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Seagate 4TB Game Drive for Xbox One USB 3.0 Model  STEA4000402 - Green
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Pros: - 128mb cache helps it write nearly as fast as a 7200rpm 16-32mb cache drive (it is 5400rpm).
- USB 3
- It's green.

Cons: Price? It itself in windows literally says it's a seagate expansion portable 4tb drive and hardware when plugged in, is an xbox label really worth marking up its retail price 50$ higher??

Seatools (seagates diagnostic software) doesn't really support full testing of their or any USB hard drives. Seatools almost always reports errors when there is none which is even noted by seagate themselves. But its still weird that their site suggests using seatools for this if there is an issue yet it cant actually test if there is.. one? It helps with checking warranty information but you'd need to know if there's an issues first right?

Other Thoughts: The seatools con isn't even about the drive but does feel relevant, after all it's virtually impossible to have any realistic cons or pros about a hard drive unless its DOA or fails, anyways seagates diagnostic reports this:
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Model: Expansion
Firmware: 9300
Model Number: ST4000LM016-1N2170
Firmware Revision: 0003
Drive Capacity: 4.00 TB / 3.64 TiB
Drive Temperature (C/F): 24 / 75
Sector size (Logical/Physical/Allignment): 512 / 4096 / 0
Rotation rate: 5400 RPM
Form factor: 2.5 inch
Specification Supported: ACS-2
Encryption Support: Not Supported
Security Mode: Supported
SMART: Enabled
Host Protected Area features: Enabled
Advanced Power Management: Enabled
Download Microcode: Segmented
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I only tried seatools because it was writing insanely slow, i forgot but then remembered some versions of windows by default don't allow cache on portable drives so it had to be enabled in device management, after which it worked very well.

If your drive seems excessively slow when/if using it on windows, goto my computer, right click the drive, click properties, goto hardware tab, click on seagate expansion usb device, click properties, then click the change settings button on bottom left, under policies tab make sure 'better performance' and 'write caching' are enabled.

Overall it works great games run well on it haven't had any xbox issues so far, and is still a good price (since most sites mark it down from that retail increase) for 4tb portable drive although its still odd about the retail pricing.

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Steelseries Apex M500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Red Switches and Blue LED
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Pros: A great looking keyboard that's definitely not going to slide around, (it is actually steel framed and quite heavy).
Macros are easy to setup and use remappable keys and great repeating function (rapid fire).
Keys are so easy to press that I thought I didn't press CTRL in at all occasionally in comparison to a normal 15$ keyboard.
It even has some semblance of random cable management with its velcro cable ties.

Cons: The steelseries engine drivers kept saying there's a bios update but when clicked it would do absolutely nothing but disable the keyboard & instantly say it failed, it stays disabled until I unplug/replug it, tried repetitively for over a week and on different computers to no effect.

The steelseries engine lighting adjustment doesn't change brightness at all how its supposed to only on or off work at all, it'd be nice if a bios update fixed that... oh wait...

The process for the steelseries engine uses approximately 300mb-400mb ram when opened, but drops to about 100mb when all windows are closed for the background process at least.

Weight could be a slight issue if you use it on your lap as i do coccasioanlly since the weight could also make it fall easily (and potentially very hard) if not centered on lap.

Other Thoughts: I really cant give this more than a 2 all just because I literally have no way of getting the bios update to work, I really hope a software update finds out whats wrong with it. In most cases bios updates aren't too super critical... but yeah if there is one its not working and I can't get any actual important one if there is one.

I like the lighting but its to bright by default and the brightness setting doesn't work and bios updates don't either.. I might be having a bug that's been fixed but cant get the fix. I'd give it a 2.5 more realistically, i can turn the lighting off at least but i cant give a it a 3 when its in its current state of not being able to be updated at all.

Other than that its a great keyboard and should last a very long time I'd figure 5+ years if the red switches are as good as they should be, macros work great, turbo/repeating function is great and it seems insanely sturdy, all i can do is hope no new issues arise from a lack of updates.

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EZVIZ Mini HD 720p WiFi Home Security Camera with Motion Detection, 130 degree View, Night Vision, Works with Alexa using IFTTT (Special Offer 12 Month Cloud Storage w/ 7 day Playback)
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Pros: - Simple to setup for most users.
- Great video quality.
- 12 month cloud storage.
- Night vision works well.
- Wide view angle & good wifi range.

Cons: USB powered but not usable as a wired USB camera.

Have had 720p cameras that have had better video quality? (the quality is great just odd to have a better 720p if this actually has a 720p sensor).

Integrated wifi chip in the camera itself doesn't have a written MAC address anywhere, not on the camera, box or in the manual. Anyone who has a a significant sense of security has mac restriction enabled on their wifi network, I had to disable wifi MAC restriction just to connect and check connected devices to just find the mac address to allow.

Doesn't seem to have a way to easily use the camera offline, couldn't get any form of 100% local networking working right, requires the online enabled apps to do well everything. (I believe it relays the camera video to the app, as in it uploads your video to them/their sites/servers then downloads it to you possibly even if/with local storage enabled which I can't fully confirm).

Other Thoughts: Overall seems like a great 'easy' way for most average people to use security cameras, however there is definitely cheaper cameras available but the cheaper ones are not as easy to setup or as secure. These seem quite secure as long as you trust the manufacturer, and this may be the best option for average people since other cheaper options require setting up securely and are very easy to access if not setup properly. This camera literally cannot be setup in a way thats not secure which is its primary focus.

Personally this isn't for me id definitely be able to wire up similar quality cameras for far less cost and just as secure myself, its definitely a great camera for who its targeted customer base is for though (people who need something easy and definitely secure in its own way with good quality).

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Display Name: Michael D.

Date Joined: 03/23/08

  • Reviews: 32
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  • First Review: 05/26/08
  • Last Review: 06/23/16
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