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This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches
Pros: As a gamer, I have to say the the mechanical keys with raised and slightly rubberized keycaps are a godsend! I absolutely love the slightly rubberized keys. Not many keyboards have mechanical keys, and most are set into the frame. The swapable QWERASDFGC gaming keycaps are pretty cool, especially with the curved WAD keycaps. The gaming keycaps are not rubberized and have a 3-groove indentation so you can really feel the difference. The removal tool and storage case makes swapping a breeze.
I love the individual LED lights per key, and how you can customize the lighting to key-level. It's pretty cool to be able to program the keyboard lighting to follow your keystrokes, or have the keyboard go into "screen saver" (keyboard saver) after a period of inactivity - with a snake (or Windows "ribbons" lighting effect. The ability to program lighting effects to the three profiles is also a plus.
Disabling the windows key is quick and easy with a dedicated button, and the 6 programmable G-keys work flawlessly. The scroll wheel for the volume is handy along with the other media controls, and there's even a timer button that you can customize.
Cons: My biggest con and only reason for knocking off an egg is the wrist rest, and I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned yet. Although this keyboard is great for gaming and general typing, the wrist rest gets annoying real quick because of the design. During normal typing you wrest your wrists below both sets of ALT / WIN keys - right where the wrist rest has a space that goes inward. Although the design looks cool, it's extremely annoying when typing and I ended up having to remove the wrist rest and use something else in it's place.
I'm not a fan of the large volume control LED array, I feel it should be smaller - but it's not so much a complaint as an observation. I wish there was a dedicated calculator button, but I can always program a G-key for that task.
Other Thoughts: My main gaming keyboard is a Corsair Raptor K50, so I'm a bit spoiled and this is what I'm comparing to. The Corsair has a great wrist rest unlike the G.SKILL - but the G.SKILL has superior individual-key lighting & some really cool lighting effects.
Some people seem to like keyboards with the keys set back into the frame, and often those same people like the feeling of smooth plastic keycaps, so those awesome features might bother them.
This review is from: Seagate Expansion 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive STEA1000400
Pros: Sleek attractive design. Small and lightweight, USB 3 is a plus. No power adapter needed since it's a 2.5" drive. Speeds are pretty decent for the 5400RPM disk (Lower rotational speed = less power but slower speeds. See Other thoughts for better specs).
Cons: Only a 5400 RPM disk is in the enclosure, greater speed would be achieved with a disk of a higher rotational RPM. Nonetheless, this isn't a slow drive by any means. The USB 3 interface does make it a bit quicker than the USB 2 interface. Wish it came with some sort of a carrying case and rubber feet on the bottom, but it's fine for what it is.
Other Thoughts: I've never owned a Seagate drive that hasn't failed on me, so I'm weary of the quality. I'll update this review when the drive fails because I'm curious to how long it's going to last. I'm using it as a mirror on my laptop, so it's runs a little over 40 hours a week. Current power on time is 194 hours and 65 startups. Temperature stays around 90*F with the ambient temperature being 70*F and the max temp reached under heavy stress was 109*F.
Done with HD Tune Pro:
> Read Min: 50 MB/s
> Read Max: 108.6 MB/s
> Read Avg: 85 MB/s
> Access Time: 17.4 ms
> Burst Rate: 2849 IOPS / 178.8 MB/s
> Random Access: 41 IOPS / 21.144 MB/s
> Random Seek: 56 IOPS / .027 MB/s
> Read Min: 26.3 MB/s
> Read Max: 32.5 MB/s
> Read Avg: 830.6 MB/s
> Access Time: 17.7 ms
> Burst Rate: 508 IOPS / 31 MB/s
> Random Access: 29 IOPS / 14.738 MB/s
> Random Seek: 48 IOPS / .023 MB/s
Pros: The presentation on this router when you open the box was impressive. It's a very nice looking device and it's packaged really well. The packaging I seriously impressive.
Now the hardware is equally impressive, you get an eSATA/USB combo port along with a USB 3 port on the rear. You have your standard modem uplink along with four gigabit Ethernet downlinks. Dual-band 5GHz & 2.4GHz, a physical on/off switch, and huge heatsinks and a cooling fan to keep that dual-core 1.2GHz CPU nice and cool. Add 128MB of flash memory and 256MB of DDR3 RAM? Yes, please!!
iOS app for default Linksys firmware, along with cloud support is pretty awesome too.
Cons: The price tag is a bit much to swallow. Although the hardware is great and supports open source firmware, the default Linksys firmware leaves a bit to be desired.
Other Thoughts: Hey Linksys, if you're listening - look at all the options that the open-source firmware has, read the reviews and the forums, and see what POWER USERS want and love, then implement it in your own firmware! You've got the hardware down good, and the firmware is better; but us power users always want more.
This is one heck of a step up from my WRT54GL routers that I've been using forever.