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Plextor PX-M2 Series PX-256M2S 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's easy to overlook Plextor - and their SDD's previously branded by their parent company LiteOn. But these guys have traditionally been associated with top-notch quality in optical drives. Their SDD's appear to be no exception.

Marvel controller is proven fast and reliable - same controller as the Intel 510, with firmware tweaks. Toshiba 34 nm toggle NAND - again fast, long lasting.

Aluminum case is very light (both solid and attractive. It covers a 1.8" form factor PCB. Perfect for a laptop, with added options if you're willing to crack the case.

Plextor's firmware is more balanced in read/write performance than either Intel or Crucial. Depending on how you use the drive, that could be a pro. I'll be using it in a general purpose production workstation - Visual Studio & Adobe products. I expect rock solid reliability, and many years of worry-free performance.

Cons: Not the ultimate speed king (but more reliable). 4k random reads are not particularly impressive - typical for this controller.

Other Thoughts: I'm currently using this on an overclocked i5 750 platform - Gigabyte P55 UD4, SATA 2 only. Because of that, sequencial reads saturate the bus, so I can't testify to max values. But it hits all other advertised specs, and matches various online reviews.

Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue SSC-D0128SC-2100 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Bought this at the low, low sale price of less than $2 per/GB. Four stars just for that. . . and cheers to Newegg and WD! The drive arrived fine, bulletproof actually, in only a ziplock bag. Benched exactly as expected. It has the JMicron (yawn) 612 controller and is slightly faster than the Kingston Now V series. . . or any of the Indilinx Barefoot controller drives (previously the only non-Intel SSD's worth considering). WD swears that they sacrificed certain performance numbers for compatibility and reliability. In this case, that's important. . . have no tolerance for C drive failure. Expect to replace it years from now, before it ever wears out.

Cons: The performance of this drive is second generation. Third-gen controllers (SandForce, Marvell) are already here. Year's end will see 20nm class NAND. Everything will speed up. The theory goes that smaller, faster, NAND will be half the price, higher speed, but wear out faster. I believe in 2 of those points (until later in 2011). . . guess that's a WD Silicon Blue pro. But the con is, it's fast, but not blindingly so. Random read/writes of small blocks are so so for an SSD (but a magnitude faster than any disk).

Other Thoughts: Overclocked (3.5 Ghrz) i5 750 previously had a Samsung F3 1tb drive -probably the best 1tb HD out there. . . Bought this for better Visual Studio 2010 compile times. . . "Meh". Here's the numbers from Crystal Mark for both drives.

Samsung 1tb F3
Seq 130 read, 121 write
512k read 34 write 50
4k read .4 write .9
4k QD32 read .6 write .8

WD Silicon Edge Blue 128gb
Seq 233 read, 137 write
512k read 196 write 102
4k read 17 write 14
4k QD32 read 19 write 15

Nokia E51 Black 3G Unlocked GSM Bar Phone Supports Microsoft ActiveSync email
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Solid, quality design. Black metal has a slight very dark brown tone to it that exudes class. Beautiful to look at (even on standby), pleasure to hold. Keypad solid, attractive, works well. Phone has a strong signal, enough volume, good sound and great battery life – am getting a week between charges w/moderate use. Symbian OS is snappy and powerful – tons of themes and software available, many for free. Wi-fi works surprisingly well, POP email and browser work very, very well. Most web pages render just as they should, Flash, JavaScript and all (only heavy CSS throws it). The e51 is a thin, stylish, capable phone wrapped around a business class, internet capable information/messaging device. Low price seals the deal. . .

Cons: Arrived with keypad improperly installed – had to snap the right side keys into place one-by-one with a push pin. That worked, but it’s still a little crooked. Although slim, the phone’s a little tall, and the steel casing adds weight. The 2” screen is crystal clear, vivid and bright, and just too small. The 2MP camera has no auto-focus and takes grainy, disappointing photos. Video blurs a bit at only 15 fps. Symbian OS has all the flair and entertainment value of Office 2000 - boring basically, but gets the job done. No party phone, the OS is dense, technical and not as fun as the competition. The current e51 is Europe only 3G (850, 2100 mhrz) and is not compatible with ATT 3G (850, 1900) & t-Mobile’s new 3G (1700).

Other Thoughts: This slim phone packs more processing & connective power into a smaller package than anything before it. It’s an awesome achievement, and a stellar performer. Subbing wi-fi for 3G works for me (cheaper too). Thought I was buying a great phone with email and internet as a bonus. Ultimately, the non-phone capabilities of the e51 eclipse its telephony. And for that – smart phone/pda/internet appliance in a slim phone body – the form factor is a bit limiting for me. In order to get the most of Symbian/wi-fi, I need a bigger screen and full qwerty. Couldn’t be happier with my e51, love it actually. . . but have ordered an e71 for these reasons.


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Display Name: Steven M.

Date Joined: 11/20/03

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  • Last Review: 03/03/12
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