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APC Back-UPS Pro 500 BG500 500VA 300W 4 Outlets UPS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good for Networking Equipment 04/11/2014

This review is from: APC Back-UPS Pro 500 BG500 500VA 300W 4 Outlets UPS

Pros: Going in chronological order the first positive I found was it is pretty compact and not heavy. Setting it up was also a breeze. I first plugged in the USB cord to my computer and windows detected it and displayed it as a batter. Battery installation was a breeze: just slide it in and close the lid.

Next came the more important network set up. The network interface is good. It has a lot of features and once you take a look at all of the menus and familiarize yourself it’s not too complicated.

Smart Outlets: These can be a very useful feature. If you have devices on your network that are not convenient to access and may need occasionally power cycles the smart outlets allow you to do this from anywhere on the network. I thought it was very easy to adjust the settings for rebooting different devices. The watchdog feature is also great. Having a Max number of reboots and the ability to reactivate after a certain number of hours makes it a very powerful feature and less of a headache to manage. It gives me a bit of peace of mind that it will automatically attempt to reboot my router but not try forever.

To test how long it would last I used my Xbox One because that uses 220W max which is a decent percent of this units max output. It was able to keep the X1 running for 5 minutes of gaming or 15 minutes of TV. Obviously this is more than enough time to shut down the system properly. Seems to have the Wh advertised.

I also like that it gives a lot of outputs about usage, event history and has diagnostics.

Cons: If you are buying a UPS to keep a system running through a power outage, this Li+ product is not a good value for the size of the battery. Actually this thing is just expensive period for the specs.

The interface is not bad from a structuring stand point but it’s not pretty For example, the home page of the web interface shows some gauges of Battery Capacity, Load and Input Voltage. I would like to see charts/graphs of these.

Not what I would call a “PRO” exterior. It is flimsy cheap plastic so it looks like a regular consumer device.

It is difficult to get to the Mini-USB and Ethernet ports. They are recessed and at an awkward downward angle. And why it is Mini and not the more common Micro I don’t know.

Other Thoughts: I can’t see using this for anything other than home networking. If you aren’t going to use the smart outlet and network monitoring features it’s a bad value but if you are then it’s great.

The energy Management system seemed pretty ‘whatever’ to me. Yea it would be nice to not use any standby power but most of those devices if I unplug them and plug them back in (effectively what this does) then I will have to press the power button on them again. I really don’t want to have to turn on my monitors and printer again and again every time I turn my desktop on just to save a couple cents each month.

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SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ88-128G-G46
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great Speed and Well Built 03/16/2014

This review is from: SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ88-128G-G46

Pros: Right when I pulled this out of the packaging I noticed it was well built. The casing is strong and the sliding mechanism is well done as well.

The standout spec on this though is the speed. I was able to achieve the advertised speeds with ATTO Disk. In real world it was good too. Using music and pictures it averaged the following:
Read: ~150MB/s
Write: ~ 95MB/s

AS SSD:
Seq Read: 230MB/s
Seq Write: 211MB/s
4k Read: 8MB/s
4k Write: 10MB/s

Cons: Main con of this is the price but that could come down and it isn't a ridiculous price so I'm not dropping an egg.

It does get warm when heavily used.

Other Thoughts: Some will like that there is encryption software included and others will call it bloatware. It's not bad software so I'm not going to call this a pro or a con.

I say this makes the most sense for someone who works with large files at the office and at home or on the road.

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Corsair Raptor HS30 Dual 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Affordable and good where it counts 12/21/2013

This review is from: Corsair Raptor HS30 Dual 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset

Pros: These headphones are for gaming and deliver and teh basics that a gaming headphone requires.

Comfort: These aren't heavy and have good cups making them comfortable to wear for hours.

Sound: The sound quality is not for listening to music but perfectly fine for listening to games. This is good because it means you aren't wasting money. Explosions and voices come through clearly.

Voice: I had not problem with the mic on these. My friends were able to hear me clearly. The noise cancellation worked well too. I could turn up the TV right next to me and my friends couldn't hear it. I was very impressed.

Price: This is a very good price for a gaming headset. This is a solid product and if $50 is your price range this is exactly what you are looking for.

Cons: Size: While they aren't heavy they are a little bulky.

Comfort: I don't have a small head but these barely fit at the smallest setting. If you have a small head these will probably be annoyingly loose.

Other Thoughts: These are good, but you should consider the HS40's for only $10 more.

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Display Name: Robert S.

Date Joined: 12/28/07

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  • Last Review: 03/16/14
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