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Samsung 250GB 750 EVO SSD SATA III 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Another choice in the lineup of nice quality SSDs.... 10/14/2016

This review is from: Samsung 250GB 750 EVO SSD SATA III 2.5" MZ-750250BW

Pros: Effective entry level SSD solution. Great for common desktop or laptop builds. Instantly improve nearly any system performance with the proper installation of one of these drives. Also great for a starter system or a tighter budget build.

This model is a nice drop in for laptops especially of nearly any make or model that use standard SATA setups. I have used Samsung SSDs on both older SATA 2 and newer SATA 3 models with minimal issues.

Cons: The EVO 750s are as I said entry level. Their performance is a tad less than say the 850 series (3D Nand) drives. As such their life span and warranty are less, but that doesn't mean they don't serve well for what they are.

They could be priced a bit less to compete better against the higher level drives.

Some brands feel better built (Intel or Hynix for an example). The Samsungs feel very light and, well... Cheap. Even the 850s have this with regards to the casing and feel of the drive in your hand. This however doesn't seem to affect performance, its mostly just a aesthetic thing.

Other Thoughts: The software keeps having to evolve to keep up with the OS. Currently the Rapid mode appears to be supported on drives using GPT and NTFS partitions. They only recently updated both the Magician and Cloning software for Windows 10 for both 32 and 64 bit platforms with single drive usage. (Rapid mode doesn't support raid or multiple SSD configurations). And yes they support the 750 models according to their website page here:

Review the PDF documents found there for details on what is supported. But I see the documents were updated to include Windows 10.

I tested the download links, all software is still currently available via their website. They haven't been shipping the software with the drive itself. Also no more stickers. *pout

Acer Laptop Aspire S 13 S5-371-52JR Intel Core i5 6200U (2.30 GHz) 8 GB Memory 256 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 520 13.3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Extremely light weight for its size! I have worked on and sold a lot of laptops, and was blown away by these! Powerful, fast, nice long battery life. They do have a full 256GB SSD installed, along with 8GB of memory. Having 2 USB ports and a newer C port is stellar.

The screen? AMAZING! Clarity. Brightness. Great viewing at many angles. True HD. This by far is an impressive point on this unit!

I was very surprised with the sound volume and quality considering the placement of the speakers and the size of the unit. Sounds better than many laptops I have bought with larger size and supposedly quality sound. They can be very loud! And reasonably clear for what it is.

Cons: If you are looking for touchscreen, it doesn't have it. Nor does it have a DVD drive at this size.

Has typical Acer bloatware, but honestly it wasn't bad. Took me about 5 or 6 minutes to remove the items I didn't want on these. Few tweaks later and it ran better than out of box.

Forced the update of Windows 10 to the Anniversary update (1607) as it does not have it out of the box at this point.

Power jack is probably the worst issue on this unit. It is TINY! They give you an adapter with a 90 degree plug, and it "clicks" into the jack. But I will caution you, be aware and careful. I can about bet this will be an easy thing to break.

Other Thoughts: Touchpad can be fickle like many laptops, but if you are rocking a wireless mouse you can set it to auto disable or key disable it manually. Backlight does have 2 levels of brightness. Yes, the backlight can have light bleed, but it really isn't bad. Kinda depends on individual tastes or vision requirements. Keyboard feels decent to type on. It will collect fingerprints on the various surfaces, so know that. Easy enough to clean off though.

Overall I rate this laptop as excellent. I bought and setup 2 of these for one of my customers (husband and wife doctors). They were ecstatic over them and very happy with the choice and very pleased with the battery life. I spent around 4 hours setting them up transferring data from old units and did that all on battery. At the end it still had over 70%. Many others would be nearly dead.

GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very easy to work with board. Fast, seems pretty stable. See other thoughts for the build info.

Overall I was very pleased with how this board performs coupled to an i5, and an nVidia 660 along with an SSD. It blisters into the Windows 7 desktop in less than 20 seconds from pressing the power button on a cold start.

Cons: Didn't really encounter many cons. I'm not a fan of the SATA headers they use these days, but not much I can do about that. Just seem easier to break if you aren't careful. Large board though. It JUST fit in the case I had picked for it, but was unable to use any of the drive mounts due to the RAM location, had to be creative. lol

Other Thoughts: This was a system for my brother actually. i5 4590 Haswell, Gigabyte nVidia 660 Video, 8GB of DDR3 1600, Muskin Chronos 240GB SSD, 1TB WD Black, Blu-Ray Combo drive, Cougar 600W PSU, Rosewill case, Windows 7.

System was setup with SSD as OS drive, WD drive was for storage of files.

System tweaks:

Disabled Superfetch. Disabled virtual memory. Disabled System Restore (System Protection). Disabled Windows Search. (these are often recommended for many SSD drive setups). This particular SSD used didn't have overprovisioning, so no option for that.

With the above settings on this motherboard it will boot to the desktop in 15-20 seconds with only basic common programs and all updates. That is pretty darn fast folks.

Very happy with this motherboard!


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