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SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 1.0
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs yes, it does break easily 08/30/2013

This review is from: SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 1.0" Black 2GB MP3 Player

Pros: Nice design, Rockbox friendly, standard mini USB port for charging/connecting.

Cons: It died after 10 months of normal usage. In fact I've owned four Sansa products and thee of them failed within about 1.5 years or less. (The fourth is a bit less than a year old, so I expect it will fail in another few months.)

Other Thoughts: It wouldn't be so bad if Sandisk offered a longer warranty, but they are very firm about the 1-year expiration. My Clip+ died after only about 10 months, but unfortunately I procrastinated and didn't contact Sansa until 14 months after purchase, at which time the warranty had expired. Well, I cannot fault them for not honoring a warranty they never agreed to. But I CAN fault them for selling shoddy products which need to be replaced every 1-1.5 years.

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ASUS 1015E-DS01 Notebook Intel Celeron 847 (1.1GHz) 2GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 10.1
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It has a nice-looking screen compared to my old Atom netbook from 2010. It works.

Cons: It is not linux friendly. My plan was to install lubuntu, but this turned out to be impossible since lubuntu does not support the new UEFI alternative to BIOS. So instead I am forced to install some other distro. I chose xubuntu 64.

Or at least I TRIED to choose it. As the previous reviewer mentioned, the darned wifi drivers don't work correctly with the latest (13.04) version! Fortunately when I downgraded to 12.04.2 LTS the driver problem was resolved. (Note: do NOT attempt to use the proprietary/restricted drivers!) So to the above person, if you don't mind downgrading to xubuntu 12.04.2 LTS 64, that will solve your problem.

I don't like the touchpad either, as it is awkward to use and interferes with my typing.

Other Thoughts: Overall I'm very disappointed. I wanted to go with an Atom netbook which would have MUCH better performance-per-watt, but I couldn't find anything with an Atom that looked good, so I chose this. I guess I should have looked harder, because from what I hear online, the Atom architecture is likely to be much more linux friendly.

Strictly speaking there is nothing "wrong" with the netbook. If you plan to just use Windows 8 (good luck with that by the way) then I'm sure it would be fine. But if you're like me and you need linux, then please be aware that this netbook comes bundled with a free subscription to headaches and hair pulling.

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Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's a large capacity drive, and can be found for a low price (compared to similar-capacity drives).

Cons: DOA. We'll see if the replacement is any better.

Other Thoughts: This DOA experience was an utter nightmare for me. I had arranged all my hardware in preparation for the new drive, and so when it turned out not to function, I spent several days doing nothing but re-arranging data over my network so that I could use my PCs again. So, since these drives seem to have a high DOA rate (judging from the reviews here), I would recommend making sure your drive is working properly before you make any hardware changes. To do otherwise is to risk the same horrific inconvenience I encountered.

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Benjamin W.'s Profile

Display Name: Benjamin W.

Date Joined: 02/08/04

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 09/04/05
  • Last Review: 08/30/13
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