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Seagate Seven mm 500GB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STDZ500400 Silver
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: What a beauty! The packaging, design, finish...this is such a nice looking drive. If you have a sleek ultrabook/macbook and want a drive that matches the look of your machine, this is it. It is unbelievably thin and the anodized aluminum finish is nice to look at though a bit hard to keep from getting covered with fingerprints.

The USB 3.0 is nice and fast with a good, sturdy connection and its package offers great protection and is nice enough to not just toss out.

Cons: The biggest con is price/GB.

Other Thoughts: I've never been one to use the included utilities on drives. My first step is to just format them for a blank drive. For this, I decided to try it out just to see. It is a very simple, intuitive interface perfect for full computer backups that will actually monitor file changes and keep your backup current. There are other mobile/cloud options as well so the software side is very well rounded.

As I stated in the Pros though, the main reason to get this drive over other externals is its design.

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Zotac ZT-71107-10L GeForce GT 730 Graphic Card - 902 MHz Core - 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM - PCI Express 2.0 x1
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: As the title says, this is the most powerful PCIe x1 card I've seen. It's really quite a capable little card . It packs a nice little Kepler based GPU with 384 shaders, the memory bus is only 64bit to DDR3 chips but with only a single PCIe lane, it's fairly well matched up. I've found the card to be quite overclockable, though. I've had no problem upping the memory to 1100MHz and the GPU to 1000MHz. With a passive cooler it is obviously silent and at only 23w it keeps cool and doesn't require a power supply upgrade. While not really a gaming card, I have found it to be capable of playing quite a few games very well. Portal 2 is no problem on medium settings, my beloved old Fallout 3 and New Vegas games can be run well on a blend of medium-high settings, Civ V runs great as do many older games. Of course the hardware acceleration for HD video and 3d makes it a perfect card for HTPCs.

Cons: None so long as you understand you're not going to be playing Battlefield 4 on high settings at high resolutions.

Other Thoughts: I had a GT520 (610...same card) in this machine and saw this and bought it as a "why not?" upgrade. While still no replacement for my primary gaming console, it was a considerable upgrade for the games I do play. The 520 is in another HTPC that doesn't play any games so it's still around. I wasn't expecting much from the card, but have been pleasantly surprised. If you do want to play games, I would advise that you overclock the memory. 3dmark scores jumped considerably from 900mhz to 1000.

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SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Jet Black Gaming Circumaural Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs For the price, I expect more 01/03/2015

This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Jet Black Gaming Circumaural Headset

Pros: This is a very feature-rich headset. If you like lights, using these on USB allows a great deal of lighting color options as well as breathing/noise sensitive options. The retractable mic is a really nice touch as well as the flat cable. There is also a 3.5mm jack on the right earcup to daisychain another headset for holiday travel and watching movies. The ability to use the USB controller, 2 3.5mm jacks for headphones and mic or even a 3.5mm TRRS for mic and headphones on a cell phone was a nice consideration. They really came to life when hooked into my Xonar and fed a lot of power.

Cons: While they're fairly comfortable, they honestly started to become a bit painful after long periods of use like in my above mentioned travel (bear in mind I'm a big guy, 7'1" tall and my head is large to match). When used with USB, the sound really isn't very powerful. As I said above, it wasn't until I hooked them up to a good sound card with a headphone amp that I was satisfied with the sound and there just doesn't seem to be much volume via USB, either.

The biggest con has to be the volume control, though. While the earcup control knob is cool, when I start turning it down I can hear the right speaker is significantly quieter than the left and at really low levels the right one will be completely off while the left remains on. This is just completely unacceptable on a headset that is going to demand such a price premium. I'll admit I don't often use the volume control on the headset but instead use whatever device it's connected to, but occasionally I may nudge it or something when it's not in use and then when I put the headset on I get imbalanced audio. I'm sure eventually it will result in one speaker cutting in and out.

Other Thoughts: As I said in the cons, the volume is pretty weak via USB, but as far as overall sound quality they aren't bad. I would say it feels like the midrange is scooped out a bit over USB (which many people do with an EQ anyway) and I found myself adding a bit back with the provided EQ to fatten the sound again. Highs are nice and clear and the lows are present but not boomy or overwhelming. If you like a lot of bass, you're going to need a good sound card as the USB controller just won't push them hard enough.

All in all I have to say I'm a bit disappointed. There are a lot of great features and gadgets for the headset but it seems that's where the cost is. The actual performance of the device falls well short of the pricepoint.

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Tyler Z.'s Profile

Display Name: Tyler Z.

Date Joined: 11/21/07

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  • Reviews: 75
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  • First Review: 01/04/08
  • Last Review: 01/11/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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