Date Joined: 01/16/05
Pros: - Low profile is great for cases that don't have a lot of headroom
- Keeps my CPU nice and cool. I am running an i7 5960X at stock speeds.
- RGB lighting is a nice touch. Not necessary, but adds a some fun to my rig.
Overall Review: This seems like a good cooling solution for the price (currently on sale). I'm not an hard-core overclocker or anything, so I'm not pushing my CPU past the factory settings. Does the job!
Pros: - Extremely thin and light form factor, very attractive design.
- Super-sharp full HD screen with excellent color, brightness, and contrast. The display is advertised at 100% SRGB, and I can tell you, it looks very nice (coming from someone who does game design, animation, and video editing for a living).
- The laptop turns on and shuts down very fast, usually within 3-5 seconds. This may seem like a silly thing to point out, but I appreciate not losing any time during powering up and down.
- The keyboard is responsive and comfortable to use. I also like the multiple levels of key backlighting.
- A few initial reviewers complained about the track pad. I've had no such issues, and find that it is nice to use. I also really like the fingerprint reader, which is embedded into the upper right corner of the trackpad. It is responsive and logs me into the machine quickly.
- The harman kardon speakers sound pretty darn good! I listened some some music and played a few PC games over them, and they had nice stereo separation and a clear sound. Not bad at all for such a small, compact laptop.
- I appreciate the inclusion of a full size HDMI connector! This makes connecting to external monitors, projectors, and other displays much easier (and cheaper) that having to use a USB-C to HDMI adapter, which many newer, smaller laptops require.
- Inclusion of a multi in/out 1/8" connector is much appreciated. I really like how there is only one connection, and when you plug in your device (headphones, headset, mic, etc), a windows pops up asking you what you plugged in. Pretty sweet! Audio over headphones sounds great.
- Bluetooth connection to my Bose Quiet Comfort 35 headphones was fast and easy. Audio sounded great.
- Web browsing, MS Office, Google docs, and other general tasks are very fast.
- Adobe software ran quite well for design and video editing tasks.
- The laptop runs very quiet and does not seem to get hot, even while gaming.
- I downloaded Steam and ran several games, and was impressed with the overall performance of the integrated Intel GPU. "Hollow Knight," "Inside," and "Broforce" all ran at maxed out settings, 1080p resolution without a hitch. I tested out "Bioshock" with full graphics settings on, and had to drop the resolution down a few notches to get a sooth frame rate.
- The included power supply and mouse are small and light, which make packing them into a small laptop carrying case convenient.
- I appreciated the inclusion of a fabric carrying case - nice touch!
Cons: - Wish there was room for one more USB 3.0 port, as well as a Ethernet adapter, but I understand these smaller machines do not have room for them typically.
- The power adapter connection on the left side seems a bit wiggly. Don't think this is a huge deal, but the one on my small Lenovo Thinkpad has a much more tightly fitting connection and doesn't move around as much.
Pros: - Fairly easy to install if you have any experience with liquid coolers. If this is your first cooler install, just take your time and follow the instructions carefully!
- Excellent cooling performance. This unit keeps my i7-5960K nice and cool during all sorts of content creation (Maya, Premiere, Unity) and gaming tasks.
- No-frills design. If you're not into the "bling" of multi-colored/fading RGB lights inside your case, then save a bunch of cash and pick up this cooler. The included light is subtle and not overwhelming. You're paying for performance, not style.
Cons: - None
Overall Review: - Great price/performance ratio!
Pros: - Moves a lot of air, keeps the interior of my PC nice and cool.
- Fan operates very quietly.
- The blue LED effects look really fun, as the semi-transparent fan blades illuminate as they spin.
- Build seems high-quality.
Pros: - High quality build. Costs a bit more than the cheaper plastic cases, but this thing is going to last.
- Size is just right. Not to small, not too huge, but just right! You can fit it on a desk, under one on the floor, possibly inside an entertainment center as an HTPC, etc.
- Plenty of room for full size components, such as larger GPUs, spinning HDDs, and liquid cooling systems.
- Front panel audio and USB ports are very handy.
- RGB lighting is fun, if you're into "the bling."
- Love the glass side window for keeping an eye on the parts inside (convenient to make sure the fans are still spinning on the GPU, CPU, dust isn't getting too thick inside).
- Excellent air flow with the included fans + another added in the rear.
- Excellent cable management.
Cons: - No slot for an optical drive.
Pros: - Tested on both my desktop and laptop's M.2 slots, works great on both.
- Super fast read and write speeds.
- Great for use as a primary boot SSD, or a media drive (Steam/Origin games library, 4K video editing storage drive, etc)
- Small form factor takes up virtually no room in a smaller media center PC build
Pros: - I like the simple, stylish white design. Doesn't look gaudy.
- The blue LED light on top is very bright, so it's easy to see when the drive is properly mounted and data is transferring.
- Data transfer rates at USB 3.0 speeds are good, and typical for the standard.
- I get between 95 MB/sec - 110 MB/sec when copying large single files (mp4) to the drive, and around 70 MB/sec - 75 MB/sec when copying lots of smaller files (mp3) to the drive.
- When copying files from the external drive to my PC's SSD, I got 700 MB/sec - 1 GB/sec transfer rates. Only took about 30 seconds to copy a 16GB mp4 file to my PC!
Cons: - A case would have been nice for storing the USB cable.
- No rubber feet on the bottom of the drive, so it slips around a bit when placing it on a desk.
Pros: - Priority #1, keeps my CPU nice and cool under serious gaming, rendering, and content creation loads. I am running an Intel i7 5960X.
- Install went pretty smooth, although I have experience installing liquid cooling units. If this is your first time, be patient and read the directions carefully.
- Lower profile size of the fan module is really nice, especially when space is at a premium inside your case.
- RGB lighting effects look really cool! I'm not really into this type of stuff, but if you want to bling out your rig and fill a darkened room with cool rainbow colors, this could be your cooler.
Cons: - None so far.
Pros: - Easy physical setup. Just unpack the printer and follow the brief instructional card. You'll need to open up the scanner bed and take out a few cardboard pieces, as well as remove a few pieces of clearly marked tape. Install the included color and B&W ink cartridges and you're good to go.
- Touch screen initial setup is very easy and intuitive. After turning on the printer for the first time, you are guided through a few simple steps on the color touch screen to get up and running. Connecting to my secure wireless network was very easy - just selected the network and typed in my password.
- Super easy setup on my Android phone and Windows 7 and 8 PCs. Download two HP print apps from the Google Play store, and you'll be able to print photos, emails, PDFs, and more from your phone. Very cool and convenient! Way better than my old Brother laser printer (hard wired to USB). On the PC, I didn't need to install any software. I just added the printer as a networked printer via the control panel and it installed just fine.
- Really easy for everyone in my house to use from a variety of devices.
- I can place the printer anywhere in the house, as long as the wireless signal is good and there is a plug nearby!
Cons: - None.
Pros: - Keeps my i7 5960X cool under normal and heavy loads
- RGB custom color effects are fun if you're into rig customization
- Installation was pretty straightforward, especially if you've installed these larger coolers before
- Reasonable price/performance ratio
Overall Review: - This is a large cooler, so make sure you read the product specs and check that it will fit your case.
Pros: - Keeps my i7 5960X nice and cool at stock voltages
- Whisper silent, barely know it's running
- LED lighting effects look cool and are easily tunable
- Installation is pretty straightforward if you've ever installed a liquid cooling system before
Pros: - Excellent packaging, in the box, all glossy surfaces covered with plastic protective wrap.
- Headset has a nice heft to it, feels like a quality product.
- Included USB cable has a nice, tough rubberized coating - feels like it should last a while.
- Sound quality overall is good. Music sounds a bit tinny, and needed adjustments to EQ using the software suite I downloaded from Corsair's website. Music sounds much more accurate in the normal "stereo" mode as opposed to the "Dolby" mode.
- Uncompressed blu-ray rip sounded good. Again, the lows, highs, and mids were pretty crisp and full.
- Game sound is also just fine. Nothing exceptional, but the overall frequency response is pretty solid.
- I really like how the mic activates and de-activates based on it's rotational positioning. When you tilt the mic up and out of the way, it deactivates, and when you rotate it down, it turns back on. Very handy!
- Mic quality sounds good, but nothing exceptional. Much, much better than the built-in mic on my laptop!
Cons: - Sound quality is fine, but not great. The 7.1 Dolby is mostly ineffective. It sounds like a wider stereo image, but definitely does not sound like anything resembling the true surround you would experience with physical speakers located in the rear/sides. Temper your expectations on this front.
- Disappointed immediately in the fit, as it is a bit too loose and wobbles around on my head. If you're sitting stiff, facing forward and upright, they are very comfortable and stay on just fine. Leaning over, or side to side, causes them to shift around and they can definitely fall off if you're not careful.
- Not necessarily a con, but the included USB dongle is large (almost 3 inches long). It would be nice if they could shrink down the tech to a smaller (more common) mini-sized USB adapter. It sticks far off the edge of my laptop, and I'm a little worried it might get bumped and snap off (or break the USB connection on the laptop)
- Battery lasts a long time, but also takes a long time to charge.
- For $100, a carrying bag/case would have been useful and appreciated.
Overall Review: - My gut feeling is that these are overpriced. $70 feels like a solid price point.
- In the current $100 - $120 range, I would suggest buying a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M40xs for vastly superior stereo sound.
Pros: - At 850 W output, this PSU has plenty of juice to power a high-end gaming/digital content creation workstation.
- Currently powering my custom built PC with an i7-5960X, GTX Titan, 64GB RAM, 4x 7200RPM HDDs, 1x primary SSD, and a few other PCI cards.
- Quiet enough that I don't notice it during normal usage.
- Pretty much fully modular (except the main power cable, which is required). Keeps the inside of my case nice and clean.
- Corsair has a good warranty which was recently extended to 5 years, I believe.
Cons: - None at the moment.
Overall Review: - I have been using Corsair PSUs for many years now, and have never had a problem. Highly recommended!
Pros: - Plenty of power for my PC rig, which has several SSDs, 7200 RPM drives, a GTX Titan, i7 5960X, and 64 GB RAM.
- Modular enough to keep the inside of my case organized and clutter-free.
- Quiet enough that I don't notice it under normal working circumstances.
Cons: - None so far
Overall Review: - Lots of bad reviews here...not sure if Corsair sent out a bad batch, or the earlier year revisions were problematic? I have the 2017 revision and it's been fine.
Pros: - Fully modular, so you can use only the power cables you need to connect to your PC's internal components. Keeps the inside of the case organized and attractive.
- Very quiet! I can barely hear the PSU running inside and outside my case. This silent operation works great with my liquid cooled CPU. This is very important, as I do lots of sound design and video editing work. No extraneous noises!
- 850W provides plenty of power for my content creation/gaming rig. I've got a primary SSD, 3 x 7200 RPM spinning drives, a GTX Titan, 64GB RAM, an i7 5960x, and a few other internal USB/eSata PCI cards. The PSU handles everything beautifully.
- White color looks sweet with my white case.
Cons: - Nothing so far!
Pros: - Simple design, no crazy bling or unnecessary additions to the board
- Plenty of USB 3.0 connections on the back for peripherals, including VR rigs
- Reliable so far with standard components: G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 2400 16GB, Ryzen 5 1600X, GTX Titan, primary SSD and secondary 2TB 7200 RPM drive
- Boots pretty fast and is very stable
- Audio quality in games and audio production apps sounds fine
Cons: - Nothing so far
Overall Review: - This is a fantastic board for the price for gaming, creative content production (Adobe, Autodesk, etc), especially if you're not into overclocking or pushing your hardware beyond the standard specs.
Pros: - Range is good in my 2 story house with finished basement. Signal is strong throughout the house, and stable.
- Transfer speeds via WIFI are on par with other N-class routers.
- 4 x gigabit Ethernet ports on rear are stable and fast.
- Nice to have a USB port to hook up my older laser printer to for wireless printing.
- Unit is small and cool.
Cons: - Nothing to note currently.
Overall Review: - There's nothing really exceptional or unique about this router. It does the job well for the average user.
Pros: - 2TB offers lots of storage space for 24/7 security camera recording. Current estimates are at ~30 days of non-stop recording on a 4-camera system (960p resolution).
- Very quiet drive. This is one of the quietest drives I've ever used - and I have built many computers over the past 20 years. I have the drive installed in my security camera wireless router box in my bedroom. The box is about three feet from the bed, and I can't hear it at all at night. I was worried about the bedroom placement but it worked out great.
- Drive speed seems fine for video recording.
- This drive would work well in many other use-cases (general data drive in a PC or Mac, or NAS), so it doesn't have to solely be used with security camera systems.
Overall Review: - Very happy with this drive! Hopefully it will last a long time in my home security camera setup.
Pros: - Build quality feels pretty good. It's made of plastic but feels pretty hefty.
- I like how some of the outlet placements are closer together (for smaller plugs) and some are farther apart (for bulkier AC adapters).
- The outlets themselves power devices well and work reliably.
- Cord is nice and long at 6 feet.
Cons: - As many other reviewers have pointed out, the two USB charging ports only supply 1A of power. As a result, they are basically useless. I couldn't charge my Fire phone, my iPad Mini 2, or my PS4 controllers using these ports. Major bummer.
- Not a huge deal, but the "Cyber Power" branding on the unit is a cheap black sticker attached crooked to the top of the unit.
Overall Review: - Seems like a good basic power supply if you can get it on sale.
Pros: - PSU was easy to install
- Semi-modular cable system helps keep the inside of the case nice and tidy. Only hook up the power cables that are required by your internal components.
- PSU is fairly quiet and has been stable in my system.
Cons: - None so far!
Pros: - Nice compact form-factor with retractable USB port.
- Good read speeds in the 120 - 150 MB/sec range via USB 3.0.
- Excellent price (currently $10).
Cons: - Slow write speeds. Transferring single large files (10-15 GB) and multiple smaller files resulted in 10 - 22 MB/sec write speeds. For everyday general usage, this is acceptable for the low price of this unit. If you are a "power" user or need to transfer files between machines in a hurry, I would suggest spending a bit more for a unit that has higher write speeds.
Pros: - Very simple to setup. Follow the basic printed directions to download the free iOS or Android app. Once downloaded, the app guides you through the wifi connection process. Worked on my first try!
- Works as advertised. The unit plugs into the wall and supplies power to a device (or power strip). You can remotely turn the device on via the mobile app at any time, from anywhere, assuming your wifi is on and functioning. You can also setup rules for the device. For example, you can tell the device to power on at a certain time (or times) of day. I use the device to turn on my old coffee pot at 7am each day of the week. You can plug a lamp into it, and set a rule to have it turn on at certain times of day for specific time intervals, or have it turn on at random times of day to make it seem like you are at home when you're not (via "Away Mode".) Tons of potential uses!
Cons: - None yet.
Pros: - Very small, sleek design.
- Includes AC adapter and cord.
Cons: - Setup was not smooth, as others have pointed out. I had to try about 10 times to get the camera hooked up to my Wifi at home. I was about 5 feet from the router, but was never able to get it to connect automatically by following the on-screen directions very carefully. I had to hold the camera in front of a QR code on my iPad to get it working, and that took 3 or 4 tries as well.
- Device gets pretty hot when in use.
- The main issue I am experiencing on both my android phone and apple ipad, is that the connection to the camera drops every 5-10 seconds. I have to reload the video (press the refresh button) each time to get the camera back online. This renders the camera useless for any kind of monitoring or recording. Some users suggested disabling the 5.0 gHz band on the router to fix the issue, but mine was already disabled. Not sure if there is an issue with my router (TP Link AC 1750) but the router is rock-solid with all other devices at home.
Pros: - 480 GB is perfect for my needs as a primary OS and applications drive. I have a lot of apps installed on my PC and this drive still has plenty of room to spare.
- Fast: Benchmarks in CrystalDisk are between 400-500 MB/sec, which is great for all around application loading and file transfer.
- Price: reasonable for the disk size.
- Small form factor: Not a huge deal if you are installing in a desktop PC, but could be useful if you are installing it in a slim laptop or Macbook Pro. Likewise if you want to install it in a thin exterior USB enclosure.
Pros: - Easy setup, just plug the unit in, and hook up your Ethernet cables to the front.
- Reliable gigabit performance.
- Nice easy to read LED lights in the front to gauge speeds of connected devices.
- Metal casement, not plastic, helps to keep unit cooler.
- 24 ports! Tons of connectivity for a home office or small business.
Overall Review: - My networking needs are fairly simple - I need to connect PCs, Macs, gaming consoles, and TVs to my switch without having to worry about advanced settings. This router does the trick for my needs.