Another Great Mid-range Corsair Power Supply, Mostly10/19/2021 9:33:36 AM

Pros: + 750 watts, 80 Plus efficiency + High end, Japanese capacitors + Fully modular + Beefy 62.5 amp 12 volt rail + Zero RPM fan mode up to about 300 watts + Fan is virtually silent even full load + 10 year Corsair warranty (one of the best out there)

Cons: - Only the 24 pin, 8 pin CPU, and 8-pin PCIe cables are braided - all others are flat plastic - Accessories ship in plastic bags vs. the nice nylon velcro bags Corsair used to use - Auto switching 100-240v might be an issue for some people (no selector) - No fan test button - difficult to troubleshoot POST issues with zero RPM fan mode at idle

Overall Review: What can be said about the RMx series? This is another solid mid-range entry from Corsair that's sure to last the life of your PC. If not, it's backed by one of the best warranty's in the business. No issues getting up and running in a few minutes, cables were strong, but flexible. I'm still a little annoyed Corsair doesn't include all braided cables, but those are easy enough to replace if you want to go for that super-clean look. The power supply fired up and performed perfectly at idle and under load, no issues with whining caps, noise in the power line, or other issues some mid-range PSU's tend to exhibit. If Corsair built this thing to a price point, it certainly doesn't show. Bottom line, if I could give an extra half Egg to the RM-750x, I absolutely would - it's only faulted by a few nit-picky issues and stuff we're somewhat used to at this price point. I subtracted one Egg for the lack of all braided cables, and the lack of that fan test button which, in my opinion, should be mandatory for any PSU with a zero RPM fan mode! At the end of the day this PSU breathed new life into an old HTPC for me, and the PSU will likely out-last all of the components in the machine.

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Great execution by Asus, let down by a sluggish platform from AMD4/30/2020 6:45:03 AM

Pros: + Fast NVMe SSD, Western Digital brand + Nice 1080p screen, good brightness + Very few useless apps (McAfee and Office 365) + FreeSync compatible, up to 60hz + Good thermals + Good battery life with integrated GPU

Cons: - Very poor gaming performance, struggles to maintain 15-30 fps in games at 1080p - Aura service will not link to keyboard, keyboard is ONLY red - All plastic with metal texture - Only a 60hz screen - Only 8GB RAM, single channel - Very dark keyboard without backlighting, almost impossible to read/see - No case lighting (although the pictures look like it has it) - Getting kind of pricey for the specs

Overall Review: After spending quite a lot of time with an Asus ROG Strix Scar II as my primary mobile computer, I had very high hopes moving over to their TUF line. I expected a rugged computing experience with great battery life and I've heard nothing but rave reviews of the new generation of AMD Ryzen/Radeon products... I could not have been more disappointed. First of all, I'm not sure what has changed with this new generation of TUF machines, but they might as well have just called it "CHEAP." It's all plastic, and not even nice plastic - this is like 1990's General Motors interior plastic. You're also stuck with one color on the keyboard - red. So hopefully you like red backlighting, because the keyboard is impossible to see without it. Performance-wise, the CPU isn't the worst ever, it's a quad core with multi-threading, so you've at least got 8 threads to work with - normal every day tasks run fine. Would have definitely liked to see a Ryzen 7 in this machine, at least. It'll play YouTube videos at 1080p full screen with no problem. All the normal productivity software (Office, etc.) opens quickly and runs great - one thing this laptop has going for it is a very fast NVMe Western Digital SSD. If it wasn't for that, I'm not sure I'd recommend this laptop at all. Graphics and gaming are another story - I struggled to maintain 30 fps at 1080p with medium to low settings in almost everything - Destiny 2, COD Warzone, even older games like CSGO and TF2 seemed to really fight for performance. Dropping resolutions down to 720p helped, so the lower video memory in the RX560X may be part of the performance bottleneck... but that card just really can't cut it anything FPS intensive. Strategy games, MOBA's, casual games - anything where FPS and refresh rate aren't really important would probably be OK at medium to low settings. All in all I'm just very disappointed with this outing from Asus - I feel like the AMD platform at the heart of this laptop really let down what could have been a great performer for the price. Because of the performance issues, and the fact this machine has been creeping up in price (plenty of other options in the sub-$1000 category these days), I'm awarding the Asus TUF FX505DY-ES51 3 out of 5 Eggs. I'll keep tweaking settings and updating drivers and hopefully I can revisit this review in the future with some positive updates. Here are some benchmarks scores, as well as comparisons to other platforms I've reviewed: Asus TUF FX505DY-ES51 AMD R5-3550H/RX560X Time Spy 1955 Fire Strike 5477 Sky Diver 15354 Night Raid 6793 Asus ROG Strix Scar II Intel i7-8750H/RTX2070 Time Spy 7169 Fire Strike 16455 Sky Diver 36955 Desktop PC Intel i7-4820K/GTX1080 Time Spy 6274 Fire Strike 13970 Sky Diver 28305 Alienware 17 R3 Intel i7-3820hk/980M Time Spy 3042

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Lance W, It's heartbreaking to hear you're not satisfied with your laptop. To ensure the best performance, we recommend you leave the Notebook plugged into a power socket when you are executing and playing games or when the system is under the heavy load. Leaving your device in the battery mode will limit system performance, with NVIDIA G-SYNC being disabled to ensure smooth visual effect. If the issues persist, feel free to contact me if you have any technical or general questions. You can reach me at cl-adrian@asus.com. Your case for reference is N200510983. Thank you for choosing ASUS! Best Regards, Adrian ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support
Thin, Light, Fast, and Affordable - Best Thin Gaming Laptop on the Market?4/19/2019 9:43:55 AM

Pros: + Incredible value + Extremely fast + Extremely lightweight + Extremely thin + Good battery life for a laptop with this power + Comfortable keyboard for a 15.6" laptop + Not a ton of bloatware + Incredible 144hz 1080p screen with a very fast response time

Cons: - Loud fans - Gets VERY hot (CPU hits 100c under load) - Only single channel memory - Very "gamer" look and style - McAfee Live Safe and Asus Bloatware - Shipped OS and driver updates somewhat old - No NumLuck indicator - Battery shipped with 3% wear - Low quality web cam - Only 438GB useable on 512GB SSD - Not GSync or FreeSync compatible (yet)

Overall Review: I've spent a few weeks with the ROG Strix Scar II, and I've got to say - I love it. I'm used to a pretty high spec Alienware 17 R3 as my main laptop (work, gaming, etc.) and this thing blows it out of the water in every category. It's faster, lighter, thinner, has a better battery, crushes even more desktops when it comes to gaming performance... all at a price that comes in at least $500 cheaper than it's nearest competitor. Sure, there are a few things I don't like about it... it looks very "gamer," but you can customize pretty much everything about it via Asus apps - set all the LED's to a single color, blue, white, red, whatever you prefer - or go as crazy as you like with rolling rainbows or pulsing "heartbeats." It gets REALLY hot - I'm talking hitting the edge of the thermal envelope of CPU with some cores hitting 100c under a few hours of load (even during an hour of gaming). That said - the fans and thermal throttling keep the temps that high, but no higher - and don't really limit the performance of the laptop very much, if at all. I only had to remove two pieces of bloatware - McAfee Live Safe and Asus Giftbox... neither really served much of a purpose, other than eating up valuable SSD space. Some users complained about the Asus GameFirst software chewing up CPU, but I didn't run into any problems with it at any time. There's no numlock indicator on the keyboard, so you're going to have to flip a coin as to whether or not numlock is on or off... not hard to figure it out, but considering the caps lock key had a red LED on it to indicate it's on, you'd think Asus could have done the same treatment for the numlock key. The UEFI BIOS is very clean, but offers little in the way of customization. Still, it's nice to have that available to run BIOS updates and see hardware information prior to loading your OS up. Keep in mind, you need to be VERY quick to get into the BIOS, and you do so by pressing F12 (little different than most machines where it's delete, F1 or F2). There's not much more to say about this laptop. It really does it all, and does it all in a very compact and portable package. At this point, it's replaced my Alienware 17 R3. Compared to my desktop, it's blowing away my GTX1080 in pretty much every way. If this laptop had a 4K screen, I have full confidence it'd be able to hit 60 FPS in pretty much everything you could throw at it. The laptop only ships with a single 16GB stick of DDR4, so it runs in single channel mode. You can easily add another stick of 16GB DDR4 for under $100 that will net about another 10% increase in FPS in most games, as well as system performance, once it runs in dual channel mode. I'd also suggest dropping in a 1TB 2.5" HDD or SSD in the included drive bay. The 512GB M.2 SSD that comes with it is definitely fast, but you're going to run out of space pretty quickly. Luckily, you can pull the back panel off and get full access all components via a handful of screws. I don't give out a lot of 5/5 Egg scores - but the Asus ROG Strix Scar II easily scores a 5 out of 5 Egg score. I couldn't find enough issues with the machine to deduct an Egg. The heat produced by this thing is definitely a concern, but I've read you can re-paste the CPU and GPU with some better paste and drop those temps down pretty readily. Keep in mind, that does void your warranty - so unless you're getting performance issues from overheating (which I was NOT encountering!), you should hold off on doing that. Here are some benchmark scores to consider (all run on Windows 10 1809 fully updated and nVidia driver version 425.31): 3DMark (ROG Strix Scar II 1080p) 30619 Sky Diver 14237 Fire Strike 6809 Time Spy 3DMark (i7 4820k, GTX1080, 1080p) 28305 Sky Diver 13970 Fire Strike 6274 Time Spy 3DMark (Alienware 17 R3, i7 6820HK, GTX980M, 1080p) 22713 Sky Diver 8289 Fire Strike 3042 Time Spy Unigine Supposition FPS: 76.07 Score: 10170 Min FPS: 61.74 Max FPS: 95.45 Render: DirectX Mode: 1080P HIGH Fullscreen Unigine Valley FPS: 114.1 Score: 4774 Min FPS: 25.9 Max FPS: 167.4 Render: Direct3D11 Mode: 1920x1080 fullscreen Preset: Custom Quality: High

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Outstanding mid-range, fully modular power supply9/10/2018 11:19:42 AM

Pros: + 80 Plus Gold efficiency + Relatively low price + 650 watts of power with a 54 amp 12 volt rail + FULLY modular + All Japanese caps, nothing cheap inside this thing + Virtually silent, even under load + 10 year warranty and Corsair support, doesn't get much more bulletproof

Cons: - Mix of flat and braided cables, would have been nice to see all braided or all flat - No test button

Overall Review: Not much really needs to be said about the RM series from Corsair - it's 100% mid-range and sets the standard for what you should be using in your PC, at the bare minimum. Personally, I prefer to AXi series as I utilize CorsairLINK to monitor temps and fan speeds (and control RGB lighting, of course!), but you should NEVER skimp on your power supply! For the money, this might be the best entry-level power supply out there. Plenty of power to run a basic system, but overhead to tackle even the heftiest single GPU build. You may have trouble running SLI or CrossFire with this PSU, but chances are if you're dropping over $1000 on a single or multiple GPU's, you're not looking at a $100 power supply. I had absolutely no issues with this PSU running my system (i5 4960k, GTX1080) and it survived 48 hours of full-load burn in with zero hiccups. I give the Corsair RM650x 5 out of 5 Eggs, it's an absolutely phenomenal power supply.

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Best NVME OS SSD out there? Quite possibly.6/28/2018 8:41:31 AM

Pros: + Stupid fast read speeds + Pretty good write speeds + Extremely easy installation + Inexpensive

Cons: - Only 120GB, 112GB usable (which is actually good for a 120GB drive) - No M.2 mounting screw included, no accessories of any kind, for that matter - Write speeds aren't the best out there, but on par with other drives - Doesn't seem to report temps to OpenHardwareMonitor or HWMonitor

Overall Review: Corsair has always made great products, and this new line of M.2 NVME SSD's is no different. I had this drive up and running in my Alienware 17 R3 in a matter of minutes, and after doing some brief testing it quickly replaced the Samsung CM871 boot SSD that shipped with it. The read speeds on this drive are ridiculous, 1.5BGps, with extremely high IOPS. This thing really is a perfect OS drive for a laptop. Granted, it's on the small side, but for just an OS and basic apps you don't need much more these days. You can easily setup symlinks for data (including OS updates and what not, google moving SoftwareDistribution folders) to a larger drive. The Corsair MP300 easily gets 5/5 Eggs for me, I just wish I had a larger one! Here are some benchmarks on the 120GB MP300: * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1471.694 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 463.062 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 257.722 MB/s [ 62920.4 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 354.691 MB/s [ 86594.5 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 1025.262 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 457.815 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 35.765 MB/s [ 8731.7 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 119.019 MB/s [ 29057.4 IOPS] Test : 16384 MiB [D: 0.1% (0.1/111.8 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2018/06/27 19:48:21 OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 17134] (x64) Compared to a Samsung CM871 128GB: * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 532.835 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 137.432 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 93.926 MB/s [ 22931.2 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 18.921 MB/s [ 4619.4 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 489.086 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 130.870 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 14.620 MB/s [ 3569.3 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 18.417 MB/s [ 4496.3 IOPS] Test : 16384 MiB [C: 65.3% (69.0/105.5 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2018/06/27 19:41:05 OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 17134] (x64) And a Western Digital 1TB Blue 3D NAND SSD: * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 540.789 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 504.450 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 310.366 MB/s [ 75772.9 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 270.413 MB/s [ 66018.8 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 506.281 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 461.591 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 27.685 MB/s [ 6759.0 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 61.455 MB/s [ 15003.7 IOPS] Test : 16384 MiB [D: 83.8% (780.9/931.4 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2018/06/27 21:11:33 OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 17134] (x64) And just for fun, a 1TB HGST HTS721010A9E630 platter drive: * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 101.783 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 100.416 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.583 MB/s [ 142.3 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.687 MB/s [ 167.7 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 102.341 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 101.707 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.303 MB/s [ 74.0 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.737 MB/s [ 179.9 IOPS] Test : 16384 MiB [F: 9.1% (84.8/931.4 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2018/06/27 22:38:26 OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 17134] (x64)

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Extremely portable backup drive6/13/2018 2:52:07 PM

Pros: + Large capacity + Small format + No power cable necessary + Cool blue access LED + Doesn't come formatted with a bunch of bloatware

Cons: - No the fastest USB3 drive out there - A little thick, but it's still 2.5" size - Short cable, but standard connection so you can purchase a longer one if you need it

Overall Review: I've been using this drive as a mobile backup drive with a Windows 10 laptop for a few weeks now. It's survived trips to and from work, a few weekend trips, and general daily transportation in my bag. It's not the fastest drive in the world, does run a little slower than I'd like see for USB3, but likely that's due to whatever drive Toshiba stuck in here. I didn't get a chance to crack it open, but I almost guarantee it's a 5400 RPM platter drive. Realistically, for under $100, this is a great drive, and seems to stand up pretty well to abuse. Overall, I give this drive 4 out of 5 Eggs, subtracting one Egg for the slow read/write speeds. Here are some benchmarks: Toshiba 3TB Canvio Advance: Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 130.277 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 130.956 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 0.576 MB/s [ 140.6 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 1.350 MB/s [ 329.6 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.556 MB/s [ 135.7 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.267 MB/s [ 309.3 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.397 MB/s [ 96.9 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.404 MB/s [ 342.8 IOPS] Test : 1024 MiB [E: 27.6% (771.7/2794.4 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2018/06/11 16:20:22 OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 16299] (x64) HGST 1TB Internal (7200): Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 85.293 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 87.910 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.680 MB/s [ 166.0 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.743 MB/s [ 181.4 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 86.403 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 86.804 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.394 MB/s [ 96.2 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.756 MB/s [ 184.6 IOPS] Test : 32768 MiB [F: 78.7% (732.8/931.4 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2017/08/10 18:42:55 OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 14393] (x64)

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Great keyboard for a LAN, or if you live alone5/9/2018 12:02:29 PM

Pros: + great tactile key response + pretty good basic key back-lighting + LONG USB cable + very loud Blue switches + no-nonsense layout

Cons: - no numpad, which could also be a pro, but I consider it a con - no multifunction/macro keys - no dedicated media controls - very loud Blue switches - no braided USB cable - really low end materials, all plastic, including the key caps - no real RGB customization

Overall Review: Alright so I don't really hate this keyboard, but I don't really like it, either. I feel like this is a quick and cheap cash in on the "clicky gaming keyboard" trend. This thing is built based around the bottom dollar, rather than quality materials and workmanship. I played a few rounds of Overwatch, Destiny 2, and wrote so documents on it, and honestly after a few hours everything just felt a little loose. I think this would be a great board to throw in your LAN or travel bag and use it sparingly, but I don't see anyway this thing holds up in the long run. My previous keyboard, that I just replaced, was a Corsair K90 - that thing lasted me almost 7 years, traveled all around the country, and got me through probably half a dozen LAN's, all without really breaking a sweat. The only reason I even replaced it was I was just too lady to pull the caps off and clean it! Bottom line, I think you can spend a little more money and get a better keyboard elsewhere, but if you're looking to save a buck and need a good travel/LAN keyboard you don't plan on using full time, go for it. I gave the Gamdias Hermes E2 3/5 eggs. I subtracted 1 egg for the lack of features at the price point, and 1 egg for the lack of quality materials and build quality.

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Best entry-level PSU on the market10/20/2017 1:37:34 PM

Pros: + 750 watts of power + 80 Plus Bronze certification + Semi-modular design + Super quiet, fan won't even spin until it hits about 50% load + Nice little accessory kit (small zip ties are handy for keeping the 24-pin cable nice and clean) + 5 year Corsair warranty + Very nice SATA/PCIe modular cables, flat cables, great for smaller form factor builds

Cons: - Not FULLY modular (24 pin mainboard/CPU cable is permanently attached) - 24 pin mainboard cable is LONG (about 18", maybe?) so that may be an issue in smaller cases - I didn't get a sweet Corsair case badge with this PSU, those easily add about 100Mhz and 10 fps to your build... oh well!

Overall Review: I think we all know by now that the power supply is NOT something to skimp on your builds, but if you have to save money on your build, do NOT buy anything below this PSU. You're getting a pretty good quality power supply that produces enough power to run pretty much any hardware (mid range, that is - don't go running a couple 1080TI's off this thing) and it's built to last. If you run into any problems, Corsair's 5 year warranty has you covered and they're great to deal with if there is a problem. Not sure what's changed to make this a "2017 Model," as I don't have an older version to compare to. I don't give out many 5/5 egg reviews, but honestly for the money, you can't beat this PSU. Great job, once again, Corsair.

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Really good fans, sure to be a hit with the RGB builders!8/28/2017 11:20:22 AM

Pros: + Great air flow + Solid construction + Ridiculous amount of customization + Controller has the ability to add up to 6 fans + Long cables provide very flexible mounting options + Controller is pretty easy to use and gives you full control of all LIGHTING (only lighting!)

Cons: - The LED's in one of my fans seems to be defective, I'll go into that more in the Other section, but I will open a ticket with Corsair and I know they'll take care of it, so not docking any Eggs due to that - Can't control the actual fan speed through the controller, but all fans are PWM-ready do no big deal there - Doesn't interface with existing Corsair Link systems - that would have been really nice! - Like another reviewer said, these are thicker than your standard 140mm fans, might require some "modification" to get them to fit in stock locations - The fans are kind of loud, at least louder than my stock Corsair case fans - No way to turn the LED's off

Overall Review: I've noticed about a 3-5C drop in case temps using these fans vs. the stock 140mm fans that came with my Corsair 750D. Like another review said, I had to do some modification on the fans themselves to get them to fit with the stock screws. I had to break off the 16 black plastic tabs in the corner of each fan. I haven't noticed any loss of performance and there's really not noticeable increase in noise, vibration, or harshness in doing this. The rubber insulating tab are still on there, so no issues there. Just very surprising you need to modify a Corsair fan to fit on a Corsair case... kind of weird. Anyway, the fans themselves perform great, the RGB lighting is very cool, but like I said above the LED's in one of my fans flicker terribly and there doesn't seem to be a way to get them to settle on the same color - only literally RGB, red, green, or blue. I also can't seem to get them to settle on white (which is what I'd like to use as all the other LED's in my build are white) but I have a feeling that an issue with that single fan or the controller or cables. I plan on opening a ticket with Corsair support (who have always been absolutely amazing to me) and I'm sure it'll be corrected so I'm not docking any Eggs for that quite yet. I will definitely revisit this review once that's resolved. So these fans definitely fit a niche, one that I'm not really apart of (I prefer performance and quiet over noise and panache, granted I would have KILLED for these fans in my early 2000's builds!), but they definitely will compliment a ton of builds out there. The RGB craze doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon, so if you're looking for a completely customizable build that you can modify on the fly, scoop these fans up. You can attach up to 6 so the possibilities are pretty endless as to what you can do with them! Overall, I'm giving this fan kit 4 our of 5 Eggs - I subtracted one egg for the lack of fan speed control, and the fact you can't really turn the LED's off! EDIT: 8/28/2017 - took a little bit of time, but Corsair replaced the defective fan and everything is working as intended now.

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Pretty good mainstream SSD with a few faults8/18/2017 7:51:50 AM

Pros: + Great price + Western Digital brand quality and support + Extremely low power usage + Runs extremely cool, very little rise or fall in temp even under heavy load + Included monitoring and maintenance software (including software to clone or backup an existing HDD to the SSD)

Cons: - Not a huge difference in gaming performance vs. platter drive (measured FPS), don't expect huge FPS gains - Absolute BARE drive - make sure you have mounting screws from your manufacturer! - Not the fastest M.2 SSD on the market

Overall Review: I've been working with this drive in my Alienware 17 R3 for a couple weeks now, and I think for the price it's a really great drive. Compared to the 1TB HGDT platter drive that came with the laptop, this is a night and day difference when it comes to loading speed and "snappiness" of applications. What really surprised me were the benchmark results running Unigine Heaven and Valley - the platter drive actually scored slightly higher. I did NOT expect that! That said, the speed opening applications and games on the SSD was probably 10x faster than the platter drive. There are other, faster options out there - but nothing close to the price of this WD Blue drive. If you're looking for sheer performance, Samsung EVO's are probably your best bet. However, for the average consumer, this is a really fantastic option. I gave this WD 1TB Blue M.2 SSD 4 out of 5 eggs - subtracting 1 egg for the lack of high end performance and the lack of any mounting hardware being shipped with it. System specs: Alienware 17 R3 Intel Core i7 6820HK @ stock speeds 16GB DDR4 nVidia GTX980M 8GB Samsung 871 120GB SSD HGST 1TB 7200 RPM platter drive Western Digital Blue 1TB 3D NAND M.2 SSD Windows 10 Home (64 bit) Western Digital 1TB Blue CrystalDiskMark Results: Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 471.494 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 464.762 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 315.362 MB/s [ 76992.7 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 254.356 MB/s [ 62098.6 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 474.196 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 388.173 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 23.181 MB/s [ 5659.4 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 52.105 MB/s [ 12720.9 IOPS] Samsung 871 120GB SSD CrystalDisk Results: Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 515.723 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 107.530 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 88.128 MB/s [ 21515.6 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 14.582 MB/s [ 3560.1 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 323.190 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 89.972 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 14.060 MB/s [ 3432.6 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 14.677 MB/s [ 3583.3 IOPS] HGST 1TB 7200 RPM HDD CrystalDisk results: Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 85.293 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 87.910 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.680 MB/s [ 166.0 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.743 MB/s [ 181.4 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 86.403 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 86.804 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.394 MB/s [ 96.2 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.756 MB/s [ 184.6 IOPS] Unigine Heaven Results (DX11, 1080p, Custom, High): WD 1TB Blue SSD FPS: 94.7 Score: 2386 Min FPS: 9.1 Max FPS: 183.2 HGST 1TB HDD FPS: 95.4 Score: 2403 Min FPS: 21.8 Max FPS: 184.8 Unigine Valley Results (DX11, 1080p, Custom, High): WD 1TB Blue SSD FPS: 86.9 Score: 3636 Min FPS: 23.5 Max FPS: 123.1 HGST 1TB 7200RPM HDD FPS: 87.3 Score: 3652 Min FPS: 23.6 Max FPS: 123.5

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Hands down the best battery backup under $2005/15/2017 9:05:20 AM

Pros: + Very compact and lightweight for it's capacity + Easy to read LCD with all the relevant info you need, and it's visible (and readable!) from pretty much any angle + Absolutely new whine or noise whatsoever during regular operation + 10 total outlets, 5 with battery backup, 5 with surge + Great software that has some pretty interesting information about your machine (total CO2 produced, cost to operate, etc.) + Power conditioning built in, as well as surge protection which is extremely useful + Extremely easy battery replacement and a phenomenal 3 year warranty from APC + $250,000 in damage coverage from APC

Cons: - Would have been nice to have an outlet or two on the front of the unit, even if just for surge - Battery conditioning via software rather than hardware, but not a huge issue there

Overall Review: Overall, this is probably the best battery backup under $200. According to PowerChute, my system has between 20-22 minutes of backup time. For a home, home office, or even a gaming PC (which is what I'm using this on) this is pretty much a must-have. With so many people running SSD's and RAID on their home machines, being able to gracefully power down a system is absolutely essential. Connecting this BBU to your PC will allow PowerChute to shut your system down once the battery has exhausted, preventing any damage to the PC and it's components. Bottom line here is that an BBU is as important an accessory as your keyboard or mouse - you really shouldn't run a PC these days, especially a high-end system, without having a high-end power conditioner and battery backup connected to it. The BX1500M from APC is most definitely the best choice out there. I rarely give 5 Eggs out, but the BX1500M absolutely earned every one of them. System Specs: Intel Core i7 4820K 32GB DDR3 memory EVGA GTX 1080 4x SSD 3x HDD Corsair AX860i PSU 27" 4k monitor + (2) 24" 1080p monitors (all on BBU)

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Run of the mill 5-port PoE Switch3/21/2017 12:50:24 PM

Pros: + Powered by PoE via Port 5 + Supports PoEPlus + All metal, very solid construction + Wall/ceiling mountable

Cons: - Determines device compatibility by class, not by power draw - Very difficult to update firmware if necessary

Overall Review: Not much to say about this switch - if you understand it's limitations and know what you're getting into (and use the correct class of PoE devices) it'll get the job done just fine. This would be good for extended a few PoE security cameras or lower-power VOIP phones. You're more than likely going to have a bad time if you try and power a few AP's off this switch. All in all, as long as you know what you're getting into, it's not a bad device at all. Overall, I'm giving the switch 4 out of 5 eggs - subtracting one for the lack of AC power (would be nice) and the lack or any rack mounting accessories (no accessories shipped with my switch at all).

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Plug and Play Perfection... Almost!2/4/2017 10:44:30 AM

Pros: + Easiest wifi setup I've ever gone through in my life, both nodes were fully configured in 10 minutes + Range above and beyond any router or AP I've ever worked with + Two nodes easily cover 2000+ square feet, and then some + No multiple SSID's to worry about connecting to + Extremely fast speed, regardless of where you're at in your house + Great for use in a saturated wifi environment, very little cross talk due to the power of the mesh network + You can control your home network from anywhere with an internet connection with the Linksys app + Each node has a spare wired ethernet port, very handy to have available + The nodes themselves are small, much smaller than an Amaz** Echo and fit into pretty much any decor + Extremely high end fit and finish, these are definitely put together extremely well and should last a long time + Automatic firmware updating (pro and a con)

Cons: - No web interface readily accessible without complicated work-arounds, you have to use the app to setup and configure the network and nodes - The app itself is pretty basic - it does have some advanced controls, but it's lacking compared to other wifi routers within $100 of this price point - Only available in white, doesn't matter to me, but some people might want a different color to match their decor - Would have been nice to have a "base station" with more wired ethernet ports, only 1 available on the base once you connect your WAN connection - No support for DDNS that I could find - Automatic firmware updating - No support for diverse QoS rules - Pretty expensive - Wall wart power adapters are pretty sizable and may block power outlets in some homes

Overall Review: I've spent a couple weeks working with the Velop system, and while I was initially very impressed with the system, over time I found myself wishing it just did a lot more than it does. If you're the type of user who wants to take a product home, plug it in, set it up quickly, and forget about it - look no further. Out of the box performance of the Velop system is phenomenal and lives up to every claim from Linksys. This system very much feels like something Apple would develop. It looks absolutely beautiful and does the basics as good, if not better, than any other router on the market. The mesh network system itself is awesome for a larger home - your wireless devices seamlessly float between multiple nodes using the same SSID, so there's no need to setup and configure multiple repeaters or networks to get full wifi coverage in your home. The elephant in the room is the extremely low ceiling of this system. Once it's setup and working, that's about it. Adding additional nodes is a breeze, but adding additional wifi access points or repeaters is all but impossible. Linksys has clearly developed this system to be homogeneous, in that all you can really add to grow your network are more Velop nodes. For most people, that's totally fine - but power users, or anyone with a diverse network will find that to be a huge draw back. Like most Apple products, the low ceiling of this device is balanced by the extremely high floor. Once you get going, it's a tremendous system that offers extremely fast speeds across multiple devices, while offering probably the greatest range I've experienced from a wireless system to date. Even my high-end Netgear Nighthawk and Linksys WRT3200ACM couldn't touch the range and throughput of this system. Overall, I'm equally impressed and disappointed in the Velop system. For me, the lack of advanced features and configuration options leaves me wanting more, especially at this price point. The nice thing is Linksys plans on rolling out more features via automatic updates, so the future very well may be extremely bright for owners of Velop systems. However, as it is, out of the box, it's going to leave more advanced users wanting. I'm giving the the Linksys Velop system 4 out of 5 eggs, subtracting one eggs for the lack of advanced features and the high price of admission. If Linksys continues improving the system, adding more features, this could easily be one of the best whole-house wireless networking systems on the market.

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A fantastic 2-in-1 that's let down by the screen resolution12/8/2016 10:36:52 AM

Pros: - 10+ hour battery life - Pretty lightweight, considering its specs - Decent storage, double most other 2-in-1's at this price - An actually USEFUL keyboard, it's pretty comfortable to type on - Capable CPU, runs everything you can throw it without breaking too much of a sweat - NO BLOATWARE! Thank you, ASUS. About time. - Includes an active stylus, nice to not have to buy that separately - Built-in Intel AC Wifi (nice to see that at this price point) - Micro SD card slot - EXTREMELY solid build quality, lots of metal and glass, very little plastic

Cons: - Low resolution screen, 1280x800 just doesn't cut it anymore - No place to put the stylus, other than a little loop on the keyboard/cover - Cover doesn't really fold flat when in tablet mode, might as well just un-dock it each time - Initial setup and configuration of Windows took a while, longer than would have been expected - Pretty slow primary storage, feels like about the speed of a 5400 RPM platter HDD - Kickstand can be a little finicky from time to time, make sure you open it from both sides

Overall Review: I'm really, really torn on this 2-in-1. If this device had a 1080p or higher resolution screen this would be an automatic 5-egg review, and I'd be praising it as easily one of the best devices in it's category... however, it doesn't have that, so here we are. I used this as a primary mobile PC for a number of weeks, and never found it really break a sweat. Microsoft Office installed with no problems, even threw the new version of Photoshop CC on there and it was pretty competent working through some basic image manipulation and some drawing with the style (which is really nice, by the way). I just kept saying to myself "I really wish there was more screen real estate," and ultimately that's where Asus really let this thing down. Opting to go with an 800p screen clearly allowed Asus to save money to put more storage, better wifi, a faster CPU, etc. in this device, but I would have rather cut down on one of those to get a higher resolution screen. When it comes down to it, this is a great device. If you already have a laptop and a desktop but need something portable you can carry with yourself and use to still get work done, you should seriously consider this Transformer Mini. Having a full-fledged Windows PC fully connected to One Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. is a HUGE advantage over trying to work on iOS or Android when you're mobile. The ability to use the stylus to quickly annotate projects is huge for any mobile professional, and I found this was really, really good at that. All that said, I think this is an extremely solid 2-in-1, especially in the sub-$500 market. If Asus upgrades this next year with a 1080p (or even higher, please) screen this is easily the best 2-in-1 on the market... As it is, I'm giving this Transformer Mini 4 out of 5 eggs... the 1280x800 screen really detracts from what otherwise is a phenomenal device.

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Great extender, but almost too simple12/8/2016 10:17:45 AM

Pros: - Ridiculously easy setup - Pretty good range - Extremely compact - Doesn't really stand out on the wall - No antennas

Cons: - Does NOT repeat 5.0Ghz networks! - No ethernet port - No real configuration or status to speak of, other than an LED

Overall Review: Not much to say about this extender. You plug it is, connect it your network, and it does it's job. It only repeats 2.4 Ghz. You can connect it to a 5.0 Ghz network but it will NOT repeat anything but 2.4 Ghz b/g/n. Obviously a big selling point of this extender is it's compact size and that it doesn't look like a giant wall wort with huge antennas sticking out everywhere. I've been running this for a couple weeks now and haven't had any issues, most extenders I run usually need to be rebooted at least once a week, but issues with this little guy. I just feel like it should have a little more to it, but all in all, it's a great extender! Not much else to report here. I've given this extender 4 out 5 eggs - I subtracted 1 egg for the lack of 5.0 Ghz support and the lack of an ethernet port.

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Not the best out of the box, great with custom firmware11/14/2016 10:50:15 AM

Pros: - Really great range out of the box - Support all custom open source firmwares - VLAN tagging on LAN3 and 4, WAN - Supports Dyn and NO-IP DDNS - Bridge Mode and Wireless Repeating - Very easy firmware updates - USB3.0 and eSATA ports - Physical power switch! (so nice to see that these days)

Cons: - Only nateively supports OpenVPN - Speed is lacking compared to rival models, especially on 802.11n - Stock firmware and UI is lacking, seems heavily influenced by Belkin's purchase of Linksys - Media Prioritization is manual QoS, expect that to be automatic at this price point - Only 4 LAN points - No 10Gbe aggregate ports (offered on comparable models) - Nothing really supports the 3200AC speeds advertised

Overall Review: Out of the box I think a lot of enthusiasts will be extremely disappointed by this "top of the line" Linksys router. It seems like they put some good guts in it, but wrapped a lot of low-end firmware around it. This router feels like it should be a LOT faster and have a lot more features without having to load customer firmware. Comparable models from NetGear and Asus all offer a lot more flexibility and features for the same of less money. What they don't offer is the ability to load customer firmwares, which is really where the WRT3200ACM shines. I think all-in-all the new WRT routers are still pretty good, but Linksys is really resting on it's laurals when it comes to them. The competition is edging way out in front from a features standspoint, and the only trump card Linksys has is the open source firmware support. That's just not enough to give this router 5 eggs. Overall, I rate the WRT3200ACM 4 out of 5 eggs. I subtracted 1 egg for the mediocre performance and the low-end out of the box features. --- Here are some speed specs - transfer was from a dual gigabit wired file server to an Alienware 17 R3 connected via 5.0Ghz. wireless AC approximately 25' from the routers. Transfers were over SMB and approximately 10GB in size (single MKV file): Linksys WRT3200ACM - AC connectivity 866.7 Mbps - AC Transfer speeds 40-54 MB/s (lots of dips and spikes) - N connectivity 144.4 Mbps - N transfer speeds 2-8 MB/s Netgear Nighthawk X4 R7500 - AC connectivity 866.7 Mbps - AC transfer speeds 49-58MB/s (higher average) - N connectivity 144.4 Mbps - N transfer speeds 9.5-11 MB/s

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Manufacturer Response:
Hi, Lance, Thank you for sharing your feedback. The router should provide you the best AC Wi-Fi experience on your home network. Our Escalation Engineers would love to check the product so that you can take advantage of the unit's expected performance. Please email us your contact information at LinksysCares@linksys.com so they can contact you as soon as possible. Indicate the link to this review for our reference. Kristine Linksys Support
Pretty good extender with good range, but a little large10/31/2016 10:46:34 AM

Pros: - Extremely easy setup whether using WPS or the built-in GUI - Pass through power outlet - Integrated wired 10/100 ethernet port - Really good range, even through walls - Speeds even at the edge of the range were still pretty good - Affordable

Cons: - Somewhat large compared to most wifi extenders - Only 2.4 Ghz. - Takes up a bit of space from your second wall plug, making plugging anything but a standard plug in almost impossible - Rated speed factors in send + receive, so you'll see around 150Mbps peak

Overall Review: There aren't really many issues to report with this extender. I was able to get it up and running on my network in a matter of minutes. It really works great to reach some wifi security cameras I have that are at the outer range of my current wifi router. Speeds were more than acceptable, especially compared to the powerline adapters I had in place previously. Other than the size of the unit and the lack of 5.0Ghz support, there's not much to not like about the extender. I gave this extender 4/5 Eggs, subtracting 1 Egg because it's pretty bulky and the fact it doesn't support 5.0Ghz, which should pretty much be a given these days. Overall, a good extender at a low price that seems to do everything it's designed to do.

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Still the best, 7 1/2 years later10/14/2016 12:38:35 PM

Pros: - Incredible sound quality - Break down into 3 pieces for easier packing - Braided cables - Pretty good microphone - Microphone retracts into headset - Extremely comfortable, you will forget you're wearing them - Bulletproof - In-line volume adjustment with mic level adjustment

Cons: - Cable between the in-line controller and the headset can pick up some noise from clothes or rubbing on other things - Bass leaves a little bit to be desired

Overall Review: I just realized I've had these SteelSeries 5hV2's for 7 and a half years, and never reviewed them. I've gone through a number of headsets since buying these in February of 2009, including SteelSeries 9h's, Creative, Corsair, gSkill, Razer... you name it, I probably tried it. All of that considered, I always came back to this same pair of 5hV2's. They've been through a dozen LAN's, probably tens of thousands of miles of air travel, 3 continents, at least 5 different gaming systems... and they're still going strong today. They still sound amazing, the cables are in perfect condition, and show no sign of failing or being replaced anytime soon. Very rarely do you find a true "buy it for life" product, but I've got say these SteelSeries 5hV2's are about as close as you're going to get. The fact they're so affordable now make them even more desirable. If you're looking for the best bang for the buck when it comes to headsets, and a product that's going to stand the test of time, look no further. A perfect 5 out of 5 eggs.

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Might be the best 4k monitor on the market right now9/15/2016 10:49:32 AM

Pros: - No dead pixels - Extremely bright screen - Extremely deep and accurate colors, great black levels - 60Hz. at 4k using HDMI with Deep Color Ultra HD enabled (see note in Other section!) - Beautiful finish, high quality materials - 90 degree swivel between portrait and landscape modes - AMD FreeSync compatible - Multiple gaming modes and various enhancements to make games look as good as they can

Cons: - Uses an external AC adapter (power brick) - Clunky OSD, takes some getting used to - Need to enable a special mode to run at 60Hz. - Bezel is a little thicker than the images portray (but not very large at all) - No DVI input (HDMI and DisplayPort only!)

Overall Review: I've been using this monitor as my primary screen for a few weeks now, and I have to say I absolutely love it. This replaced a high-end 120Hz. 1080p screen from Asus, which ended up becoming monitor 2 in a 3 monitor setup. I had some trouble at first getting the monitor to run at 60Hz, finally discovering, buried in the back of the owners manual (PDF only, of course!) that you need to enable Deep Color Ultra HD in the Video settings of the main menu. Once you do that, and use the provided monitor driver (fully Windows 10 compatible) you can run 4K at 60Hz over HDMI. I spent a number of hours playing Overwatch at 4K on this screen and I am absolutely blown away. With my GTX770 the game ran at 70fps with all High settings and the monitor never seemed to hiccup. I was really worried that going from ultra-smooth 120Hz at 1080p down to 60Hz at 4K would cause some issues, but I was pretty much used to it after a few minutes. I ran into some issues with display scaling between this 4K monitor at 150% and my 2 1080p screens at 100%, but it just takes some getting used to the way you need to move windows between them and it won't bother you. This is more of a Windows 10 issue than an issue with the display, itself. I found the packaging of the monitor was extremely good, it arrived with no defects, scratches, or dead pixels. Lots of static cling protection to peel off for those of you into that (I'm into that). The stand was more than enough to support the weight of the screen, and only took a few minutes to assemble. Really the only true issues I have with this monitor are the external AC adapter (probably to make the screen thinner, which it is EXTREMELY thin!) and the lack of a DVI connection, but you can easily use a DVI to HDMI adapter if you need to. It's pretty rare for me, but I'm giving this monitor 5/5 Eggs. I can't really fault LG enough to remove an Egg for the lack of DVI and the whole AC adapter thing - everything else just takes a little getting used to. Honestly, for a monitor of this quality, I'll gladly sacrifice a little initial frustration for the benefits it gives me.

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You get what you pay for8/11/2016 11:39:35 AM

Pros: - Pretty color - Low price - Retractable USB connector

Cons: - Extremely slow write speed - Average read speed - Drive gets extremely hot during use, not enough to burn you, but enough to make you uncomfortable holding it - Drive came formatted FAT32, unable to write large files to it without re-formatting NTFS - Sub-par file transfer rates in Windows, even from SSD drives - Cheap plastic feel, drive seems to bend pretty easily - No lanyard of any kind included, not even some thin cord to attach it to a key ring - Occasionally failed ATTO benchmarks, possibly due to heat - not sure

Overall Review: I wanted to like this drive due to it's price and capacity, but you really get what you pay for. It's about half the speed of a comparable Corsair drive, and about half the price. This drive feels really cheap and flimsy - I would not trust this to hold up on the road or in a bag or backpack for very long. I honestly would not recommend this drive. Overall rating is 2/5 eggs. I subtracted 1 egg for the low speed, 1 egg for the quality, and 1 egg for the lack of accessories. Here are some benchmarks, comparison drive (listed second) is a Corsair Flash Voyager Mini (highly recommended, read my review on it if you'd like more info): Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 134.928 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 19.060 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 11.235 MB/s [ 2742.9 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.108 MB/s [ 26.4 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 131.069 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 18.875 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 10.795 MB/s [ 2635.5 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.121 MB/s [ 29.5 IOPS] Test : 1024 MiB [E: 19.2% (5.5/28.9 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2016/08/11 13:34:10 OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 10586] (x64) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 138.024 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 42.754 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 10.508 MB/s [ 2565.4 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.070 MB/s [ 17.1 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 133.735 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 23.278 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 10.159 MB/s [ 2480.2 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.069 MB/s [ 16.8 IOPS] Test : 1024 MiB [E: 0.7% (0.4/57.7 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2016/08/11 13:02:29 OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 10586] (x64)

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Fast and Tiny7/29/2016 12:33:57 PM

Pros: - All metal casing - Really nice flexible rubber connector to the key ring - Tons of storage - Extremely small, comparable to a small lockbox key

Cons: - Doesn't hold more than 64GB? - Slightly pricey for 64GB

Overall Review: This is a perfect USB flash drive to keep with you on the go. I've been using this drive for a little over a month now and it's survived the daily commute to the office, being thrown around at home, and even sitting in the hot 100 degree summer sun for days - not even a hiccup. Plenty of storage for your personal documents, pictures, utilities, etc. I travel between various datacenters and customers throughout the day so it's really handy having everything I need to do my job on one tiny drive always with me as long as I have my keys. Highly recommend this drive, solid addition to anyone's every day carry list. Easy 5/5 Eggs for me, pretty much a perfect product.

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Great modem to get off the rental plans, with some drawbacks7/18/2016 1:44:42 PM

Pros: - Cheaper than renting a modem, usually paying for itself in less than a year - Extremely compact, one of the smallest DOCSIS 3.0 modems available - Works with pretty much every cable provider - Gigabit ethernet port (not that is really can use it) - Easy setup, just need to plug it in and call your provider

Cons: - HOT - this thing was hitting 120 degrees Fahrenheit after only a few minutes. It's not going to burn you, but you need to put this somewhere it can breathe - Speed seems capped around 100-120Mbps down

Overall Review: I was able to set this modem up on my Comcast 150/25 plan in just a few minutes by providing them the MAC address. After a reboot I was up and running. I quickly found out this modem has a pretty major limitation - if your plan is over 100Mbps you're NEVER going to see full speed with the CM3008. Llinksys even says on their site that you need to look into the CM3024 if your speeds are over 100Mbps. I was really hoping that wasn't true, but in my speed tests I found I rarely ever got over 120Mbps down, if even that. Upstream speeds seemed ok, but obviously if you're paying for speeds over 100Mbps this is not going to be the modem for you. That said, if your plan is under 100Mbps and you're currently renting a modem... STOP AND BUY THIS. It will seriously pay for itself in a year and a half, possibly even less depending on what you're shelling out to your provider. It only takes a few minutes to setup and someone with even the most basic knowledge of computers can do this. Seriously - if you can hook a TV up you can set this modem up. Personally, I'm sticking with my Motorola SB6141 as my service is faster than the Linksys CM3008 can handle - but if you're still paying your provider a monthly fee for a modem and your service is less than 100Mbps you SERIOUSLY need to consider picking one of these up. Overall the Linksys CM3008 gets 4/5 eggs - I subtracted 1 egg for the fact it really only supports up to 100Mbps plans.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hi, Lance, Your safety is our top priority. The Linksys cable modem (CM3008) Operating Temperature is 32°F (0°C) to 104°F (40°C) and the maximum line rate is up to 343 Mbps (Download) and up to 122 Mbps (Upload). To avoid possible overheating, it is recommended to relocate the device in a well-ventilated area. If you will still encounter the same issue on its current location, let us know so we can tap our escalation engineers for further assistance. Please send us an email at LinksysCares@linksys.com along with your contact details, the review title and link to this post. We'd be more than happy to assist you. Regards, Jay Linksys Support
Another excellent PSU from Corsair, but missing a few key features6/14/2016 12:44:30 PM

Pros: - EXTREMELY compact - Very high power output for the size - Includes flat, ribbon-style cables - Fully modular design - Very high efficiency - Virtually silent fan - Outstanding warranty (7 years) and great support from Corsair - 50A off the 12V rail, enough to power pretty much anything you stick in a SFX PC

Cons: - No SFX to ATX adapter included (available for purchase, however) - Only 4 SATA connectors (does include 4 MOLEX, as well, but those are pretty useless these days) - Doesn't support Corsair Link (would have been nice) - Somewhat short cables (no way this PSU works in most ATX cases, but it's not made for that!) - A little pricey, but not having to buy flat ribbon cables does make it a pretty good value

Overall Review: I've been putting this PSU through it's paces in my Steam Box for a few weeks now, and it really has yet to break a sweat. No issues under full load with an i5-4670K and a GTX770. I'm only running a single SSD off of it, but I can imagine if you wanted some additional HDD's in your machine only having those 4 SATA connectors would be an issue. This PSU is definitely geared 100% towards SFX, Steam Box, or MicroHTPC machines. The fan in this thing barely ever kicks on, which I really like. Having a PC in your entertainment center means you don't want a lot of extra sound - this PSU barely makes a peep. I had some issues finding an SFX to ATX adapter, but it wasn't a huge deal. I REALLY like that Corsair includes the flat ribbon cables, that was a $35 kit with my old Silverstone PSU. As usual, Corsair has used extremely high quality components inside - I fully expect this PSU to last well beyond the 7 year warranty Corsair provides. All in all, this is a fantastic option for a small form factor PC, Steam Box, mini server, etc. Overall, I rate this PSU 4/5 eggs. I subtracted a single egg due to the lack of the ATX adapter and that it only includes the 4 SATA connector cable.

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Swing a Miss, and a Pretty Big Miss5/9/2016 11:50:39 AM

Pros: - Very cheap - Receptive touch screen - Includes cover/keyboard dock - OK CPU for the price - Somewhat newer Bluetooth standards

Cons: - Flimsy, I feel like I'm going to snap this in half - Resolution from 2008 - Very little built in storage for a Windows 10 tablet - Only 2GB RAM - Extremely sensitive orientation sensor - Does NOT use microUSB to charge, proprietary charger only - MicroSD door broke off the first time I opened it (held on with what appears to be a small filament of rubber) - Screen is already de-laminating on the corners (arrived that way) - 2 MP Camera, my Nokia cell phone from 2009 had a better camera - Sound is atrocious, barely audible even at full volume - Only support 2.4Ghz wifi - Magnet on the included keyboard dock holds about 1/4 what it needs to

Overall Review: I'm not sure where to start with this thing. I gave it an extra week hoping some bugs would get worked out, but honestly I can not recommend anyone purchase this tablet. It was clearly manufactured to the price point. It's extremely flimsy, I honestly feel like I could easily bend it and snap it in half. I feel like the glass isn't properly secured to... whatever the case is made out of. The glass was already delaminating in the orders as soon as I pulled it out of the box. Aside from the fit and finish (rather, lack thereof) this thing is slow. Starting it up eats about 1.3GB out of the 2GB of memory. I ran Peacekeeper on this and it scores a 577, about on par with a 4 year old Android tablet... which, honestly, it's pretty comparable with. I've love to recommend this based solely on the price point, but honestly you'd be better off getting a second tablet from a few years ago, or spending a bucks more to get something that will last. I have zero confidence this thing would make it through a single trip on a plane one piece - it's barely lasted 2 weeks on my couch with occasional use. I just don't see the purpose of this thing. It's too slow, it doesn't have enough storage, it's built to break, and honestly the brand just isn't one I'd trust to support the product. All of that leads me to a 2/5 Egg rating - I would give it a 1/5, but it is *technically* a functional computer and the price is pretty good, but other than that - I would avoid this thing.

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Good SSD, but a step back from the Trion 1004/11/2016 6:59:46 AM

Pros: - Very inexpensive - Lots of storage options - Very good looking design - Great warranty and support from OCZ

Cons: - Not the fastest SSD - No mounting hardware included, no height adapter (might be an issue for some laptop users) - Much slower than the Trion 100 it's replacing

Overall Review: I spent a little longer with this SSD because it's a bit of an enigma. I have a Trion 100 240GB as the boot drive in one of my laptops, so I popped the Trion 150 into the 2nd drive bay and expected it to seriously out perform the 100... I was VERY surprised to find the Trion 150 was, on average, 10-15% SLOWER in read/write tests. That said, you'll still see HUGE improvements over a platter drive. The Trion 150 seems like a perfect "upgrade" SSD to a first time buyer looking to not spend what you would on a Samsung EVO but still looking to speed an elderly PC up. The HUGE advantage of this drive is OCZ's ShieldPlus warranty program. If your SSD ever fails, just send them the serial number and they'll send you out a new drive. It's a really great program and probably one of the best in the industry. So you're getting piece of mind, and saving a lot of money. Really, the Trion 150 is technically a step back from the 100, but it's also a big step forward for anyone looking to speed up an old PC. It's a great starter SSD, with industry-leading support from OCZ. Overall, I rated this drive 4/5 eggs - subtracting 1 egg for a lack of performance compared to it's predecessor.

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