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Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Solid Portable Drive 05/27/2015

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive STEA2000400

Pros: Pretty standard packaging that isn't 'human proof' when trying to remove the product; haha

Nice matte/patterned finish. Gloss always looks nice, but does nothing but get scratched/dull more quickly/noticeably over time.

Quiet...even when writing nearly 1TB of data to it consecutively

14" cable included (not including connector length)

Nice snug fit into the drive and USB port.

Solid speeds even at 90% capacity.

Blue activity light isn't blinding.

Light and Compact

USB powered

Cons: Drive not recognized through my VANTEC UGT-MH430U3 USB 3.0 Hub for some reason. Corsair mouse, headset, Vantec USB 3.0 External HDD Enclosure, WD USB 3.0 and 2.0 drives, and ADATA USB 3.0 drives have no issue connecting through the HUB.

Blue light blinks, but won't connect to my PC. -1 Egg

Seagates questionable reliability.

Other Thoughts: My System Specs:

ASUS Z87 Gryphon w/ Armor
i7 4770k @ 4.5GHz (delidded/naked)
XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
2x8GB Dominator Platinum 2400MHz
XFX R9 290 BE
XSPC Razor GPU Block
Rosewill Capstone 650-M
OCZ Vertex4 120GB - OS
Crucial M500 240GB - Games
Intel 530 Series 240GB - User Files
Western Digital RE 2TB - Mass Storage

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Did some real world data transfer tests and some synthetic benchmarking of this drive.
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For real world tests I used 4 different file types for transfers. Music files, Pictures, Acronis Disc Images, and Movies.

All of the data was transferred from my WD RE 2TB(WD2000FYYZ) to this drive over the front USB 3.0 panel of my Corsair 350D. I have tested other USB 3.0 devices and there is no significant difference in transfer speeds from front panel to the rear.

I timed the file transfers with a stop watch and then used CalcTool.org to find the overall average transfer speeds in each scenario.

Music - 49.1GB - 9,061 Files - 520 Folders | 156 MB/S peak, flatlined at 64.5MB/s | 11:11 to complete transfer. Averages to 69.7 MB/s

Pics - 13.6GB - 6,800 files - 29 folders | 80 MB/s peak and steadily fell .2-.3 MB/s until it finished at 52 MB/s. 3:39 to complete. Averages to 59.1 MB/s

(3) Acronis Disc Images totaling 100GB | 117 MB/s peak, flatlined at 80 MB/s. 19:04 to complete. Averages to 83.3 MB/s

Movies - 46.3 GB - 97 files - 12 Folders | 166 MB/s peak, flatlined at 77 MB/s. 9:09 to complete transfer. Averages to 80.5 MB/s

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I used CrystalDiskMark (V3.0.3 x64) for synthetic benchmarking. I tested at 9%, 63% and 90% capacity of the drive. Even at 90% full it still exhibits good speeds for an external 2.5

Please take note that Random 4K and Random QD32 results are always low, and even more so with mechanical drives.

The results, in MB/s, were as follows:

CrystaldiskMark Test @ 9% Capacity - 3 Runs / 1000MB
Sequential - Read: 127.9 Write: 129.7
Random 512K - Read: 39.69 Write: 56.43
Random 4K - Read: .453 Write: 1.220
Random 4K QD32 - Read: 0.541 Write: 1.198


CrystaldiskMark Test @ 63% Capacity - 3 Runs / 1000MB
Sequential - Read: 98.15 Write: 99.8
Random 512K - Read: 35.39 Write: 47.89
Random 4K - Read: 0.453 Write: 0.986
Random 4K QD32 - Read: 0.533 Write: 0.958


CrystaldiskMark Test @ 90% Capacity - 3 Runs / 1000MB
Sequential - Read: 73.17 Write: 73.69
Random 512K - Read: 28.62 Write: 35.31
Random 4K - Read: 0.411 Write: 0.882
Random 4K QD32 - Read: 0.497 Write: 0.903

All things considered, these are impressive speeds for this type of drive.

Only thing that worries me is the reliability of

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SanDisk Ultra Fit 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive 128bit AES Encryption Model SDCZ43-064G-G46
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Tiny
Fast
LED Indicator

Cons: I used a tiny key ring to attach this little guy to a set of my keys.

It rubbed through the tiny lanyard hole on the flash drive in less than 3 weeks.

I thought I put it in a pocket...no idea where it went.

Other Thoughts: Needs a beefier retention mechanism, or needs to come with a lanyard/key ring that isn't going to break it.

Great performance, but gotta dock eggs for lack of durability.

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Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Dr. Jeckyl & Mr. Hyde 03/07/2015

This review is from: Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse

Pros: Effortless gliding on even the most inadequate surfaces, which is even better on a good mouse pad. This makes the tracking and accuracy of this mouse sublime.

Near silent movement across my Corsair Vengeance MM600 mouse pad. Much more quiet than my G700.

LED Customization is sweet; See Cons also.

More programming options for buttons than you may know what to do with. If you can think of a series of keystrokes, clicks, dips, movements, or button presses..than you can make it happen in a single click of a button.

Lightweight. This may come as a con to some, but I now find the Logitech G700 this mouse replaced as a bit cumbersome; though I do miss some of the features of the G700.

Crazy range of adjustable DPI; See Other Thoughts.

If you don't require the adjustable DPI, those buttons can be reassigned to other functions.

The 'Lift Height' option is a unique setting to be able to adjust; See other thoughts.

Lengthy braided USB cable doesn't catch or snag on anything; See Other Thoughts.

Matte finish barely shows any signs of use after nearly a month.

1000 reports a second, so it will never miss a precise move you are going to make.

Just the right amount of *click* for button presses.

Corsair quality as always.

Cons: It needs, at least, 2 more buttons. The left/right click should NOT be included in the '8 Programmable Buttons'. It is nice that the DPI buttons can be set to do something else, but if you want the adjustable DPI and you remove the left/rick click from the equation...then you have 1/2 of the claimed # of customizable buttons. If you're going to give me cake, I absolutely must be able to eat it.

Add a free-scrolling option for the mouse wheel!

Lack of left/right mouse wheel clicks.

A mouse should not have a 147 page user manual, wherein nearly 30 pages are dedicated to how to configure the LED lighting features.

Still haven't gotten the fancy gradient, ripple, and wave lighting effects to work.

As many others have noted the software is not easy to pickup without delving into the user manual. Granted the mouse has a lot of features, they could be much easier to implement.

186,412K memory usage?! What for? I have 16GB, but it is excessive when 8 Logitech processes together use less than half that memory amount; 78,836K.

The 'Lift Height' feature is very sensitive. So sensitive that when I set it on low I thought the mouse malfunctioned! The mouse fails to track at all on the 'rough' side of my MM600 with it set to low. I had to put the mouse on my desk for it to work again and change the setting to something higher. On the smooth side of the MM600, it is very, very choppy; Very strange that the mouse wouldn't work on Corsair's own pad at that setting.

USB plug is unnecessarily large and yellow.

I have the Corsair Utility Engine and Corsair Gaming Headset software installed. A box pops up from a cold boot telling me to update Corsair software, but it does not specify which one. I click the update button and it takes me to Corsair's driver page, but it doesn't automatically choose what needs updating. I had to go into MSConfig, disable the programs, and reboot to find out which one actually needed updating.

Why do I need two separate programs running? Why not just combine them into one and have a separate tab to choose?

The mouse defaults to the lowest DPI setting from a bold boot, but not immediately. When the desktop first comes up it is at my chosen setting of #4, but once the CUE loads it goes to the lowest setting automatically...it's annoying. Just realized the mouse doesn't have internal memory to store the settings, and this is likely the cause...get with the times Corsair!

This also means you can't take your mouse with all your exact settings somewhere else and use it.

Other Thoughts: Love the different LED color for current DPI setting.

I'm not an avid FPS player. I found that the default DPI #4 of 3000 to be adequate for everyday use and the games that I play.

Who actually runs 8200 DPI?

Some have commented on the resistance between notches when moving the wheel. I find this to be pretty alright for gaming, even though it took some getting used to. However, if you're trying to quickly scroll through something, it is annoying...it definitely needs a free-scrolling option like Logitech uses.

I haven't used a corded mouse in...I can't remember how long it's been LoL! I thought the cord was going to be a menace, but it is quite nice. The silky smooth braiding doesn't cause any drag whatsoever! The combination of its feather-weight status, effortless tracking, and the silky smooth cable make it feel like a wireless mouse.

The ergonomics are very different from the numerous Logitech mice that I own and have used over the past ~18 years. I thought this was going to be a hindrance, but Corsair surprised me again. It didn't take too long to get used it and now it feels quite alright.

I bet adjustable weight would be a nice option for some people. I initially thought the light weight was going to make things weird, but it's so darn smooth!

The loudness of the clicks seem identical to my G700. Quite glad it isn't any louder...that would have drove me nuts and caused me to throw this thing in a desk drawer for a very rainy day.

Simplify the software and Corsair has a gem!

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