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Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1K)
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3 out of 5 eggs Middle of the road | Good storage value 08/23/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1K)

Pros: The SP 32GB Blaze offers great storage value for the cost. If you are looking for a very inexpensive way to carry data around and that will give average read/write performance this will fit the bill. And because it's so cheap this will be the first drive I'll lend to a friend/co-worker when needed.

The design is sleek but subtle, and is big enough that you won't easily lose it on your desk or in a drawer (looking at you, tiny bluetooth dongles). The body itself has a nice to the touch matte finish that won't slip when plugging into hard to reach USB slots.

The red activity light is bright enough to notice when reading/writing but not annoyingly so.

Cons: The sliding mechanism to expose the USB connector seems to get stuck every once in awhile which requires to to dig your nail in and down with decent pressure to release it. I found this happens every 1 in 10ish "slides" of the connector, but keep in mind I was literally sliding the connector hundreds of times to see how well it holds up. Even after sliding it more times then it would likely see in real world usage over it's lifetime, it shows no signs of weakening or affecting the USB connection.

Other Thoughts: These would be perfect for plugging into Routers, Media Extenders (roku), or any other device where you want to add your own media (or use as a backup). The speed will be just fine for these uses and the capacity to price ratio is perfect.

LG 34UC98-W 34
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Pros: It's amazing how much detail you miss out on without even knowing it. It really is a night and day difference between a standard 1080P set and this 1440P beauty. Pictures at higher resolutions are so crisp and vivid. Movies in the format look absolutely astonishing (The Martian was what I used), and gaming is so much more immersive.

I love that they included both an HDMI and DisplayPort cable in the box so you're good to go connectivity wise on day one.

I seriously cannot stop drooling over this thing. I've invited people over to my house just to come look at it and watch portions of The Martian and it blows their minds.

The built in speakers are actually pretty decent so if you don't have any alternate audio outputs you can make do.

Lastly, LG did a wonderful job with the split screen software. I've used it non-stop when working from home and I don't know if I can ever go back.

- Dead pixel free
- Can be incredibly bright if desired
- Color is SO vivid and accurate
- Exterior design is very sleek and strudy
- Menu navigation is intuitive and a breeze to change settings. Other vendors need to take note, this is how you do menu systems

Cons: Although not really a con, make sure you measure you're desk before clicking the buy button. This thing is HUGE and absolutely dwarfs my 23" 1080P panel.

If you're not used to large format displays, it can be a little frustrating getting accustomed to the differences. Google's homepage for instance is a wasteland of just white pixels with a teeny tiny search bar in the middle. Don't open at night in a dark office unless you want temporary blindness (kidding of course).

Also any TV shows or Movies formatted for 1080P will have those annoying black bars on the sides. Some games unfortunately don't have 21:9 as a native aspect ratio so you may have to deal with HUD or UI stretching as well.

Other Thoughts: You will probably lose some friends over this. Once they see it and how glorious it is when it comes to consuming and creating content, they won't want to talk to you again out of envy.

*I was offered this product in exchange for a review*

G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red with Gaming Keycaps
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Pros: I had no idea G.SKILL was making gaming accessories now so this was a pleasant surprise to review! I would love to shake the hand of the person in charge of the design for this keyboard. I would bet he/she/they are all gamers because it has anything you could ask for in a gaming keyboard.

The RGB lighting is crisp and bright, but diffused enough it won't keep you awake if you have your computer in your room (and leave it on at night). The construction is VERY sturdy. There is no flex, creaks, squeaks, or rattles on this beef cake. An added bonus to the weight is it will not move on you during an intense gaming match.

I love that they included replaceable keycaps and a container for the spares that attaches TO the keyboard itself! Never again will you have to look in your various bins and boxes wondering just where in the heck you left them. Speaking of attaching to the keyboard...the mouse slack keeper is worth half the price of this keyboard itself. Something so incredibly simple is just amazing to have. No more sniper shots ruined by a catch on your mouse cord.

The media keys, macros, function keys and mode selectors don't get used as often but they work a charm when needed. As long as this thing lasts (of which I have no doubt) then I don't foresee a reason or want to change to a different keyboard anytime soon.

p.s. I LOVE the on board volume level. It reminds me of an 80's boombox and it's the perfect touch.

Cons: Like most vendors stepping out into the programmable peripherals space, their first gen software is over complicated and hard to use. I've used Corsair's CUE and Razer's Synapse and just like those it's really rough the first go around. I'm hoping it gets updated going forward to make it a little more user friendly, but it gets the job done for now. (G.SKILL, maybe add a tool-tip if I hover over a button so I know what i does? Some of those icons mean absolutely nothing to me so I end up clicking and trying to figure it out on the fly).

My beloved volume roller and status bar can be finicky at times. For instance, if I roll it down to lower the volume it will go down two bars and then jump back up one, and then back down one bar. Same goes if I roll it to the up position. It feels "glitchy' and would be much better if it was just a slow, smooth transition.

For some reason I keep hitting the CAPS LOCK key way more often than on my other keyboards I've used. The layout doesn't look drastically different than my previous KB but it activates on accident more than I would like. This is most likely user error, but I noticed another reviewer stating he/she had a similar issue.

Other Thoughts: The included palm rest does nothing for me. I have larger than average hands and I found it changed the resting position of my hands too much. For fellow large handers, skip it.

*full disclosure, I was offered this item in exchange for a review*


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