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Patriot Torqx 2 PT2128GS25SSDR 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Way faster, quieter, cooler, and less power draw when either idle or active, than the WD raptor I am replacing in my desktop.

25 dollar rebate cart brought it down to 200 bucks.

Bundled with Acronis home edition for extra 20 bucks made cloning my boot drive pretty painless!

Supposed to have native TRIM support under Windows 7, but I haven't tried to confirm or configure.

Cons: Costs as much as an OCZ vertex 2 of the same size, but interwebs say it is almost half as fast as the OCZ vertex 2; it doesn't use the currently popular SSD controller.

Does not come with any brackets for mounting in a standard desktop. A bundle with a bracket would be nice wink wink.

Advertised both on newegg and the product page on the patriot site as having a 3 year warranty, but the back of box and box liner say it only has a 2 year warranty.

There's no explanation on patriot forums or in the box about enabling TRIM commands, or what drivers to use. Maybe it will just work out of the box.

Other Thoughts: Windows 7 told my wife that my Raptor was throwing SMART errors. I figured this was a great time to buy an SSD and then go RMA the Raptor.

Coworkers recommended the OCZ Vertex 2, but the prices were slightly higher, and every 5th user review complained about their OCZ bricking in a few months. My motherboard doesn't support 6gb throughput, so I wasn't sure it would matter.

Using the Torqx 2 with Windows 7 Ultimate and 8gb ram, startup times are much faster on boot, and app startup time when logged in is perceptually snappy. I didn't measure before and after speeds.

I used a large black metal binder clip to hold it in place in a quick-change drive bay. Seems to work ok, with very little extra pressure.

In order to clone the boot drive to the SSD, I fixed bad drive sectors with windows disk scan, moved the page file off the boot drive, purged more files so the drive would fit onto the SSD.

Hauppauge 1191 WinTV-HVR-950Q USB TV Tuner Stick/Hybrid Video Recorder with Remote Control
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: plays and records digital over-the-air TV, turning my living room computer with lcd display into a TV with DVR for the family

default captured videos in .ts format play back ok on my xbox using windows 7 x64 pro and windows media center

found my regional stations

scheduled capture of weekly series using provided winv7 software

comes with usb cable extender so crowded usb ports aren't blocked by anything

has an additional s-video input cable for capturing videos from external devices. Sweet.

Cons: maybe 20 bucks more than its competitors

Other Thoughts: doesn't give me you free cable tv - you have to pay for cable. seriously, somehow I spaced and got super excited to hear that this unit could capture unencrypted broadcast cable channels. If you have cable, this probably works fine for you! That's not a con, that's me being dumb.

I have no reason to be unhappy yet with this purchase, and it works as advertised.

I'll have to buy an antenna or signal booster because my reception in that room is poor. Adjusting the provided antenna's location to pick up each station is working just fine for now.

haven't tried the remote yet, it looks pretty cheap though.

Rosewill RCR-IC002 - 74-in-1 Internal Card Reader with USB 2.0 Ports & Extra Silver Face Plate - Fits 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: super cheap. alternate brick-and-mortar retailer was selling an internal kit for 35 bucks, that was too high for me.

9 pin usb header (10 pin block with safety knockout)

reduces my desk clutter by going inside my pc

comes in black with silver faceplate, includes mounting screws

Cons: blue power indicator led keeps burning electricity

sd card slot is upside down

sd card doesn't have spring ejection mechanism

no front port firewire 1394

Other Thoughts: the last time I needed a card reader, it came with a floppy disc in the same tiny format, for like 15 bucks all told. That must have been 8 years ago.

I was looking for a similarly cheap bare bones internal reader, and that's what this is.

In my antec p180, the usb cable connects ok from the bottom bays to the gigabyte microatx p55 usb pins, which are on the bottom edge of the board. It fits flush ok, test the various screw settings of the p180 quickmount rails with the included 3.5 drive bay adapter.

I gave it 3 eggs - everything went together ok, but I was surprised that the sd card slot didn't have an ejection mechanism, and disappointed that it's going to burn electrons on my monthly electric bill just to tell me it's connected. I can already see that from windows!


Erik P.'s Profile

Display Name: Erik P.

Date Joined: 06/22/06

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 08/23/08
  • Last Review: 06/10/11
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