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PLANTRONICS Explorer 230 Bluetooth Headset
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Worse than junk. 12/03/2012

This review is from: PLANTRONICS Explorer 230 Bluetooth Headset

Pros: It did not steal from me.

Cons: Would not charge.

Other Thoughts: Plugged it in, nothing. I got a dim light for a few seconds, but nothing. Kept it plugged in overnight and nothing. Tried another charger and nothing. My time is worth more than the trouble this has given me.

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Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs AHCI, BSOD, and Windows Scores. 08/20/2012

This review is from: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: - FAST!
- Reliable (reportedly)
- Small
- Lightweight
- Low Power Consumption
- Runs cool
- FAST!
- Silent

I'll start here and continue in the "other thoughts" Section. I bought this drive to speed up my new beast system. I tried RAID 5 with some older, 160g drives I'd had laying around but could not get the speed up high enough with four drives... plus it was an energy hog and I was concerned about taxing my power supply.

So, I backed up my RAID array with Macrium Reflect, installed the SSD alongside the RAID array, and imaged it.

Worked great but windows score was only 7.6.

NOW, I started researching and found that AHCI was faster. Cool, switched my BIOS to AHCI and -=BSOD=-!!! (Blue Screen of Death for the uninitiated). Switched back to RAID mode (removed old 160g drives) and no problem. I tried EVERYTHING I could find online and a BSOD on startup with AHCI was supposed to be cured by a registry entry. Tried it all, BSOD! (Continued below)

Cons: - Difficult to follow the learning curve and get it installed right.

Other Thoughts: Tried EVERYTHING over a period of a few hours and got more BSOD's.

Finally, I decided to reinstall Win7 and start from scratch (3 weeks into building the system). Switched bios to AHCI, Installed from DVD, updated drivers, optimized, BOOM!

Benchmarks for everything else were unchanged, of course, but Hard Drive is MAXED out now because of AHCI.

Did I mention this drive is fast? Windows starts in 25 seconds, programs load in the blink of an eye. Photoshop CS5 installed in about two minutes... Loads in about three seconds! WOW! I am having to learn how to move the mouse quicker and click quicker because the computer doesn't make we wait for ANYTHING!

Final thoughts-- I am considering ditching the 2.5" drive on my laptop and going with an SSD. I should have done that on a test basis before I installed this in my desktop... live and learn.

Software needed:
Easus Partition Master (Free)
Macrium Reflect (Free)
Advanced Tokens Manager (Free)

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Rosewill R519-BK - Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 500W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Thin metal, banged up 08/10/2012

This review is from: Rosewill R519-BK - Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 500W Power Supply

Pros: - Power supply seems stable.
- Covers on front for CD Drives are solid
- Does not cut the heck out of my hands like other cases.

Cons: - Came in a box so dinged up I was almost sure it was unuseable
- Had to use a mallet to beat the metal back to a point where it would work. Yeah, this is mostly a shipping issue, but the flimsey box and almost complete lack of padding added to this. What, do they airdrop these to your doorstep?

Other Thoughts: I didn't send it back. Ever try and mail something that big? Too much hassle, I'll deal with the (now) cosmetic damage after my repair. Still the best looking case in my gaming room.

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Display Name: Aaron S.

Date Joined: 03/03/08

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  • First Review: 03/23/08
  • Last Review: 12/03/12
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