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Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great for the price I got them...good for the 120-100 range 12/27/2012

This review is from: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

Pros: Boot is fast. No way to complain about a 2 second to LightDM for login and 2 second for Kubuntu to fully load. My old WD Caviar Black from 2008 took 20 total in it's best time and mostly took 30+. No noise, less heat, less power usage. Most file movements don't even get to estimating time as they finish before that.

3 year warranty is great considering most HDDs are going 1 year or less.

Cons: Wondering what happened to the 503 firmware update as their site tells me there isn't one anymore so I'm hoping that the 502 firmware mine came with will be OK.

Having to stick with SATA2 limits from my mobo holding this drive back. 3k rated life for their MLC (which as others point out is still for more than a consumer should worry about). Sandforce, I know they're past those dark early days...but I still worry about the controller being a problem. Worrying about alignments and TRIM. TRIM was easy to set in Linux but the whole alignment thing is still confusing and not easy to know if set up right or not in Linux. Wish they made their toolbox thing work with Linux but I can't expect too much can I?

The mounting bracket doesn't work well with my HAF912 case and the screwless setup but with the case's included 2.5" to 3.5" bracket adapter things worked out. Just with I had another for my 2nd HyperX as it is sitting in the box until I find some way to get it in.

Programs didn't seem to load too much faster...maybe 1-4 seconds tops but that might have to do more with Linux being better at preloading than I thought.

Other Thoughts: Even 3k MLC is fine since some are moving onto TLC (like in flash drives or Samsung's 840 non-pro models) it's not so much what the nand is rated for in P/Es as much as how well the controller can manage the writes/erases; whether the drive is aligned (helps with limiting writes WIN7/8 should do this for you IIRC), and TRIM (again WIN7/8 should do this for you).

Well, I'll post back if things go south. Until then this was 64 (120 total for the 2 I got) bucks well spent.

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Acer Aspire AS4830T-6678 Notebook Intel Core i3 2370M (2.40GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 14.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fastest $400 laptop most people have ever encountered even in the pathetic OEM Windows image crippled with bloatware. Works really well with Gnu/Linux (dig around another reviewer on here posted how to get backlight controls working as that was the only minor issue) where it's even faster than with Windows. 4.5lbs is better than the 6.5/7lbs my old G50VT-X5 was.

Cons: Has the defective ports problem as it confirmed by Acer (on their website). Crossing my fingers that they didn't somehow use the effected ports (2-5 as mentioned on their website). Time will tell on that. Battery is going to wear out fast because you really can't remove it to avoid the two worse things for a battery...heat exposure and charging cycles. All of those don't worry me as much though as my left screen to chassis hinge bending slightly outwards all of the sudden. Not sure what is up with that (heat warping?) but I don't have the luxury of sending it in right now as I'm a student and this is my only school machine. Again crossing finger it will last at least until winter break or longer.

Other Thoughts: At $400 this thing is still excellent. There's just always risks when you purchase from "the bottom of the bin" so if you get this just make sure you've got some kind of back ups (that goes for any computer really). Shouldn't be a problem but it is there.

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Acer Aspire AS4830T-6678 Notebook Intel Core i3 2370M (2.40GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 14.0
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The CPU, the amount of RAM, the HDD isn't too bad either. This thing is fast with Windows but man...with Gnu/Linux it's like a match in heaven. Honestly, I had a mediocre experience with Acer way back in 2007 when I bought a computer with Vista on day one. This computer has so far made that "bad" experience fade completely away. At 400USD this thing is un-match-able.

Cons: The keys are not exactly the best...I know it was going for style here but they're pretty picky at times. The track pad is actually worse in Windows to use than in Gnu/Linux in default settings for both which is a first for me. So far the backspace key is still the big problem...you really have to hit it dead center or hard.

Other Thoughts: Haven't given it a fair amount of time for assessment but so far this thing is just great and I honestly am happy about it even if the battery has me worried since it's buried inside the case. Only other major concern is the DVD drive...but I don't plan on using it much besides installing MSOffice.

Like the Arch guy mentioned before you'll have to edit grub to get backlight controls working but it's pretty much the only thing you have to setup on the side.

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Date Joined: 02/23/07

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  • First Review: 10/28/07
  • Last Review: 12/27/12
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