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CORSAIR 256GB USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X2-256GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Quality USB Drive 07/02/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR 256GB USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X2-256GB

Pros: - Quality feel
- 5 year warranty
- Key-chain hole is accessible and solid
- Nice activity light
- Fast speeds

Cons: - USB cover does not protect against dirt or lint entering the connector
- A bit large; might cause issues with surrounding USBs

Other Thoughts: The quality of this USB drive is from the moment it hits your hand. The main body is a smooth plastic, while the sliding cover is a rubberized, but still solid, plastic. There are no sharp edges on the drive, and opening or closing the cover yields a satisfying snap. Couple this with a key-chain hole that is solid, yet still relatively easy to get a key-ring on, and an activity light that is easy to notice yet not blindingly bright, and you have a winner of a USB stick. But then add on top of that a Corsair 5 year warranty, fast speeds, and capacities in nearly any size you might want, and you one of the best flash drives I have come across.

However, as good as it is, it is not without faults. Sliding covers are convenient and rather difficult to lose, but they do not provide any protection from things entering the connector. The other problem with the drive is its size. While the larger size is much nicer to hold, it might cause issues with devices in surrounding USB ports.

In terms of speed, the drive I got averaged about 205 MB/s read and 130 MB/s write in CrystalDiskMark 3.0.4, and about 115 MB/s putting a large video on it.

Overall, this is a very good USB drive. The speeds are good, the physical aspects are good, all of it backed by a great warranty. This drive should definitely be on your list if you are looking for a new flash drive.

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DEEPCOOL N1 Laptop Cooling Pad 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Quiet operation
- Variable fan speed
- Channels for routing the fan cable

Cons: - Mediocre quality
- Only a USB 2.0 pass-through
- Pass-through may block ports on some laptops
- Not as slim as something "slim" should be

Other Thoughts: As lackluster as this cooling pad is, it does have a couple decent features. To start with, the fan on this laptop cooling pad is good. The fan is quiet at maximum speed, and nearly silent at lower speeds, all while moving a decent amount of air for the noise level. Variable fan speed is a nice feature, and one that I would like to see on more laptop coolers. The underside of the cooler has small channels for routing the power cable to any of the four sides. While the channels are a nice feature, they would be better if they actually held the cable in.

And now for the bad. To start with, the overall build quality is a bit poor. It is light and hollow, rattles if shaken, and has somewhat sharp edges where the metal mesh meets with the bottom plastic along all the sides. At the price, I was not expecting much, but I was still a little disappointed by the quality. Next on the list is the USB power take-off. I would have liked to see it be a USB 3.0 port since that is what it will likely be plugged into, however, it is only a USB 2.0 port. The other problem with the USB is that the power cable comes off the side of the little extender piece. While this is common and isn't too big of a deal, it does have the potential to block ports on some laptops. My last and final complaint is that for a "slim design" laptop cooler, it is not very slim. It is almost twice as thick as my Sony Vaio Duo laptop, and given how much space there is on either side of the fan, it has no need for being as thick as it is.

Overall, it is an okay product, but I feel that there are better on the market.

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Corsair M65 USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse - White
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Decent Mouse 05/07/2015

This review is from: Corsair M65 USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse - White

Pros: - DPI indicator light
- Sniper button is a nice feature
- Lots of lighting colors with the ability to turn the lights off
- Software has lift height adjustment

Cons: - Individual LED colors could be spread better
- Software (see other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: The DPI indicator light I find a nice feature. While it probably won't do you much good in the heat of combat, it's a nice way to figure out where you are after combat ends. The sniper button is also a nice feature. Being able to maintain a high DPI for standard use, and then at the hold of a button change that for more precision is great. I also find it really nice that the software allows the mouse lighting to be turned completely off.

My only hardware complaint is that the red green and blue LEDs around the mouse could use better blending. Many colors have a general splotch of the color near the middle of the lit area, but around the edges are the colors that make it up. This is especially obvious in the front where there is frequently a rainbow of colors extending in front of the mouse.

The software was easy to find and install from Corsair's website. Immediately after launching, the software found a firmware update for the mouse, and painlessly upgraded it. However, I cannot manage to do much with the software. Adjusting lighting colors is easy, but there are a lot of empty options in the software that get confusing. It would also seem, unless I have managed to simply not find a button for it yet, that when the software is closed, the mouse defaults back to the original settings and colors.

Overall, I would not suggest this mouse. If you've got an entire Corsair setup and want to complete the set, this mouse will do fine; but otherwise I would suggest raising the budget to the hundred dollar area and finding a good mouse in that range. I believe that at a lower price point, this mouse would be good, but at it's current $70, I wouldn't bother.

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