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This review is from: Toshiba Q300 2.5" 480GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) HDTS748XZSTA
Pros: - The price I got was exceptional -- I advise shopping aggressively.
- Performance in terms of bootup and application launch is outstanding.
- Though not myself a real expert, my research indicated that this drive is closely comparable to the Samsung Evo 850, also a quality product
- The NTi Echo program, which is provided free, so you can clone an old drive, was easy to use. I put the software on a separate computer from the one I was upgrading, along with the source and target drive, and the software cloned the old drive with nary a hitch.
- The Toshiba SSD utility was straightforward to use and has the usual capabilities.
Cons: - I struggled to find the supporting software for this product on-line. I really expect the manufacturer's on-line product support page to point one immediately and directly to the latest, greatest version of utilities, firmware, etc. It was not that straightforward.
- Toshiba's webpages want you to know some arcane serial number or an equally arcane product number. And, then, the website did not even accept my serial number. Finally, I figured out a workaround that got me to version 3 of Toshiba's SSD utility, which was quite helpful in confirming setup in Windows.
- The free version of the NTi Echo software was easier to find, even if Google, not Toshiba, pointed me in the right direction. I put the software on a separate computer from the one I was upgrading, along with the source and target drive, and the software cloned the old drive with nary a hitch.
Other Thoughts: They say the price is right, which was the major persuader in my case. Performance in the computer where it was installed confirms me in the wisdom of my choice.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The design is simple and elegant. The mouse is somewhat flat. The keyboard is full-size, but pretty small for a keyboard in that category-- not at all bulky as some are.
This is a Bluetooth 4.0 product and so uses a low-power protocol enabled in 4.0. Many Bluetooth keyboards used to be rechargeable, because of the power drain. This one uses regular batteries, that you have to replace. (Don't count on being able to use rechargeable batteries -- that doesn't work out well in my experience.) But, battery life is likely to be pretty decent, comparable to non-Bluetooth wireless. I count batteries with good battery life a "pro" because I don't like the hassle of frequent recharging. ymmv
I think the keyboard and mouse has a really nice feel -- I'm talking about the material surface. I don't know how to describe it, but it's definitely nicer than typical hard plastic.
Cons: The keyboard is not backlit, which some rechargeable bluetooth keyboards are. This keyboard has replaceable batteries.
This is a Bluetooth 4.0 product. There's no bluetooth dongle included.
Most recent Windows computers can probably handle it, but some with older third-party Bluetooth connectivity may cause problems. I had a computer at home with a USB bluetooth cheap 3rd-party dongle that may have been Bluetooth 3.x, which could connect the keyboard but not the mouse. Bluetooth 4.0 came late to the Mac world, and you will need Yosemite (10.10 or later) to have a prayer of connecting to a Mac.
The price is relatively high, so this is a bit of a luxury product. Not great in a household where these things get destroyed regularly.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend it to anyone who wanted a simple, elegant keyboard mouse set for a computer with bluetooth built-in and for whom replaceable batteries are acceptable. Probably an especially good choice as an alternative to Apple keyboards on a newish iMac -- good design, compact, but with a more substantial feel. Mac users can just use the Windows key for the Mac command key -- of course, some of the minor Windows-specific functions don't have equivalents, but this is a quibble, really.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Superb Choice® 90W DELL Latitude D830 Laptop AC Adapter
Pros: It was cheap
Cons: It doesn't work -- specifically, the Dell needs an identifying signal from the adapter, and this adapter doesn't send the necessary signal. So, no charge. I have a 65W adapter that the Dell will accept under protest -- it complains that things would be better with a 90W adapter, but at least the computer charges.
Other Thoughts: If it is too good to be true, it is probably false.READ FULL REVIEW