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Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

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)..

Corel Photo & Video Suite X5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Nice Software 01/11/2014

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
Screen capture

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.

RAVPower PB07 10400 mAh White External Battery Pack Portable Charger Power Bank (Dual USB Outputs, Ultra Compact Design), for iPhone, iPad, Mini; Samsung Galaxy, Note 3; HTC One, EVO; Google Nexus
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It does what it says it does.

The battery indicator is convenient for assessing whether the unit needs to be recharged.

You plug a mobile USB device to this, and it automatically starts recharging. You don't need to press a button or anything.

Even if you accidentally hit the button on the unit, it does not start discharging. The button is for the charge indicator on the unit.

Simultaneous charging of two devices.

The two discharge USB ports are separated by the charge port. This allows you to plug in two bulky USB chargers at once; the USB devices that you plug in don't need to be as small and thin as ones for cell phones / iPads.

The 2.1A discharge port charges devices fast.

Potentially a 18-month warranty. (see below)

Cons: Unknown company. Whether they honor warranty repair / replacement requests is unknown.

You cannot recharge two USB devices while you recharge this battery itself. It seems to be either or at a time.

The recharge port feels not as tight as I would like it to be, but it may be a USB cable that I tried with.

The unit weighs more than an iPhone, but that is expected of a battery with this capacity.

Other Thoughts: I have e-cig batteries whose USB chargers are bulkier than cell phone USB charger cables. So, the fact that the two discharge ports of this unit are far apart pretty much sold this to me.

This came with two Micro USB charger cables, a user manual and warranty card.

According to the warranty card that came with this unit, you supposedly get a 6-month extension to the 12-month warranty and a free return-shipping label for a defective unit by registering the product with RAVPower.


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