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WD Blue WD10J31X 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Good drive, runs very cool 09/04/2015

This review is from: WD Blue WD10J31X 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop SSHD Bare Drive

Pros: Small, fast hard drive. Runs surprisingly cool even under heavy testing. Cool is good for two reasons, the less heat you add to your laptop, the less power you will burn spinning fans faster, so your battery will last longer, and it will also help your components last longer by keeping them cooler.

When compared to the equivalent 1TB desktop (blue) drive, this drive tests at 70% of read speed and 86% of write speed. That's not bad at all considering this drive's slower spindle speed--the 8GB of flash memory is likely responsible for much of the speed.

As you would expect, copies of files less than 8GB are substantially faster to this drive than to the desktop drive, benchmarking out at almost twice as fast.

Cons: No cons noted at this time. Good drive.

Other Thoughts: The first drive I was sent for testing died rather quickly and ran noticeably hot to the touch before it died. This replacement drive runs only slightly warm to the touch and so far is absolutely stable.

Anyone can have a product be bad from the box--that can even happen from rough handling in shipping.

I would not hesitate to recommend this hard drive.

Corsair Gaming VOID Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Great sound, frustrating software 08/29/2015

This review is from: Corsair Gaming VOID Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset

Pros: There are two huge benefits to this headset--the sound quality and comfort. The sound quality is outstanding--for listening to music, especially if you turn the Dolby virtual 7.1 off, then these headphones delivery really lovely and accurate music reproduction.

They are also cool and extremely comfortable, with one exception: unlike audiophile headphones, you can't really lay down or even lean back very far without they will slide off of your head. That's not really an issue--after all, this is a gaming headset, and I think the assumption for the design was that most people would wear them while playing games and would be sitting up at the time.

The mic quality is good for vocals and is clear and not distorted. It works well and the mute button may be quickly reached by the left hand. It's slightly raised so it's easy to find while wearing the headset, and there is an indicator lamp by the mic that comes on when mute is active.

Wireless range is ok if you plug it straight into your computer--good for the room you are in and one adjacent room--but can be drastically improved if you use a USB cradle or a USB extender cable. Any USB 2.0 cradle appears to work--I have one with a three foot cord, and getting the adapter away from the physical computer extends the range of the headphones to cover most of my house, even working three rooms away.

The headphones came 90% charged so initial charge time was pretty short. The included documentation is not correct on how the lights function when charging--the indicator by the mic is the only light that comes on during charging, and the earpiece lights stay out, contrary to the information in the quick start guide. Full charge is reached when the little indicator lamp glows green.

I tested the 7.1 feature with both new and old games and it works acceptably well. Surprisingly, the old version of Doom 3 (not the BFG edition) works amazingly well. 3D positional audio doesn't work as well as it does with discrete surround speakers, of course, but it does work reasonably well. Sounds from sources behind you sound like they are behind you, and if you stand by a sound source in the game and turn around, you can hear the sound "moving" around you. The positional audio works better than I was expecting, honestly.

For listening to music, however, I find that having Dolby 7.1 turned on reduces the treble output unacceptably. For best quality music listening, turn Dolby off.

The batteries last 16 hours on a charge--really nice battery life.

Cons: The single biggest flaw to this product is the documentation and software. The Corsair Utility Engine software is not intuitive or straightforward. The audio features aren't too bad, but the section for custom control of the RGB lighting on the earpieces is really hard to learn and use.

If you aren't going to use this as your main sound system, you will need to use the control panel to select the default sound device unless you only use software that allows you to specifically select an output device. I mention this because I have had the headphones refuse to work after changing this setting away from them and then back to them--rebooting was required for them to start producing sound again. I am not sure if this is a driver issue or simply a Windows issue, but it has happened more than once during testing.

A minor irritation is that to see the indicator lamps by the mic, you have to reach up with your hand and rotate the mic inwards towards you. You would think you would want the lamps placed where they would be visible at all times.

Other Thoughts: These are not light, although they aren't super-heavy, they do have a bit of weight to them. The use of memory foam ear pads as well as a foam pad on the headband helps keep them comfortable. They feel lighter on the head than they do in the hands.

The single most outstanding feature, to me, is that this is a functional, full-featured wireless headset that has really lovely quality sound reproduction. The single largest drawback is the usability of the software.

Intel Core i5-4590 Haswell Quad-Core 3.3 GHz LGA 1150 84W BX80646I54590 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very fast processor, great single core and really good multi-thread performance. Runs surprisingly cool. Was part of a bundle so price was also very good.

Cons: No real cons noted. This is not the "k" variant so is not really targeted for overclocking enthusiasts--so watch your part number if that's what you are wanting.

Other Thoughts: Although install was easy and painless, use caution when installing and read your motherboard's directions before installing.


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