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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Designare (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Motherboards - Intel
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Pros: The ambient LED lighting works great. It pairs perfectly with my Gigabyte G1 GTX 1080 and my i7-6700K. Have it colored green to match the case fans that I have in my system already. Overclocks very easily but the BIOS is a bit quirky in that it is not graphically intuitive like Asrock or MSI. Immediately recognized everything that I have connected to my system.

The true beauty of this board is that you can literally run just about any piece of hardware you can possibly want - it has connections for everything. There's USB Type C, connections for every type of hard drive or SSD you can possibly want to run. I have a Samsung 950 Pro connected to it and it runs like a dream. Not to mention more fan headers than any motherboard I've ever used. M2 drives run at their native speeds - which provides a huge boost for my Samsung 950 Pro compared to my previous Z97 motherboard.

There's a lot of subtleties in regards to overclocking that make it a bit of a challenge to overclock compared to previous motherboards I've owned but there isn't anything that it can't handle. Once you get the layout figured out, it does overclock very easily and I have my 6700K running very smoothly with no issues at 4.5GHz. Definitely the cleanest looking motherboard that I've used to date.

Cons: Mostly some minor stuff, nothing really major:
- Ran into some issues with my G.Skill Trident Z RAM and haven't been able to enable full XMP on the motherboard
- Driver disc included didn't work and you have to download the drivers off the Gigabyte
- Awkward SATA port layout means that with my M2 SSD that I had to do some configuring in order to get my second and third hard drives that I have connected to my system to work properly

Other Thoughts: The rest of my system:

- Phanteks Enthoo Pro
- EVGA Supernova G2 850W PSU
- Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Designare Motherboard
- Core i7-6700K @ 4.5GHz
- 32GB G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3200 MHz
- 256GB Samsung 950 Pro
- 1TB Western Digital 7200 RPM HD
- Plextor 940BA BD-R Drive
- NZXT Fan controller
- Gigabyte G1 GTX 1080
- Asus 28" 4K monitor

Might be the best PC I've ever built.

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ASUS ZenPad Z580CA-C1-BK Tablet Intel Atom Z3580 2.33 GHz 4 GB Memory 64 GB eMMC 8.0
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: There's a lot to like about this tablet but is this the iPad mini killer that everyone had hoped Asus would be producing? Well the answer is both yes and no. Right off the bat, the best thing about this tablet is the screen, which reaches iPad Mini resolutions without breaking a sweat. Plus the quad core Intel is lightning fast and even matches my Samsung Galaxy S6 in terms of the performance one can get in a mobile device. It recognized my Samsung 128GB memory card without any problems whatsoever. So on one device you can have a near unlimited amount of music plus your entire Google Play movie collection. The battery life is pretty decent as well. On a 12 hour flight from Los Angeles to London I was able to watch a couple of movies and play several rounds of Angry Birds Space while still having nearly 40% battery left when the plane touched down in London. The build quality is also truly exceptional. The construction of this device is very solid and has lots of little touches right down to the leather grip on the right hand side. Android 5.0 is hands down one of the best mobile operating systems around.

Cons: There's several cons that prevent this from being the iPad Mini killer that everyone was hoping that Asus was going to be producing. The first and most obvious is the near complete lack of accessories for this tablet. There's no Bluetooth keyboard which would prevent anyone who wants to use this for productivity to not be able to use the device for its' intended purpose. Also there's a really sensitive on / off switch that even by merely touching the screen turns on the device, so it's really easy to drain the battery really quickly. The lack of cases is also a noticeable minus. While the device is roughly the exact same shape and size as an iPad Mini, you can use 8" tablet cases, but it's an incredibly tight fit, and you won't get the lens of the front and back cameras aligned. The camera quality is also less than adequate, although this is not the device you want if you're buying it for photography purposes. And in 2015, with nearly all movies being shot in some sort of 235:1 or 16:9 aspect ratio, how is 4:3 still a thing? It's great for reading, but horrible for watching movies, being shot in any aspect ratio. And when typing in Firefox, the on screen keyboard is very sticky and not nearly as responsive as other Android devices that I have used.

Other Thoughts: The noticeable lack of accessories such as keyboards, stylus, and cases, is something that Asus should remedy immediately. Especially if they are going to compete with Apple. Everything else about this tablet is pretty solid except for the 4:3 aspect ratio. That's something that, if you're going to be using this tablet for watching movies, is something that you need to consider.

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SAMSUNG 250GB Portable USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs The external hard drive has shrunk 04/20/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 250GB Portable USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1

Pros: Not only is this thing tiny - it's about the size of a Zippo lighter, and holds 250GB. And this thing is blazing fast, more than just about any other external hard drive out there. Also has Samsung build quality, 3-D NAND, and reliability. Depending on the connection being used - USB 2.0 transfers data at approximately 32MB/S, and on full USB 3.0 can transfer data at approximately 55 MB/s, and can copy a 2GB iTunes file in just under a minute, where on a mechanical hard drive, you can expect that to take just about under 10 minutes. The added encryption is extra nice - with the size of the drive anyways, you don't want to take a risk on losing it, but in the off chance that you do, your data is secure.

Cons: The only downside is the included cable that is very short. Either have a built in USB connector or include a much longer cable. One time setup program doesn't allow you to easily change the password or give you the option of setting up one later on, should you change your mind and decide that you want to add a password and encryption later on.

Other Thoughts: Samsung is known for quality SSDs, and the external drives are no slouch compared to their internal counterparts. As someone who owns three of them (one 830 and two 840 Evos) it's easy to get excited over an item like this where you can have that speed and quality just about anywhere. I have also owned lots of external hard drives of various shapes and sizes, but nothing compares to the pocket size of this Samsung drive. The only downside is the cord and the software, but those are just minor inconveniences.

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