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Pros: + Feels fantastic in the hand
+ 16,000 DPI !!
+ CUE Control software is great
+ Solid 2 year Warranty
+ All the buttons
- Makes me sad I do not play any MMO's right now
Other Thoughts: Having owned just about everything from Corsair, from headsets and cases to water cooling and keyboards, I was excited to finally getting a chance to test one of their gaming mice. And not just any mouse, but the Scimitar Pro RGB.
After dislodging the mouse from it's plastic packaging prison, the first thing that strikes you is the quality look. The braided cable, textured buttons, side grip and mouse wheel all look the business. At first it looks maybe a tad large, but at first touch, you notice the excellent feel and weight in your hand. The side buttons are well placed (and offer slide adjustment) and everything offers fantastic feedback when pressed.
The CUE software is very easy to use and lets you set up profiles for assigning buttons, DPI, lighting, macros, etc. It is really a solid step above what I have been accustomed to from similar software offerings.
In terms of performance, the Scimitar is fantastic. Granted I am not as hard core of a gamer as I once was. Long gone are my days of marathon WoW and Battlefield sessions. But the accuracy is spot on and the abundance of buttons really offers so many options. Aside from games, I also tested it out at work to macro some of my repeatable work tasks and the side buttons offer a notable boost to productivity.
Overall I absolutely love this mouse. It feels just right, works great and is well made. If you do not need all the buttons, there are perhaps better options for you, but if you do or even think you might, you really cannot do better than the Scimitar Pro RGB.
This review is from: Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM006 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Pros: + Quiet
+ Decent performance for a drive with platters
+ Priced well
Cons: - 2 year warranty is weak
- Slow compared to SSD's
Other Thoughts: Having built dozens upon dozens of computers through the years, I have used all manner of hard drive manufacturers. Seagate hard drives have graced many of those and to date, I have had great success with them.
True, in the age of super fast SSD's, the good old mechanical drives with whirring, spinning platters are hardly very exciting, bit they are still great when extra capacity is needed and super fast speeds are not required.
This 2TB Seagate BarraCuda M006 is priced right in the mix at $69. The 64MB cache is great, sadly the 2 year warranty is not nearly as good. To get a 5 year warranty you will need to spend more on the Pro model which is of course more expensive. That being said, I have 3 cheaper Seagates spinning in my server right now 24/7 for over 5 years and all are working perfectly still.
Acoustic wise, this drive is very quiet. Spinning away far below the hum of my case fans. Performance is decent. Like most mechanical drives, it does well with larger files. I believe in real world testing and not synthetics. Testing 8GB mp4 averaged transfer speeds of 179MB/sec for read and 101MB/sec for write. This is a decent result. Transferring 10GB of MP3's was a hair slower with 157MB/sec average read, but strangely faster with writes at 142MB/sec average.
Overall I'd say that the Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM006 is a solid drive. It performs well, is quiet and is priced fairly. The only real downside is the slim 2 year warranty. I give it 4 eggs.
Pros: + Solid performance
+ Stable Connection
+ 3 antenna
Cons: - Takes up PCI-e slot
- Not tons faster than USB options
Other Thoughts: I currently have a TP-Link Archer C2600 router which has been a solid performer, so I was very interested to see how the TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 wireless adapter performed. My house is 3 stories tall, so getting a solid signal to all the rooms can sometimes be a challenge.
I tested the TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 on my HTPC which runs Windows 8.1, which is on the second floor and on my son's computer which is on the third and runs windows 10.
Installation was easy. Drivers installed without problems on both Windows 8.1 and 10.
My son's room is one of the toughest places in my home to get a solid connection. He was using a Rosewill RNX-AC1200UBE and we also tested with a Netgear A6200 USB adapter, which performs well but sometimes has fluctuations in network connectivity causing problems when he plays online shooters or MMO's. Transferring a 8GB mp4 the A6200 averaged 15.3MB/sec down and 14.4MB/sec up and the Rosewill averaged 17.2MB/sec down and 17.6MB/sec up. The TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 from this location averaged 19.2MB/sec down and 17.6MB/sec up. But most telling is that after a week using the TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750, there has been no noticeable issues with connectivity.
In my living room, I currently use a Linksys WUMC710. In this location, both the Linksys WUMC710 and the TP-LINK Archer T8E are very similar in terms of speeds. Both averaging about 22MB/sec down and 21MB/sec up using the same 8GB file as before.
Overall I would say that the TP-LINK Archer T8E is a solid product. It performed well in my testing, although not all that much better than my two USB wireless AC options. It was stable during my testing, which is an area that both my USB options do seem to stumble from time to time. At a current price of $58, it is priced fairly. If you have room inside your PC it is a good option, especially if you want a more reliable connection for gaming. But for normal media consumption, I would maybe opt for a cheaper USB option.