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Corsair CH-9000081-NA K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with White LED, Cherry MX Red
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Ultra smooth key action, lighting no problem 02/06/2015

This review is from: Corsair CH-9000081-NA K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with White LED, Cherry MX Red

Pros: What a unique keyboard! To start with, this keyboard uses Cherry MX "red" mechanical switches. What that means is that the action for the keys is linear. In other words when you start pushing the key the force required is even until the key bottoms out. Depending on your usage, that can be good (gaming) or not-so-good (touch typing). For gaming, the linear key setup just works better; I found that my timing was much more consistent when hitting repeated keystrokes and I was able to repeat them faster than with any other type of keyboard.

The keyboard comes with 18 "G" keys that you can program with macros. They're helpful, and as an additional bonus they're aware of what application you're in, so you don't have to manually load a different keyboard config when you're switching games/apps.

The lighting has three customizable banks, so you can light/extinguish individual keys. I didn't really see much use for this feature, so I predominantly had everything lit the entire time.

Lighting levels are three levels + off. Very handy if you're in a dark room and trying not to wake somebody! Additionally the keyboard comes with a "lock out the windows key" switch, so you can't accidentally hit it while getting your donkey kong on.

Cons: For actual typing speed, this style of keyboard (while still good) isn't optimal. I'm a fairly fast touch-typist, and my 'daily driver' is a buckling spring type keyboard (think original IBM noisy type). With that type of keyboard I can easily clock in 116 WPM with 99.5% accuracy when I put my mind to it. For comparison, I then switched in the K95, and my score immediately dropped to 103 WPM with 98% accuracy. I attribute this to the linear action; with a buckling spring keyboard as soon as you feel the spring 'give' you know that the switch has made contact and you can switch to the next key. With a linear keyboard there is no such feedback, so you have to go allllllll the way down to the keyboard's base. That means longer time spent for each individual keystroke, and thus lower WPM. But if I didn't have a buckling spring keyboard to directly compare against I'd be in love love love with this keyboard; it's just that I'm in love x4 with my buckling spring one.

Other Thoughts: The keyboard's keys are entirely raised, which looks very strange at first glance. Basically if you took a regular keyboard and removed the top-most bezel, you'd have the same idea. But once you get used to the idea, you'll understand the genius-ness of it -- it allows you to shoot compressed air underneath the keys for cleaning! (It also allows any crumbs or whatever that accumulate underneath the keys to fall out!) That's AWESOME!!! Finally a keyboard designed with the idea that you're not just going to throw it away when it gets dirty!

Other reviewers have noted that some lights go out on single keys, which is why I held off on reviewing this one for so long. After a month of continuous usage almost eight hours a day, I don't have a single key light that's gone out. Pretty sure Corsair has licked whatever problem they were having with the keyboard's lights.

All in all I'd be more than happy with this keyboard as my daily driver, whether using it for gaming or for touch-typing. It's not the absolute best for touch-typists, but it's no slouch, either.

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Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Big drive, but not fast by any means 01/06/2015

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: Nice retail box, comes double boxed. Style is understated (black) with a not-too-bright activity LED. Sound is nearly inaudible. Almost no heat generated as well. Drive is pre-formatted. Five year warranty. USB3 connectivity, though it really doesn't need it. Comes with USB3 cable (yay!).

Cons: No on/off switch; the instant you plug it in is the instant it tries to start spinning up. The activity light doesn't go fully on and off but rather flickers; this flickering is easy to miss unless you're looking right at it. I guess this could be considered a positive in some situations, I count it as a negative. Drive can't be used vertically, must be used horizontally.

Other Thoughts: This drive is slow. Even for a USB drive, it's fair to call this drive pokey. As a test I backed up 2TB of data to this drive, and overall sustained throughput was a measly 33Mbytes/sec. That's slow enough that it could be done over a USB2 connection! Don't believe ATTO and other synthetic disk benchmarks; they just give you the burst speed. Believe a long benchmark with lots of unique data that can't be fooled.

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OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Really been struggling to think of something, *anything* to write about what sets this drive apart. I've given up. It's an SSD drive, and it performs right around the same speed as any other SSD drive that you're likely to pick up off the shelf. It generates no heat. It generates no noise. And compared to spinning rust, it takes very little power.

There's just nothing to say about it; it's good! It's not phenomenal, but it's solidly good!

Cons: No screws included in case. No software included. No 3.5" adapters included. (And certainly no 5.25" adapters included!) No cables included. If you're upgrading from a laptop drive or a previous SSD (as in my case), you won't need any of that stuff anyway. If you do, go buy an intel drive that has everything. Or buy screws/cables/adapters on your own.

Other Thoughts: Solid drive. I immediately imaged my 120GB SSD, plopped it onto this drive, rebooted, and kept going without a hitch. Felt no difference in speed, but I didn't really expect to either.

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