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Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great performance, reasonable price. My mobo, ASUS A2M32SLI, is only SATA-II, and the SSD pretty much saturates it in sequential reads/writes.

Cons: One egg off because the clamshell packaging is way over the top. This thing was nearly impossible to open! C'mon, Kingston, is a heavy duty clamshell really necessary?
>:(

Other Thoughts: Installed Linux Mint 13 LTS on ext4 on 1st partition, ZFS (linuxonzfs) on second partition. Seamless installation. Naturally, boot times are great, as are app launches. Running ZFS snapshots and sending incremental snapshots to remote backup server.

Be careful that you don't lose a finger attempting to open the packaging.

Shipping was a disappointment. It didn't move from Newegg for two days, and then took a full week for delivery. Thanks, FedEx.

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Sceptre 23
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Decent color for straight-on viewing, Picture is quite sharp, and response is reasonable for a 60Hz display. 3*HDMI + plenty of other connectivity. Good display for the price.

Cons: Colors become a bit distored at off-angle viewing. Reds aren't quite as accurate as you may get on higher end displays. No SUSPEND mode available, but it will auto shutoff on no signal; it just can't auto resume - it's a TV, tho', not a monitor. Non-adjustable stand (minor). DVI and/or DP would be nice, but this is a budget TV.

Other Thoughts: I'm using this as a monitor as part of a triple head setup (this one on HDMI) with two other 1080p monitors connected to a Radeon HD 5750. The on-screen controls were sufficient to get the display colors, intensity, and contrast close to the others. With some propping and shimming under the base I was able to get a good height and tilt match to the other monitors. This would probably make a decent TV w/ external speakers, but I haven't tried that yet. As a 24" monitor it does a nice job.

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SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Performance, price. Pretty packaging, I suppose.

Cons: Timeouts and dropping offline. Terrible vendor support.

Other Thoughts: We purchased 6 of these for use in a software RAID, specifically zfsonlinux, RAID-Z2. While a HDD sw RAID on the same system worked flawlessly, we could never get the Samsung 840 Pros to work reliably. When running a zpool scrub, we could repeatedly get the array to shutdown due to multiple SSDs dropping offline. We tried both LSI and Areca controllers to no avail. Having exhausted all configuration options, we called the vendor. SAMSUNG TECH SUPPORT WAS OF NO HELP. A total waste of our time. The SSDs are being returned. These are probably OK for laptop and desktop operations, and maybe even as a mirror for a server, but I wouldn't recommend anything beyond that.

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Display Name: Steven J.

Date Joined: 11/14/01

  • Reviews: 26
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  • First Review: 12/15/06
  • Last Review: 01/01/14
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