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This review is from: G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile 0G02420 500GB USB 3.0 Silver Portable Hard Drive
Pros: I am putting in this review to offset "Ken's" lack of understanding connectors and cables. Ken, THAT IS a standard USB 3.0 connector. USB 3 cables ARE way thicker than USB 2.0 cables. The "USB" mini connector is ONLY USB 2.0 and is several years older than the USB Micro connector (many cell phones use this) and USB Micro is also USB 2.0 ONLY. The cable is totally standard (look up USB 3.0 cable images for ANY device and you will see the same connector).
Cons: It is frustrating to see non informed people write reviews who do not understand this is NOT a proprietary cord. You could order ANY USB 3.0 cord from any maker and get the connectors in question. Now if the drive was slow, if the drive failed, if the drive got finger prints too easily, if the drive was no longer detect by Windows (don't forget to use "Safely eject" every time you disconnect USB drives - thumb or hard drive) if the drive got dented too easily, if the case cracked, if the drive got too warm (use CrystalDiskInfo to see what EXACT hard drive is inside the enclosure, with speed info etc.) those are all valid points, but the cable, which is generic???READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I am very savvy, I do IT support and repair for both free and paying clients. I got an old D630 from a client who was upgrading to a new desktop. I played with the D630 myself (for my kids), and ended up upgrading it to a 2.4Ghz, 4GB ram and an SSD. I was very impressed with how it was quite viable with these things.
Cons: The laptop has no issues itself, unless it's refurbished by a sub par company, like the one NewEgg used when we bought 4 of these, last summer.
Other Thoughts: I was not involved, but recommended NewEgg for buying refurbished D630 Latitudes. I recommended them to my son's small school last summer. Over the summer they ordered four of them. I volunteer my time to do all the PC work at the school. I eventually 'dealt' with all the problems (and repaired them properly) on the refurbished laptops that came from the NewEgg refurbishing company (who is not NewEgg, NewEgg rocks!).
Luckily the 4 laptops (knock on wood) have been intrinsically solid. The 4 users are teachers, who unfortunately did not tell me till it was too late there were problems (they did not want to bother anyone). There were several issues. Of the 4 laptops, 3 had 'brand new' generic standard (no name) batteries. One was a Used 9cell Dell battery (still going strong). All 3 generic batteries were no good. Two did not work without AC power on day one, the third lasted a month before it was of no use. I have since swapped out the generic batteries with Genuine Dell batteries and have had no problems since. 1 out of the 4 laptops initially had an sticking keyboard (teacher had been using and external keyboard she was so frustrated). I swapped that keyboard out with a spare I had. Of the four laptops, only 2 had chargers worked. One was totally the wrong type (plug and voltage) and one did not work at all. I ended up ordering more chargers so each person has dual chargers (so they would not have to carry them back and forth). Silly things that were easily avoidable, if the refurbish people were not being either i n e p t or c h e a p. The school paid about $280 each, at that time (over $1000), and to nickel and dime and put in generic poor quality batteries, what to save $50? I have since bought 10 more D630 laptops from e b a y (mostly a seller called G i l c o) and have had excellent luck. I'm very impressed with the D630 Latitude design and quality, just be careful with who refurbishes it!
Pros: WEI rating was decent, a notch higher than the HD5450 I was going to replace, W.E.I. score with HD-5450 was 4.6 (Areo) and 6.1 (Gaming).
W.E.I. (Windows Experience Rating) with this GT 620 card is 4.7 (Aero) and 6.4 (Gaming).
For more non gaming needs this is great, and better than alot or motherboard based video (it's great for HTPC with a silent setup)
Cons: Less than a week after I put it in, the fan got noisy! I had to use the PC during this seventh day and thought "That fan/heatsink has to go". I ordered a superb huge fanless Video heatsink I love, and dug out my spare but it won't fit! I have used the "CoolViva Z1" and have them on a bunch of cards, but no way would it line up in any fashion with this new GT620 chipset. Totally wrong holes, and the only way I could 'make' it work is to drill and tap 4 new holes and some would need to be right inthe copper heatsink material. No freakin way, not worth the trouble. This thing (and the 2 additional ones I bought) are going back... I got them for $25, but my guess is this little typical 'lousy' heatsink fan, so prevelant in low end 'slim' cards, is obviously a fast reving (sleeve bearing) low end tiny fan.
Other Thoughts: I bet I would have to FAR exceed the purchase price of this card to get a decent fanless setup. Now if I REALLY wanted this thing to work, and space was no issue, then I would do the following: I would tie wrap a decent 60mm or 80MM MUCH SLOWER fan to it and have that fan power run from either the MoBo, or cut the connector and have it powered from the Video board itself. This card is simply not worth it... Back it goes!READ FULL REVIEW