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Corsair Gaming K70 LUX Mechanical Keyboard Backlit Red LED Cherry MX Red (CH-9101020-NA)
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Pros: A very nice typing feel to the keys, solid non-flexing feel to the strokes. The anodized / brushed aluminum construction looks great and feels like it was built for aircraft durability.
Although the palm rest compliments the aesthetics of the keyboard nicely and provides wrist support as it should, the fact that it is plastic seems almost Anti-climactic to the use of nice solid aluminum on the rest of the construction.
The rolling volume adjustment is my favorite control feature on this keyboard. It is placed well above the number pad and its surface is lower that the keys so that you don’t inadvertently swipe across it and the single key mute is placed directly beside it although a quick slide down the knurled barrel of the control does the same thing.
A small sealed plastic package in the box contains the typical key removal tool and the keys that you need to customize for gaming. Look and feel is Excellent

Cons: OK. all that being said about the Linux side of things, lets move to the disappointment of Windows 7 Pro 64bit.

Well first off, if you are using a dual boot system ie. Windows/Linux this thing becomes a nightmare. My advice is just don't bother, it seems (at least for my HPDesktop) that it does not function until the system boots, meaning you cannot select what OS you want during the boot process from Grub. Connecting my old Keyboard during boot got me into Windows and once up and plugged in it was detected by Windows and worked … somewhat.

Proceeded to Corsair Downloads site and selected what I figured was the correct “Engine” as it said K70 (the directions are no help here as they just tell you the website and say to follow on screen instructions during install. Once this was installed it flashed up that no device was detected and to please connect the device … ??? really? , I was typing with it! I then realized the multimedia key were non-op although the selector button for back light setting that failed in Linux did. I revisited the Corsair sight and querried the message the “Engine” had given me and the answer it seemed was that since this is a NON-RGB that I needed to download the “Gaming” software. Low and behold! There is absolutely NOTHING, NOTTA, ZIP on the download page that has ANYTHIG to do with the K70 NON-RGB only the K95 AND guess what? That did not work for it either. """ I think Corsair needs to put a little attention to Directions and Software Availability! I certainly have nothing good to say about that aspect at this time. """

Other Thoughts: I will always be the first to point out if the items I review work well with Linux or not, or in the case of this keyboard and many other “Gaming” keyboards … Partially. My Ubuntu16.04 64bit booted up fine with the keyboard and all keys except one seem to function as they should. The only one that does not is the back light control button which is supposed to allow you to control the brightness of the back light and this is not a specific fault to this particular keyboard, all back lit keyboards I have used have all had this same fault. So in general the Corsair K70 LUX will function on Linux (or at least Ubuntu) as long as you do not wish to try and adjust the back light. If you do press the button, the lights go out and all other functions of the keyboard cease to work as well, requiring a reboot to function again. As I said, this seems to be the “norm” for most back lit keyboards in Linux, my Saitek is exactly the same.

So yeah, Overall works somewhat on Ubuntu Linux … Works somewhat on Windows 7Pro … does NOT play well with dual boot systems at all.

OCZ TRION 150 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs A good buy at the $200 price range for (virtually) a 1TB SSD. 05/20/2016

This review is from: OCZ TRION 150 2.5" 960GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN150-25SAT3-960G

Pros: Solid State drives continue to drop in price and this fact makes this drive a good buy at the $200 price range for (virtually) a 1TB SSD. The benchmarks I obtained from this drive were on par with some that I have worked with in a bit higher price range. I have opted to put this drive into a older Acer Netbook and although due to limitations of the Netbook I don't see major benefits of the SATA III SSD the biggest two pluses I have are much faster boot times and the netbook runs a significant bit cooler as the heat produced by the SSD is much lower than that which the old platter drive was putting out. These are certainly worth pointing out for anyone wishing to upgrade their drive in an older laptop and being a SSD I am sure that battery performance will benefit as well although I did not look at that aspect specifically.

Cons: At the time of this review none noted.

Other Thoughts: Being a SSD that has ample storage space and a decent price point it would be a good choice for an external storage device as well when paired with a fairly priced USB 3.0 SATA III enclosure. Fears of damage due to accidental rough handling are minimized because of the fact that SSD's have no moving parts, adding to the draw for the use as an external device or use in a laptop.

Of course as with any electronic device Longevity is always a concern, two weeks will not offer any input to that particular category, but as time goes on if I have any concerns about its reliability I will make sure to “Revisit” my review, as for now all things working great and just a bit faster and cooler!

WD Red 3TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD30EFRX
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4 out of 5 eggs Western Digital Red WD30EFRX 3TB NAS Drive 03/26/2016

This review is from: WD Red 3TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD30EFRX

Pros: Quiet! Wonderfully Quiet! If your NAS is in a location near your entertainment center the fact that these drives are virtually silent is a huge plus.

Cons: Not a con of the drive nor the brand, but a bias of my own. I have been burned by WD drives in the past (lost major amounts of data) and have a hard time considering them for any major use. I would certainly NOT take anything away from these drives based on that and from the performance I have seen so far with these I may have to start considering them again.

Other Thoughts: I normally don't take this long to do a review, but I wanted to have these drives in place and in use for a while to try to make a better judgment call. I have always used drives that were designed for Video surveillance systems as they are designed for 24 – 7 use. The WD Red series are intended for use on NAS Devices so should hold up well to the task. Only time will attest to that of course, so at this point longevity is not something that can be critiqued.
I have two of these drives running in my Netgear NAS to do my review and so far they have been running smoothly and from a performance stand point I have had absolutely no issues. Raid has been keeping them mirrored without issues. Temperatures have remained even, there have been no spikes even during times of heavy access.
I feel that only a couple weeks is really not sufficient time to do a review on an item such as these, Although I have had no issues so far only time can be the determining factor in the ultimate review. I must follow up with a review at a later date to feel confident in my breakdown on these drives. I would most definitely recommend and consider these drives for any NAS system that is in need of large capacity drives.


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