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Pros: Ridiculously Fast! See specs below.
Good price (even better 2 weeks ago when it was a promo).
The packaging says "Limited Lifetime Warranty" which differs from the 1 year warranty listed here in the specifications tab. But see cons to see why this may not be a good thing.
Comes with a storage case.
There is a small blank section on the front label where you can write something to identify the card. Such a simple thing, yet no one else seems to have thought of doing it.
Secure packaging so you know it's actually new, unlike the last 2 "new" SD cards I bought from Newegg that turned out to be used (they still had someone's data on them!).
Made in Korea rather than China.
Here are the bench tests for the 2 cards I purchased.
CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo
Test : 100 MB [E: 0.0% (0.0/59.7 GB)] (x3)
Date : 2013/12/12 16:15:28
OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)
Sequential Read : 84.522 MB/s
Sequential Write : 64.867 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 79.687 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 50.246 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 7.021 MB/s [ 1714.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.056 MB/s [ 257.9 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 9.321 MB/s [ 2275.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.372 MB/s [ 335.0 IOPS]
Sequential Read : 84.781 MB/s
Sequential Write : 64.113 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 79.858 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 49.485 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 7.041 MB/s [ 1719.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.033 MB/s [ 252.1 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 9.341 MB/s [ 2280.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.348 MB/s [ 329.1 IOPS]
Cons: I noticed this in microscopic print on the back of the package: "PNY does not warrant that the use of this product will be error free, nor does it warrant that any data stored on the product will remain accessible or uncorrupted."
This made me wonder what they do warrant with their "limited lifetime warranty" so I did a little digging. You will be very interested to know that what PNY considers "lifetime" is the "lifetime of the product" as determined by them. So in other words, whenever PNY determines that this product is "outdated" or they stop producing this particular part, your lifetime warranty ends and you have no recourse. Here is the exact text from their web site:
"Flash Media LIFETIME WARRANTY
PNY Technologies, Inc. ("PNY") warrants the product, to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the product as sold to the original purchaser ("purchaser"), subject to all the terms and conditions hereunder. This warranty is for replacement for like items only. Lifetime replacement warranty does not cover items out of production if the company no longer stocks them. (Lifetime is defined as the lifetime of the product on the market. Outdated technology is not covered by lifetime warranty if the item is no longer available on the common market as a new product).
The provisions of this warranty shall not apply if, in PNY's sole judgment, the product has been subject to misuse or neglect, improper installation, damaged in an accident, or repaired or altered in any way that affects its performance or reliability."
So, if PNY doesn't find a way to invalidate your warranty claim, you better have saved the package it came in. You know, the one you had to destroy to get the card out? Yeah, you'll need that to file a warranty claim:
"Warranty coverage requires proof of purchase documentation evidencing the date of purchase (sales receipt or invoice) and original packaging. To obtain warranty service during the warranty period, contact PNY at blah blah blah. The consumer is responsible for all shipping costs."
Other Thoughts: Not a ding on the product, but something to watch out for...
DHL shipping was extremely slow. Avoid if possible:
12/3/2013 7:22 AM PT Order received.
12/4/2013 11:38 AM PT Rowland Heights, CA, US PICKED UP BY SHIPPING PARTNER
12/9/2013 11:22 AM PT Compton, CA, US PROCESSED
12/11/2013 2:26 AM MT Phoenix, AZ, US TENDERED TO USPS
And delivered today by USPS. Bottom line: 9 days from ordering to delivered 375 miles away. A bicycle messenger could have gotten it here quicker. Email to Newegg about shipping delays went unanswered.
This review is from: D-Link GO-SW-8GE Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbps 8-Port Gigabit Metal Desktop Switch
Pros: This is a great switch. It is solidly built, and has a bit of weight to it so the cords don't pull it around, yet it really is tiny. It even has mounting slots on the bottom so you can secure it to a wall or table if you choose to.
Testing a large (4gb) compressed file transfer between 2 high end UNIX servers yielded an average transfer rate of 106MB/s. Unfortunately, I didn't have 8 of these servers available to test all ports simultaneously, so I had to move my testing over to 8 core i3 Windows boxes running Windows 7 Pro. These didn't perform quite as well, but still produced outstanding results using direct memory copies across the switch. Regardless of whether I tested 1, 2, 3, or 4 simultaneous transfers, each yielded an average throughput of about 91.5MB/s, or a combined switching capacity of 732MB/s. I am sure these numbers would be higher if I had used more powerful Windows computers.
I left all 8 ports connected and shuffling data around for over a week without a single dropped connection or error reported.
It was also very handy that the wall-wart power supply supports 100-240V.
Other Thoughts: Keeping in mind that the theoretical maximum throughput of a 1 Gbps connection (without using jumbo packets) is 124.5MB/s, this little gem is a great performer, and at $40, I don't see how you can go wrong.
Just for laughs, I repeated the same test with the same 2 UNIX servers in my first test on a single gig blade in a Cisco 6509 enterprise switch, and got throughput numbers in the 85MB/s range. Remember this switch ran at 106MB/s for this test...
This review is from: Corsair Raptor K50 Gaming Keyboard (CH-9000007-NA)
Pros: Very clean look. I really like the squared off edges, the finish, and the fact that the front edge of the keyboard is straight, rather than having a bulge like other brands.
This keyboard is quite heavy, which is a good thing, since it doesn't move around on your desk like the lighter ones do.
I actually like that the keys have some texture to them, and that they are stiffer than most other keyboards I have used. I don't think I would call them spongy, but they do take a little more effort to operate that you might be used to.
The fact that the bottom of the keys are raised above the deck of the keyboard is a really nice feature. Never again will you be trying to shake crumbs, dust, or anything else out of the keyboard. A quick burst from a canned air duster and anything that fell between the keys is gone.
In addition to the extendable feet on the back of the keyboard, there are also feet on the front . I don't much care for the feel of it with these extended, but I'm sure someone out there will like it.
The backlighting on this keyboard is much more even than on my old Logitech G110, although it could be quite a bit brighter. In a dark room, it is very nice, but it tends to get washed out by ambient light unless you select a high contrast color like light cyan or teal.
Like most other gaming keyboards, this has a button to disable the Windows key. There is nothing worse than hitting the Windows key at a critical moment instead control and getting kicked out of your game only to find yourself dead when you get back.
The configuration software is pretty easy to use, and is quite powerful. There is no documented limit to the size of a macro that you can assign to a G-key but I created one with 100 steps without issue. You can even name the function so you don't have to analyze the steps to remember what it does.
There are a number of very handy "advanced" commands that you can add to macros like Show Desktop, Lock Computer, and Launch Program.
You can set up different profiles which can be manually selected or linked to an application. There is no documented limit to the number of profiles you can create, but I created 50 without a problem. Within each profile, you can have 3 "memories" which you can switch between using the M1, M2 and M3 buttons. I found that this doesn't quite work as expected, though - see cons.
Another really neat feature is the ability to save your configuration in hardware, which means that if you connect this keyboard to another computer, it works exactly the same way, even if it doesn't have the keyboard driver installed! Note that only 1 profile can be saved to hardware.
Pros continued in Other comments....
Cons: On this keyboard, the F keys are shifted to the right, leaving a large space between F1 and ESC. Most games extensively use of the function keys, which means that you are going to have to relearn the position of the F-keys, or maybe adjust your in-game settings to shift them (your old F2 becomes F1, etc...). Looking at other gaming keyboards, it seems that most vendors are taking some creative liberties with the F-keys, so maybe I am just nit-picking.
As you can see in the product image, the G-keys on the left are in a 3x6 matrix with no separation. It is going to take a good amount of practice to hit these keys correctly without looking at them. On other keyboards, these keys are grouped and have some separation between them to help you find them.
I found the optional wrist rest to be very uncomfortable. It has a slippery feel to it that is just plain strange. It is also covered in tiny holes that are going to fill up with sweat and dust. Yuk.
The installers for the driver and firmware updater are rather strange. Both warn "Make sure you are using firmware v1.0.4 or later!" but before you install these, you have no idea what version you are running. Since I had no choice but to ignore this warning, I installed the drivers, ran the configuration application and discovered that the firmware was 1.01. Despite the old firmware, everything seems to work fine, so I don't know what the deal was about the warning. The firmware also updated to 1.07 without issue, despite the same dire warning.
I found it unusual that mouse-over tips were not included in the configuration application. I know it's a little thing, but it's so easy to add, why not just do it?
The profile system has a couple bugs/shortcomings. Perhaps I am not using it right, but here are some oddities that I found:
- When you link a profile to an application, the G-key macros are changed, but the backlight is left unchanged. I found that if I press a different M button after switching applications, the backlight will change to that memory's color, but it will never change automatically.
- There is no "default" profile, so once you switch to an application that is linked to a profile, you will be stuck on that profile until you switch to another application that linked to a different profile or you open the configuration program and manually select a different profile. A workaround for this is to define a profile with what you want as defaults and assign it to the application C:\Windows\explorer.exe. Then simply clicking on the desktop reverts you profile back to your defaults. A much better approach would be for Corsair to add a default profile that is selected anytime an non-associated application is selected (Corsair, are you listening? This sounds like an easy fix).
Do we really need the W-A-S-D and arrow keys to be a different color?
Other Thoughts: Ran out of room in Pros...
This keyboard has a USB port on the back that is directly connected to a second USB plug so you can add a higher power device without worrying about overloading a single USB port on your computer or damaging the keyboard. The USB cables are covered in a very nice braided sheath. You can see how they did this in the product images.
The volume roller and multimedia keys worked without any configuration at all. I would have relocated the keys to the top, though, since they seem a bit out of place tucked behind and almost under the numeric keypad.
--- Other Comments ---
Don't be mislead by the image in the Overview tab that shows the keyboard with multiple different color keys at the same time, they are only illustrating the variety of colors. The entire keyboard is the same color.
It is strange that most of the previous negative reviews focused on how inflexible the USB cord is. While I agree it is rigid, it is well suited for a keyboard which doesn't typically move. Now on a mouse, it would really be bad, but for this, I think it is clean and effective.
Overall, I am very impressed with the build quality of this keyboard. As a gamer myself, I can see that the shifted F-keys are going to be the hardest thing for me to adjust to since there is now a blank space where the F1 key was on my Logitech G110. I may end up just remapping the keys rather than trying to relearn their locations, we'll see how it goes.
Given the flexibility of the G-key programming, this keyboard is certainly not limited to gamers. I could totally see myself using this at work, where I type all day, just because of its build quality and feel.
Corsair, please fix the backlight color switching glitch, and add a default profile!