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Corsair K95 Cherry MX RGB Red Mechanical Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs a solid keyboard with some overhyped features 11/13/2014

This review is from: Corsair K95 Cherry MX RGB Red Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: * nice and heavy, very good feel to it
* very bright
* easy to clean
* lots of colors to choose from

The entire top is made of aluminum which gives this keyboard a very solid and heavy feel. The wrist rest actually screws on to the keyboard preventing it from popping off like some other cheaper keyboards. Since each key on this keyboard actually as it's own switch, with LED's each key is raised from the aluminum base making this keyboard easy to clean out. The ability to select just the color you want makes it great for personalization.

Cons: * bases of each key are translucent
* loud
* uses 2 usb ports
* no software included
* software is buggy

The bases of each key are translucent allowing the keyboard to look really great from afar. The problem with this is when trying to light up one or 2 keys in the middle of the keyboard a different color than the surrounding keys. Often you won't get the expected color, and sometimes you wont even get a color near what you wanted. The software, which you have to download from corsair's website as it isn't included in the box is clunky at best. The preinstalled example profiles make it difficult to set up your own. The keys bottoming out are very loud, and typing for an extended period of time is reminiscent of old typewriters.

Other Thoughts: This is a very showy keyboard and the construction quality is top notch.The led's ar very bright, and certain contrasting colors look great, although getting the exact look you want is difficult, and sometimes impossible. Either way expect it to take several hours to figure out the software and set it up exactly how you want, and realize that you may have to compromise in the end.

Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Fast external drive 08/07/2014

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: This drive has a nice large capacity. Usb 3.0 makes transfer speeds fast and efficient. Relatively small footprint makes it easy to find place to put it. Windows recognized it without issue and set it up very quickly.

Cons: Somewhat noisy under high loads. Case becomes fairly warm under heavy use. Only cooling vents are on the bottom and back. Vents on the top would allow the drive to cool better since heat travels up. The foot print could be smaller, or even turned 90 degrees on its edge. Very short 1 year warranty.

Other Thoughts: This is a very large drive and fairly inexpensive. Assuming it lasts it will be a great investment, however the warranty concerns me There used to be a time when seagate was the best hard drive on the market( I have 2 in my computer). In the last couple of years their quality has fluctuated. They have gone from a 5 year warranty on hard drives to a 1 year warranty while the other major manufacturers are still including a 2-4 year warranty on external drives.

Seagate ST4000NC000 4TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a server grade drive at a consumer friendly price.
- Large capacity. pretty much the largest capacity single drive you can currently buy,
- very quiet. Unlike my other drive i can't hear this drive, even while it is under load.
- Low power draw
- high quality construction designed to run 24/7.
- Fast.
- Secure. The Instant Secure Erase renders the drive safe from most thieves.

Cons: - Bare drive. this drive has no cables, hardware, or documentation bundled with it. This means it is up to you to acquire everything including the software needed to use the Instant Secure Erase. Luckily there is documentation at the bottom of the overview tab on the product page that will tell you everything you need to know.
- 5900 rpms. With other manufacturers drives running between 7200-10k you can't but wonder if the drive would be even faster if they made theirs faster.
- Security. This is an encryption drive. As data is written to and read from the drive, the drive encrypts and decrypts the data.When you perform an Instant Secure Erase, the drive erases the current encryption key and creates a new one. It leaves the data on the drive and renders is "invisible" waiting for it to be overwritten by new data. This means that even after a Instant Secure Erase the data previously on the drive could theoretically be retrieved.

Other Thoughts: Even though the data is theoretically retrievable it would be very difficult. Even if a thieve finds the data they are going to have to decrypt it to be able to get anything out of it.


Chris B.'s Profile

Display Name: Chris B.

Date Joined: 10/30/08

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 04/29/09
  • Last Review: 11/13/14
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