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Toshiba Q Series 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) HDTS212XZSTA
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Fast, light, and cheap 09/25/2013

This review is from: Toshiba Q Series 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) HDTS212XZSTA

Pros: Great storage/price, got 3 of these when they were on sale at $79.99 (free shipping) so that's about 1.5gbs per dollar, which is something I have been waiting for quite some time with SSDs. I already had SSDs in all the newer computers around the house, but I had been waiting for the price to come down to upgrade some older HDD based systems main drives while still having enough capacity for some programs/games. Exceedingly light, even lighter than a 7mm laptop hdd (look at the product description for the exact weight). Weighs considerably less than both my 480gb SSD from mushkin and my 512gb OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, although that makes sense with less memory onboard and the lightweight aluminum casing looks nice and sturdy. Delivers on speed almost to the T. 2 computers had only SATA 3gbps ports on, and they both maxed the ports, not the drive. On the one system with a SATA 6gbps port, sequential read/writes clocked at 496Mbps and 467Mbps, respectively, which isn't too far off the stated speed. I didn't benchmark the iOPS yet, but I can report boots of windows 7 in around 18 seconds bios included on the SATA 2 boards, and windows 8 over SATA 3 launches almost immediately (so quickly the spinning circle doesn't get to come up, the blue windows 8 logo comes up for approximately 2-3 seconds, and then disappears to the logon screen before ever having the spinning circles come up). I won't report cold boot times on that system as there is quite a bit on board that puts the bios time alone over 30 seconds, but that is no fault of the SSD. Can't report Win7 boots over SATA 3 as my SATA 3 system has 8 on it and the two these went into with 7 both use SATA 2, so sorry about that.

Cons: Lower capacity than I really want for my main systems from an SSD, but these went into my non main systems where that wasn't an issue. You may want to consider how many programs are key programs for you and how much room you would need for all of them, and buy an SSD accordingly (if you can afford it).

Does not come with a 2.5->3.5 enclosure for use in desktops, so I bought a few for $6. Not a big deal, this is just the first SSD I have personally bought that didn't come with one (although I had already guessed it didn't by the lack of any mention of 3.5" brackets anywhere in the description).

DELL Laptop Inspiron i15-1821BK Intel Core i3 2370M (2.40 GHz) 4 GB Memory 500 GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I got this laptop at $300, and it delivered its money's worth and more. Did a fresh install of windows 8 right off the bat, instead of going through manually uninstalling individual crapware items and it really moves. For having a HDD, I'm impressed with the startup speeds (I did just replace it with an SSD but even before that it was booting impressively, this just sped it up even more). Clocked around 34-36 seconds on average to boot into the windows 8 start screen with the password off, from the HDD which is not bad at all for a cold boot. Easy to access and work on system, I work on a lot and this was refreshing to see the newer dell laptops getting easier to work on (even to get to the processor and heatsink to change out thermal paste was under 20 minutes to take apart, change, and put back together). Respectable integrated graphics. Processing performance works well even for real time video editing, as long as you aren't working with large HD files, so its got some reasonable horsepower under the hood. Easy to get 4-5 hours of battery life out of it, under basic web browsing (more intense use will drain it faster)

Cons: None of these are things I would knock an egg off for, at $300 anyway, but they are good to note:

No backlit keyboard, and there is none available for this model unfortunately

Screen is not bad, but not the best. Colors could be a little more saturated, and the resolution could be higher, but its a respectable 720p display at this price.

The glossy plastic back of the screen sucks up dirt and fingerprints very greedily and needs to be wiped down fairly often if you want your laptop looking the best.

A bit weighty, but not too bad, and expected from an inexpensive machine delivering some solid performance.

Other Thoughts: I would highly recommend (if you don't need all the storage it comes with) an inexpensive 128gb SSD. The hard drive is this laptops most lacking piece, and it really moves with an SSD onboard.

Also, if you have the know how, REPLACE THE THERMAL PASTE. You will get a notable performance increase. Running intel burntest before and after replacement (first thing I did after running the test for 10 loops) showed a 7gflop increase before and after thermal paste replacement, going from ~22gflops to ~29.6gflops (I used mx-4 thermal paste just FYI). This is because all of the intel processors use TDP, and won't make use of the turboboost speeds when they feel they are running low on thermal headroom, which can be easily fixed by using a better thermal paste than the stock paste (in any laptop)

WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Huge storage, nice performance, amazing price 09/09/2011

This review is from: WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: This drive is made for storage, which is what I assume anyone in need of a 3tb hard drive is looking for. Plenty of performance for playing 1080p HD content too. Made with storage in mind as its a green drive that is designed to sit unused most of the time holding data for the system, as opposed to being an actively running drive.

Cons: Just make sure you format GPT (GUID partition table) in order to use all 3tb, and make sure, if you are using a PCI expansion card host for SATA drives, that it can support GPT drives, as most can't.


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Display Name: Nathan S.

Date Joined: 12/27/09

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