nice and long and wonderfully built.

+USB passthrough and Mic and Headset ports. There are cable inputs that extend the cable from the back of your PCs I/O plate to keep this all near the keyboard to keep your cabling nice and clean.

+Built-in Mouse Bungie- Again great attention to detail, Logitech used to offer stuff like this but have since stripped everything down. On one of the back rails, there is a little flip up clip that allows you to keep your mouse bungied which gives it some slack and reduces drag/resistance on the mouse itself. Great feature!!!!

+Wrist rest is enclosed. Its not completely solid, but it is finished on both the front and back and feels much more solid than many hollow backed wristrests. Texture is nice as well.

+Gaming keys. This version comes with gaming keys and a keycap removal tool that can be used to replace the standard key caps to help you find your FPS homekeys faster. Great for those who do a LOT Of gaming, although for standard users not sure how useful or desirable this is.

+Backlighting and key caps look excellent. Very clearly lit, all main function lights show up clearly on numpad and F keys. Remember, if you want something besides Red, you will want to pay the extra for the RGB.

+Standard media keys and 6 Gaming keys. No gaming keyboard is "complete" without these and both Corsair and Logitech, the originator of the Gaming keyboard have these features.

Cons: While the keyboard is excellent overall, there are a few cons that I found, nothing worth taking points off for.

-The software is not "universal" meaning the RGB and Red versions have different versions of software. The update did go off flawlessly however.

-The backlighting can be controlled, but the increments are not very granular and overall, the dimmest setting was still bright imo. From what I saw it only does 0/33/66/100 for intensity.

-While the wristrest is wonderful quality, it still uses the "pincer" style insertion which can break and it is built to be symmetrical which isn't that functional when your right hand is in the center of the keyboard when actually typing.

-The spacebar does not feel like the rest of the keys but most mech keyboards I have used have this same problem. There is just 1 mechanical key in the middle and 2 fake keys balancing it on either end. It would be nice if Cherry made a wider, more sturdy spacebar key.

-The gaming keys are comical imo, they are so exaggerated I could not see myself using them unless I ONLY used the keyboard for FPS gaming. The slopes of the keys are so extreme that you might bruise your fingers when typing WASD, its just weird imo. Obviously they are optional, I would be more inclined to use them for the "G keys" so my pinky knew instantly what they were hitting.

Other Thoughts: What can I say, I am incredibly impressed with G.Skill's first foray into the gaming keyboard market. They got pretty much everything right and even managed to beat some of the more well established industry stalwarts like Corsair and Logitech in some feature areas. Build quality is on par and maybe even better (the brushed alum is awesome!). Price is right as well, currently this keyboard is on sale for $85ish and a great deal imo.

Main thing is to do some homework first on the type of Cherry MX switch you prefer, and you should be all set!!!

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