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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR480GB-7 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The drive is fast and a great value. It does support Self-Encrypted Disk (SED) functions, allowing it to use hardware encryption.

Cons: I locked the drive using SED, which encrypts the drive using both a passphrase and a encryption key generated by the motherboard. My motherboard then died, which makes the drive inaccessible - this is normal. However, most manufacturers provide a software toolkit that can erase the key (and your data) so that even though your data is lost, you can re-use the drive in another computer. Mushkin does not. Once it is locked, there is no way to use the drive in another computer.

My real complaint though is about their support. I contacted their support through their website more than a week ago about this issue and I have yet to receive any sort of a response. Not even an acknowledgment of the request. Yes, I checked my spam folder!

Be prepared to throw this drive away if it ever becomes defective, because Mushkin does not reply to support requests.

D-Link DIR-615 Wireless N300 Router, 4-Port Switch, DD-WRT Open Source support
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: As a router, using the factory firmware, they're fine.

Cons: I bought these specifically for the DD-WRT support. I was able to install DD-WRT on both, but both reboot randomly when using DD-WRT with the default settings. I've tried multiple firmware versions with the same result. The reboots are random and there's no logging information available to indicate the cause of the problem. One reboots every 15 minutes on average; the other goes a little longer, about 3 hours between reboots. I've tried other power supplies, settings, everything I can think of to make them stable and nothing has worked.

These are junk for use with DD-WRT.

Other Thoughts: Mine are DIR-615 I1.

ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I have two of these for a multi-monitor setup. They work well for that with good viewing angles and reasonably similar color reproductions (the white on one is the same white on the other; whether that white is actually white is another story).

Cons: I also use these on a KVM. When I switch to the other computer, sometimes, about five seconds after I switch, one of the monitors will briefly display the old desktop again. This didn't happen with my old monitors and is definitely not an issue with my KVM. It's a minor annoyance.

Other Thoughts: This monitor isn't going to impress a graphics artist who needs good color reproduction and excellent controls, but for an everyday, general purpose monitor, it's not a bad choice.


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Display Name: Bob F.

Date Joined: 05/30/04

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 01/10/13
  • Last Review: 07/22/14
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