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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.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive for MAC 1TB USB 3.0 STDS1000100 Silver/Black
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Good price, solid performance, portable storage 01/19/2015

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive for MAC 1TB USB 3.0 STDS1000100 Silver/Black

Pros: The main benefit of this external drive is almost out-of-the-box cross compatibility for Mac users on Windows-based systems. The drive is light and durably built. Here's a quick rundown of its virtues.

+Windows support only requires a lightweight driver for HFS+ available from Seagate site. It is formatted and ready to go for Mac and is also Time Machine compatible out of the box.

+Thin and light. It fits in the palm of an adult hand and is about as light as a smartphone.

+Solid performance, but don't expect full benefit of USB 3.0. Its still a mechanical 5400rpm drive in there, so its not going to take full advantage of the USB 3.0 speeds (up to ~5Gbps or ~500MB/s). In actual testing, I was getting ~70-90MB/s sustained transfer speeds depending on the file types, which is pretty much the limit of 5400rpm drives.

+Cool to the touch after 1 hour of file transfer/backups.

+Self-powered over USB 3.0 bus. No external power sources required! USB cord is sturdy on both ends and the lead headers are solidly built.

+LED light is slim and not obnoxiously bright.

This is a solid option for mobile users who will only need ~1TB of backups. Its also a good option for people on the go who need more storage than the small amounts of SSD or NAND flash on these small tech devices.

Cons: Nothing to really take off for here, only minor complaints.

-The LED indicator is only for power, not activity.

-The housing is mostly plastic, and not as thin as the picture makes it out to be. The back is beveled and the angled picture shows none of the back portion. Look at the profile to get a better idea of actual thickness.

-If you don't need time machine support, or don't even need mac support, you can format in NTFS or exFAT (Mac + PC, no Time Machine).

Other Thoughts: Hard to believe we've gotten to 2TB capacities in these 2.5" form factor! You can store a ton of data on here, but keep in mind, it won't be fast, or instantaneous transfers.

If you still need speed, you're still better off going with an SSD or even 7200rpm drive in a USB 3.0 or eSATA caddie or drive bay. Current 7200rpm 3.5" drives will do 150MB/s sustained transfers. SSDs in eSATA or USB3.0 enclosures will do 500MB/s easy.

This is more suitable for multiple small transfers over time rather than a lot of data at once. It just lacks the performance I would want if I needed to transfer large amounts of data quickly.

SteelSeries Siberia v3 Circumaural Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Solid Gaming Headset, but lack features of comparable units 01/02/2015

This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia v3 Circumaural Headset

Pros: The SteelSeries Siberia v3 Headsets are a good-looking, light gaming headset that are popular among gamers, and after testing them for a few weeks I can see why.

Here's some of the highlights of these headsets:

+1) Light and comfortable. These are relatively light headsets and the wire suspensions with arching support distribute the weight evenly and comfortably across your head.

+2) Good sound quality. Better than my Plantronics GameCon headsets and comparable to my Logitech G930.

+3) Long cables. There's an extension cable for even longer cabling, but you shouldn't have any problems reaching your PC or head unit.

+4) Good looking. The white coloring is attractive and the headsets overall look good.

Cons: -1) There's no in-line sound adjustment. This can be a real problem if the application or Windows does not allow for quick adjustments to sound volume. In some cases, reducing sound in Windows still isn't enough and having to adjust the master volume repeatedly can be a pain.

-2) There's no USB audio dongle. The Prism version has this and many comparable gaming headsets in the price range tend to include this for free. What this means is you will need a sound card, onboard audio, or an A/V receiver (getting digital or HDMI audio from your PC) in order to make best use of these.

-3) The mic was very quiet until adjusted in Windows Recording properties, and even then it was not as clear as my Logitech G930, but better than my Plantronics GamesCom 777.

-4) Long term durability of the suspension cabling pad is questionable. It is a very thin piece of faux-leather with 2 wires going through it, I can see this tearing or splitting over time.

-5) The sound of this unit is really only as good as the sound card driving it, meaning you will only get stereo sound if you don't have a good positional sound source driving these headsets. For example, some sound cards do a better job of spatializing/virtualizing surround sound from a stereo output, ie. headphones. If you want some headsets that give you virtualized sound out of the box, you may want to look at one of the USB headsets that advertise 5.1/7.1 sound.

-6) Due to the circumaural, closed nature of these headsets, they will block out *MOST* external sounds when using them. For some this may actually be a positive, but for me, I game in the same room as my wife so it is hard for us to communicate when one of us uses this headset. I have other headphones that are circumaural but not closed, that allow for better ambient noise detection. I also know people with small children do not like fully closed/isolated headsets, so keep this in mind.

Other Thoughts: Given how many options there are for gaming headsets, I thought this unit might have more bells and whistles for the price point, but its really just a stereo headset with a serviceable mic. The $100 price point for headsets has a lot of competition and I am just not sure these headsets stand out.

That said, they do sound decent and are comfortable overall, but you will want a decent sound card behind them to drive positional gaming sound if that is what you are looking for. Try to avoid onboard audio if possible, as you will pick up a lot of system noise when using headphones.


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