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SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Jet Black Gaming Circumaural Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism 01/27/2015

This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Jet Black Gaming Circumaural Headset

Pros: +
50mm drivers.
Dolby Surround.
Functions either digitally or analog (USB or 3.5mm Jack)
Steel Series Engine 3 (Control panel software) allows for fine tuning of features and equalizer flawlessly.
Powder coated stainless steel frame '
Retractable Mic
Premium feel all around.
LED glow color is customizable and can be set to fade in and out of preset or user defined color fades, this feature can also be disabled if you prefer a less flashy look.
Includes cellphone jack adapter.
Nice incognito on ear-cup volume and mic control (volume right and mic switch left)
Control panel allows saving and storing of user defined configurations, and can sync to an online account if you choose to set one up.

Cons: -
Headset has a proprietary connector to the USB dongle.
Cord is short about 4.5' in length (an extension cable is included to extend the length from the dongle to the headset to 10')
USB dongle has a very short extension to USB: 2.5” in length, and I worry that eventually the wires in the USB connector will break (I will probably add a USB extension cable so the dongle can lie flat on my desk, the front panel USB on my case are vertical.)
Audio takes a little tweaking to get_right.

Other Thoughts: ~
This headset definitely has a premium feel and look. When you pick them up they have a very solid, well built feel to them. A good bit of heft, but not heavy, ear cups are soft, cushy and comfortable.

It took awhile for the comfort level to break in. I wore these for the first 3 days upon receipt and they were just a bit too tight causing some light bruising of my ear tissue, as a result I wasn't able to wear them comfortably for two weeks. Once I was back in shape, I gently flexed the stainless steel arc a few times and worked on squeezing the automatic tensioner until it was a little more soft, resulting in a more comfortable fit.
I usually have to go through a breaking in process of new headsets and over the ear headphones to get the comfort zone I like. This headset required a little more relaxing than usual, however; most headsets and headphones I've used have been a plastic, nylon or a polycarbonate base, and not stainless steel.

Ear-cup design is sound isolating, meaning they will block out most of the noise in your environment (not to be confused with noise canceling). this may be a pro for some that may use these in an acoustic space that has a lot of noise like a LAN party or competition. However; my preference is to be able to hear a little background environment noise, so I can hear things like my phone ringing or people in the same room trying to get my attention.

Sound is fairly accurate after setting the Equalizer in the Steel Series control panel.
In general I am not a fan of 50mm drivers as they tend to reproduce bass notes in a thick muddy range, however with some tweaking of the Steelseries control panel EQ, the low frequency range can be set to a fairly accurate level.
Music sounds rich and full.
Dolby Surround is absolutely fantastic when watching movies with 5.1+ audio.
Enabling Dolby for games that do not support it will result in a tinny sound.
Mic is crisp and responsive, the control panel offers mic noise reduction and preset compression.
Another nice offering is mic side tone control, this basically allows you to hear yourself speaking in the headset, at three predefined volume levels (and off)

A gaming perspective; I have been playing mostly CS:GO lately and with this headset there is fantastic depth amplitude. I am able to define enemy footsteps at a farther distance then what I am used to, because I can easily get the drop on which direction the opponent(s) are moving, this is a game changer. This did take a little while to get used to: what I would normally have thought enemy location was on the other side of a wall was often mid range. This alone could make a large difference for gamers looking to step their game up to the next level. I found that I preferred plain stereo when gaming with this headset, as I am already attuned to bi-directional sound.

The SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism is a Premium headset that will deliver excellent sound, and broadcast your voice

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Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile 128GB USB 3.0 / WIFI Wireless Solid State Drive
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Toshiba Wireless SSD 12/15/2014

This review is from: Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile 128GB USB 3.0 / WIFI Wireless Solid State Drive

Pros: +
Portable NAS / Media server
Easy to set up and access.
USB 3.0
Solid State Drive storage.
Good battery life.
Pocket sized.
Runs cool, only lightly warm in one coin sized area
Great for media: both iOS and Android app have a built in media player, and media management.
SDHC card slot for easy expansion and backup of SDHC.
Black Velvet carrying pouch.
Supports DLNA devices.
Supports multiple connections streaming different files simultaneously.
Allows for wireless access to the drive and a bridged connection through the drive to the internet.

Cons: -
Wi-Fi range is short but it is a trade off for power consumption.
Included USB 3.0 cable is very short, about 15 inches in length.
Black Velvet carrying pouch loves to pick up lint in my pockets.
Lacking in-depth instructions.
Although you can manage files on the drive and SD card, you are not able to upload from a PC by network connection, only by attaching the USB cable.
OSX requires a 3rd party driver to use as an external USB drive with a Mac.

Other Thoughts: ~
File management in the Wireless SSD App needs some attention, the media transfer management is fantastic, but lacks convenience with regular file transfer control. While the drive works flawlessly with media files where you can select any picture, video or music file and press the upload button to transfer, any other files such as .PDF or binary require an extra lap of hoops to jump through in order to transfer:
-->In order to transfer non-media files from your device or from your SDHC card, click Local (or SD card respectively), browse for the files through the File/Folder link. Then check mark the files you want to transfer, click on the wrench at the top of the screen, select copy. Push the SSD tab at the bottom of the screen, choose your destination folder (like default user/documents) then click the wrench again and select paste. The transfer will now begin.
I transferred a 480MB .PDF from my Android tablet, which took roughly 2 minutes to complete.

There are a few oddities with the drive:
The unit will not charge by USB when functioning as an external USB Drive, however; it will charge the drive by USB while in Wi-Fi mode.
There are NO in-depth instructions included with the drive, on the drive. or available online.
You get a quick start guide and you're sent on your way.

Decent transfer speeds when acting as an external USB drive.
AS SSD Benchmark reported:
Sequential: 151.24 MB/s Read, and 140.28 MB/s write
4k: 11.33 MB/s Read, and 31.69 write
4k-64Thrd: 14.26 MB/s Read, and 41.12 MB/s write
Access time: 0.183 ms Read, and 0.088 write.
(keep in mind that the drive was connected by USB 3.0 and the drive is battery powered when functioning as an External USB drive)

Wi-Fi has a short range of around 15 feet with no obstructions, a trade off for longer battery run time.
I clocked this drive at 13 hours battery run time with light usage, which was a few hours longer than I expected.
Overall this Wireless SSD thrives as a Media Server and Media file storage manager.
Pairing with iOS is where I believe this drive shines the most, and is an excellent way to listen to your music library without being trapped inside of iTunes. Being able to save your photos to an accessible drive from your iPhone, is far more convenient than emailing or uploading to a third party storage site. All of my files that I upload from my iPhone are right there on the drive and accessible by my PC, laptop and Android tablet.

Aside from the current minor inconvenient hoops one must jump through to transfer non-media files,
this is a fantastic drive.
I would recommend this drive for a mobile media server, storage needs, and device backup.

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TP-LINK Archer T2U AC600 Mini Wireless Dual Band Adapter, 2.4GHz 150Mbps/5Ghz 433Mbps,One-Button Setup,Windows XP/7/8
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: +
a/n/ac 5 GHz bands supported
b/g/n 2.4 GHz bands supported
quick and painless setup
decent range and speeds
sleek design aesthetics
small form factor
activity LED is soft green, and not obnoxious or blinding.
The bundled driver and software control panel are very easy to use and setup.

Cons: -
The cap has nowhere to attach once removed, and becomes another object to misplace.
The plastic body feels rough at the angled edges (although smooth to the eye).
I was unable to get this adapter to connect to 'N' on the 5 GHz band.
Although easy to use, the bundled control panel software lacks in depth control and monitoring.

Other Thoughts: ~
Works perfectly for its intended purpose of plug in and go connectivity.
Features great speed, good range, ease of use and nice design aesthetics.

One of the things I like the most about TP-Link is that they make their adapters really painless to setup, no confusing configurations, just select your network, tap in your password and you're good to go.

Another nice feature is the added ability to run as a wireless Access Point in Soft AP mode, allowing you to use the adapter for other devices needing connectivity. Lets say you only had a cable modem that had no router built in or attached, and only one wired PC could connect. With this adapter you can create wireless access for all your other devices in Soft AP mode essentially replacing the need for a router.

Range is decent, I was able to get about 50' away from the router, outside, separated by 3 interior walls and a thick exterior wall from the router before experiencing signal loss.

Connectivity speeds: AC I was able to connect to my router at 260Mbps to 285Mbps, speedtest reached 85-100 Mbps. N was locked at 2.4GHz band, connectivity to the router was capped at 144Mbps, speedtest reached around 55Mbps.

This adapter has been reliable during my testing; I have used if for about a month now, and have had no connection loss, or glitching associated with the adapter.

Now what I didn't like about this adapter.
First was the Cap to the USB connector has no home once removed.
I could not get this adapter to connect on the 5 GHz band to 'N' channel, no matter what I tried.
Basically it seemed that any band that wasn't utilizing AC, was gimped to 2.4GHz band. (2.4GHz is stronger and travels farther than 5GHz wavelength, but 2.4GHz is not as fast of a connection)

The included control panel integrates well with windows, and is very easy to use, but it lacks advanced information and control, it would have been nice to find out why it refused 5GHz connections on 'N'.

Bottom line:
I would recommend this adapter to anyone that needs an easy, pain free way to connect to a wireless network.
The connectivity speeds are good enough with AC to handle most tasks, and has been stable during my testing,
and performed as intended, without a hitch.

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