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Plextor M5M PX-256M5M 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs RELIABLE & fast enough! 06/17/2014

This review is from: Plextor M5M PX-256M5M 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Very, very reliable SSD (that is the main reason why I chose it)
Speeds are good enough for me,
Seq. Read: 492.1 MB/s Seq. Write: 399.4 MB/s
512k Read: 363.0 512k Write: 372.2
4k Read: 21.87 4k Write: 34.95
4k QD 32 Read: 300.6 4k QD 32 Write: 228.5
however if you were to put this until with Samsung's EVO, it would receive a beating but not far behind.
Plextor's MLC more reliable than than Samsung's TLC.
Very expensive (one reason due to its high demand) drive, I got mine for $199.99 however the prices have fluctuated in recent times with prices reaching as high as $299.99 and now at a current low of $159.99 caused by the release of Plextor's new M6M line of SSDs.
One of the few SSDs to use minimal wattage in operating mode.
Supports AES-256 encryption of your data.

Cons: Not the fastest m-sata drive around, Intel and Samsung are the leaders when it comes to speed.
Only 237GB usable after installing Windows 8.1.
It doesn't appear to have a built-in temperature sensor but it runs cool,

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this m-sata drive without hesitation however, Plextor use to manufacture very good hard drives now they are manufacturing very good solid state drives, you can't go wrong by picking up this unit. You get good value for money.

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Sigmac 15.3
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs What a surprise! Cheap & good quality. 05/10/2014

This review is from: Sigmac 15.3" 720p LED HDTV w/ Hand-Pressing LED Flashlight Included - LE15AB

Pros: Even though its specs states that its native resolution is 720p it does display 1080p videos just fine,
The screen size (15.3) seems bigger in reality than it is on paper and its a widescreen display (16:9) as well,
The sound (speakers) on this thing is LOUD, I have heard of persons complaining about LCD monitors and televisions with poor sound but this one is very loud for its size. I believe it goes up to 100 and I keep mine between 3 and 5. 10 is loud for me so I wouldn't even want to take this thing to 100,
The picture quality is very good but not great, it also looks like an IPS display, yes, its that good (I am surprised that I got such a good quality screen and picture for $83.00)
This is my favourite part, this little sports not one but two HDMI inputs! And to sweeten the pot, they are MHL compatible so that means that your smartphones and tablets with HDMI outputs should have no problems displaying images or videos on this unit. It also has the dying VGA input, one component input, one USB input (for power only) and a composite input for older video devices,
It has a 75x75 VESA mount on the back
and it has a dual digital and analog tuners!
This unit is super light weight, I am guessing that its less than 1.5 pounds.
You will be saving tons of dollars on your electricity bill as the Sigmac 15.3 LED HDTV uses 12volts @ 2amp to power it, about $3 per annum and it is ENERGY STAR approved.
In TV mode, you have the option to set a 4 digit code to prevent children from viewing content that are unsuitable for them

Cons: I am using this monitor/tv with an Intel NUC and using HDMI, the image on the screen doesn't quite fit right, I lose about 5mm on the left and right sides and about 2mm on the top and bottom in widescreen mode (16:9) In the standard mode (4:3) this is corrected however, I get about an inch or bars flanking the left and right sides of my screen so I just leave it in widescreen mode.
Words (text or font) could pose a challenge for some persons to read as they are fine (very small) so you may want to adjust the size of font in WINDOWS OS to suit your needs.
Wish the bezel on this unit was smaller, its too thick for my liking however I can live with it because of the picture quality and the many features that I am getting with this HDTV/monitor

Other Thoughts: Even though I learnt this lesson long ago, "never underestimate a brand because its not a brand-name product!" I have never heard of SIGMAC before until I stumbled across it while scouting out a 22" SAMSUNG HDTV/Monitor. I decide to take a chance after reading the reviews on the SIGMAC and bought it. Do I regret buying this until? Hell no! I love it and very pleased with it, I guess the only question on my mind now is: "How long will it last?" Are you thinking about buying this HDTV, please, don't waste time thinking, if you can live with the 'cons' then this is more than a deal. Its a steal! Something tells me that these will be out of stock soon. I am going to try to get another before they are all gone.

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Intel NUC Kit DC53427HYE  2 x 204Pin Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Mini computing at its best! 04/29/2014

This review is from: Intel NUC Kit DC53427HYE 2 x 204Pin Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: Small form factor... make that 'very' small factor!
Cute,
Powerful dual-core i-5 Ultra Low Voltage processor featuring 'overclocking' turbo boost feature from 1.8Ghz to 2.8Ghz
Use far less current than a regular desktop computer while delivering almost the same if not better computing power than systems 4 to 6 times its size.
Can support up to 3 (three) monitors at once (no other Intel NUC computer has this particular feature)
Run very cool doing everyday computing tasks such as EXCEL, WORD and ADOBE PHOTOSHOP with the processor not exceeding 61 degress C! The processor's heat tolerance max out at 105 degrees C so in other words, the mini fan does its job
It runs very quiet, almost silent
Very quit boot times, less than 8 seconds in most case for Windows 8.1

Cons: No headphone jack, no infrared unit like those on the 4th generation Intel NUCs.
Expensive to get up and running, you can easily spend between $550 to $990 just to get this up functioning at its best. You could easily buy a more powerful computer with a dedicated graphics card for the upper price range.
Only one USB 3.0 port on this unit and only 3 USB ports overall for the entire system,
Very limited when it comes to expanding the system

Other Thoughts: I spent nearly US$790 to get this system operating and I have no regrets, I still can't believe that Intel has made a fully functional computer in such a small form factor.... absolutely amazing work by the guys at Intel! If you want more space on your desk, to show off on your friends what a mini computer can do, get this unit! I am loving this unit more everyday since owning it in Dec. of 2013. This is a classic!

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