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TP-LINK TL-PB10400 :10400mAh Dual-USB Ultra External Portable Charger/ Power Bank,2A Fast Charging, Compatible with iphone, ipad and all iOS and Android Devices, Practical Flashlight
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Well designed – solid construction – nothing wiggling around - nothing shaking inside – it can bounce around in a backpack or carrying case without being damaged
This battery can power 2 devices simultaneously, while the flashlight is running
Although my cellphone has a good battery life, this device will be very helpful for traveling and any time I find myself in a remote location without power
Device inputs and outputs are labeled well – you can read the amperage and which port is meant for power input and output
TLink says up front “More than 500 recharge cycles over the life of the battery” – an important statistic about a battery

Cons: Took several hours to get a full first charge – I believe it took about 9 hours to fully charge – plan on doing it overnight.
The cord that comes with this product is very short in my opinion, maybe 2 feet, maybe 1 meter long.
The product does not come with a wall adapter either – I guess different countries may require different adapters.
I think the average smartphone these days will revert to ‘slow charging mode’ from the 1 amp USB port as expressed by my LG G2. My phone actually lost battery when I turned its flashlight on while charging from 1amp USB port.
There are cheaper 10400 mAh power chargers out there, some about half the price – but they can be bulkier and may not be brand name. They also likely will not have a flashlight built in. When your cellphone is dead at night, this is very useful.

Other Thoughts: Press the button once to get a reading of how much battery is left. Hold the button to turn on the ‘flashlight’ – a simple, but very bright LED.
It’s interesting that there are two different amp ports – why not allow the device to negotiate the charging rate?
I used the 2amp port to power my raspberry pi for several hours with a touchscreen and web browser running while the 1amp port powered a LG G2 while the flashlight was running – I still had 4 bars of battery left after an hour or more.

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Corsair Gaming K70 Cherry MX RGB Red Switch Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great keyboard- sturdy feel – brush steel has sleek look

Removable keys make it easy to clean

MX switches are of good quality

RGB LEDs allow you to basically customize any fathomable design of color on the keyboard - just search some videos for ideas

Maybe the best rgb LED keyboard out there

Cons: The symbols at the top of the keyboard are brighter than the numbers. The same is true for the period and slashes – I wish both symbols on the keys had the same amount of visibility.

Software interface is poorly designed in my opinion. It throws everything at you at once. The layout could have a wizard driven interface to make things more intuitive. I couldn’t figure out how to simply change the keyboard to blue while keeping the WASD also blue. I seemed to be clicking the buttons in the appropriate way, but no luck. I lost my patience messing around with the settings and just downloaded a profile template. I don’t think my software package came with any extra profiles besides plain red.

Palm rest could be bigger IMO

Wish it had a USB port(s) built into it

Price tag is quite high

Other Thoughts: Great keyboard – second mechanical keyboard I’ve owned. First was a Razer blackwidow ultimate. The noise of the MX Blues got to me after only a few days and when a firmware update bricked the keyboard (this should never happen! – bad on Razer) I was determined to try another kind of keyboard.

This lasted a firmware update and has been a pleasure to type on as well as look at

O-ring mod makes this keyboard quieter – I highly recommend grabbing some o-rings for the keys
I like led keyboards – it really helps when you are typing in dim lighting - it seems this keyboard is the king of led keyboards right now

1 USB 3.0 port can power the keyboard

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint M9T ST2000LM003 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast Drive – tested it with:
-A USB 3.0 adapter (as an external drive – used MASSCOOL) – it wrote at about 130mb/s
-A direct SATA connection to motherboard – it wrote at about 150mb/s
The SATA performance was close to that of a 4TB WD that was plugged in via SATA

Samsung makes great hard drives – especially solid state hard drives
Samsung claims support and compatibility with PS4
Reasonable Price
Great expansion for laptop hard disk or external USB drive
perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR), and (TuMR) heads provide greater signal output which translates into greater signal to noise ratio, enabling higher storage densities. Ramp load and idle recording are optimized by maximizing available disk space and minimizing power usage. This results in lower heat and long-term drive reliability.

Cons: As other mentioned, no mounting screws...

Packaging is not meant to impress - bare essentials

2 year warranty

5400 RPM speed – there are 7200 RPM drives out there (some also with 32mb cache)

Other Thoughts: This drive will probably suit all your laptop/external hard drive needs unless you are unlucky enough to get a dud.

Hardware used for testing:
MOBO: ASUS Sabertooth Z77
CPU: Intel i7-3770k
MEM: 16gb Corsair @ 1600Mhz

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Display Name: Sean M.

Date Joined: 12/20/07

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  • Reviews: 68
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  • First Review: 03/30/08
  • Last Review: 11/04/14
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