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robert n.

robert n.

Joined on 11/24/13

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Most Favorable Review

Nice Keyboard

Rosewill Apollo - RK-9100xB - Mechanical Keyboard with Blue Backlight
Rosewill Apollo - RK-9100xB - Mechanical Keyboard with Blue Backlight

Pros: Nice tactile touch, loving the cherry MX blue switches. The blue backlight looks really nice, as it matches my mouse. I would recommend.

Cons: I have yet to find a con. Oh wait. UPS took until 6:30pm to deliver it overnight (chuckles)

Overall Review: If you are a typist, this is a great keyboard.

Most Critical Review

Avoid.

Mad Catz R.A.T.7 Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac
Mad Catz R.A.T.7 Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac

Pros: Amazing design that can literally be made to perfectly fit any hand. Not too many buttons for reasonable use like some of the other mad catz designs.

Cons: Absolutely the cheapest crappiest manufacturing I have ever seen on such an expensive version of a device. You would expect these mice to be tough, considering what they cost. I did not get mine at new egg, and thats good for them, because Im on my third mouse with 100% failure rate in two months. The first two merely stopped being recognized by the computer. On the third mouse, I have lost ability to adjust sensitivity. They really are, in practice, very poorly constructed. Dont waste your money, I regret the money I spent on this mouse.

Overall Review: If you absolutely must find out for yourself how awful this product is, please buy it from somewhere you can drive to locally to return it, because trust me- you will be going back again, and again, and again. Dont make new egg pay to ship you ten replacements of this abomination.

In a word... fast.

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PD256BW
SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PD256BW

Pros: I bought a pair of these for an Asus G750JW laptop upgraded to 32GB RAM. Here are my exact specs and CrystalDiskMark numbers: OS: Windows 8.1 x64 CPU: I7-4700HQ @ 2.4 GHz (Haswell) Ram: 32GB/ 1600MGHz/ 1.35v/ CL 9-9-9-28 Chipset: HM87 Video: nVidia 765m VRAM: 2GB DDR5 I have pulled the original ODD and replaced it with a HDD caddy with a 2tb spinpoint m9t (purchased here, and removed from a Seagate external drive). In both HDD bays are Samsung 840 pro 256GB SSDs striping a 400GB system partition only. After window, software, and video games, this RAID 0 array is 75% full. The array is connected to an intel storage controller. Here are the scores in CrystalDiskMark: (numbers are presented as read/write) 5x1000mb averaged C:/ (75%, 299GB/400GB): Seq: 1101 MB/s / 878.1 MB/s 512k: 715 MB/s / 827.9 MB/s 4k: 26.79 MB/s / 72.42 MB/s 4k QD32: 550.7 MB/s / 542.4 MB/s All numbers are in megabytes per second; all accesses are random unless indicated sequential (seq). As RAID 0 striping almost precisely doubles performance- very little overhead, no parity calculations- you can expect hard numbers approximately half of mine in a comparable laptop. For comparison purposes, and to put the above numbers into context, I also benched the spinpoint m9t- hardly a fair fight since it's a spinning disk drive: Seq: 107.4 MB/s / 105.5 MB/s 512k: 29.18 MB/s / 47.99 MB/s 4k: 0.320 MB/s / 0.868 MB/s 4k QD32: 0.729 MB/s / 0.855 MB/s A spinpoint m9t is one of the faster consumer grade laptop drives on the market, and represents top end performance in that market segment, therefore, a single 256GB drive in my system posts performance numbers on the order of: 550% increase in sequential read speed 450% increase in sequential write speed 350% increase in random 512k block read speed 800% increase in ramdom 512k block write speed 3650% increase in random 4k block read speed 3800% increase in random 4k block write speed 30000% increase in random 4k block reads with a queue depth of 32, 28000% increase in random 4k block writes with a queue depth of 32. These percentages are approximate, math in my head sort of numbers, but are pretty close. In a typical windows box, 90% of accesses are small (4k-8k) block writes... leading me to a single conclusion: If you are upgrading from a spinning disk type hard disk drive, then dropping in one of these will make your machine feel like a whole new computer- a much more expensive one at that. I would *highly* recommend this as the upgrade you will feel the most, for the money. *please note* A spinning disk speaks ATA, and a solid state drive like this one speaks AHCI- and the two are not all that compatible. This means that merely copying windows from a spinning disk type hard drive to a solid state type hard drive like this WILL NOT WORK. You MUST do a clean windows installation.

Cons: So far, none. This drive has a good rep for living a long time, and also for continuing to perform well even when you fill it. Should anything come up, I will amend this review, but so far? Best hard drive I have ever worked with, and since I am a repair tech for a living, that's saying something.

Overall Review: Not shock sensitive like spinning disk drives are- not that I am advocating drop kicking your laptop, but if you have an LED screen and no spinning disk, a drop from a table while the laptop is on is no biggie, so long as it doesnt crack the screen glass. SSDs are very durable, compared to their mechanical brethren.

Did not survive a week

Apotop AP-U6 USB 3.0 Flash Drive 32GB Macbook - Silver
Apotop AP-U6 USB 3.0 Flash Drive 32GB Macbook - Silver

Pros: Fast, fast write. So fast it cooked itself to death.

Cons: It goes too fast for the heat it's package can dissipate. Best avoided, mine did not survive a whole week.

2nd Review

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive - STDR2000102 (Blue)
Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive - STDR2000102 (Blue)

Pros: Well, the drive arrived today. I opened the case, and low and behold, there was a samsung spinpoint m9t with 2000GB of storage on it, in a standard 9.5mm chassis, and with a standard SATA plug. I am happily copying 1.2 terrabytes of movies to the drive as I type this. The case, while easily opened, is impossible to open without at least a small amount of scoring and damage- and I ended up bending the blue aluminum piece enough to destroy the utility of the case when opening it. It's reasonably fast for a drive of this capacity at this price point- Im averaging about 60-70MB/s in the drive to drive transfer from a 1tb WDC drive. I would like to repeat myself on one point... THIS DRIVE, WHILE 2TB IN SIZE, WILL NOT CORRECTLY SNYCH WITH A PLAYSTATION 4. There are a couple of jerry-rigging tricks you can use to make it boot successfully most of the time, but an HGST K1500 will get you 75% of the drivespace, and require non of the tricks to use, it will just work. If upgrading your brand new current gen gaming console is your goal, then the HGST drive is a MUCH better choice. Just saying...

Cons: I have a couple of concerns over longevity. Obviously, since this is day one, we know nothing of that, yet... but I have my concerns, and those concerns are based on the business plan behind this drive. Why no bare drive available? Well, one possible reason to NOT market this device that way would be a high failure rate- because by opening the enclosure, I've voided my warranty, so if it dies tomorrow morning, I have no recourse. If it dies prematurely, I will post a followup review reflecting that fact, but it is worth noting that the failure rates on ALL hard disk drives go up orders of magnitude when you breach 1tb... no idea why, but ask anyone that works in a datacenter with a lot of nearline storage, and they will tell you the same.

Overall Review: Im now running 4tb of platters, and a pair of 120gb SSDs... all internally installed into a single laptop. Awesome....

Before you Buy....

WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5" 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD Kit WD1001X06XDTL
WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5" 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD Kit WD1001X06XDTL

Pros: Fast. Fairly simple installation, with some issues (see below). Not especially fast as an SSD or spinner, it wont win an award in either- but it is both, and in a 9.5mm package... that has value.

Cons: The partitioning software is total junk. I bought a pair of these to put in the same laptop- understanding there wasnt going to be RAID- and the partitioning tool (what others here are calling a driver) that unlocks the 1tb spinner portion for use only noticed one of the drives. Even support at WDC failed to realize it was a failure of the tool, not the drive- and so just before I dropped in the box for RMA, I tried to partition the drive we all thought was broken by itself while not in a computer booted to the other drive- and it worked fine. I can understand no RAID, but it also wont span or pool under windows, which is a bit cheesy, IMHO. If it worked for storage space pools under windows 8, I'd give back a star. If the partitioning tool didnt make me work for 24 hours to have two functioning drives, they'd get back another.

Overall Review: New Egg was wonderful when we thought I had a bad drive.