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Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH250A2K5 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I bought this drive in March of 2011, and it died after just a few days. I exchanged it for a replacement from NewEgg, and the replacement died about 5 months later. I RMA'd dead drive #2 to Intel and paid Intel's $25 rip-off fee for cross shipment (seriously, extracting $25 so the customer won't have to wait several weeks is wrong). I've now been using drive #3 since July, and I've had no problems.

The major pro here is I have not just one, but THREE really cool little bumper stickers that came with each drive. Also, the drive is very fast, and seems to run just as quickly as it did when I first setup Windows on it. I'm a professional software engineer, and totally hammer this drive every day by compiling very very large projects (100's of well-known pieces of software from a large software company) and also run heavy-duty database software on it.

Cons: Cost per GB has come down during the past year, but it’s still very expensive. Intel's 5 year warranty is overall excellent when compared with competitive drives. However, as I mentioned previously, if it breaks you have to pay Intel $25 for cross shipment, or in the alternative, wait several weeks for them to receive the dead drive and send a replacement.

When reading other's reviews, pay attention to how long they have owned the drive. Too many people write reviews declaring that their new sold-state drive is "smokin'HotFast' after using it for just one day. Most SSD drives are very fast when compared with a mechanical drive -- that's a given and not particularly useful in a review. The big question about any SSD drive is, is it reliable? Does it freeze or stutter? Does it have issues with a given computer's bios?

Reviews from those who have owned it for at least a few months are the ones that are truly useful.

Other Thoughts: If I had it do over, I would buy a 320 series rather than this drive, only because I discovered my computer does not support SATA III, so I am not getting the benefit of the S.III fast read/write times this is capable of. Its backward compatible to SATA II, and it’s still *much* faster than a mechanical drive.

From my prior review: "Manufacture's published mean time between failures is very misleading. Hardware manufacturers do *not* define MTBF to mean how long, on average, the device will last, but they know that is how the layperson interprets it, which is why they publish it. Everyone should completely ignore the claimed MTBF, as its true meaning is complicated and we need much more data about their study (that they never provide) to draw any conclusion at all. It’s not useful to compare this figure from one drive to the next either, because each manufacturer defines it differently, and a manufacturer can setup each study differently from model to model.

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Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH250A2K5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Its faster than a conventional drive, but ...

Cons: Its not reliable, at least not for very long. See my review from mid March ("about as useful as a rock").

The first lasted 5 days, and the 2nd about 4 months. Yes, it is fast when you first set it up, but the probability of failure is much higher than that of a conventional hard drive. its very tough to believe that I am just somehow unlucky. I've bought a lot of hard drives in m life, and have never had an experience like this. Once I get the next replacement from Intel (who knows how long that will take), I will be on my 3rd one in 4 months. If this rate is consistent then I am looking at having 6 or more of these fail in one year. Its the sole drive in a Thinkpad x201 running Win7 x64.

Other Thoughts: Too many people write glowing reviews within the first few days of ownership. Don't think that these glowing reviews mean that the drive is reliable. The glowing reviews are mostly focused on performance. Also, manufacture's published "mean time between failures" is very misleading. Hardware manufacturers do *not* define MTBF to mean how long, on average, the device will last, but they know that is how most everyone interprets it which is why they publish it.

Everyone should completely ignore the claimed "Mean Time Between Failure," as its true meaning is complicated and we need much more data about their study to draw any conclusion at all. Its not useful to compare this figure from one drive to the next either, because every manufacturer defines it differently, and each study can be setup very differently from model to model, even within a given manufacturer's product line.

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YAMAHA RX-A3000 7.2-Channel AVENTAGE Network A/V Receiver App for iPhone or iPod Touch
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Best Integrated Amp I've ever owned 03/24/2011

This review is from: YAMAHA RX-A3000 7.2-Channel AVENTAGE Network A/V Receiver App for iPhone or iPod Touch

Pros: Really, there are too many pros to list . It has most all of the features of found on top-end receivers
* It is 140 amps of very clean sound per channel
* Its video processing and up-res'ing is superior to a competitive less than 1-year old Pioneer Elite model I own
* I have experienced no bugs or hiccups of any kind. I have a Tivo, Blu-Ray, and X-Box connected to it. The video and audio switches easily and cleanly among these inputs according to the settings I chose for each device
* The vast majority of receivers are complicated to setup. With this one, any adjustment is via an on-screen U.I. which, relative to other brands, is reasonably intuitive (some brand's U.I.'s are horrible).
* Lots of great Internet features. Most amps have no networking ability at all.
* The remote control is the best amp remote ever. I saw complaints about its design on another site that make no sense.
* It does not get hot-hot, only warm, so it is efficient

Cons: * Its a big Amp that barely fits into my furniture, but it does fit. Make sure that you measure the space where you plan to put it to ensure it will fit.

* It won't do the dishes
* It won't wash my car
* It won't tuck-in the kids at night. Well, this isn't entirely true. Ever since getting it my son likes to fall asleep on the couch while using it for one thing or another.

Other Thoughts: Because of its size and weight, I recommend using banana plugs for speaker connections. If you ever have to pull it out to make a change to speaker wiring, if you have bananas you'll be really glad that you don't have to fool with fitting bare wires into the connectors.

As someone else pointed out, don't waste your money on expensive HDMI cables or let some salesman claim there is any difference between how well or poorly one cable vs. another moves 1's and 0's from A to B. 1's and 0's are 1's and 0's. There is ZERO difference between the 1's and 0's that move across expensive vs. cheap cables. Just about any HDMI cable can accommodate 1080P.

High-end branded, expensive speaker wire is also not worth it and generally will make ZERO difference in sound when compared to reasonably priced speaker wire that is the same gauge.

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Display Name: Geoffrey S.

Date Joined: 02/23/04

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  • First Review: 06/03/08
  • Last Review: 05/10/12
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