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Intel 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A4K5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Installed on a 2011 Mac Mini(higher end model with the AMD graphics) running OSX Mavericks and it SCREAMS. It was an upgrade from a Intel X-25M 120GB SSD, which was old but plenty fast. But this 530 series is an extremely noticeable difference.

-Came with the updated DC12 firmware already installed(saves me a little bit of trouble updating on a Mac with no optical drive)
-On the Blackmagic Disc Speed Test app, I was getting write speeds of 312Mbps, and read speeds of 478mbps
-Boot and shutdown take about 10 seconds or less, and anything I open is pretty much instantaneous.
-Top notch Intel reliability and support on top of a 5 year warranty

Cons: Absolutely none!!!

Other Thoughts: I know Samsung SSD's are pretty good drives, but if you want the best, go with Intel. You get what you pay for.

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HP 2711x Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Thin, great picture, color right out of the box, low power consumption, large screen(obviously). Never been a huge fan of HP computers, but they really do make an excellent monitor!! Got this baby on sale for $279.

Cons: Looking at it straight on is perfect, but from other angles, it puts off a high glossy blur...best way I can describe it. As others have said, this screen is highly reflective, as I have a sliding glass door right behind my computer desk.

Other Thoughts: Have this hooked up to my mid 2011 Mac Mini via HDMI, and this monitor was recognized immediately. Despite the cons, this is an excellent monitor, and would have been content if I paid full retail. There's not a lot of bells and whistles, but it is definitely worth the money, especially what I paid for it. Definitely the best in this price range.

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Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 Laptop Memory Model KVR1333D3SOK2/8GR
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Bought this for my 2011 Mac Mini, and was surprised to see it not boot up until I put my factory modules back in. Not the end of the world, and Kingston is still the best brand in my opinion.

Cons: Docked one egg for the inconvenience of the RMA.

Other Thoughts: Installed my second gen Intel SSD in my Mac Mini and it screams. When the replacement comes to upgrade it to 8 gb's, I should be fairly future-proof for a while...at least in the world of Mac. I will update if there is problems with the next set.

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Display Name: Damon L.

Date Joined: 05/29/09

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  • First Review: 06/19/09
  • Last Review: 11/14/13
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