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SteelSeries 61001SS 3.5mm/ USB Connector Circumaural 5H v2 Professional Gaming Headset
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5 out of 5 eggs Still the best, 7 1/2 years later 10/14/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries 61001SS 3.5mm/ USB Connector Circumaural 5H v2 Professional Gaming Headset

Pros: - Incredible sound quality

- Break down into 3 pieces for easier packing

- Braided cables

- Pretty good microphone

- Microphone retracts into headset

- Extremely comfortable, you will forget you're wearing them

- Bulletproof

- In-line volume adjustment with mic level adjustment

Cons: - Cable between the in-line controller and the headset can pick up some noise from clothes or rubbing on other things

- Bass leaves a little bit to be desired

Other Thoughts: I just realized I've had these SteelSeries 5hV2's for 7 and a half years, and never reviewed them. I've gone through a number of headsets since buying these in February of 2009, including SteelSeries 9h's, Creative, Corsair, gSkill, Razer... you name it, I probably tried it. All of that considered, I always came back to this same pair of 5hV2's. They've been through a dozen LAN's, probably tens of thousands of miles of air travel, 3 continents, at least 5 different gaming systems... and they're still going strong today. They still sound amazing, the cables are in perfect condition, and show no sign of failing or being replaced anytime soon. Very rarely do you find a true "buy it for life" product, but I've got say these SteelSeries 5hV2's are about as close as you're going to get. The fact they're so affordable now make them even more desirable.

If you're looking for the best bang for the buck when it comes to headsets, and a product that's going to stand the test of time, look no further. A perfect 5 out of 5 eggs.

LG 27UD68P-B 27
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Pros: - No dead pixels

- Extremely bright screen

- Extremely deep and accurate colors, great black levels

- 60Hz. at 4k using HDMI with Deep Color Ultra HD enabled (see note in Other section!)

- Beautiful finish, high quality materials

- 90 degree swivel between portrait and landscape modes

- AMD FreeSync compatible

- Multiple gaming modes and various enhancements to make games look as good as they can

Cons: - Uses an external AC adapter (power brick)

- Clunky OSD, takes some getting used to

- Need to enable a special mode to run at 60Hz.

- Bezel is a little thicker than the images portray (but not very large at all)

- No DVI input (HDMI and DisplayPort only!)

Other Thoughts: I've been using this monitor as my primary screen for a few weeks now, and I have to say I absolutely love it. This replaced a high-end 120Hz. 1080p screen from Asus, which ended up becoming monitor 2 in a 3 monitor setup.

I had some trouble at first getting the monitor to run at 60Hz, finally discovering, buried in the back of the owners manual (PDF only, of course!) that you need to enable Deep Color Ultra HD in the Video settings of the main menu. Once you do that, and use the provided monitor driver (fully Windows 10 compatible) you can run 4K at 60Hz over HDMI.

I spent a number of hours playing Overwatch at 4K on this screen and I am absolutely blown away. With my GTX770 the game ran at 70fps with all High settings and the monitor never seemed to hiccup. I was really worried that going from ultra-smooth 120Hz at 1080p down to 60Hz at 4K would cause some issues, but I was pretty much used to it after a few minutes.

I ran into some issues with display scaling between this 4K monitor at 150% and my 2 1080p screens at 100%, but it just takes some getting used to the way you need to move windows between them and it won't bother you. This is more of a Windows 10 issue than an issue with the display, itself.

I found the packaging of the monitor was extremely good, it arrived with no defects, scratches, or dead pixels. Lots of static cling protection to peel off for those of you into that (I'm into that).

The stand was more than enough to support the weight of the screen, and only took a few minutes to assemble.

Really the only true issues I have with this monitor are the external AC adapter (probably to make the screen thinner, which it is EXTREMELY thin!) and the lack of a DVI connection, but you can easily use a DVI to HDMI adapter if you need to.

It's pretty rare for me, but I'm giving this monitor 5/5 Eggs. I can't really fault LG enough to remove an Egg for the lack of DVI and the whole AC adapter thing - everything else just takes a little getting used to. Honestly, for a monitor of this quality, I'll gladly sacrifice a little initial frustration for the benefits it gives me.

Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1D)
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2 out of 5 eggs You get what you pay for 08/11/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1D)

Pros: - Pretty color

- Low price

- Retractable USB connector

Cons: - Extremely slow write speed

- Average read speed

- Drive gets extremely hot during use, not enough to burn you, but enough to make you uncomfortable holding it

- Drive came formatted FAT32, unable to write large files to it without re-formatting NTFS

- Sub-par file transfer rates in Windows, even from SSD drives

- Cheap plastic feel, drive seems to bend pretty easily

- No lanyard of any kind included, not even some thin cord to attach it to a key ring

- Occasionally failed ATTO benchmarks, possibly due to heat - not sure

Other Thoughts: I wanted to like this drive due to it's price and capacity, but you really get what you pay for. It's about half the speed of a comparable Corsair drive, and about half the price. This drive feels really cheap and flimsy - I would not trust this to hold up on the road or in a bag or backpack for very long.

I honestly would not recommend this drive. Overall rating is 2/5 eggs.

I subtracted 1 egg for the low speed, 1 egg for the quality, and 1 egg for the lack of accessories.

Here are some benchmarks, comparison drive (listed second) is a Corsair Flash Voyager Mini (highly recommended, read my review on it if you'd like more info):

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 134.928 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 19.060 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 11.235 MB/s [ 2742.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.108 MB/s [ 26.4 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 131.069 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 18.875 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 10.795 MB/s [ 2635.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.121 MB/s [ 29.5 IOPS]

Test : 1024 MiB [E: 19.2% (5.5/28.9 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2016/08/11 13:34:10
OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 10586] (x64)


Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 138.024 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 42.754 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 10.508 MB/s [ 2565.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.070 MB/s [ 17.1 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 133.735 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 23.278 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 10.159 MB/s [ 2480.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.069 MB/s [ 16.8 IOPS]

Test : 1024 MiB [E: 0.7% (0.4/57.7 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2016/08/11 13:02:29
OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 10586] (x64)


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