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This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Slim 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive HDTD105XK3D1 Black
Pros: A year on and this drive is still 100% dependable and hasn't skipped a beat, so much so that I just ordered another one to have as a travel buddy. Read speeds are no different than the day I bought it.
Cons: Not really a con and as I stated before the cable is a little too short. However, I just ordered 2 6ft cables so that I can place them both in a better location. The short cables are good enough to use when going from on PC to another when needed.
Other Thoughts: Don't know why these aren't selling faster on newegg as $67 is hard to beat for such a handy little (and I mean little) drive.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: Installed in seconds with zero hassle. To be honest it doesn't matter if you mount this horizontal, vertical or leave it dangling inside your PC, there are no moving parts so no need to worry about vibration. I don't have it secured, it just slipped into the empty slot for the FDD inside my Antec P182 out of harms way.
Didn't use the Samsung migration software, just used my own hard disk manager software and it worked first time.
Boot times are a breeze now as before having to restart your PC after a software install meant the best part or over a minute. Now the longest part of the boot is the BIOS screen. As soon as the little windows colored balls finish their little swirl, the desktop pops up and 1-2 seconds later all your system tray icons pop in and you're good to go. All in all about 20 seconds from pushing the power button on the PC.
I did use the Samsung magician software and just used the "Maximum Reliability" setting, not that it matters for the sake of the drives life as in a year or two I will probably have several as I transition from HDD to all SSD. Setting it on Performance uses another chunk of space on the C drive and as I have it partitioned to 40Gb for Win 7 there was only 7.5 Gb left. With "Maximum Reliability" I have 20Gb free for any programs I want to install in the program files which is plenty. The rest of the drive I left for BF4 as its bound to beef up when the expansions are released.
BF4 loading times went from over a minute to 25 seconds by the way.
The really great thing is no matter what the program located on your C Drive, the second you click it, it opens with a pop. I have my Control Panel as a menu and usually it would open and then the icons would flutter in, now it opens and they are already there, nice.
Cons: There are no cons because this does exactly what it says it will do. However the Rapid setting is misleading, when it says you get around 1000Mbps read speed, well you don't, tested with Samsungs speed test it does sure, but using another it doesn't change from its rated speed, so take that with a grain of salt.
I'm sure a RAID 0 array would double the speed though.
Other Thoughts: For an OS drive you can't go wrong with a 120Gb version. Unless you get a great deal on a 250Gb model I would wait until the prices are a little less astronomical per Gb.
Final thought, HDD's are dead, don't fall for the hybrid trap either, go for an SSD, you will not be disappointed.
Pros: Arrived today so this is an initial review.
This thing is BRIGHT! and I mean BRIGHT! so if you want to preserve your retinas, drop the brightness to around 30% and its still plenty bright enough for any movie or game.
Now go into the scaling options of your graphics software and set the scaling to 0% so you get full screen 1920x1080 HDMI.
Then find the option in the monitor menu for "trace free" its in the "image" tab and set that to zero to bring the response time as low as possible.
The monitor comes with speakers but in all seriousness who cares, anyone with an ounce of common sense has external speakers or a decent headset these days, I doubt I will even try the speakers personally. The DVI to HDMI cable is fine for me, but if you do want the speakers to work you need an HDMI cable.
The stand is as sturdy as any other monitor I have used, it all depends on the desk you put it on, but that being said it is rock solid compared to my 22 inch Accer.
The look of the screen itself is without a doubt beautiful, the first thing I tried was a DVD (the matrix) and it looked smooth as silk, then I tried a blu ray and blu my mind. Played one game of BF3 at 1920x1080 and that sealed the deal. I thought my 5ms 22 inch 1680x1050 was giving me a good experience of the game but I was very wrong. At 1080 and low response times definitely gives you an improvement even coming from 5ms. Don't listen to anyone complaining about GTG and BTB because it is entirely irrelevant. Most all monitors are measured in GTG so go for the lowest GTG you can get and for the price of this monitor you can't go wrong. Highly recommended!
Cons: There really are none if you have done your research, you should know exactly whats in the box before you hit 'submit order'.
Other Thoughts: Got this for 149.99 with a further 20 bucks mail in rebate (I usually never send them in anyway) so for 139.99 you would be mad not to jump on this.
ASUS has took a huge jump in standards for me because of this monitor.
I will review it again in 6 months.