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This review is from: Symantec Norton Security Deluxe - 3 Devices + Norton Utilities Bundle
Pros: Price--I bought this product on sale from NewEgg for $39.99. While I purchased it primarily for the security features, I now find the Norton Utilities that are included with this software to be a remarkable and useful addition to the security software as well. I have used Norton in one form or another for the past seventeen years and have had few (if any issues) with their products (CrashGuard, notwithstanding, of course!). Installation of the Norton Utilities program from the CD proved to be a bit of a problem (see "Other Thoughts" below), but a quick chat support session with a helpful and knowledgeable support technician resolved the issue quickly and professionally.
Cons: Installation of the Norton Utilities software was a bit of a problem, but was most likely due to the presence of another program on my laptop that was running in the background. See "Other Thoughts" below.
Other Thoughts: As mentioned above, installation proved to be somewhat problematic when it came to installing the Norton Utilities 16.0 software on my laptop. Attempting to install Norton Utilities from the included CD resulted in an error message that left me scratching my head and thinking that the CD was either useless or defective. However, since I had to download the Norton Security software from Norton's web site (the security software does not come on a disc in the package, but instructions for downloading and activating the software from the website are clear, uncomplicated, and easy to follow--especially if you already have a registered Norton account), it was only logical for me to request chat support and get some assistance. The representative (Vikas) was not only helpful, but was efficient in helping to resolve the installation issue that I was experiencing with the Norton Utilities CD. Basically, the support representative asked for the product key for my Norton Utilities program (Note: The product key for Norton Utilities is separate from the product key that is included in the box for Norton Security), established a remote session (with my approval) with my laptop and directed my browser to a Norton site where he proceeded to download the program in my default browser, then he attempted to open the downloaded file. When he encountered the same installation error, he then rebooted my laptop into "Safe Mode with Networking" and opened the downloaded program file and installed Norton Utilities from there. After installing the program in Safe Mode with Networking, and restarting the computer, he was able to activate the product and Norton Utilities was up and running. Problem solved!
I know Norton has a lot of detractors out there, but that has never deterred me from using Norton's security software in the past. While I was surprised to see that there was not an installation disk for the Norton Security software in the package, the increasing number of portable computing devices (tablets, ultrabooks, netbooks, and smart phones) and the lack of optical drives on said devices, this is only a logical and ecological way for Norton to provide its software to its users and I am fine with that. I highly recommend this product.
This review is from: Antec LED80XFAN 80mm Blue LED Case Cooling Fan
Pros: Bright blue LED light and quiet fan make this a great upgrade for any computer case that has 92 mm fans!
Cons: None whatsoever!!
Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace a proprietary Dell fan/shroud combination that would not work with a new (non-Dell) motherboard. The blue LED light on this fan lends a beautiful cosmetic effect to an otherwise dull (at least in appearance) motherboard upgrade. The fan itself moves quite a bit of air and does so in a very quiet manner that is easy on the ears and still manages to keep case temperatures cool!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great 750 GB hard drive by Western Digital! Drive spins at 7200 rpm and is an excellent upgrade from the 160 GB drive that came with my Toshiba laptop over seven years ago.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: This review is an update from my previous review where I ran into problems with cloning the drive with the Acronis True Image WD Edition software. The problem was rectified by plugging the power cable into the Apricorn DriveWire device that I had attached between the laptop and this new drive. Once I did that, the OS recognized the drive properly and the Acronis True Image software was able to successfully clone the entire drive to this new drive. After successfully cloning the drive, I shut down the computer, removed the laptop battery, removed the old hard drive, installed the new hard drive and my laptop boots faster and the new drive runs smooth and quiet. One thing that I did notice: When I open my Google Chrome browser, my home page and other pages that were set to open when I fire it up are no longer there. Also, all of my browser extensions in Chrome had to be reinstalled. I don't know what the problem was, but it was easily rectified as well, so I am very happy with this drive and its downloadable software! I highly recommend this drive to anyone looking to upgrade their existing hard drive in a laptop computer! Kudos to both NewEgg and Western Digital!READ FULL REVIEW