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Seagate IronWolf 1TB NAS Hard Drive 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: A trusted brand, engineered for a specific job, Available as a 5900 or 7200RPM drive and in multiple capacities to fit your needs, 64MB Cache. (on a side note: Hey Seagate, I love the Icons that have been developed of each of the families of drives!)

Cons: Access time does take a small hit on the 5200 RPM unit but for most users like me for home entertainment purposes it will perform well enough. If you require faster access times just go with the 7200 RPM unit instead, but then you have more spin-up time.

Other Thoughts: Rather than copy and paste all the results from my testing I will simply say that the specs that Seagate lists on this drive are within a reasonable approximation of the data that I acquired during my testing. Placed this drive into my RAID array and it went to work without any trouble or further intervention from me. Once in the Raid case it is virtually silent, no more noisy than any of the other drives that turn at 5900 R's . I have always purchased the Seagate Surveillance grade HDD's to use in my HTPC system arrays and they have always worked well for me and I have had some in use for more than 5 years now. Time will only tell how the IRONWOLF holds up, hence I dropped the 5th egg. I will say that it has to be proven to earn that last egg. I have always preferred Seagate over others, I hope this one maintains my trust, for the time being all going well!

Silicon Power 64GB Elite microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP064GBSTXBU1V20NE)
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Pros: Silicon Power 64GB SD card Class 10 … What’s not to like. Compares well with my existing 32GB Class 10 SD card. I have recorded several video clips at the highest quality with my Android phone and it has performed without any issues.
It comes formatted to the exfat file system which is mostly universal between digital devices, no need to format this card unless you prefer a different FS, however the exfat format overcomes the fat32 limitations of 4GB max file size, so for extended recording exfat is a huge plus.

Cons: During my testing no real cons noted. I would say longevity will be the key, only time will tell.

Other Thoughts: If you are working with Ubuntu Linux or other Debian based distro’s you will need to install the software needed, in terminal simply use: sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils after this is finished there are no problems accessing and formatting the exfat file system using your favorite .deb based Linux. I would suspect that the proper .rpm packages would also have to be installed in any of the Redhat based distributions as well.

Corsair Gaming K70 LUX Mechanical Keyboard Backlit Red LED Cherry MX Red (CH-9101020-NA)
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Pros: A very nice typing feel to the keys, solid non-flexing feel to the strokes. The anodized / brushed aluminum construction looks great and feels like it was built for aircraft durability.
Although the palm rest compliments the aesthetics of the keyboard nicely and provides wrist support as it should, the fact that it is plastic seems almost Anti-climactic to the use of nice solid aluminum on the rest of the construction.
The rolling volume adjustment is my favorite control feature on this keyboard. It is placed well above the number pad and its surface is lower that the keys so that you don’t inadvertently swipe across it and the single key mute is placed directly beside it although a quick slide down the knurled barrel of the control does the same thing.
A small sealed plastic package in the box contains the typical key removal tool and the keys that you need to customize for gaming. Look and feel is Excellent

Cons: OK. all that being said about the Linux side of things, lets move to the disappointment of Windows 7 Pro 64bit.

Well first off, if you are using a dual boot system ie. Windows/Linux this thing becomes a nightmare. My advice is just don't bother, it seems (at least for my HPDesktop) that it does not function until the system boots, meaning you cannot select what OS you want during the boot process from Grub. Connecting my old Keyboard during boot got me into Windows and once up and plugged in it was detected by Windows and worked … somewhat.

Proceeded to Corsair Downloads site and selected what I figured was the correct “Engine” as it said K70 (the directions are no help here as they just tell you the website and say to follow on screen instructions during install. Once this was installed it flashed up that no device was detected and to please connect the device … ??? really? , I was typing with it! I then realized the multimedia key were non-op although the selector button for back light setting that failed in Linux did. I revisited the Corsair sight and querried the message the “Engine” had given me and the answer it seemed was that since this is a NON-RGB that I needed to download the “Gaming” software. Low and behold! There is absolutely NOTHING, NOTTA, ZIP on the download page that has ANYTHIG to do with the K70 NON-RGB only the K95 AND guess what? That did not work for it either. """ I think Corsair needs to put a little attention to Directions and Software Availability! I certainly have nothing good to say about that aspect at this time. """

Other Thoughts: I will always be the first to point out if the items I review work well with Linux or not, or in the case of this keyboard and many other “Gaming” keyboards … Partially. My Ubuntu16.04 64bit booted up fine with the keyboard and all keys except one seem to function as they should. The only one that does not is the back light control button which is supposed to allow you to control the brightness of the back light and this is not a specific fault to this particular keyboard, all back lit keyboards I have used have all had this same fault. So in general the Corsair K70 LUX will function on Linux (or at least Ubuntu) as long as you do not wish to try and adjust the back light. If you do press the button, the lights go out and all other functions of the keyboard cease to work as well, requiring a reboot to function again. As I said, this seems to be the “norm” for most back lit keyboards in Linux, my Saitek is exactly the same.

So yeah, Overall works somewhat on Ubuntu Linux … Works somewhat on Windows 7Pro … does NOT play well with dual boot systems at all.


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Date Joined: 03/18/06


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