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Other Thoughts: I am always concerned about using non-Brother cartridges. But I work for a major employer, and they decided to purchase Green Project cartridges for all of their HP color laser printers. And I know that there has been no issue at all in the past couple of years. So, I figured that they determined Green Project produces decent quality replacement cartridges and decided to give it a shot for my personal ink jet printer. It works perfectly. I am very happy to have gone with this affordable alternative.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: Price - got this for $130 which is only 54.2 cents per gigabyte
Reliability of Marvell controller - this is my second Crucial, upgraded from the M4 128GB
Lower side in power consumption compared to some others whose advertised speeds are faster --> ideal for laptop battery life.
With a proper hardware (ie. SATA III header on the mobo), you actually get the advertised speeds with Crucial
It came with a spacer to fit this in a 9.5mm thick 2.5" drive slot.
Mine came with the latest firmware (MU03 dated 9/24/2013)
Cons: Advertised random speeds are slower than those of some others that are either more expensive, or the same price but less reliable
The SSD did not come with any transfer software in case someone cares. I personally like reinstalling a fresh copy of Windows instead of moving an old installation.
No transfer cable
No 3.5" desktop HDD bay adapter.
3 year warranty which is pretty "standard". My Plextors and a specific Intel model that I own came with 5-year warranties - okay i am spoiled. x_x
Other Thoughts: I got this to increase the storage space from in my Sony VAIO VPCSB490 13.3" laptop from Spring 2012.
I have a Plextor M4 and M5Pro in my desktops which have also been solid performers and I did consider another Plextor in addition to this Crucial for this upgrade.
However, the fact that my first Crucial (M4) is showing no sign of issues or slow down after 3 years of being consistently filled 65% or more of its capacity, in addition to this SSD's' low power consumption and low price, made it worthwhile for me to give up the 5-year warranty and better yet perhaps invisibly better random speeds that come with the Plextor M5Pro which was over 80 cents per gigabyte (50% more than this Crucial)..
This review is from: Corel Photo & Video Suite X5
Pros: Nice user interface.
A lot of interesting editing tools
Affordable price for the two softwares
Cons: In the video software, it doesn't seem to let me set video bit rate to whatever I like.
The capture tool doesn't let me choose the frame rate
Other Thoughts: I liked the two softwares and have just upgraded VideoStudio to x6 from x5 that I got with PhotoStudio.
Screen capturing has to write a lot of data every second to create a smooth looking not choppy video. So, writing to a regular hard drive may well result in a choppy video if you are capturing 1920 x 1080 resolution screen . I am using an SSD for this purpose.
Regarding the above poster's comment about audio capture, you have to set on your Windows' default recording device to system sound, instead of Microphone, in order to record audio from the system. BUT not all audio chipsets will allow you to record from the system. The audio driver may not have that option depending on what audio chipset is on your motherboard. If your driver doesn't let you set it to system sound, then you need to create a loop between the speaker out and microphone in ports and then record from the microphone. This is not Corel software's fault.
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