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Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 32 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs High-end sound 01/27/2014

This review is from: Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 32 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers

Pros: With their yellow cones, these speakers remind me of an old pair of excellent B&Ws that I owned a while back. Well it turns out that the Creatives aren't all show- they sound excellent!

They're obviously too small to produce a lot of bass, but what impresses me is how deep they go for their size, with zero boominess. The response sounds very flat (in a good way) and the bass is tightly controlled, thanks to the 32 watt amp.

Mids are smooth and well defined, with a real sense of depth and clarity. This soft dome tweeter would be perfectly acceptable in speakers three times the cost... ultra smooth, great extension and terrific stereo separation.

Cons: Minor quibbles that have been covered by others:

1)Knobs are stiff to turn and smoothly polished, requiring a firm squeeze to get a grip.
2) Speakers power off after ten minutes of no signal input, and there is a delay in getting them back on when they do detect a signal. You can always turn them off and back on again for instant sound.
3) Headphone jack is very stiff (at least mine is).

Other Thoughts: The fit and finish on these is amazing and at $100 they're a bargain. These don't just do the job- they are audiophile quality, and I'm still regularly surprised by just how detailed and balanced they are, along with their ability to create a wall of sound that doesn't seem to come from the speakers at all.

If you're looking for lots of bass you should be looking at 2.1 speakers, not 2.0. But if you care more about flat response and excellent quality in both sound and finish, look no further. Buy 'em.

Remember. like all other speakers and headphones, the drivers are "stiff" when new and need to be broken in. During this phase they won't produce much bass (because the driver's suspensions are still stiff and they can't move much air). Give them time and the bass will start to get deeper and stronger. Don't judge the sound in the first few days- they will slowly transform into what you hoped they would be.

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: With RAPID mode enabled, this SSD is running at TWICE its posted specs! Read: 1024; write: 1096 (both sequential). I confirmed these numbers with AS SSD Benchmark because I couldn't believe my eyes. Overall score in Samsung Magician: 7390

Coming from a "starter" SSD- a Zalman 64GB SATA II, this drive feels like I'm upgrading from a HDD! I was able to test the Zalman as well and it scored a measly 169. A full, fresh Windows 7 install took less than eight minutes.

Samsung's software does all the work for you- just click Max Performance and it adjusts everything in BIOS. There is also a migration feature if you don't want to reinstall your OS, but I think it's worth the effort- your pc will feel brand new again.

Cons: None- but people need to do their homework to make sure their system is compatible BEFORE they buy anything. That's just common sense, right?

Other Thoughts: I think the days of buying a small SSD for just the OS and putting programs on a HDD are fading. 256GB is more than enough for Windows 7, all my programs, and I have 160GB to spare. Plus, having the OS and programs on the same SSD makes a huge difference in performance.

With a five year warranty and almost zero chance of Samsung filing bankruptcy (cough cough OCZ), this is a no-brainer. Yes, in some tests the Corsair Neutron and OCZ Vertex were faster, but if they don't offer a program like RAPID then the 840 PRO is still the undisputed King of SSDs. Plus, I know my warranty will be still honored five years from now, should I need it.

HP Deskjet 3510 Up to 20 ppm Black Print Speed 4800 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless Thermal Inkjet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice print quality, nice looking unit. I like that the output tray folds up flush to the unit- great if you keep your printer under your desk.

Cons: HP seems to have done away with the zoom-before-print option.


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Display Name: David F.

Date Joined: 04/18/10

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