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ADATA S596 Turbo AS596TB-64GM-C 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Small and *very* convienient being able to serve both as internal SSD or as a self-enclosed external USB drive with no external adapter needed. Used it via SATA as the OS drive for a lightly-used Win7 box and it worked perfectly until the day it stopped (see CONS, below). Despite the critical failure that turned the drive into a brick, 24 months of good service still rates "3 eggs" in my book.

Cons: The drive failed without any warning signs right at 24 months of use (the drive has a 36 month warranty). There is a small green LED inside the drive that can be seen through vents behind the SATA/power connection ports. The LED still lights up but the drive cannot be detected by BIOS or as a USB device.

Other Thoughts: SSDs are still coming of age and I expect failures -- the best info I've seen suggests SSDs still fail at least 20x more often than spinning disks. I'm happy to have gotten 24 months out of this drive but I would be happier if it had made it close to the 36-month warranty period.

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Blu Deco Mini Blue Unlocked Dual SIM Cell Phone
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Good for the money 08/07/2012

This review is from: Blu Deco Mini Blue Unlocked Dual SIM Cell Phone

Pros: Price is hard to beat for a no-contract phone with this many features. Bluetooth, MP3/MP4 player, camera, etc. Screen is easy to read.

Cons: Keyboard feels a bit cheap and the mechanical keyclick noise is louder than you'd expect. Very limited internal memory -- Google News web page can't load due to limited memory even with 8GB flash card added. "Facebook app" is actually "Facebook Chat", not Facebook. Unfortunately, AT&T sees the phone as a "Blackberry 8800" and auto-adds a smartphone data plan account instead of leaving you on the feature phone data plan as it should. The phone is non-3G so data connection is very slow if you do try to use the web browser.

Other Thoughts: My wife breaks at least one phone a year so I'm always on the lookout for decent, inexpensive feature phones with camera and QWERTY keyboard entry. My wife is usually dissatisfied with her phones but actually likes this one. Unfortunately we may not be able to use this phone if the AT&T network continues to ID this phone as a Blackberry 8800 and insists on charging us for a smartphone data plan.

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Plantronics In-The-Ear Bluetooth Headset Bulk In White Box (Discovery 975)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Better than expected 03/08/2010

This review is from: Plantronics In-The-Ear Bluetooth Headset Bulk In White Box (Discovery 975)

Pros: Very light and comfortable (once you've figured out which of the three ear inserts is right for you). Very clear speaker and VERY good microphone. People I talk to can hear me better when I use the 975 compared to using the phone's own microphone. Good battery life. The 975 comes with a nifty carry case with its own built-in battery for on-the-go recharge of earpiece. Both the earpiece and carry case employ a micro-USB charing port (the new industry-standard port for cell phone devices). Notably the 975 can be active with two BT devices at the same time (a must-have feature if you need to monitor two phones at once). Not as small as pictures may lead you to believe but I find it very unobtrusive compared to previous BT sets I've owned.

Cons: Overall I really have to nitpick to come up with any serious "cons" besides the price. I feel the 975 is a bit pricey considering there are only a couple of truly "advanced" features on this model compared to many BT headsets half the price. Core performance is quite good but is not improved over the older 925 model it replaces (the 925 now sells for about half as much as the 975). The 975 is small-ish but not "tiny" as some people seem to expect from the photos. When the 975 is actively paired with two devices (i.e., when in a special mode that will answer either of two phones it has been paired with) the battery drains noticably faster.

Other Thoughts: I've had the 975 since a month before its release Fall 2009 -- I was lucky enough to inherit it from a tech reviewer who's not allowed to keep products. I was skeptical of an earpiece without an ear loop -- I thought it'd fall out too easily but it stays in very well. I had to try all 3 sizes of included ear inserts to find a fit that didn't hurt after a few hours of use. I can wear the earpiece all day long and forget it's there. The carry case with built-in battery and is very handy as a backup recharge option. It has a display that shows the charge level on both the earpiece and the case battery. The lack of dedicated buttons/controls on the 975 has not been an issue despite the fact I was a big fan of my previous button-rich earpiece. Battery lasts several days in standby or several *weeks* if only used during commutes. I deducted 1 egg due to the high price and the fact that the ear inserts don't work well for easy swapping between left and right ears as I often like to do.

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Marlon R.'s Profile

Display Name: Marlon R.

Date Joined: 02/15/06

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 03/20/06
  • Last Review: 02/23/13
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