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Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse, Black, Key Slider Mechanical Buttons, 12000 dpi, Multi color
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Pros: -- feel
-- accuracy
-- software flexibility
-- lighting effects
-- dynamic features during play

Cons: -- right handed only

Other Thoughts: The Scimitar will run plug and play fine on Windows 10. But to fully use the mouse, you should download and run the Corsair Utility Software (http://www.corsair.com/en-us/support/downloads). The software initially exited with an indiscriminate error, but after downloading and running again (directly from the zip file!), it installed fine.

Once the software installed and ran, the firmware was checked and suggested to update. It took only 90sec or so. Then the mouse switched to full rotating RGB mode. It looks really wicked. Not only does it look great, this is the most comfortable mouse I’ve ever felt. There is just the right “roughness” on the shell not to slide off but not so much that it catches the hand. The keyslider feature is more than a gimmick; it will customize the mouse further to your hand size. My hand is average sized and I slid the keypad farther toward the front. Although configurable, this is for right handed mousers only! There is a long, braided cord, much like some power supplies.

The two buttons behind the mouse wheel instantly raise or lower the DPI in 4 increments, which changes the keypad illumination color– very nice. (Contrary to another review, the illumination on the keypad is DESIGNED to show DPI changes by rotating through 8 static colors.)

The software is very intuitive and super flexible. Each button can be programmed with macros, delays, etc. and full profiles saved, of course. Click on button, click on action or record to it. That means a total of 17 buttons can be programmed.

Could it make me a better gamer? Absolutely. I fully understand that mice ergonomics are a very “personal” issue, but for me Corsair has really made a home run with this mouse.

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OCZ TRION 150 2.5
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Pros: -- price / value
-- warranty handling
-- form factor

Cons: -- not among fastest

Other Thoughts: The Trion 150 quick-formatted in under 5 seconds then ran at a steady 25°C. (Contrasted to my WD 1TB 7,200 rpm drive running at 42°C.)
The drive has SMART, NCQ, DevSleep, TRIM, and APM integrated. The ShieldPlus program gives peace of mind: you give support the SSD’s serial number and if faulty they immediately send a new drive at no cost. Toshiba/OCZ now supports with it’s “SSD Guru” software Windows versions 7 through 10. Windows 10 will pop up a “Unknown Smart App” window and block the installation until you click “More Info” and “Run Anyway.” (My AV did not flag it.) I assume since it does low-level stuff on a drive, Windows does this. There are various maintenance settings here, like firmware updates. The software will only detect it when connected to internal SATA connector.

There is no cloning or any other software included; this is a bare bones setup. It is a strictly Toshiba-designed unit and uses Toshiba TLC NAND flash memory. It consumes under 5w at maximum power. Considering the cool running and low power usage, this is an excellent drive to replace a conventional hard disk– if the price is right. Since it only has a 7mm form factor, it will fit the tightest 2.5" laptop spaces. It moved 30GB of misc. data folders in under 15 minutes.


The 2MB sequential showed an good 505 MB/s read and 477 MB/s write and for random transfer rates, 469 MB/s read and 398 MB/s write. Other numbers show it has middling performance. The 4K read/writes results were 29 MB/s read and 94 MB/s write. IOPS measured 7,494 IOPS read and 24,252 IOPS write. The drive is peppy on real-life data; most file operations happen “instantly.” Toshiba is supposed to have built-in reliability features in this drive, but we can’t really know for a while; keep your stuff backed up!

So although not the fastest SSD, it certainly has adequate performance and good warranty. Combined with the lower-than-average cost per gig, it’s a good value.

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iRULU X1 Basics & Beyond 7-Inch Android 4.4 KitKat Tablet with GMS Certification,1024*600 HD Resolution, Quad Core RAM 512MB ROM 8GB - Black
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Pros: -- price
-- feel
--front and back cameras

Cons: -- screen
-- poor voice input

Other Thoughts: Quick to set up. Like any Android device, you need a Google account to fully use. The 7" screen is not the sharpest by any means, but it is “adequate.” Fonts look jaggy, thanks to the non-HD video. Some translations seem odd (“Labs” for “Tabs” in the browser??). It’s a pretty responsive tablet for the price. It has a decent feel with buttons positive smooth click. Booting plays a loud piano solo for 12 seconds even with volume all the way down (!), so don’t turn on in a quiet place. It boots in about 20 seconds and shuts down in 2s. Hitting keys produces a “tock” sound.

The voice input (with YouTube) was an exercise in futility. I said, “Carpenters”, it heard “Carpinteria, Carpenteria, Carpenteria”. There are long pauses after input where Google processes. It couldn’t understand “Frank Sinatra” and again produced the “Carpinteria” choices instead. I’m sure I’m not the best speaker, but my old Asus tablet is flawless with the same usage. The microphone or input processing need work.

The tablet originally spent a lot of time buffering and freezing videos. I looked for updates in the settings and found 2 apps downloaded and installed without permission, one was “DragonFire v2.3.” I uninstalled both. When I rebooted, the video streamed perfectly. Spyware? Speakers are good for its size.

It is hard to slam a competent device for a low price. You probably will want an XD card to use for storage. If your needs are simple and budget is limited, this may be worth considering. Great uses would be for kids and travel.

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