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This review is from: Corsair MM200 CH-9000079-WW Standard Edition Gaming Mouse Mat
Pros: Absolutely smooth and beautiful. My Logitech G3 tracks very well and consistently. Way better than the junk freebie pad I'd used for years.
This "standard" size is nice and generous, bigger than the small pads. You have a ruler, right? Figure it out for yourself if you want to compare to what you have. Still though, plenty of room on my desk for it.
I was about to shell out $15 for new skates for my old faithful mouse here, but for now maybe not. The scuffs on the feet aren't so bad on this pad, maybe won't need to. (But with new skates and this pad.. it might be like floating on air.)
Other Thoughts: It comes in a weird tube, but maybe that keeps shipping costs down? Either way, very nice product. A bit of a rubbery smell, but not noticeable after a few minutes.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Heat dissipation looks good. It's XMP compatible. It's fast, especially if you're used to DDR3. The spec sheet is really a list of pros, since RAM is what it is. Good RAM is something that works best when you don't notice it, after all. As others mention, you get it up to 2666MHz at 1.35V.
Corsair is a good brand. Lifetime warranty is icing.
Cons: None, really. Not sure about the different color heat sinks ... but I've never been one for that sort of aesthetics.
Other Thoughts: This is RAM -- it's hard to give too much of a useful review about RAM. The specs tell most of the story. Not alot of computing environments will put the bottleneck for anything at the RAM -- so long as the RAM is on par with the rest of your rig.
I normally like to leave more detailed reviews as an EggXpert, but with RAM, what you see is what you get.
Pros: The finish is nice -- fingerprint resistant (but not impervious to scratches). The build is sturdy, despite not having aluminum on the bottom (it's plastic, but thick and not likely to break since it's supported by a solid piece of aluminum on the other five sides.
The subtle LED is great -- not a horrible blue death laser.
It's a compact, portable drive, very good for on-the-go.
Of course, USB 3.0 is an upgrade from 2.0, if that's an issue for you. It's fast enough for most applications.
It's USB powered, which is relatively standard for portable style 3.0 drives but good to know, and definitely better than 2.0 models back when they required wall-warts or weird stuff.
The aluminum is good for dispersing heat too. It won't run hot, at least not under any load I can put it under.
All in all, great for a portable backup / data drive.
Cons: There is no case, not even a cheapo cloth bag.
I have never been impressed with WD's "smartware." It's not very smart, to say the least.
With or without bitlocker, I get roughly 110 MB/s (read and write) according to ATTO. This isn't the best USB 3.0 speed you can get with a drive, but it's still very good for most applications. If you need really heavy throughput, you might have to sacrifice some other features that this drive has.
Part of the speed issue is probably the 5400RPM drive, which is better for reliability, compactness, heat, etc., but keeps the speed down from other drives that might get 140-150 MB/s.
Not clear how to update firmware -- it's not included with the drive along with the other software.
Other Thoughts: The cable is short -- good for portable, bad for desktop. You know what you're buying, there are pictures, and if you need a long cable for some desktop setup, just buy one.
I don't use their proprietary security, but it is very good from what other reviews state -- i just use bitlocker because that's what i use for multiple other drives that don't have it onboard.
Note that the USB 2.0 theoretical max doesn't account for other hardware limitations -- you shouldn't get more than half the theoretical throughput of USB 2.0. Some reviewers don't know this. Just google it.
Don't forget to UNCHECK the box "item specific reviews" to see all the reviews for different colored versions -- the hardware is what you care about, after all.
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