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YAROSLAV M.

YAROSLAV M.

Joined on 07/01/04

Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Insanely fast for non-SSD hard drive

Seagate SV35.6 ST1000VX000 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Surveillance Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate SV35.6 ST1000VX000 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Surveillance Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: This drive has astonishing speeds as for a non-ssd/regular hard drives. I get sequential 194.8 MB/s read and 182.8 MB/s write as tested in Crystal Disk Mark (5 passes, 1000 MB test). It is also pretty quiet.

Cons: none that I could have noticed.

Overall Review: I originally bought it for a power gaming rig temporarily until I will accumulate more money and buy SSDs. After seeing the speeds, however, I might reconsider and do RAID 0 or RAID 10 with a few of these. My system: Intel Core i7 3930k Asus Rampage IV Extreme G.SKILL Ripjaws Z 1866 16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Pro Gold AX1200 Cooler Master Cosmos II Noctua NH-D14 Evga GTX 680 FTW+ (4GB) and of course this beautiful HDD.

Most Critical Review

Good Read speed, but slow writes

Kingston 2GB Secure Digital (SD) Flash Card Model SD/2GB
Kingston 2GB Secure Digital (SD) Flash Card Model SD/2GB

Pros: It is 2GB card. Costs only 15 dollars. Very fast Read Speed.

Cons: Slow Write Speed. I don't know why, but at the beginning, when card is empty, writing speed is pretty fast, but after it is filled up let's say a half of capacity, writing speed drops down tremendously, to an unacceptable level. Anyone has an idea why? It doesn't happen to other SD cards that I own.

Overall Review: Writing speed is what ducked 2 points off for this card. If writing speed is crucial for you, guys, look for another card, but for 15 bucks it serves ok. I wish it wouldn't have described problem with writing slowdowns.

Excellent keyboard

Logitech K800 2.4GHz Wireless Slim Illuminated Keyboard - Black
Logitech K800 2.4GHz Wireless Slim Illuminated Keyboard - Black

Pros: Excellent keyboard, just excellent. Very pleasant typing experience. I've had wired Logitech Illuminated prior to this and typing experience is very similar to that. Still use wired Illuminated for work and this new one for my home computer

Cons: Battery level indicator is possibly wrong, please see other thoughts.

Overall Review: I fully charged the keyboard once I received it. One strange thing is battery indicator went from 3 (full) to 1 (low) in about 2 days, but I've been using it without recharging with this "low" battery status for almost a full month now. At first I was disappointed how quickly the charge seemed to go down, but now I think that it's just a calibration problem or improper charge detection because I've used this keyboard pretty heavily, with backlight enabled, as I said for almost a month and still haven't recharged it yet. So I can conclude that the battery life is just great, despite misleading battery level indicator.

Toshiba Bluetooth Stack? Never again!

AZiO BTD-V201 USB 2.0 Micro Bluetooth Adapter
AZiO BTD-V201 USB 2.0 Micro Bluetooth Adapter

Pros: It's cheap and range is pretty good. Seems like the hardware itself is pretty good. Decent sound quality in A2DP, but read the cons

Cons: I have Rocketfish headphones with extra control/remote buttons which I've used before with laptop and Widcomm bluetooth stack. Never had problems, but I never really tried any bluetooth stack other than Widcomm. This Azio adapter comes with Toshiba stack. I thought "what can be wrong with this, it's just another variant of the stack". Boy was I wrong. Toshiba stack is horrible!!! My headphones support A2DP, Headset, Handsfree, and Remote Control profiles. With this stack you have to create 2 different profiles: one for A2DP, one for Handfree|Headset. It gets worse: you cannot use 2 profiles seamlessly, i.e. if you're about to use Skype, you'll have to manually disconnect from A2DP profile and connect to HS/HF profile. What a pain! In Widcomm those profiles auto-switch when you're using Skype and works very seamlessly. Also for HS/HF profile there's another little icon runs in system tray which nags you with message that you need to restart Skype or it can't find it.

Overall Review: Continuation of Cons: The remote control profile of the headphones seems to be hard coded to work only with windows player. It does NOT pass the actual raw key presses anywhere. I've used EventGhost before to assing my headphone extra buttons to anything I wanted. With this toshiba stack you cannot do that. This could have been a great device that was completely ruined by the Toshiba bluetooth stack. People, if you're looking for something more than just transferring files from/to phone, look elsewhere and specifically look for the Widcomm bluetooth stack. I haven't tried BlueSoleil stack yet, but Toshiba is a complete waste.

The best option for 2011 socket nowadays

Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSO CPU Cooler

Pros: Does it's job pretty well. Apparently this is the best fan for now for 2011 socket if you don't want to resort to water cooling. This is a very quiet fan. Almost can't hear it. Keeps my 3930k at around 40-42C in a room at 28C (82F) ambient temperature, which is pretty nice.

Cons: It's very heavy, can warp/break motherboard during transporting, so you'd have to take it off when moving. This is, however, expected for this kind of large coolers that are suitable for SandyBridge E CPUs.

Overall Review: Can't wait for the cooler weather to see what my 3930k's temps will be when ambient temp drops below 20C

The best laptop you can get at this time!

ASUS Laptop G Series G51Vx-X3A Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 (2.53 GHz) 4 GB Memory 320 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
ASUS Laptop G Series G51Vx-X3A Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 (2.53 GHz) 4 GB Memory 320 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Pros: Full HD Monitor, nVidia gtx260 rocks, cooling system is awesome. Runs modern games at high settings. Some included ASUS utilities are useful and fun (like LifeFrame, Smart Logon, Power 4 Gear Hybrid and others). Backup/Restore is set up in an awesome way: you get the restore partition that you can burn to DVDs (4 of them) and a separate DVD that will install the windows from scratch. ExpressGate is a very useful feature when you're in a hurry.

Cons: Battery wear level showed 3% right away. How old are the batteries for this thing? Keyboard "pipe" key is recognized as <> characters in Linux. Overall the keyboard has pretty odd layout. I especially hate the merged Delete and Insert key. Still these are some minor issues. Nothing too serious to drop an egg.

Overall Review: CIR device steals the "tilde" key when you play games and you won't be able to bring up any game console. To solve this just disable the CIR device in the device manager. I wish Asus would send me a new battery with 0% wear level.