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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STDR2000103 Red
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast speed, quiet, and very nice looking

Cons: -

Other Thoughts: I really like the looks of this drive, both the color and the slim design. I get good transfer speeds also with it.

I mainly am writing this review to make a comment about its sleep mode. This drive is set by default to run constantly and never sleep. I was not happy with that as it will shorten its life.

However I learned that the Seagate Dashboard software has an option to set the sleep time. When you install/load the software, click on the red drive icon on the upper left side of the screen window. Then for me, it takes over 30 seconds before the options will appear where you can set the sleep time. I don't know why the delay but its there.

Another good thing about setting it is that it seems to store the setting on the drive or firmware itself, so you can then use it on other devices and have it go to sleep at the set time.

I'm using mine with an Android media player (Minix x8-h)

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FREMO P100 10400mAh Power Bank Charger & Dual Port USB Car Charger for iPhone, iPad,  Galaxy S5, Note, Galaxy Tab, Nexus, HTC One, One 2 (M8), PS Vita and other Smartphone and Tablet (made by SCUD)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lots of power storage, plus it supports 2A charging to your devices.

It feels sturdy and well built.

It comes with a nice looking car charger that has both 1A and 2A output ports.

Cons: A little heavy but that is to be expected. The more power storage, then the bigger and heavier it will be.

Just personal opinion, but I don’t care for the color silver, I would much rather have a different color or texture.

It does not come with an adapter to charge devices that use 30pin connections.

It does not come with an AC usb adapter to charge from a wall outlet (but most people already have one that comes with their phone/tablet).

Other Thoughts: I ran my iPad 2 tablet down to 3% battery then charged it to full with this device, which took 6 hours. I also had enough charge left to charge my iPhone 4 from 15% to full. I believe the battery in my iPad 2 is roughly 6930mah and the battery in my iPhone 4 is 1420mah.

From what I have read, with all these chargers you have to subtract a certain percentage from their rated mah, to get the true amount of mah that it will charge.

I like that it has 4 tiny blue led lights on it that are not the annoyingly bright kind. Each dot represents 25% increments of battery capacity. During charging this portable charger itself, it blinks all the lights and will stop flashing once it reaches 25%, 50%, 75% and finally all 4 lights will stay lit when it hits 100% charge.

The car charger worked fine for me when I tried it. It has dual outlets of 1A and 2A. The car charger is also short in length so it doesn’t stick out a lot.

So far I am happy with this. It works well so far for me, and while it’s not the color I prefer, it still looks good. I debated whether to take a star off due to the lack of an AC usb wall adapter, but didn’t since it works good for me, only time will tell about how long it lasts.

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SteelSeries 9H Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs I love this headset! 06/02/2014

This review is from: SteelSeries 9H Gaming Headset

Pros: +Very nice looking headset. I really like the matte black look it has with the orange stitching and liner for the ear pieces.

+The padding on the ears is an inch thick and very soft and comfortable to wear for long periods of time. I wear glasses also and it didn’t bother me at all. It fits my head perfectly without being too tight like a lot of headsets seem to be. Although I do have a narrow shaped head. They also seem very well built and look like they should last a long time, with the metal frame for the headband.

+It comes with some adapters to use with different devices. You can use it with the USB connection which of course uses the built in sound card. You can also use it directly connected to your sound card if you remove the USB extension. Or connect it to your iPhone/iPad etc. The cables are not thick, and are braided which I like a lot, because the overly thick cables get too annoying hanging from your head. The Headset cord section is 3’-6” long, the PC extension is 6’-10” long.

+Sound Quality: I am not an audiophile, but they sound very good to me. I normally use a Seinnheiser PC350 headset for games, but actually prefer the sound out of this headset. It has good bass for games, and excellent positional surround sound (at least to me it does). There is a couple of negatives that I will mention in my cons.

+The Microphone sounds very good to me when I tested it with some windows recording software. I like it even better than my Sennheiser PC350 headset. The recordings actually sound slightly cleaner when using the USB connection.

+It does better at blocking noise in my room than my PC350 headset does. Although its not going to eliminate a loud tv in the room, but it blocks out the video card fan on my computer when playing games, I don’t hear it until I take the headset off.

+Manual is only 8 pages and is all pictures :)

Cons: -Using just the USB connection with the built in sound card, the maximum volume is not nearly as loud as when connected to a sound card with a built in amp. Although it still sounds very good, and at 100% its just the right volume for me actually. I have hurt my ears in the past by turning the sound up too much, but this should help me not do that. It does however get much louder when connected to my Asus Essence STX soundcard. From what I can tell this is a high ohm headset, as it does the same thing that my PC350 headset does for volume.

-The Dolby on this headset is not good in my opinion. It lowers the volume even more, and it just doesn’t sound good. Unlike my Essence STX sound card which does great with Dolby. But its really not a big negative to me because the normal surround sound setting is very good with this 9H headset.

Other Thoughts: I actually like this headset a lot, despite any negatives. Its worth 5 stars in my opinion, for me anyways. In its software it even allows you to set custom game profiles so that it will automatically change the sound based off of what game/exe file you load. The software notified me when there was a firmware update that it then auto downloaded and installed.

The microphone you can also leave pushed in all the way, flush into the headset and it looks like normal headphones. I don’t use the mic a lot, and its nice to not have it sticking out all the time. Normally I play mmorpg games.

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Display Name: Timothy C.

Date Joined: 05/24/03

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