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Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD1 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Purchased two of these directly from Crucial (unfortunately, I could not use business funds to buy them from NewEgg), one for a brand-new Lenovo T420s and one for a mid-2008 MacBook Pro 15". As a note, the 7mm drives are necessary for the Lenovo thin-n-lite products because the regular 9mm drives do not fit. Read, write, boot, and shutdown times are significantly better than the stock hard drives, as expected.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: To assuage the previous user who complained about how speed was not what was expected: a.) The SATA 6Gbps connectors riding on AMD 890FX/GX chipsets are slower than those that connect to Intel chipsets (something I've seen tested and replicated often), and b.) What manufacturer do you know that produces an SSD that actually hits all lofty, best-case-scenario, hardly-been-used drive speeds under real world conditions?

I'm not saying that anyone should lower their expectations; rather, people should be realistic and take any manufacturer's claims with a healthy dose of salt.

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NEC Display MultiSync E231W-BK Black 23” Widescreen TN Panel, LED Backlight LCD Monitor 5ms 250cd/m2, Display Port, Height Adjust, Pivot, Tilt & Swivel, ECO Mode function – Carbon Footprint Meter, 3 Y
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: •Bright, sharp image - No problem reproducing text, haven't detected a hint of ghosting or smearing while playing movies or games.

•One of the few LED displays with height, tilt, swivel, and rotation adjustment - Not sure why more manufacturers don't do the same. The stand is fairly solid, and it uses a VESA 100m mount if you want to change it out for something else.

•Has all the benefits of LED - My energy consumption went down 10 watts after replacing my 4 year old 22" display. Powers on in only a few seconds and doesn't require time to 'warm up' to full brightness. Not nearly as warm over long durations of time.

•DisplayPort for the win - Works well with my Mac mini and a Mini DP to DP cable. I'm glad NEC didn't cheap out and go with an HDMI connector.

•Has auto-brightness adjustment and single-button Eco-mode - If you're into that sort of thing...

Cons: •It's a TN panel - Thought I'd put any debate to bed since NEC doesn't publish this information. You can move about 30° off axis horizontally without seeing color distortion. Vertical is less than 10°. Forget color accuracy if you rotate this into portrait mode.

•Native color leans towards blue - You can adjust the other color settings to compensate, but the blue tinge never goes away completely. Mostly evident when looking at white backgrounds.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this mostly for the power savings over my older display, the ergonomic adjustability, and the DisplayPort connector. While I wish this had an IPS panel, I can't really complain since the E231w costs significantly less than 23" IPS displays that would require a few trade offs on what I consider to be more important. I purchased this for home use, not for photography or art. If you're looking for color accuracy, keep looking. If you're looking for an adjustable LED display with full adjustability and a good set of connectors, and you're willing to forego a little color accuracy, this should be in your shopping cart.

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MOTOROLA SB6120 Cable Modem SURFboard eXtreme 160Mbps in DOCSIS mode and 195Mbps in EuroDOCSIS mode Ethernet Port DOCSIS 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: • Simple set up: Plugged in the coaxial and power cables, called my provider, supplied the MAC address, watched the modem reset, connected a network between this and my wireless router, and I was off to the races.

• Significantly faster download speed: Went from 15 to 25Mbps according to SpeedTest.

• Lower ping: Averaging 50ms ping or less, down from 90ms

Cons: • Upload speed is the same: Still at 4Mbps... It's a non-issue for some, but it's a bit disappointing compared to the difference in the download speed.

• A fair bit chunkier than the modem it replaces: A minor nitpick at best.

Other Thoughts: This is a one-time purchase that will definitely pay off in the long run. Not only am I getting a faster connection for the same monthly payment through my provider, but I save money by not having to pay monthly equipment rental charges. If this modem goes on sale, and you have cable internet access (and if they have an approved cable modem list that includes this model), it's a no-brainer purchase.

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Michael H.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael H.

Date Joined: 08/14/03

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 08/28/10
  • Last Review: 02/23/12
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