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SAMSUNG 500GB Portable USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Investment 08/17/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 500GB Portable USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1

Pros: Fast, Light, Simple. Easily bypassable and non-nagging encryption feature. Great it you want to use it. Great if you don't. I've tried it with and without included encryption and noticed no loss in performance when encrypted. When bypassing (disabled) encryption it functions like any normal USB 3.0 external hard drive, giving me full access to the contents simply by plugging it in.

Cons: None. Some say the short cable is a con, but that makes no sense to me. Why would one want a feather-light business-card sized storage drive to have an incredibly long cable that would weigh and take up far more space than the drive itself? This drive is best lf attached and out of the way. The short cable further enhances its feather-light portability.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to use as an external self-contained XAMPP server and it fits the bill perfectly! I've not benchmarked it but I've also not felt the need to. It works (as expected) much faster than an external platter-based hard drive and there is simply no comparison between this and a flash-based thumb drive. I use this drive to maintain my "source" WordPress site and blog, my Tiny Tiny RSS (TT-RSS) newsreader (with over 250 rss feeds), and my OpenSim 3D virtual world server running 64 individual regions that comprise a large virtual island that would be more than a mile across in real life. With all that information constantly accessing the XAMPP MySQL database on this external unit, it never suffers even the slightest latency or glitch. I doubt I could possibly be any happier. I initially shuddered at the price, but now that I've used it 24/7 for nearly a month I have zero regrets. In fact, I wish I'd bought one of these a long time ago.

EVGA GeForce GTX 650 DirectX 12 (feature level 11_0) 01G-P4-2650-KR 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I had absolutely no problem installing the card and after installing the driver that came on the included driver disk Windows Update immediately detected the newest driver that coincided with the same one offered on the EVGA site. This was a completely problem-free installation of both hardware and drivers. I do a lot of 3D design and scripting using Second Life and OpenSim and this card is exactly what I needed for a seamless and smooth virtual world experience.

Cons: The only issue I've encountered is that I must wait several seconds after turning the computer on before turning my 42" flat panel TV on (connected via DVI to HDMI). If I turn the TV on at the same time as the computer, the TV will say "no signal" until I turn the TV off and back on.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this primarily because the onboard video on my computer had some strange quirks in Second Life and OpenSim. Some of the 3D textures and objects would bounce around or stretch out of proportion randomly. This card completely eliminated the issues and is more than satisfactory for my needs. In fact, I'm seeing shadowing and other effects in the virtual worlds that I'd never seen before. I had no idea what I was actually missing until I installed this card.

HP CB350 Black 12.0 MP 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Wonderful Camera 04/02/2010

This review is from: HP CB350 Black 12.0 MP 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera

Pros: Slim design and lightweight. Got it a week before I took a 10 day trip to the West Coast. Took over 1,700 photos with it as I toured through Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco and never had a problem with it. Just point and shoot. Decent battery life (2 Alkaline AA) and over 10 days changed them 7 times - but remember, I took 1,700 photos too.

Cons: The menu system has a LOT of different options and it's easy to really screw up some of the settings if you are not familiar with the different functions and take some of the features off the "auto" setting. But at least they include a "Reset All" option to return everything to factory if you do bork it.

Other Thoughts: 12 Megapixels is a LOT of pixels for the average user. 5 or 6 MP is fine. I took over 1,700 photos on my trip and since they were all over 3,000 X 3,000 pixels in resolution the first thing I had to do was a ton of resizing so I could post the pix online in a fast-load viewer-friendly size of around 640X480 to 800X600 or so. But if you are a pixel wh*re who thinks more is better, then this will definitely float your boat.


Len B.'s Profile

Display Name: Len B.

Date Joined: 07/09/11

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 10/22/09
  • Last Review: 08/17/15
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