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Rosewill RNX-N600PCE, Dual Band Wireless N600 Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11b/11g/11n, Up to 300Mbps(5.0GHz) + 300Mbps(2.4GHz) Wireless Data Rates, PCI E Interface, 2x High Power Dual Band Antenna
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Hardware was recognized by Win8 immediately (though only 2.4ghz, see Cons)
Form factor is extremely slim and fit nicely in my case
Connection so far is solid, no issues

Cons: 5ghz band NOT supported by default in Windows 8, and the drivers that came on the included CD were out-of-date and only worked with Win7. Installing from the CD on Win8 caused the device to stop working entirely, not even recognizing the 2.4ghz band.

A quick call to tech support and I had the answer (download the newest version from the website) within minutes with zero hold time - very impressive.

Other Thoughts: The drivers are only available from Rosewill as an executable installer, not bare. I asked the tech if they had access to the standalone files and he told me to search for

Ralink RT5592

which is the chipset for the adapter. I was unable to find a download. Fortunately the executable installer worked great once I got the right version.

Windows 8 requires 3.2.13.0, the included disc only has 3.2.12.0. Be sure to download the new version before you take out your old wireless card!

Also, if you have an extended antennae from Rosewill, it is compatible with this card. The one I have has three connectors instead of two, but the card works quite nicely with a strong signal with just two connectors attached.

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COBY Pocket AM/FM Radio CX71 Red
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs "Works" 04/15/2010

This review is from: COBY Pocket AM/FM Radio CX71 Red

Pros: Technically works, picks up AM and FM frequencies. Good volume, decent reception indoors, has a DBBS switch for better bass sounds.

Cons: Don't even look at the tuning dial when trying to find the station you want. Mine is currently set somewhere above 102 FM and picking up 92.7 FM. It's loud and clear but it's nowhere near what the dial says it should be.

Other Thoughts: Use a digital radio to find your station and tune this one until it matches. I only use it for an early-morning talk show before work and don't need to switch stations or scan for anything, so it works for my purpose, but $15 is expensive for a single-station portable radio. My local dollar store carries FM radios.

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Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV125-S2/40GB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The biggest pro here is cost. Other SSDs are well out of a low end price range, and Kingston did a great job sacrificing just enough storage space to get the cost down to affordable prices.
SSDs will certainly drop in price, but for someone who wants to adopt early and doesn't mind sacrificing a little space on the main drive, this is a great match.
Putting it in my HP laptop was as easy as taking out the old HDD, swapping the SATA adapter from HDD to SSD, and plugging in the new drive. From there I reinstalled Windows 7.
With Windows 7 Pro, a good amount of programs including Firefox and Office 2007, no hibernation, and a 2GB page file, I still have just under 20GB free, which is perfect for temporary storage until I can move things to my external.

Cons: Size, first and foremost. You will be making some compromises if you don't have readily available storage, especially on a laptop where you don't always have your external with you. Consider buying an 8GB to 16GB flash drive just for that "emergency" space.
The speeds aren't quite as fast as more expensive SSDs, but it still blows regular HDDs out of the water. No competition there.

Other Thoughts: I used to warm my hands on my laptop's keyboard right above the HDD, I can't do that anymore because it doesn't get as hot! Oh well.

As of 11/25/09, this drive does not have TRIM support. Kingston has stated that it is in the works.

Can't wait for the Intel 160GB G2 to get to a decent price point.

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Date Joined: 01/01/06

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