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This review is from: Corsair Gaming H2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset - Greyhawk
Pros: The Corsair Gaming H2100 Wireless “Greyhawk” headset is a credit to the Corsair product line. I have been using and comparing it to my other headsets a lot over the past week. Gaming, movies, music, VOIP, etc. It performed wonderfully.
The sound quality is actually very good, easily on par and better that other headsets in and above it's price range. While gaming, you get deep clear explosions/bass, no noticeable distortions, no “tinny” sounds, just an overall great gaming experience. With TV, movies, and music, the experience is the same.
The closed design also allows for great “noise canceling” and easy immersion into whatever you're playing or watching. Just be aware that this headset easily blocks out most environmental noise, something that I like, but others may not.
The mic is fixed (not removable), but partially bendable to position closer to your mouth. It's audio quality is what you expect from a gaming headset mic. Not as good as a quality independent microphone on a boom of course, but perfectly fine for VOIP. Clear and undistorted, easily understandable.
The microfiber-wrapped memory foam earpads are very comfortable when worn for long periods of time. At no time did I ever experience any discomfort around my ears when wearing the headset for long periods of time. The headband is also padded and comfortable.
The overall build quality of the headset also seems quite nice. Easily adjustable to fit most heads and none if it feels “cheap” in any way. The only possible failure point one may worry about would be the pivot point where the headband meets the headphones, but this can be said for any headset that has them. However, even on my big head, they don't seem to “creak or pop” at all. So I don't foresee any problems.
As far as battery life is concerned, they last about 6 hours at the very minimum, and closer to 9 or so hours at the maximum. The battery life is going to be highly dependent on what you're doing of course. Using the USB charging cable while using the headset poses no problems, at that point, it just feels like a regular wired headset while charging.
The headset itself is very simple to control. One giant on/off button and a single large volume roller on the left ear.
The transceiver dongle can easily be placed anywhere around your PC via the included 1.5m USB extension cable and stand. Placing it up and away from your PC does get you better range.
Lastly, the “Corsair Gaming Headset Control Panel” software is nothing special or fancy, but it's easy to configure and seems to be perfectly stable. Never crashing or causing any issues what so ever. A lot can be said for stable software.
Cons: There are only two real cons I experienced so far, and neither is really much to do with the headset, but the environment it's being used in and how I use my headphones.
Like any wireless device, the signals don't travel well through some objects, such as mirrors for example. When I would walk from my PC to the kitchen, still well within the headsets 40' advertized range, I would get drops.
However it was simply because of where I had the dongle placed and the fact the signal had to go through a mirror to reach me. Coupled with the fact the headset is running on 2.4GHz, which it highly saturated in many areas since most wireless devices operate on that frequency.
Just remember, placement of the dongle can have a huge impact any wireless headsets performance. Moving the dongle to avoid the mirror eliminated the drops.
Secondly, I often find myself wearing my headsets only on one ear, meaning I have only one cup on one ear. The other is behind my other ear so I can still hear what's going on in my home, often when watching TV or movies I will do this.
While I can still do this with the Greyhawk, it does tend to “slide” forward or back on my head at times, forcing me to readjust it. However, like I mentioned above, I have a big head, so take from that what you will.
Again, not the fault of the headset, but how I use them. I just wanted to mention it just in case others do this as well.
Beyond that, I have no complaints about the headset, it has been performing wonderfully!
Other Thoughts: In closing, I just have to say that I was very pleased and happy with the quality and performance of the H2100 Greyhawk, for it's price point it easily met and exceeded my expectations.
If you're looking for a quality gaming headset, but don't want to break the bank in the process, then this headset should be on your list.
The headsets I used to compare the Greyhawk with were the SteelSeries 9H (wired), Sennheiser PC 323D, Turtle Beach Z300, and the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage V2.0. The Greyhawk H2100 was easily on par with all of them, and better in some cases.
This review is from: SAMSUNG 1TB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
External storage is something I have a lot of, every system in my home has one or two USB 3 external HDD's connected to it, some connected 24/7, some not. That's in addition to the home NAS. Most of this drive space is used for backups and redundant data storage.
However there are two 1TB HDD's that I use when I want to travel with data, both have always been reliable and have done their jobs as expected. Both are USB 3 and are basically 2.5 inch laptop HDDs in portable enclosures. So they are relativity small and "fast enough" for most tasks.
After benchmarking (see "Other thoughts") I decided to use this Samsung T1 as a replacement for one of those two HDDs. I wanted to really see where that extra speed paid off.
The first and most obvious is the saved time coping/moving files to and from the T1. Especially large files, or large groups of files, that normally take quite a long time when using an HDD.
These speeds also make it possible to stream media and other content from the drive. You can use it to stream HD+ videos or to run a presentation without having to copy the data to a local drive. No slowdowns, no hiccups.
Secondly, you can easily install software and games to the drive and have them run just as good or better than if they were installed on an internal HDD.
I installed a couple DRM free games on the drive, took it to a friends, and was able to load them up on his PC with ease. On my own system I copied over my Battlefield Hardline installation ran the game from the T1, and it ran wonderfully. Much faster load times than via HDD, nearly as fast as the internal SSD the game sits on normally.
So while the speed benefits of using a portable SSD like the T1 are pretty obvious, what makes this drive any different than other options?
For me this comes down to two points. One being the fact it's a Samsung drive, a tried, true, and trusted world leader in SSD technology.
The other being the AES 256 bit encryption, no software installation is required. I really like having this amazing feature available to you right out of the box, taking only a few moments to setup.
Connecting the drive to your PC will prompt you to name the drive, and choose if you wish to enable the encryption or not. Once done, your data is password protected and secure.
The level of protection is such that forgetting your password will make the T1 unusable, requiring you to use a factory reset tool to reset the T1 back to it's out-of-box state. This will allow you to use the drive again, but data recovery is not possible. I really like this feature, just be sure you don't forget your password.
Overall I am impressed with the Samsung T1. It's fast, secure, and so easily used. It's much more portable than most other options. I really like this drive.
Cons: Short USB3 cable, about 4.5 inches.
Other than that, I didn't find any other cons with the T1.
Other Thoughts: Benchmarking the T1 consisted of two different main systems, one AMD 990FX based, the other Intel Z97, both running Windows 7 Ultimate 64. The software tools used were the latest versions of CrystalDiskMark 64 and ATTO, with queue depth of 10. 1000MB file size on CDM 64 and all default settings on ATTO.
The AMD 990FX based system was running an FX-8350 on the ASUS Sabertooth R2.0 motherboard.
Both CDM 64 and ATTO gave nearly identical numbers, these are the averages.
Sequential Read: 351.5 MB/s
Sequential Write: 335.3 MB/s
512K Read: 315.6 MB/s
512K Write: 313.4 MB/s
If you're experiencing slower than average speeds, about a max of 250 MB/s, on the ASUS Sabertooth (or any other supported ASUS board), you should install the included USB 3 driver, as well as the AI Suite "USB 3.0 Boost" software and enable UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol). Once UASP is enabled, you do not have to leave the software installed, but you're speed boost will remain.
The Z97 based system was tested running the i5-4690K. The motherboard was the ASRock Fatal1ty Killer. Again, average speeds between CDM 64 and ATTO since they got nearly identical results.
Sequential Read: 421.1 MB/s
Sequential Write: 403.5 MB/s
512K Read: 374.2 MB/s
512K Write: 378.5 MB/s
Note that using encryption seems to have little to no noticable impact on performance, at least it didn't in my testing, less than 2 MB/s on average between the two.
You may have also noticed that the there is a performance gap between the AMD FX and Intel Z97 systems, up to 70 MB/s on the high end. This actually happens a lot on FX based AMD systems. The older chipset, hardware, and even the drivers can cause this to happen.
I ran CDM 64 on a friends brand new 7850K and MSI A88X-G45 GAMING based build, running Windows 8.1. On that system the numbers much more closely matched the Z97 system.
In closing, this drive is fast, pure and simple. No matter what hardware you're using it with, it's going to be much faster than portable HDD options. The data encryption feature is simple to setup, very effective, and something I really enjoy.
If you're looking for a sleek, stylish portable SSD, that's also blazing fast and secure to store your data on the go, or to just add external storage to your system, then these Samsung T1 drives should really be at the top of your list.
Pros: I was going to list all the great features of this router, but I would just be parroting what others are already saying, that this is a feature rich router at a good price point. However I will list a couple that I really liked seeing.
- There is a physical on/off switch for the WiFi on the back of the router. This is something I wish more routers had, I absolutely loved seeing this.
- Plenty of front panel activity LED indicator lights. I like having the Ethernet connectivity lights located on the front of the device rather than behind it. There are also two LED indicators lights on the back for the dual USB 2.0 ports.
- Simple and easy to navigate UI that lends itself nicely to both novice and experienced users.
Plus, all of the great features you come to expect from a quality router these days, as you can see listed in many of the other reviews here on Newegg.
I have a very large home network that is often put under very heavy loads. So to put this router to the test, I dropped it in as the core of my network and gave it a really good workout. This is my preferred method of testing routers and switches, stressing them as much as I can to see if they can hold up or crash.
My home network (as of this review) consists of six PC's, three of which are on 24/7. Two test bench systems used for hardware testing and benchmarking. Two laptops, one wired 24/7 and one wireless. Four tablets and two smart phones.
With such a large network, I needed to add a 5-port switch to accommodate all of the wired devices. All of the hardware will be listed in "Other thoughts".
The router's trial by fire came in the form of a 14+ hour nonstop gaming session, HD media streaming, and general web usage as part of a virtual LAN party hosted by a community I belong to. During that time, five of my six PC's were running, gaming, and/or live streaming to Twitch for the entire event. Two of our tablets and one laptop were also in use.
It performed wonderfully. At no time did I have issues with any of the PC's lagging in any of the various games they were playing. I had no problems with dropped frames streaming to Twitch, no lag or choppy video. No issues having streams being displayed on mobile devices or being moderated from a laptop.
If this router can handle the loads and demand I put on it, then it will have no problems what so ever with a vast majority of home network environments. It's difficult to express how much of a demand something like this puts on your networking hardware. This was truly a trial by fire and it survived without a singe.
Cons: Not really many cons to speak of, I was truly impressed with how well this router performed. The lack USB 3 connectivity was a bit of a disappointment, mainly because I do have a 1TB USB 3 HDD I have connected to my network for various uses, in addition to my NAS.
Other Thoughts: Wired Devices:
3 Gaming PC's
1 Streaming/Capture PC
1 Gaming HTPC
2 Test Bench Systems
1 Laptop (Sometimes wireless)
1 NAS Device
4 Tablets (2x Galaxy Tab 3 / 1x Galaxy Tab 2 / 1x ASUS Memo Pad)
2 Smart Phones (Galaxy S3 / Galaxy Note 4)
TP-Link 5-port TL-SG105 Switch
TP-Link 5-port TL-SG105E Easy Smart Switch
TP-Link Nano Router
All of the wired and wireless devices functioned perfectly during all of my testing, the trial by fire, and normal day to day usage.
I really can't say enough to stress how well this router did. I can see why it's getting the good reviews that it is. TP-Link has done a wonderful job delivering a quality product that seems to be able to handle a wide range of network environments and uses. If you're looking for a great performing router and a good price point, then this TP-LINK Archer C5 AC1200 needs to be on your list for consideration.
Display Name: Robert H.
Date Joined: 05/20/09
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