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Corsair CH-9000081-NA K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with White LED, Cherry MX Red
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: First is that it’s a mechanical keyboard. Having used many non-mechanical Logitech and Microsoft keyboards over the last few decades going mechanical is huge. You can type faster and with higher accuracy which is great.

Once you plug it in it’ll function instantly without driver installs. All keys independently have their own backlit LED and you get presets. It also has a dedicated button to light power to make it brighter, softer, or turn it off. That’s great for if you have it in a bedroom and want to get some shuteye.

The volume scroller has a nice feel as well. The cable feels a lot like the Corsair modular PSU casing which is a good thing. It’s durable and looks better than a regular cable. It's also quite long. I sometimes jack this into a PC using a TV as a monitor and it gives enough length to sit at a distance.

It feels extremely solid to use. It has a heavy construction that seems like it’ll last years. It’s actually pretty sensitive.

I just started playing FFXIV again after some patching and gave this a great multi week test through its paces. It's really nice. Fast and responsive. The macro buttons are easy to setup and register in the game. This really changed it up from a standard keyboard. I remapped almost all of the keys to make better use of the G keys on the left side. I tried going back to my old keyboard and it felt like rusty buckets. There is no chance I can go back to a non mechanical keyboard now.

Cons: The keys even after weeks of use sometimes are almost too responsive. I often accidentally hit CTRL and random keys on which my hands set like J/F. Just barely putting weight on them will fire them off nonstop. I'll notice sometimes while I'm reading I ended up having a page of F's being typed.

It doesn't feature USB pass through. It takes up two slots and no pass through available to help alleviate that.

Other Thoughts: Lots of people have been having LED issues. I don't have many months of testing to see how mine fares but the LEDs are all lighting well. They are really bright so I often keep it in the lowest dim setting to give just enough if I have to glance down for something.

The way the keys are raised can be slightly uncomfortable if you use this in a lap. I know that most will have it on a desk and on a desk with the wrist pad it works well. I use it this way for most uses. However if I drag it to a living room to sit on a couch you end up angling your wrists in a way that makes it tiring to use.

Overall this is a very sturdy keyboard that types well. I'm pleasantly surprised at the build sturdiness of this keyboard.

Far Cry 4 Xbox One
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Great single player - mediocre coop 12/09/2014

This review is from: Far Cry 4 Xbox One

Pros: The graphics and atmosphere in the game are excellent.

Cons: The coop isn't full story. It's more like Assassin's Creed Unity. I can do it, but there isn't too much of a point. I bought this for the coop so it was disappointing.

Seagate STCT4000100 4TB NAS 2-Bay Network Storage
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4 out of 5 eggs Awesome little NAS 12/09/2014

This review is from: Seagate STCT4000100 4TB NAS 2-Bay Network Storage

Pros: There is a lot to like about this NAS. First off it comes with NAS drives and not low class ‘green’ drives. It has a clean modern looking interface even from the first config. It autochecked firmware and updated it to (11/18/14) build on first boot. The interface is intuitive and feels very Chrome/Google like in theme as well as even the notification icon being a similar looking bell.

Device manager shows what appears to be live CPU/RAM stats which is really cool especially for a non-business class NAS, although given the HDDs and what this can do it could easily be used for a small business. It comes with 2x2TB drives in RAID1.

If you go into the Health area it’ll even show you CPU temp (58 C idle) and fan RPM speed. You also get network stats and a process monitor.

Usability is extremely good. I’ve never seen a NAS so easy to use and with such a well done aesthetically pleasing GUI before. It has ability to join a domain although I don’t have one available to test at home.

Good results for the price range of home/small business NAS in SMB.
I like the way that it shows me my available storage. They did a great job with their GUI, I can’t stress how nice this is to use compared to others, and even just by itself. It’s good, really good.

An interesting bit to note is that iSCSI is on by default. Given this is did not require a format to create a LUN. I was able to simply create an iSCSI target and my data copied via SMB was in tact. It shows up as used capacity.

It has 2xUSB 3 ports. Even though USB 3.0 can run at 5Gbps you’ll cap out at CPU. I hooked up a 2GB external USB 3.0 HDD to it and performed a backup to it. The initial backup pegs the CPU during this so I’d suggest doing backups at night. USB 2 only runs at 480Mbps limit so having 3.0 is still welcome.

Cons: The physical unit is a little larger than I expected for a 2 bay ARM based chipset NAS. It’s not a monster but it’s pretty hefty.

iSCSI read speed is terrible! See below for the results but it’s bad.

With no VGA or monitor port I can't find a way to adjust to set it to auto power back on when power is restored should it lose power. This means if you do lose power say your UPS battery runs out as it's a long power outage, you must be around to turn it back on. If you're out on vacation and that occurs you're out of luck. It'd be nice if Seagate at least defaulted it to use the last state. So if it was on, turn it back on. If it was off leave it off.

Other Thoughts: I ran some speed tests on my source rig, i7 4770K w/Killer 1 Gbe NIC with Samsung EVO 840 SSD. I ran 2 tests using 5GB of random sized data from 3MB to 2.5GB in size and a test using a single 3.5GB file. I use robocopy to this so I can get proper result numbers and used the Windows copy stack. All runs through a Dell 16 port Gigabit layer3 switch.

I tested SMB and iSCSI.
Test Write 1: 5GB of data: 48.38MB/sec
Test Write 2: 3.5GB test: 53.51MB/sec

The write tests both peg the CPU which is expected. Current gen ARM CPUs can’t handle full 1Gbe saturation and bottleneck. Fully expect that you will only reach a peak of roughly 54MB/s. Given 1Gig is 125MB max not counting network overhead; it’s about half what 1Gbe is. I’ve seen faster from some other NAS. These tests were also done with default settings. If you turn on additional services that take CPU you may see slower turn off services and you might see faster.

Performing the same tests in read rather than write gave
Test Read 2: 5GB of data: 77.02MB/sec (Good)
Test Read 2: 3.5GB of data: 78.13MB/sec (Good)

No surprise that read is faster than write given the CPU doesn't have to handle the software RAID to write and handle parity. It’s simply reading and pushing to a solid state. While still not full Gigabit saturation it’s not bad given the NAS class.

Features are about on par with other competitors at this stage. It features a BitTorrent manager that is relatively easy to turn on and use. It has power management to spin down your HDDs that's off by default. It can connect to a UPS. I hooked it up to my APC UPS and it worked as I’d expect. I simply unhooked my UPS to let it drain and it performed a safe shutdown.

It has its own web based file browser as well and I could see it being useful down the line.

They have an App Manager area. It’s a small ARM CPU so don’t expect high end transcoding media server. At least there are things people can create. Right now as of writing this there are 6 total apps. Surveillance and OwnCloud are nice.

iSCSI Testing
Test Write 1: 5GB of data – 64.30MB/sec
Test Write 2: 3.5GB test – 70.64MB/sec

Results look appealing, however Windows reads iSCSI targets as local disk. This means it will load files into RAM assuming it can write to the disks from RAM cache. Robocopy will report it’s finished even though it has yet to finish from RAM. Still impressive results for an ARM NAS.

Read however,
Test Read 2: 5GB of data – 19.06MB/sec
Test Read 2: 3.5GB of data – 14.13MB/sec

Read speed from iSCSI was atrocious. I monitored the CPU which never hit past 45% utilization. Most of the time it was under 20%. I can’t explain why this thing has issues at read over iSCSI but wow. I ran the thing 3 times to verify it wasn’t just a fluke. My PCs NIC utilization never went above 15%.

Is this NAS good? Yes! The ease of use and SMB to host files allow this to be a great buy for a home or small office.


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