Date Joined: 05/09/07
Pros: I was impressed with how fast the computer loads at startup and how fast it works overall. It is lightweight, with the aluminum housing, it seems to disperse heat very quickly when you load the system while gaming or stress testing. It is overall the same measurements as my Dell Inspiron 13" laptop, and this laptop is substantially lighter and thinner, although it has a 14" screen. There is only about a 3/16" border around the screen. The touchpad is something that takes a little getting used to...it is also a touchscreen. You can drag shortcuts to your most used programs there so you don't have to minimize what you're doing to access them. It can also be turned off with a touch so it becomes a regular touchpad. The lighted keyboard is very handy when using the laptop while in a dark area.
It is definitely not a gaming laptop, but is capable of some mid-range gaming. It will run pretty much anything else very efficiently...video editing, movies, and web browsing is lightning fast. I believe unless you load something graphic intensive, it uses the Intel Graphics, but when it detects better graphics are required, it switches over to the dedicated graphics card, the nVidia MX250. The M.2 512GB PCIe SSD is extremely fast, much faster than SATA SSD drives and is also upgradeable if you need more space.
The battery lasts about 6-7 hours with light use (web browsing, etc.) and the screen brightness at half brightness. Overall, it is a really great laptop as far as power in a compact package...not to mention it has a very sleek, modern appearance. I've had it for several months and have had zero issues with performance or any malfunctions.
Cons: The only con I can think of, is it doesn't have a touchscreen. The other small laptop I have has a touchscreen, so I guess I'm just used to that and keep reaching for the screen, especially while web browsing. So that's probably more of a "me" issue than the laptop's issue.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this laptop for schoolwork or business because of it's portability and power to do pretty much anything you need to do!
Pros: It is not silent, but is quieter than the previous liquid-cooled system I was using. Using CPUID HWMonitor, at idle, it keeps my Intel i7-3770 around 30*C. Under load, it never got above 51*C, which is pretty good. I'm happy with it since the 3770 series usually runs pretty hot, 51*C is very respectable. The Corsair emblem glowing on the water pump looks pretty cool without being too bright or gaudy, it actually looks good. It was easy to install, so this cooler is a win-win.
Cons: I have no complaints whatsoever, it's an excellent setup!
Overall Review: For the price, you definitely can't go wrong with this purchase.
Pros: The casing and grills are sturdy and appear well constructed. The modular cables look good and have plenty of length, which I needed because I have a full size case. It runs quietly...the fan only runs when necessary, and the huge heat sink dissipates heat without the fan running if it's under light load. The voltages never fluctuate more the .1 or .2 volts when I monitored them. I've been using it for about 4 months and have had absolutely no issues at all.
Overall Review: I've put Corsair PSUs in many computers for people and I have never had anyone tell me their's has gone bad. This one appears solid just like the others I've installed.
Pros: Easy setup...install it and turn on the computer. After formatting, I ran AS SSD Benchmark to check Read/Write speeds:
Sequential Read: 1230 MB/s
Sequential Write: 442 MB/s
The read speeds are WAY faster than a SATA III SSD is capable if running. It did not get even moderately warm in my Dell Alienware laptop with Intel Core i7, 16gb DDR4 memory, and an OCZ/Toshiba 960gb SSD. I transferred a 21gb folder from the OCZ SSD to the Corsair M.2 and got peak transfer rate of 420 MB/sec, the lowest rate was 380 MB/sec. All in all, it seems to be a very stable, fast drive.
Cons: It's odd that the Read speeds are so much faster than the write speeds. My SATA III drive writes at 520 MB/sec compared to this one running at 442 MB/sec.
Overall Review: This would be a great drive to install games that you need good response times...the read speed is outstanding, especially for a lower end version. Corsair always makes quality computer components.
Pros: This drive compares very closely to my Corsair Force LS drive in read and write performance. I used both AS SSD Benchmark and the Toshiba/OCZ Utility Software to test Read/Write speeds and they were extremely close. Both showed Sequential Read around 530MB/sec and Sequential Write around 470MB/sec. I also tested it with CrystalDiskMark5, but it always shows faster speeds on every drive I test than any other software...it shows 564MB/sec Read and 508MB/sec Write.
I transferred a 5.4GB video file from my Corsair to the Toshiba and it topped out at 440MB/sec and seemed to dip to under 200MB/sec about 2/3 of the way through the transfer. Transferring the same file from the Toshiba to the Corsair topped out at 420, but only dropped to 340MB/sec at it's lowest rate.
Overall, the drive seems fast and responsive with no issues I could find with very good software to maintain the drive.
Cons: I could find no problems with the drive, it works great. Easy to set up and get running!
Overall Review: I have used several OCZ SSD drives and installed them in many computers for friends and customers...this one seems to continue the tradition of a solid SSD.
Pros: I installed this drive in a mid-level computer as the Windows system drive C: along with a 500GB WD Blue standard hard drive as the user drive D: as a cheaper alternative than my friend having to get a new computer. The boot time is what most people appreciate most. A computer that takes a few minutes to boot completely, will boot with this drive in 30 seconds or so after the BIOS hands it off to Windows.
This drive is nearly as fast as my Samsung Pro SSD and my Corsair Force LS SSD. I used Crystal Disk Mark 5.2.2 and got these results:
Read [MB/s] Seq Write [MB/s]
Seq: 563.3 529.9
4K: 263.6 211.3
Seq: 531.7 504.7
4K: 34.5 74.9
OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 14393] (x64)
These scores are actually higher than what is claimed by Western Digital. I also tested it with ATTO Disk Benchmark and got almost identical numbers. I did an actual transfer of a 6.38GB video file and it averaged 323MB/sec from a Corsiar Force LS to this drive with both drives on an Intel SATA3 controller.
I'm very impressed and my friend REALLY likes it! I've installed these drives in the past couple of years in different systems and different sizes and they are all still running perfectly.
Cons: I have found no issues with this drive...it runs fast, cool, and without errors.
Overall Review: I highly recommend these drives in whatever size you need, they have not failed on me yet and are extremely fast!
Pros: Easy setup, took less than 5 minutes to get it up and running. My house isn't that big 1800 sq. ft. so it has great signal in every room. Wired download speed and wifi speeds are very close, but are limited to 100MB/sec. when hard wired or wireless.
Cons: I have 150MB/sec cable internet and I usually get about 174MB/sec download speeds with my Linksys WRT3200ACM router. With this router, I could not top 89MB/sec wired and 46MB/sec wifi. I adjusted all settings and that was the best I could get using my i7 desktop with gigabit network adapter wired and an i5 laptop wireless...both with AC capabilities. But...for $20, that's not too bad if you're on a budget.
Overall Review: If you need a cheap router and can't afford a $250 one, this will work great for streaming video, but only one device at a time. Multiple devices cause it to slow everything down.
Pros: This adapter works great, connects to my router via 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz with absolutely no issues. Download speeds are the same as when hard wired to the router. Transfer rates between computers on my network average around 11.6MB/s or 93Mb/s transferring a 2GB video file. It has not dropped connection even once in over a month and has full strength connection on the opposite end of my house from my router. Comes with a USB extension cord to keep it away from the heat from the exhaust fans on the computer.
Cons: The Windows 10 drivers are still in beta (since mid 2015...over a year). The supposed Windows 10 driver from the international website downloads, but will not extract, so it is corrupt. I have notified TP-Link about this and hopefully they will fix that issue.
Overall Review: Some have complained that it doesn't come with a stand for the dongle, but to me, it has an adjustable antenna which can be pointed upward with the dongle lying on the desktop and the antenna pointed up, so what's the big deal?
Pros: I've used many different brands and models of routers and this one has been the most dependable of them all. I have had trouble with my Sony smart tv dropping wireless signal, but with this router, I have not dropped signal at all in over a month. Using speedtest.net I am getting the same speeds wirelessly as I am hard-wired...averaging around 63Mb/s on both. Transferring a 2GB video between a hardwired computer and a wireless computer using an Archer T2UH adapter connected at 5ghz, I'm getting about 11.6MB/s or 93Mb/s average transfer rate. None of my devices have any issue connecting and staying connected to this router, even my printer. I connected a 3.0 flash drive to the USB, and the transfer rates are equal to what I was getting between computers on the network. The range is also excellent...with my previous router, I would only get 2 bars signal in my workshop in my backyard, but with the Linksys, I'm getting a full 5 bars! The browser-based interface is very easy to use, also. I'm very satisfied with this router.
Cons: None I can come up with.
Pros: Installed and formatted with no problems. Formats at 9.09TB...will hold massive amounts of data...even a ton of Blu-ray movies. Used CrystalDiskMark to benchmark and got very good transfer rates:
Sequential Read: 245.6MB/s
Sequential Write: 232.6MB/s
I also did a real time data transfer from my Corsair Force SSD drive and actually got faster rates than the benchmark:
Very quiet drive with great response. I haven't used Seagate drives for a while, but if this drive stays reliable, that will change. I'm really impressed with the speed. I have another mechanical drive that is also SATA 6, and this one is over 100MB/s faster!
Cons: So far, I have no complaints at all about this drive.
Overall Review: This drive has a transfer rate just under half of some very fast SSD drives I have...for a mechanical drive, it's freakin' fast!
Pros: This wireless adapter is tiny, about the size of a wireless mouse USB adapter. I got it to use on my wife's work-provided, older laptop that the internal wireless card died on and still has Windows XP on it...it works great. You can also just leave it connected without worrying about breaking it. I also tested it with Windows 10 on my HTPC and had no issues. It streams movies through my network with absolutely no lag and it has not dropped signal since we've been using it for 3 weeks now.
As far as transferring files through my network, I can only get around 9-11Mb/s from one computer to another, but running speedtest.net it gets 63Mb/s download and 12Mb/s upload. Both are higher than what my provider guarantees. That is the same speed as my main computer which is hard wired.
Make sure your router supports 5Ghz, it won't work with 2.4Ghz!
Cons: The only negative is that it's range isn't very extensive, but it's to be expected with an adapter this small. As long as you are within 30 feet or so, it gets full signal.
Overall Review: Excellent choice for a laptop since you can just throw it in a vacant USB slot and leave it...that way you don't misplace it due to it's small size.
Pros: I used AS SSD Benchmark to test this drive and got 528MB/s Read and 434MB/s Write. That is very close to the max performance claimed by OCZ of 550MB/s read and 450MB/s write. I transferred a 4.2GB video file from my Corsair Force SSD to this drive at actual 510MB/s! That is excellent actual transfer rate! Although a small SSD, the performance/$$ value is excellent!
Cons: None that I can come up with so far.
Overall Review: Not a very large drive, but if you use it as your OS and set up another drive to handle programs and files, it is very fast!
Pros: First, it is a very nice-looking drive and feels solid and well-made. It comes with a 3.5" to 2.5" bay adapter so you don't have to purchase one separately. I tested the drive with AS SSD Benchmark and found the sequential read/write to be respectably close to the Max ratings in the manufacturer description (560 read/530 write). In fact, it scored almost identically to my more expensive Samsung 850 Pro!
Sequential Read: 526MB/sec
Sequential Write: 496MB/sec
I also transferred a 15GB video file back and forth between the Samsung and the HyperX:
From the Samsung to the HyperX was 518MB/sec and from the HyperX to the Samsung was 511MB/sec, which is really good for real life file transfer results.
Overall this drive is a great deal for the price, and Kingston products are almost always solid and dependable.
Cons: I can't find anything negative to say about this drive; it runs cool, looks good, and is very fast...what else do you want? Only bad thing isn't anything to do with the drive, but there appears to be no kind of dashboard or program of some sort to check for updates are mod the drive.
Overall Review: Great drive for the price!
Pros: This drive was installed, detected, and easily formatted in a matter of minutes on my system as a second SSD to my Samsung 850 PRO. At 960GB, this would be a great SSD to put in a laptop! I used AS SSD Benchmarking tool to test this drive, and Corsair's claimed speeds are very close to actual speeds...remember, their speeds are MAX, not average!
Corsair claimed MAX speeds:
Max Sequential Read: Up to 560 MB/s
Max Sequential Write: Up to 540 MB/s
My tested AVERAGE speeds using 10GB file:
Sequential Read: 524 MB/s
Sequential Write: 502 MB/s
These speeds are almost identical to my Samsung 850 Pro which is one of the highest rated SSDs on the market! I did a 6GB video file transfer from the Samsung to the Corsair and averaged about 420 MB/s...not shabby for real world application. To give you an idea of an HDD compared to an SSD, I also tested a WD Black Edition SATA 3 mechanical drive with the benchmarking tool and the transfer rate is laughable in comparison:
Sequential Read: 77 MB/s
Sequential Write: 73 MB/s
This drive also has very good software that you download from Corsair for setting it up and maintenance.
Cons: So far, I can find nothing to complain about with this drive. It is extremely fast and with a 3 year warranty, it sounds as if Corsair has tested this drive extensively for dependability.
Overall Review: I believe this drive would be a fantastic upgrade for a laptop because of it's size and speed...you can get away with a smaller, cheaper SSD for a desktop because you can add a mechanical drive to handle the storage of programs and files. This is big enough to not have to worry about space.
Pros: Easy setup, extended the range of the Netgear N router by double. 5 bar signal on my laptop from about 300 ft away from the router. Areas of the house that had 1 bar to no signal at all now have full 5 bars. Download speeds were the same as when connected directly to the router, so it's very efficient with no apparent loss in speed.
Cons: Can't figure out why, but the wireless computers connected to the extender randomly pop up no internet connection warnings. The computer shows full connection to the extender, but does not connect to the internet. I unplug and reset the extender and then it works fine. It has done this 4 times in about a month...kind of annoying to stop what you were doing and have to reset, therefore the 3 egg rating.
Overall Review: Hopefully I'll figure out the issue because when it is functioning properly, it works great!
Pros: Purchased a new tower to fit the cooler and fans on the interior. This works perfectly with an Antec Eleven Hundred V2 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case. I removed the 2 top-mounted 120mm fans and this mounts right in their place. I replaced a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO which kept my i7 3770 at about 36*C. This cooler idles at about 30* in the same environment. Under load with stress test at 100% cpu usage for 10 minutes straight, the processor never got above 48*C. By the way, my i7 is oc'd slightly to 4.1Ghz, so I think this is pretty good under very heavy load! The fans are very quiet, and the red glow fading in and out on the pump makes it look more high tech than just a pump. Overall I think it is a great value and works well.
Cons: So far, I have no complaints.
Overall Review: This is my first liquid-cooled setup and it makes your motherboard look so much cleaner and simpler when all that is on the cpu is the glowing pump.
Pros: First off, it has a nice design that blends into your desk without sticking out like a sore thumb. It is extremely quiet even while transferring files. My older Freeagent drive is noticeably louder because it clicks and then spools up...this one makes no noise at all that I can hear. As far as speed, writing a large video file to the drive using USB 3.0 port bounces between 190MB/sec and 210MB/sec. Transferring the same file back to my SATA 6.0Gb/sec internal drive it bounces between 300MB/sec and 350MB/sec. If this drive holds up, it is way faster than any other external mechanical drive I have owned.
Cons: The only con I can come up with is the USB 3.0 cord is only 3 feet long...your computer better be directly under where you place this on your desk, or it won't reach!
Overall Review: Seems to be a very solid, fast-performing drive.
Pros: The hub is very sleek and low-profile and has worked flawlessly with no crashes or issues for almost a month. I tested it with a 3.0 thumb drive and got transfer rates up to 72 Mbps compared to a 2.0 thumb drive at 28 Mbps. That's a very substantial difference and was the same as when I plugged the thumb drive directly into a 3.0 plug on my motherboard, so no loss in speed through the hub. The power switch allows it to be turned off to conserve energy if desired. So far, performance is excellent with absolutely no problems.
Cons: The only cons are mostly preference issues...the USB 3.0 cable included is only 3 ft. long, so I had to purchase a longer one to reach where I wanted to place it on my desk, the power plug/converter is huge and takes up a lot of space on your power strip. One other suggestion I would make is to put some connectors on the front and back side...some things are permanently plugged in and don't need to be seen in the front of the hub.
Overall Review: Besides the preference issues, the hub has been stable and works great!
Pros: This monitor has a fantastic picture at the max resolution of 2560x1440. Text is crisp and clear and high resolution pictures are just awesome. Blu-ray video seems to jump off the screen it is so realistic. There is no blurring in gaming even though the refresh rate is 60hz at 2560x1440. The colors pop off of the screen...I have absolutely NO complaints about this monitor...even the Beats Audio speakers with the passive resonators are great for monitor speakers. I have Klipsch 2.1 speakers, so I only hooked up the monitor speakers to test them out to see if the were bad or not.
Cons: It's not really a con, but make sure you have a big enough desk to put the monitor at least 3ft away...it's freakin' huge! The only "con" I can come up with is that the cables included do not include a mini displayport to displayport cable. I purchased an Accell B143B-007J UltraAV Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort 1.2 Cable and it was SO worth the $20...make sure the one you purchase is a version 1.2.
Overall Review: Be aware that the hdmi on this monitor limits it to 1920x1080 resolution. At this resolution, text is slightly blurry...this is NOT the monitor's fault, it is due to the resolution. If you want a crystal-clear picture, make sure your video card has a "Displayport" output so you get the full 2560x1440 resolution. You will not be sorry...at that resolution, the picture is spectacular!
Pros: Easily extends wireless or wired network throughout the house. I used the WiFi clone to set up the extender and it works perfectly. I put one extender in the back of the house where I have built a workshop and needed to extend my wireless signal. I get full 5 bars reception in my shop compared to the 2 bars I was getting just using my router. The other is in my daughter's bedroom where, for some reason, she has a dead spot in the corner where her computer is located...now she has 5 bars also, but can plug in using the network card if she decides to. Overall, it works well and hasn't dropped signal wirelessly and has had no issues running hardwired, either.
Cons: The only problem I have, is the speed is not as fast as connected directly to the router. A ran Speedtest.net on my main computer connected directly to the router and get 60Mbps, and with the extender, the best I could get wirelessly or hardwired, was 32Mbps. I move the laptop and connect it directly to the router and it also downloads at 60Mbps, so it's something to do with the extender. Although, 32Mbps is not too shabby.
Overall Review: Please be advised, this is NOT a standalone product...you must already have purchased the TP-Link WPA4220KIT for this to be added to extend your network range. If you only will need one, then buy the kit and not this product. Also, downloading through the network from another computer, the best speed I could get was 5.42MB/sec. It does stream HD video with no lag, so it's a pretty low price to extend your network wirelessly, through your house's electrical system, or a combination of both.
Cons: The only problem I have, is the speed is not as fast as connected directly to the router. A ran Speedtest.net on my main computer connected directly to the router and get 60Mbps, and with the extender, the best I could get wireless or hardwired was 32Mbps. I move the laptop and connect it directly to the router and it also downloads at 60Mbps, so it's something to do with the extender. Although, 32Mbps is not too shabby.
Overall Review: Downloading through the network from another computer, the best speed I could get was 5.42MB/sec. It does stream HD video with no lag, so it's a pretty low price to extend your network wirelessly, through your house's electrical system, or a combination of both.
Pros: I installed this in place of a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, which works very well and keeps my Intel I7 3770 idling at 38*C with Arctic Silver 5 applied. This cooler maintained that same temperature at idle...I was surprised, because of how popular and highly rated the Cooler Master is on Newegg! I played Far Cry 2 for an hour or so and the processor never got above 55*C! I edited video and multi-tasked doing lots of different applications and that's as high as it got. It's very quiet even under load.
Cons: I took off an egg because I very much dislike the stupid plastic twist anchors for the Intel processors that this uses. A cooler this large should use a backing plate and screws to attach to the board, not the flimsy plastic things that get damaged easily. Also, the wire clips to hold the fan on seem kind of flimsy, also.
Overall Review: Besides the two small items I mentioned, this cooler works great and I would recommend it to anyone trying to save a few dollars and still get a product that does the job!
Pros: This router has worked perfectly from day one. Some routers I've used have required rebooting occasionally because of speed degradation over a period of time, the TP-Link has stayed steady without any reboots. My daughter's computer is set up on wireless on the opposite end of the house and she constantly has 5 bars for signal. Her Xbox also has full strength and she says there has been no problem with any lag playing Black Ops, even running wirelessly. As others have said, the 5g range is somewhat limited, but that IS normal for 5g to be faster but have less range, so not a con for me. This is the first TP-Link product I have owned and I am impressed with it.
Cons: The only cons I have is the very large antennas aren't very attractive and make the router look huge. But, they seem to do the job well, so it's just a personal preference con. I tried to use the USB for our HP printer, but you can't update software through the router and it would lose connection to the printer when the printer went to standby. So, I connected the printer wirelessly, and no problems. The USB worked for my external drive, but it couldn't do the automatic backups using software, you have to copy and paste manually.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this router for range and speed.
Pros: 32GB storage in a small device with micro USB on the other end for portable devices. I compared this flash drive against a Seagate Expansion Portable USB 3.0 hard drive. Write speed for the Corsair is consistently 19MB/sec while the Seagate is 33MB/sec. The big difference is the read speed...the Corsair transferred MP4 files to my Sandisk Extreme SSD at 140MB/sec whereas the Seagate drive only transferred at 60MB/sec. It transferred 6.42GB in 47 secs...very acceptable! Unfortunately, my Kindle Fire HD doesn't support flash drives, so I tested it on a friend's Samsung Galaxy S4 and also on an SAWEE10 android tablet and it worked perfectly watching videos. This drive is excellent, and I would definitely recommend it if you have an OTG compliant device.
Cons: Doesn't work with my Kindle Fire HD... :(
Overall Review: Very small package for a large amount of storage, I would definitely recommend this flash drive!
Pros: Worked for 5 VHS tapes.
Cons: Used it 5 times and it worked fine. Unplugged it and didn't use it for about a year, plugged it in to convert a VHS to DVD...it's dead! Nice...
Overall Review: Going to try a different brand. How does an electronic device die sitting in a desk drawer unplugged?