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Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy to setup and install, standard USB 3.0 cable, you can use a Micro USB 2.0 cable if you are desperate but will only get USB 2.0 speeds (same as if you plug it into a USB 2.0 port)
Small white LED on the top to let you know the device is powered on and running.
Overall has a nice modern design with some ventilation holes to allow for passive cooling of the drive.
The drive comes with an extremely long 5 year warranty, there is also a trial of some Professional Seagate backup software offered during the Product Registration.
I am getting the following speeds in Benchmarks, on an Intel USB 3.0 port built into a Z87 Chipset,
reading and writing 4GB files 9 times, then averaging the data together.
Read: 183.4 MB/s
Write: 184.9 MB/s
The following numbers are more relevant to SSD’s but I will post them anyways, In general a backup drive such as this, which generally transfers large amounts of data in larger files don’t need small random read write operations, the higher write’s will have to do with the drives onboard Cache:
512k Read: 47 MB/s
512k Write: 104 MB/s
4k Read: 0.5 MB/s
4K Write: 10 MB/s
As I said before most of your write will be larger sequential files if you are doing backups, or storing home videos, or large pictures, if you are directly coping a lot of smaller pictures it will take longer just like any mechanical hard drive.
Drive Info: Seagate ST5000DM000-1FK178
Drive Firmware: CC44
Spindle Speed: 5900 RPM.
Disclaimer: These benchmarks were done with little data written to the hard drive, so these are pretty much the best speeds you will achieve out of this hard drive, as the drive gets more and more full, transfers speeds will decrease, as the head of the drive reaches the center of the platter each rotation covers less and less data.

Cons: No Off switch, have to pull the power if you want to turn it off you have to pull the power cable. The case is plastic, not a big deal, I am just preferential to metal cases. The product registration (built into the software on the drive) asks for a lot of information, some of which is what your work title is, your salary, your business sector, etc. These questions seem rather unnecessary and you can opt out of answering them if you choose like I did.

Other Thoughts: Remember a 5TB drive is actually 4.54 TB (Marketing says there are 1000 bytes in one Kilobyte), however computers read them correctly at 1024 bytes per Kilobyte, which is why the space in lower than advertised. This drive has been running constantly for 100 hours, It is definitely not DoA, only time will tell how reliable this drive is, but in general I tend not to purchase the largest capacity drives once they come out as in my opinion they are usually the least reliable

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OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Firmware when reviewing 1.0.
Running Windows 7 SP1
A very good value SSD. Honestly 9/10 you don't need 550MB/s read and write. This OCZ Arc is not designed to compete in the super high end but in the value segment, and it had great performance and an affordable price tag to go along with it. My benchmarks fall right in line with the advertised speeds.
491 Read, 431 Write
73k Random Read, 83k Random Write.
Remember that new out of the box benchmarks will be higher then steady state benchmarks.

The 20GB a day endurance for 3 years, which is pretty decent, and will cover what 99.9% people would use this for, but if you plan on using this device heavily for many extremely large files that are written a lot (like a scratch disk for editing videos) they will effect the drives lifespan (or any SSD's lifespan) greatly.

Cons: No cloning software if you want it, no SATA cables, and no screws included to attach the SSD to your case, however most laptops, and desktops come with the necessary screws to secure the SSD in place.

It feels a bit heavy for an SSD, but I like the weight feels more robust and doesn't matter in a desktop.

Other Thoughts: Reliability is extremely important to me and is a concern with any component especially OCZ after their mixed track record. I have more faith in OCZ now that Toshiba has acquired them, but it will take some time with the SSD for me to feel fully confident in their products, winning a customer back is hard and I hope they can do it.

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Corsair H2100 USB Connector Circumaural Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Build quality is good, they are strong and unlikely to break easily.
Work great without drivers on both my USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports.
Nice volume nob on the left hand side of the headset for changing the volume levels.
Bendable microphone to change its positioning.
Decent sound quality, software has a built in equalizer with presets which you can also tune to your customization.

Cons: Heavy, after used a wired Sennheiser headset for a long time now these are rather heavy in comparison, they are also rather tight on my head and a bit uncomfortable, not to tight, but as I have a large head it is noticeable.

There is a constant low white noise (Hissing) constantly coming through the headphones when they are on, I have tried different USB ports, holding the receiver right next to the headset, installing the driver package with no change.

In addition others could hear the same noise when I used the microphone to talk to them. I would not expect this in a $100 USB headset (wireless or not). There is no nearby wireless router to cause interference and one would assume holding the receiver next to the headset would clear any interference problems.

When I joined one of my normal TeamSpeak servers using this headset, the first reaction I got without even telling them I am using a new headset was "Wow Sniper (Alias) has a terrible microphone now what happened?"
Which pretty much sums up my review.
I noticed others here have had the same issue as well.

Other Thoughts: The white noise issue actually got so annoying that I ended up going back to my Sennheiser headset.

In terms of the speaker properties tab in Windows, regarding the maximum rates, the Corsair H2100 is 2 channel 16bit 48kHz (DVD Quality). While my Sennheisers support up to 24bit and 96kHz (Studio Quality).

Maybe mine and several others people on here are defective? this is possible.
If you want to reproduce this you could open up TeamSpeak and connect to any server with the headset and the default audio device, or start playing a song and set the volume to 0 in the media player.

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Date Joined: 03/04/05

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