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Pros: Very decent price for the amount of storage. Comes with the standard full size SD card adapter. With various read/write benchmarks (ATTO/CrystalDiskMark), I found that the burst performance does hit close to the 85MB/s read and about 20MB/s write which is very decent. Now keep in mind you will need a USB 3.0 card reader to actually hit these speeds. A few other reviews mentioned peaking at about 60MB/s. That is probably performance with USB 2.0 as 60MB/s is about the limit of the older USB specification. Still, either way this is more than enough speed for just about everything except maybe recording 4K video. I use this in my Canon T3i DSLR and it has no problems taking burst photos or 1080p HD video. Roomy, has plenty of space for most applications, including video.
Cons: If you're using this card for dedicated HD video you may wish to look for a slightly faster card. While this card is fast enough, hitting 20MB/s write, typically you want at least 15MB/s write and to be safe I'd go for something a bit faster. If you're using it for taking pictures though, it is great.
Other Thoughts: Note: you will notice that this card is displayed in My Computer as having about 58GB formatted capacity. This is completely normal and no, you are not losing space due to formatting or overhead. This confusion has been around since the early days of hard drives. I believe Maxtor (back when they made hard drives) was the company that decided it was a good idea to call a gigabyte 1000 megabytes- which would make sense, except computers work in base 2, so to your computer, a gigabyte is actually 1024 megabytes. As a result, the computer actually reports less memory. But in fact you're not losing any memory, it's just that computers measure gigabytes differently. If you calculate it out it's all still there!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse - Gaia Green
Pros: All in all this is a very good mouse for the price. It's got what I would consider the most important extra features (DPI adjust button under the scroll wheel and 2 side click buttons) but aside from that it's fairly barebones as far as hardware functionality goes. But for someone like me who is an FPS player this is more than good enough and the simplicity makes it better. The SteelSeries engine software is the real value add in my opinion- it gives you the option to map any button/set macros/set sensitivity at 2 different levels that you can toggle between using the DPI toggle option. This is great for gamers as you can have one setting for in-game and one setting for desktop use.
Also I think it's a very polarizing color scheme (but there are many to choose from!) but I personally love the color that it comes in. The multi-color LED also makes it so that the logo, scroll wheel, and DPI adjust button backlighting can be changed to any color you want. It shows blue in the product pictures but you can change that. Overall a very nice looking mouse.
Ergonomically, this mouse is great as well although it may suit claw grippers rather than palm grippers. The sides don't really recess in that much which is perfect for claw grippers like myself who do not rest their palm on the mouse- however, if you are a palm gripper it's not bad either, there is some curvature on the sides that your fingers rest nicely on. The sides are textured for grip and the feet are smooth. My only complaint would be the scroll wheel is a little hard to click.
Cons: Not a whole lot of cons, so I don't feel like they should be worth deducting an egg for. Firstly, the scroll wheel feels good but clicking it requires a little more force than I'm used to. Second, note that the specs say the sensitivity can be set to 4000 CPI- however, while that is technically true, the sensor really supports up to 2000 CPI- any setting above that up to 4000 relies on software sensitivity increase. So you will notice that under those settings the pointer can get a little jittery. However, I typically use it way below 2000 so this should be a problem for very few people.
Other Thoughts: All in all, a great bang for the buck, no frills gaming mouse.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This keyboard is absolutely gorgeous- I love the brushed aluminum backplate and the raised keys means the red LED backlighting dissipates nicely around the entire keyboard. The cable is also braided and I like that the font is different from what you see on most keyboards these days. A set of textured keycaps is included covering typical FPS/MOBA keys but personally I don't like having just those keys be different as it's a little strange for normal use, but if you mainly use this keyboard for gaming I could see it being cool.
You also get the typical media buttons as well as IMO the niftiest volume controller- a little scroll wheel instead of volume up and down buttons that you usually see. Also very useful is the built in USB passthrough with 2 ports at the top of the keyboard. No dedicated macro keys as you see on some of the other Corsair keyboards but I actually prefer it this way- it does make the board look cleaner. You also can use the CUE software to map macros out and program the LED lighting effects so you're not really losing functionality.
Overall a very solid and pretty board.
Cons: Personally, I'm not a fan of the textured spacebar. I would've liked it if they included a smooth spacebar keycap as well as it would look cleaner.
Note that the USB hub/passthrough requires a second USB plug on your motherboard- there isn't a built in hub that connects both the keyboard and the ports. Not really a big deal for most people but something to be aware of.
Finally, note that certain keys with two characters on top of each other (for example, the number one key that has 1 and exclamation point) have the two switched. This way, the LED, which is located towards the top of the switch, illuminates the default key character. This is reversed from a normal keyboard where the default key character is on the bottom. Again, not a huge deal for most people but sometimes I do look down at my keyboard for symbols I rarely use and I do mix it up a bit.
Other Thoughts: I want to just add a note for all those who haven't owned a mechanical keyboard before- not all of them are clicky! The red switches as used in this board are actually smooth feeling and you will not feel a click or any tactile feedback from them. They are meant to be that way and feel smooth when pressing them all the way down. This is good for gaming but as others have noted, may take some getting used to for everyday typing. I highly highly recommend you hit up a local electronics store and try the different switch types out as the feeling can vary greatly and you don't want to order a switch type that you don't like.READ FULL REVIEW