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Pros: This drive is solid, large, and quiet! Getting a mechanical drive, I was kinda wondering if I’d always hear that clicking in the background again, but it’s actually the quietest drive I’ve had!
Other than that, I’m not really sure what else I can say about it. It performs as advertised, but it doesn’t really load my OS or games much faster. The SSD component seems to function similar to cache - useless of loading gigs of fresh data, but it’s phenomenal when it’s asked to read data it’s already read recently (often the case when loading textures or other small chunks a game didn’t need). Ironically, the biggest difference I notice is the difference between when I open a game the first time (normal loading times), and close it, then open it a 2nd time (impressively quick!). So, loading screen times will only be reduced if you’ve already been there recently. Otherwise, at least in my experience, it performs just like any other mechanical drive.
Cons: I can’t really think of any, to be honest. It’s a great drive! Probably the best solution if you got a mobile rig or only enough space (or patience) for 1 drive.
Other Thoughts: I think I prefer having a pure SSD for my OS and games still, and a large mechanical drive for storage. That way I have more control over what’s fast and ready to launch the first time. But, that’s probably just personal preference. If you don’t like making that divide, then this is the drive for you! Throw it all on C:\ like you just don’t care, because now you don’t need to!
I'll give it 5 of 5 eggs, because it did meet all my expectations in the market it's advertising for! Well done, Seagate!
This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1D)
Pros: This will probably the be go-to USB stick when I open the drawer of my desk, rather than reaching for my prize jewel in my pocket or lanyard. It’s cheap, and does its job well. I find that 64GB is more than enough these days, but obviously that’ll become “small” in just a few more years. For now, I’m happy with my 63,335,268,353 bytes of factory-formatted FAT32 data.
It has a good feel to it. The sliding mechanism feels solid, and I don’t think it’ll wear down. Personal opinion I guess. I wasn't able to break anything just using my hands and fingers, but I'm writing a review on a USB stick - I'm obviously a nerd!
You can also feel the orientation of the stick, so if you know which way it fits into the USB receptacle, you can quickly plug it in again without having to flip it over and over and over until you finally get it to seat! Though, for my laptop, it seems to be up-side-down.
Says it's USB 3.0 on it. If time is of the essence, and I'm digging through my desk drawer, I know this guy will at least do better than the other dozen USB 2.0 guys I got in there!
Coworkers who don't see the sliding mechanism pull on the shiny bit thinking it's the cap. Tell them to pull harder for a good 10 seconds of amusement and/or a broken fingernail.
Cons: Size is about 1mm too thick for me to use the adjacent USB port on my laptop while using this. Gotta unplug my mouse to plug this wide load in! Just be aware of your USB port spacing - this is a little wider than I’m used to. Probably wont fit inside toughbooks, as I know those have narrow USB covers. This is what costed it an egg.
736KB of my data was taken with a registration html document (which works offline). Not a big deal - guess it’s too much to expect a completely empty usb stick from any factory!
Sliding mechanism not immune to dust or pocket lint - protection you may get from standard “capped” sticks.
Rattles when you shake it. But maybe that's a pro? I like rattles.
Has a lanyard hole, but no lanyard included.
Other Thoughts: Get em while they're cheap!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Out of the box, I was really impressed with the build quality of the keyboard. They obviously put a lot of work into the design and structure of it, and take the “mechnical keyboard” aspect of it seriously. I would be very surprised if I ever found any keys sticking or not registering, and the tactile response is great. I haven’t really tried it, but I’m sure if I just got pwned and went into a full-throttle ragefest, this keyboard would survive but the wall I threw it against wouldn’t. Though those little flip-out risers on the bottom are still plastic, and those are the things I find break the most on my keyboards (speaking of which, there’s 4 - two in back for angling, two in the front for raising the whole thing).
If you’re really, really getting into your game, slipping due to sweat doesn’t seem to be much of an issue, even on the wrist rest. In fact, it ships with a few different keys that you can swap out for even better grip (F, D, E, R, Q, W, S, D, W, A - no idea why W and D are included twice). There are the standard tactile notches on F and J for positioning your hands for typing (did you even know those were there?), but they are not there on the replacement extra-grip keys. I would have preferred the extra D grip-key to be a J just for that reason, but oh well.
They layout is very simple and to the point - exactly what I like to see in a keyboard. There’s minimal media buttons, and none of those odd shortcuts for email or calculator that I never used (though that’s easy enough to program in the software - more on that later). Even the volume wheel has a nice feel to it. The vast majority of the keys can be physically swapped with ease, meaning you can make it a DVORAK (or any other) layout within minutes if you wanted.
Once I got it plugged in and working (see one of the con notes), I started paying even closer attention as I didn’t think the software would be up to my standards. But, I was actually pleasantly surprised! Downright everything I can think of for keyboard software or lighting control, they thought of too and implemented! Even the macro recording and playback seems to be on point. Everything can be remapped and configured, and you can jump to other keyboard profiles on the fly - switching between gaming and typing is no problem! As for the lights, after playing around in the simple basic mode, you can figure out ways to fine-tune it to do exactly what you want in the advanced mode. In fact, I started timing the lights on my keys to the cooldown timers in WoW - and I /almost/ faulted the keyboard for not doing decimals in the timer (whole seconds only)! But then I downloaded the beta version of the software, and lo-and-behold, they thought of that too! It’ll take a good hour or more to set up all the lights to every cooldown, or even have the entire keyboard flash when I’m late on a buff, but it seems 100% do-able. Maybe you can save time by downloading and importing other profiles - a nice extra!
So, the lights and software aren’t just the pretty gimmicks I was expecting - they can actually have a fair amount of function to them too! I am impressed!
Next to the polling frequency switches on the back (a bit of an overkill feature if you ask me), there’s a handy useful USB port. I always liked having a place to plug in my headphones that’s more out of the way, and that seems to be in a great spot. It’s direct passthrough, not a USB hub, so you’ll find two USB connectors on the end of the cord (which, BTW, is high quality and mesh-protected, as well as lengthy 79 inches). Even though the keyboard says it’s supposed to be connected to a USB 3 port, I seem to be getting by just fine with USB 2, even on the 1ms pool rate.
Brightness setting is nice for those darker gaming sessions too! Bravo for thinking of including that.
Cons: -Noisey! I can certainly hear it through my circumaural headphones (and my wife across the house can too). But, that’s what you get with a mechanical keyboard, so I’m not going to knock it for that. If you don’t want to keep the rest of the family awake during your late-hour raids, don’t get a mechanical keyboard. (***As another reviewer pointed out, you can get some o-rings to fit under the key stems to soften the noise. Thanks, elliot l.***)
-Software takes a little while to get an understanding of, but if you’re investing this much into a keyboard you’ll have no problem playing with the features for the rest of the day! There’s a few tutorials out there to help too.
-Only beta version has decimals on timer functions. But, betas tend to become full releases, and they definitely fixed it, so really this is kinda a pro given the fact that they’re still improving the software.
-Did not work on Windows at all until I downloaded drivers (even in BIOS mode - which did work in BIOS). Probably my own fault somewhere, so I’m not going to knock it (just letting you know you may want to download drivers beforehand). It lit up, but no keys were responsive.
-Not dishwasher safe (they keys themselves probably are, but I wouldn’t try disassembling the base or removing the faceplate - keep the cheetos away, or stock up on Q-tips!). Obviously, as with any keyboard, don’t just throw the whole thing in there!
Other Thoughts: It’s not ergonomic style. I had to make some changes in my earlier days because the standard style keyboards and mice were giving me wrist trouble. Seems to only affect some people, but I for one had to switch to the curved keyboard and a stylus tablet mouse. Due to this, and the noise, I can’t use this keyboard as my primary keyboard. Besides, I spend more time programming and typing than I do gaming, so it doesn’t make sense for me to use a gaming keyboard that often. But, when I do, it’s just resting in the slide-out keyboard tray below my primary keyboard, ready for action (yeah, I got 2 keyboards plugged into 1 PC now).READ FULL REVIEW