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This review is from: TRIPP.LITE U222-007-R 7-Port USB2.0 Hub
Pros: Multiple ports, powered, comes with most accessories I could want.
Cons: So light it tends to fall over / be weighed down funny by the cables that are plugged into it. There's tons of things you can use to stick it safely to your desk, though, for quite cheap.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Crucial M4 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT256M4SSD2BAA
Pros: Ridiculously fast startup times. Transfer rates are unprecedentedly fast. Sequential read speed of 380MB/s, sequential write of 247MB/s. Utterly insane. Installed games load so fast that I can't read the 'load screen' tips and tricks that they put in to distract you from the load times. 256 GB is plenty of capacity for most users' needs for programs and such. Get a cheap, enormous hard drive for file storage (and less important programs) and you'll be fine.
Remember this is a laptop-sized drive physically, not the 3.5" desktop sized drive (like most SSDs), and this one comes with the bracket necessary to install it.
You will be a convert to SSDs once you try this. Everything is faster, even things you didn't know that the bottleneck was the HDD.
You even get a good amount of storage per dollar spent, when you factor in the ridiculous speed.
Packaging is excellent. These drives aren't prone to shock (dropping) damage anyway... but still.
Cons: None. You'll want another for your every computer you've got.
Other Thoughts: Ensure that you format them properly, there are tons of guides on how to ensure this happens right. It's pretty easy once you actually go through and do it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Blazing fast transfer rates, great for large files. Low cost per TB. Excellent company to work with for RMAs. I have been very satisfied with WD over the years. Spins up quickly, and is almost always above 50MB/s, sometimes as high as 90MB/s when transferring to/from an appropriately fast source.
Cons: None really. They get warm in long consecutive transfers (like they all do).
Other Thoughts: Excellent drive, this is my third (no failures, they're just great at what they do).READ FULL REVIEW