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SAMSUNG T3 Portable 250GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive
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5 out of 5 eggs Small and Fast = Happy 04/15/2016

This review is from: SAMSUNG T3 Portable 250GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive

Well let’s jump right into this speedy little drive: it is very small and I like that! It will fit right into your pocket. The speed of this little drive is screaming fast. So we will recap super-fast and small what more can you ask? The external drive comes with software that was easy to install and setup; when it came time to enter in a password to protect the drive the rules that you need to follow are on the right hand side of the screen and are straight forward. I have some thoughts below about software and external drives as a whole. You don’t have to use the software and in fact I uninstalled the software after using it. That is captured below in the thoughts but overall the software was fast and easy to install and walks you through the setup in an easy to understand way this was greatly appreciated. One really big feature that I like about this little drive is the cable connection. There is no up or down or proper way that the cable has to go into the drive, you can use the cable in any direction and you will have a functioning drive so this was a very big plus for me. The look of the device was very new age and at the same time kind of concealable, if you had private documents on this drive and had it unplugged and sitting next to a USB hub most people would look right at it and think that it was just a second USB hub I like that. The aluminum outer shell is soft and smooth with a nice ring of soft gripping rubber on one end that allow you to hold on to the external drive tightly. It is shock proof I really tested this and threw it across the room a few times and even against the wall and guess what when I plugged it in it worked! For the average user you don’t have to worry about dropping it and breaking it. The physical size of the storage size and the speed of this external drive are all big big positives and I would happily say buy this.

Cons: Short cable! It cost almost nothing for the Samsung to make the cable an extra 12 inches longer so please spend the extra three cents so there is enough cable to work with.
The connection port is a type of micro port that has a known history of being extremely fragile, if you have any kind of vision or physical handicap that causes you to shake you may damage this port. Please be aware of this!
No recovery option, if you lose your password you’re done. So please be careful.

Other Thoughts: This external drive is small and very fast, I would tell a friend that this is a nice buy. I really don’t like any external that needs software to manage it. With no recovery options, and total data loss this seems very 1995. Even with its new age look and speeds its shocking to me that there are still single point of failure devices that cost more than $100. I think that manufactures really need to consider that people may really lose data permanently with device like this.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review I hope this helps you.

SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse - Black
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5 out of 5 eggs Nice Feel Good Features 03/13/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse - Black

Pros: Well let's start with the feel of this mouse: it's got a nice soft texture to it and on the outsides it has a nice rippled texture. It's a nice size - I have a medium hand but I would think that if you have large hands this mouse might fit you so please be aware of that its got the footprint of about a midsized Bluetooth mouse. This mouse has a nice and long cable and you should not need an extension for most applications. You can change the color of this mouse using software as well as program the buttons. I have only had it short time and can't say about the 30 million clicks but from what I see so far I don't have any reason to doubt that. It was plug and play on both my Mac mini as well as my windows 7. Overall the button layout and positive feedback from the buttons feels and looks great with nice foot print that is not overly large; the software is easy to maneuver but you will need to see my number one Con for a full understanding of it.

Cons: One of my biggest pet peeves on any product is when they send you to their website to get software to make the product work out of the box: let me explain - to program the buttons or change the color you need to go to the website and download the software to make these changes. I know that for some this is not an issue and for me as well but they really should add a small disk with this software in the box, it would have set them back all of .30 cents. There were no instructions in the box, these can be found on the website and once obtained they were easy to follow and understand.

Other Thoughts: The software is easy to install and easy to use so overall it's just annoying that you have to go and get it from their website. If you're looking for a nice mouse in a smaller package this is a very nice mouse, if they would just add the software. For the money you can't really go wrong. YES I would recommend this to a friend. Thank you for taking the time to read my review I hope it helped.

CASE ROSEWILL NIGHTHAWK 117 ATX Full Tower Gaming Computer Case, Supports up to 420 mm long VGA Card, 5 Fans Pre-installed, Fan Speed Control
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Pros: Hello, this a fully packed review so let’s dive right into this shall we. Let’s start with the fact that this chassis has more fans than you can ever want plus slots to add more. I am from the school of thought that more is better and it’s better to have more than you need. This chassis is just that when it comes to fans. Two 120 mm fans in the front grill, two 120 mm fans on the top of the case (I will talk about what makes these so unique in a moment), one slot on the bottom of the chassis to add a 120 mm fan right in front of the power supply if you wish and one 120 mm fan in the back. If you have an overclocked system that screams heat this is the case for you. Now to the top of the chassis, there are two fans under an adjustable exhaust port, sounds crazy right, but I have to say I really love it. The big bonus to these fans is that you can control them with some switches on top of the chassis. Now you can adjust these fans independently THIS IS HUGE because it gives you total control on the exhaust of the case which is a super nice touch and the first time I have seen this setup built into a chassis, so big big big kudos for this. There are four liquid cooling outlets in the rear that will allow you to run ½ inch OD tubing with no issues. There are four USB 2.0 ports on the top along with two USB 3.0 as well as a hard drive dock. The front panels are toolless and have a nice small lever you pull to pop them right out. I am also a huge fan of how they made the front expansion slots for those of us who still like Blu-ray players and that sort of thing, the toolless install is very nice. The inside is very spacious and you will have no issues putting the biggest ATX board you can find inside this chassis. The standout arrangement is very good so if you wanted to put an ITX board in this chassis you can do it. The stand outs were very easy to install and the threads in the holes were easy to use “no missed threads”. The cable management options you have are incredible. Loops that are part of the mounting plate and this makes zip tying cables down a snap and the pass through holes from the hard drive bays to the Mother Board are large and numerous. One thing I am sure many of you who use liquid coolers will ask is how much space is in the chassis for my tubes - the answer is TONS, you should have no issues running your tubes. In some cases you have to worry about kinks in your tubing but this chassis is BIG no need to worry about kinks here. I have saved the best for last, a bottom mounting power supply with removable dust screen. I had no issues installing my 850 watt power supply and the dust screen comes out for easy cleaning. This is my second chassis with a bottom mount power supply and I love them its keeps the power supply super clean inside.

Cons: I really wish this chassis had some front facing USB ports because I store my unit under a desk and it’s hard to access the top of my case. I also wish they had made the side planes fast detachable with some button clips. As it sits now I have to unscrew the panels and that means I have to move the case and getting behind it when it’s plugged in is not so easy, they need button tabs. This would be so much better in the next generation.
Lastly my raptor drive got scratched in bay one because there was a screw that hung down just enough to hit the top of my drive, this can lead to ESD or even worse. I went in and filed down the screw but it’s something they can look into on the next gen as well.

Other Thoughts: Thoughts
Great chassis for large builds if you’re going with liquid cooling. I would get this chassis for sure: lots of fans and cooling for hot environments and lots of room inside the chassis over all. I am very happy. Thank you for taking the time to read my review and I hope it helped.


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