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GPCT Cree Q5 LED Bike Cycle Zoomable Twin Front Torch Head Light Set
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs WOW THESE ARE BRIGHT - great value! 05/21/2014

This review is from: GPCT Cree Q5 LED Bike Cycle Zoomable Twin Front Torch Head Light Set

Pros: - 3 mode headlight (high, low, flash)
- 6 mode tail light
- batteries supplied for all lights
- thumbscrews for headlights easy to operate to remove headlight from bike
- zoomable light beam to adjust to the width you would like
- headlights can double as flashlight and are easily removed from the bike mount
- incredible value at only $13 shipped on sale (you can break this down to $7.50 per headlight with a free tail light)

Cons: - tail light is just average, but the headlights are the main reason to purchase this
- lights do not appear to be water proof so I would avoid riding in rain with these
- strange manufacture odor upon opening packaging that lasted for days inside garage; what chemicals are used in making these, anyway?

Other Thoughts: I have different bike headlights, some cheaper ones are very poor and are OK as a "be seen" light at dusk/night, but those are no good for actually trying to see where you are going if riding in the dark. These headlights are more than a "be seen" light, they actually allow you to see the road ahead of you when riding at night. The regular price of $26 for two of these is a fantastic deal. I feel guilty for being able to purchase these at $13 for the pair plus a tail light. You could only run one of these and still do well. I actually bought two sets (4 headlights) to put one on my wife and kids' bikes. They perform much better than I expected them to.

My primary bike light setup is a $60 Fenix Cree tactical flashlight mounted on a Two Fish Unlimited Flashlite Holder and with a Planet Bike Turbo Superflash as my rear light. The brightness of these headlights rival the Fenix and cost a LOT less. These are a winner for anyone wanting a bright bike headlight.

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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Bought the 1TB Samsung 840 EVO to put in a 27-inch 2013 iMac 3.5GHz i7 and replace the stock 3.5" 1TB HDD. Formatted it gives 999.x GB of disk space. I also did a fresh install 10.9.2 and all my apps and then copied over my data files. Taking up 470GB currently.

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test gives consistent write speeds of 491MB/sec and 513MB/sec read.

Cons: absolutely none

Other Thoughts: I have had good success with a Samsung 830 in my MacBook Pro, going 2 years strong. When I purchased a refurb 2013 iMac that had the 3.5GHz i7 processor upgrade and 4GB upgraded video but the stock 1TB HDD, this drive was the best solution for me to get 1TB SSD. Although Apple's PCIe SSD is 50% than SATA SSD, their 1TB SSD wasn't an option for my refurb iMac (you take what you can get), and at $1K, wasn't in my budget either.

Also, I like how I can flash this SSD with an external USB optical drive on the optical-drive lacking iMac. The Crucial M4 I had in my previous iMac required an INTERNAL optical drive for a (necessary) firmware update, which required me to reopen the iMac case, install the SSD in my 2011 MacBook Pro with optical drive, then after flashing, reinstall the SSD back in the iMac. What a pain, as iMacs are not easy to get into. I avoided Crucial this time for their inability to flash via external USB drive.

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SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Still going strong in MacBook Pro 03/05/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Decent price, fastest performing SSD, Samsung reliability (purchased in Aug 2012)

Cons: none with this SSD

Other Thoughts: Bought and installed in a 2011 MacBook Pro 15" 2.5GHz. Awesome boot drive for a laptop that is used daily, often all day long. I used to not like shutting down my MacBook for the long boot times (50 sec or so) when starting up on a traditional HDD. Now I'm up and running in under 15 seconds from the time I push the power button. I often shut my Mac down instead of sleeping, like when storing it overnight in the computer bag. Highly recommended! In fact, I bought a 1TB Samsung 840 EVO for my new 2013 iMac. Great drives!

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Martin K.'s Profile

Display Name: Martin K.

Date Joined: 02/11/02

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 08/21/13
  • Last Review: 05/21/14
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