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TOSHIBA Hybrid Drives MQ01ABD100H 1TB+8GB(NAND Flash) 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - wicked fast
- great price when on sale

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: This drive was purchased for my 6 month old Lenovo Ideapad Z710. The OEM Seagate drive (5200 rpm, SATA3) was a major bottleneck. I could see that the disk I/O was low, preventing the computer from running like an i7 should. This drive is a hybrid -- it contains a traditional mechanical drive for capacity, but has an embedded SSD that is used as a real-time buffer/cache for SSD-like performance. I imaged my old boot drive with Reflect, formatted the new drive, installed it, and restored the image. After about 3 - 5 boots (allowing the cache to populate with data), the machine now takes 5 seconds to boot from a powered-off state to the Windows 8.1 desktop. It used to take 30 - 45 seconds. I have used Toshiba drives in the past, and expect this to have the same excellent reliability that those drives did. Highly recommended.

Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad Z710 (59406361) Intel Core i7 4700MQ (2.40 GHz) 16 GB, DDR3L, 1600 MHz (2 x 8GB) Memory 1 TB HDD 8 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M 17.3
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is an update to a previous review -- I can't figure out how to edit my original post on 3/15/2014.

Cons: As stated prior, I am running Windows 8.1 and Start8, mimicking the UI of Windows 7. I can't stand Windows 8. After installing a slew of MS updates about 1 month ago, the machine attempted a warm boot. After the logging in, Window's UI hung, displaying a black screen with a functional mouse pointer. After 4 hours of troubleshooting, I was forced to reimage the drive with a recent backup prior to the updates. A week later, I tried the updates again, and the exact same thing happened. I figured it must be something low-level -- either a BIOS or graphics driver issue. I went to Nvidia's website and downloaded a newer driver package. The machine hung again at the same spot upon reboot after updates. I am now in the position of owing a $1500 laptop that cannot be upgraded. I went to Lenovo's website and updated the BIOS. I have not yet tried to update the OS again, as I do not have an afternoon to devote to this nonsense. I searched the web, and haven't found any problems like mine -- the closest thing being a BIOS-related issue regarding running off of battery. Lenovo's website doesn't offer any contact options, despite this machine being under warranty. I will continue to use the laptop without further updates for the time being, and will post again if I ever figure this out. Too bad -- this is a nice machine, marred by a horrible trackpad and BIOS/driver issues. Stay tuned.

TP-LINK TL-R600VPN Gigabit Broadband VPN Router, 1 Gigabit WAN port + 4 Gigabit LAN ports, Supports IPsec, PPTP, L2TP VPN Tunnels
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - fast
- very clear and intuitive configuration UI
- decent logging options
- metal case acts like a heatsink -- unit runs cool
- painless firmware updates

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: I purchased this to replace an aging D-Link DGL-4100, which suddenly started giving me problems recently. This unit seems pretty well-made for the price, and reminds me of what Netgear was like 20 years ago, when they made good stuff. Indicator lights aren't as bright as most others are, which is a good thing. Data throughput is great -- I saw a 10 mbs download increase and a 5 mbs upload increase to my broadband speeds by replacing my old router with this and no other changes - seriously! I am running a gigabyte 8-port switch, a LinkSys WRT54GL (acting as a WAP only), a Roku 3 via a Netgear wireless bridge, 2 laptops, 2 servers, a Samsung ethernet laser printer, and a Verizon Network Extender through this and the switch. With media streaming on my server, Roku, and massive downloads via uTorrent, this router purrs like a kitten. For the price, I would consider this an outstanding value for the money. So far very stable with latest firmware. Less than 20 minutes to configure -- the UI is simple, but well organized, easy to understand and navigate. Recommended.


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Display Name: Mark S.

Date Joined: 08/30/03

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  • First Review: 04/20/07
  • Last Review: 10/11/14
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