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This review is from: Corsair Gaming VOID Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset
Pros: This headset feels great, sounds great (for movies and most games I've tried) and is ultra-convenient and responsive as a wireless headset. Very good range.
Cons: Completely died on day 5. Won't turn on at all. USB pings when I plug it into my PC, but nothing from the headset. When I plugged the USB transponder into my PC today it made the headphones the default audio device (didn't do that before) which shut off the speakers while listening to my favorite YouTube Channel: RedLetterMedia. And then the headphones didn't even have sound! They had no light, no sound, and I had no joy.
Other Thoughts: Reboot: No Go. Unplug-replug: No Go. Change USB port: NO Go. All of the above in one pass: No Go.
A busted VCR would be better than this.
C'mon Corsair, make this right. I have another Best of the Worst in my queue!
This review is from: WD Blue WD10J31X 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop SSHD Bare Drive
Pros: SSD Speed for often-used applications, Large capacity, decent file transfer speeds, good price.
Other Thoughts: This is a very nice improvement over the last generation of SSHD. I cloned my laptop's (Lenovo y50, i5, 8GB, GTX860m) Kingston 240GB SSDNow300 V to it, but before that I ran several benchmarks as a control on the SSD. Then I benchmarked the heck out of this SSHD, running each benchmark at least three times to see the improvement with each run -and it was significant. The Witcher 2 open improved from 33.8 seconds on first run to 26.1 seconds on the third run. Not much improvement past that, but the SSD in my main rig with a similar Core i5 takes 28.3 seconds... PC Mark Vantage (I know, kind of old) told a very interesting story: SSD score was 11,037. SSHD (1) 5892 (2) 6668 (3) 7227 (4) 7598 This drive improved the score 129% in four runs. While it never got close the the SSD, other tests were much more competitive. Shadow of Mordor built-in benchmark: SSD Max fps=81.39 Avg=38.33 SSHD (1) Max=87.32 Avg.=35.06 (2) Max.=72.69 Avg.=36.96 (3) Max.=113.07 Avg.=37.28 (4) Max.=96.51 Avg.=38.61 This test showed this SSHD besting my SSD in max and average framerates by the third and fourth run! Windows boot times were very average when it was first installed, but improved dramatically getting the final boot time down to 20 seconds to functioning desktop. The HDD that came with this laptop took a solid 45+ seconds to boot, but my SSD boots in around 13, so basically this SSHD is a very nice balance between storage and speed. It's important to remember that it will only improve the performance of programs that run multiple times because it has to cache the loading files to its little SSD portion. How it learns this is a mystery to me but it works! If you have a laptop with one drive bay you can't go wrong with this drive.
A note on large file transfers: I used a Samsung Portable SSD T1 to test this (USB3.0 drive and PC port.) A 1.5GB video file copied onto the SSHD at around 30MB/s, but the same file was able to write back to the SSD at a whopping 300MP/s for about half of the transfer, then it slowed and hovered around 100MB/s. Still extremely fast. Considering that pulling data off the drive whether opening a file or moving stuff to another drive is the most important part of a disk drive's performance to most people, this thing works perfectly.
This review is from: Antec GX500 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Larger enough for full ATX, bootom mounted PSU, comes with 3 fans + a 2 fan controllers, USB3.0 ports on top front panel, dedicated SSD slot, semi-tool-less drives, great cable management options.
Other Thoughts: This case is black inside and out, has a great bump out on the right side for cable routing, plus multiple well-placed tie downs for cable management. It comes with three Antec fans 2 up top, one in rear, that run nearly silent. Also has two fan controllers that are hooked up from the factory and labeled so you know which cable is going where -just plug in a molex connector and your cooling is all set (unless you're doing serious overclocking.) Lots of ventilation, dust filters at intakes, bottom mount PSU all add up to a superb build experience.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Jeffrey G.
Date Joined: 02/10/07
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