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SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE256BW 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Fast, but be sure to update your BIOS first 09/09/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: It is indeed a very speedy drive. The included management and migration software packages are very handy. Once a couple of other issues were addressed (see below) it was very easy to transfer from my previous drive.

Cons: Although all of the included documentation indicates that a SATA to USB transfer cable is included, this is not the case. It's no big deal to install it internally alongside my existing drive for transfer, but the (very sparse) documentation makes this confusing for the inexperienced who assume they're missing a part.

Other Thoughts: I assumed that because the BIOS in my system was less than a year old (Asus Z87 Pro) that there would be no compatibility issues with this drive, but that turned out not to be the case. Although the transfer went through w/o issues, booting from the new drive was causing very strange behavior. A BIOS update corrected this. For the smoothest transition, I highly recommend updating your BIOS before installing and migrating to this drive.

Anecdotally, although I can notice some difference in speed, it's only because I was carefully watching for it. In terms of real-world performance, this was not a significant performance upgrade over my previous Intel SSD. Despite this I consider it a worthy upgrade simply for the reliability of a 10-year warranty.

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ESET NOD32 Antivirus 2014 - 3 PCs
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3 out of 5 eggs Not the full software package 09/09/2014

This review is from: ESET NOD32 Antivirus 2014 - 3 PCs

Pros: The program appears to be very lightweight and unobtrusive.

Cons: The CD you're purchasing is nothing more than an auto-run that pulls up websites to then go out and download the actual product. While I appreciate wanting to deliver the most up-to-date product possible, there are several cases where I want to be able to install and use at least a base product in places where an internet connection is either unavailable or undesired (suspected infection with "call home" capabilities). I paid for working software, not a pile of links.

Other Thoughts: Haven't had a chance to try any Steam games yet while using this, but after reading some of the other comments I'm now very leery of this potential issue. With Steam's huge installed userbase, it seems inexcusable to not have corrected this issue long ago.

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HP 27xi Silver / Black 27
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Pros: Excellent color and viewing angles. Easy to set up and get running. Very easy on the eyes (if you get headaches from a higher resolution, this is the 27" monitor for you). The calibration tools available for this monitor are leaps and bounds better than what you can get for most non-professional models. At $180 for the refurb, it's almost 50% off street price for a new one.

Cons: Has the usual ugly "debranding" stickers, but you knew that when you bought it. Some goo-gone and elbow grease can fix that. Packaging is absolutely bare-bones, no included software or even setup instructions. I had no issues because I'd recently bought and set up a 25" version, but this might've been more difficult for someone who hadn't. Minor physical blemishes and scuffing, but again, you knew to expect that.

This style of monitor has a glass front that gives it a glossy appearance. This is great for color and clarity, but in a very brightly-lit room you'll suffer from some glare.

Other Thoughts: Since it's a refurb you'll want to check carefully for stuck pixels and the like, but outside of a few scuffs I found no issues. I loved my 25" one at home so much that I bought this one for design duties at work, and have not been disappointed.

I'd been using a Dell UltraSharp 27" that ran at 2560 x 1440. While a fantastic monitor with a lot of real estate and detail, I found that I continually got headaches from using it, most likely from the tiny detail. While this one might not have quite the same level of detail, it's gorgeous and very easy on the eyes.

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