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Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Haven't had the drive very long, but was a quick install and I've used this brand and model before without problems. I purchased this particular drive because it was a single platter TB drive with a solid 64mb cache. In my experience, I've noticed that single platter desktop drives tend to be a bit more reliable, generate less heat, and make less noise. Have yet to do any Read/Write speed tests, but it did take some data quickly, and it's quiet, as in I heard nothing over the 3 case fans in my computer.

Cons: Warranty is only 2 years.

Other Thoughts: I did not see any cables or screws advertised that someone else posted and the software is available to download from seagate's website for free. For those that want all the accessory cables and screws, buy retail and pay retail prices. A box and a $2 cable will cost you $50 more.

Also those claiming a 3tb drive is locked at 750GB, that's a PEBCAK error and you should probably drop your 5 star tech level to a 2 star.

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: When it is working, it works great. Mushkin support is very fast and easy to work with. Their RMA replacement department is very professional and responds quickly. Contacted them and within a half hour they were sending me a replacement.

Cons: Buyer Beware

I purchased this SSD 4/12/2012. By 5/17/2012 it died. Caused BSODs, was unable to determine the cause at the time and I totally reimaged my computer. Afterwards, while attaching each hard drive I had one at a time, i was able to determine it was the Mushkin SSD that caused the problems as my computer could no longer detect it and the machine ran great without it connected. Once connected again though, I would BSODs at each startup. Mushkin sent me out a replacement very quickly though.

The replacement lasted 4 months before encountering the same issues. I didn't bother getting a replacement until today, which is like 6 or 7 months after the fact it died. I contacted Mushkin and within a half hour got a response via email, gave them the necessary information and they are sending out another replacement. Unfortunately, i asked for a different model as my replacement, but they could not comply with that request, so I will be getting another one of these time bombs from them.

I believe that this model itself is faulty. Other Mushkin products I have used, like their memory, have worked perfectly, but this drive isn't very reliable. I'd suggest skipping this one and either get a different model or a different brand. The low price is not worth the frustrations.

Other Thoughts: While installed in my computer, the drive was not being used very roughly. It was being used solely as a single game storage drive. I ran an online game off of it only. The computer it was installed in was built by myself using quality components and a HEC power supply that was rated far higher than what my needs required. Also used a good surge protector. I was able to rule out power surges as a cause of failure pretty easily. Also running another SSD in the computer just for the OS which is a small and cheap 60gb OCZ brand, which has never given me any problems.

SteelSeries Merc Stealth Black USB Wired Ergonomic Gaming Keyboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Not bad, but could be better 04/15/2013

This review is from: SteelSeries Merc Stealth Black USB Wired Ergonomic Gaming Keyboard

Pros: The backlit keys are very nice, offering multiple settings. They show up brightly even in a well lit room. The gaming pad on the left side is convenient for many games. The software does work on windows 7 64 bit, I haven't tried 32 bit, but I assume it works as well.

Cons: This keyboard has very few cons, but the one that has always stuck with me and made me use a dell keyboard more often is the lack of a designated delete key and an unnatural feeling number pad.

Other Thoughts: If all you do is play twitch styled shooters and game, this keyboard may be a great and stylish addition for you. But it falls short as a multipurpose keyboard. If it is on sale, it might be a good purchase, but for the regular retail price, I'd suggest a solid mechanical keyboard over this one.


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Display Name: Stephen D.

Date Joined: 12/05/07

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  • First Review: 12/18/07
  • Last Review: 03/12/14
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