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This review is from: Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100
Pros: I’ve got the 2, 3 & 4 TB versions of this in both the flat & upright models. The oldest one is about a year old. Using a USB 3.0 connection, these drives are FAST. Copying files from one Seagate USB 3.0 drive to another using TeraCopy averages about 110 MB/s.
The fastest internal HD to the external Seagate USB 3.0 drives, tops out at about the same speed, with the exception of 1 internal drive which tops out at 70 MB/s. Copying from an internal SSD to a Seagate USB 3.0 drive, tops out at 178 MB/s.
I used the same 10 GB mix of files for the comparison tests.
Setup for all of the Seagate was smooth & simple plug n play
Cons: If the transformers were about 3 mm narrower you could put them side by side on a regular power strip without blocking any of the other outlets.
Other Thoughts: I only tried the backup software on the older drives. It was simple, but limited, probably great for a novice user. When I contacted Seagate about it, they said a more sophisticated version was available online for free. It is better.
I already had a different retail backup program that could do much more & kept using it.
This review is from: Rosewill RIMP-11001 Memory Foam Mouse Pad w/ Wrist Rest
Pros: Before I got this cushioned pad, wrist pain & numbness forced me to take a break after 20-40 minutes of continuous use. A couple days ago I was playing Fallout 3, without the wrist pain, I had played the game for over 5 hours straight, when the alarm went off to remind me of a Newegg Shell Shocker deal I wanted.
When using a mouse, my wrist puts quite a bit of pressure on the surface of the mouse pad which provides a slight amount of cushion, & as I use my mouse, especially when gaming, the pad slides out of place. Often my hand will start “falling asleep” & my wrist gets sore.
With the ROSEWILL mouse pad, my wrist sits on a cushion of foam with a cloth like covering. The more I used the pad, the more that area of padding seemed to adjust to my wrist, making it even more comfortable.
Since my wrist is now slightly elevated, I’m putting less pressure on the mouse, making the movement of the mouse more precise & easier to move around. I’ve got big hands; even so, once my wrist is on the pad, I have plenty of surface area to move the mouse without it going off the pad.
The bottom of the pad has gel like surface which grips a smooth surface like it is glued there. It will not slide, you have to lift it up to make any adjustments, but there is no sticky residue to mar the desktop.
Cons: For those who want colors, right now it looks like basic black is it.
Other Thoughts: A good amount of thought was put into the design of these. I think you would be hard pressed to find better or more comfortable mouse pad.
I bought 2 of these while on sale. As inexpensive as they were for the potential benefits, I figured they would not be well made. I was clearly wrong. They clearly look & feel WELL MADE
The mouse surface is a soft finely textured surface, the bottom surface has a surface that does not feel sticky, but it stays put on a smooth surface. If you want to reposition it without a tough fight, you will have to lift it up.
Pros: When the motherboard worked, it did everything I expected of it.
3 year warranty if you can do without your computer for weeks to months.
The adapter plugs that allow you connect things like your pwr, rst, HD LED connections to the plug then attach the plug to the MB. Very nice when you have limited room to work in.
Cons: After 9 months, the MB connections for the speakers started error messages that my speakers were disconnected, connected, disconnected & so on with ever increasing frequency until both my speakers & headset had NO signal going to either of them. I was able to use the HDMI connection to my ASUS monitor w built in speakers for sound, but the speakers started rattling after playing action games.
After reading some of the other reviews concerning ASUS warranty issues, I repeatedly started out asking for a cross shipment RMA (I pay the cost of a new MB from ASUS & get refunded when the defective board is received by ASUS). ASUS kept saying that would be handled at the next step of the process.
Step 1, I started the RMA process using the “online chat” support. This is a really SLOW way to communicate. I wonder how many other people or tasks are being handled by that employee during my “chat” session. I got the impression that I did not have their full attention.
I’m told the cross shipment option will come later.
Step 2, I got to talk to a person. Again I asked for a cross shipment RMA. I was told that option would be provided when I received my official RMA#.
Step 3, RMA#, but nothing about cross shipment or even a reason why they will not do it. Further, although I’m returning a MB, I get a checklist PDF form for: “All-in-One PC, Desktop PC, Notebook, Netbooks, Networking, Tablets, and Wireless”. Another example of how little they are paying attention to me. There is NO phone# to talk to a person, just a “Live chat” link, the way I got started this impersonal & ROTTEN RMA process.
Other Thoughts: If ASUS wants to make RMA# USPC470942 right, they can contact me for cross shipment credit card info & ASUS should pay for my return shipping (I’ll even include my new sound card with the MB), since I had to buy a sound card & pull a PCI SATA expansion card, reducing the number of drives I can have internally so I can have sound to my speakers & headphones.
Whether you use your computer for finances, email, gaming and/or whatever, ASUS has almost zero concern that your computer will be out-of-service for weeks (shipping times only) plus the time to examine the MB. Since it took about a week to get the botched RMA, the examination could add additional weeks or months.