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Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Cheap - Got it for 79.99
Fairly fast for the price
Lightweight and thin

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This drive is running and performs well. With nothing on it, here are tested speeds from Crystal Disk Mark. It's formatted as GPT. It's around 223 GB formatted. All tests are 9 passes @ 4000MB.

Seq:
Read: 488.4 MB/s
Write: 278.4 MB/s
512K:
Read: 444.5 MB/s
Write: 278.5 MB/s
4K:
Read: 25.98 MB/s
Write: 109.9 MB/s
4K QD32:
Read: 260.3 MB/s
Write: 251.6 MB/s

I have this same drive in my laptop. It's about 9 months old now. Purchased 3/22/14. It has about 140 GB of stuff on it alongside Windows 8.1. It was running the older MU03 firmware. Here are the speeds on this drive:

MU03:
Seq:
Read: 470.9 MB/s
Write: 248.9 MB/s
512K:
Read: 423.1 MB/s
Write: 248.8 MB/s
4K:
Read: 23.44 MB/s
Write: 61.82 MB/s
4K QD32:
Read: 330.3 MB/s
Write: 232.0 MB/s

Laptop M500 updated to MU05:
Seq:
Read: 464.9 MB/s
Write: 254.6 MB/s
512K:
Read: 410.4 MB/s
Write: 250.4 MB/s
4K:
Read: 17.36 MB/s
Write: 30.81 MB/s
4K QD32:
Read: 332.7 MB/s
Write: 236.2 MB/s

Looking at the results, it appears the MU05 update caused all of the speeds to drop except for Seq Write and 4KQD32 Write. Definitely the blank new M500 has my laptop drive beat all across the board, even with the same firmware revision. I'd say expect a performance drop once you start loading up the SSD with stuff.

Note:
If you are updating to the latest revision using Windows 8 or 8.1 on the UEFI BIOS, the automated update program will not work. UEFI will not allow it to run properly. You have to download the ISO file and manually do it by burning it to a CD or mounting it to a USB drive. Then install the firmware from the ISO file. I could not do it without switching UEFI back to Legacy mode on my laptop though. UEFI would keep loading Windows 8 instead. I believe the automated firmware update program should work if you switch the BIOS back to legacy mode, but I haven't tried it myself since I used a mounted ISO of it instead.

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SanDisk Extreme 32GB USB Flash Drive 128bit AES Encryption Model SDCZ80-032G-G46
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cheap considering the speed
Very fast on USB 3.0
Runs fairly close to the speed on the box

Cons: None
If being super nit picky, maybe for some the Blue LED light isn't that bright. I find it okay in brightness though.

Other Thoughts: I got this on sale during Black Friday for 19.99. I consider it quite a steal. It's very fast and I probably will review later as this gets more usage time. The plastic construction is quite sturdy, but I really wish SanDisk would make this will a metal shell like the Titanium Cruzers which stopped selling several years back. It uses a sliding mechanism to hide the USB tip much like SanDisk's other Cruzer drives.

Speeds copying large files on Windows:
Write: Starts at 125 MB/s then drops to a stable 110-115 MB/s.
Read: Starts at 220 MB/s then drops to a stable 198-203 MB/s

Crystal Disk Mark: (9 passes at 4000MB)
Seq:
Read: 206 MB/s
Write: 116.2 MB/s
512K:
Read: 144.8 MB/s
Write: 20.82 MB/s
4K:
Read: 10.40 MB/s
Write: 9.910 MB/s
4K QD32:
Read: 9.671 MB/s
Write: 2.028 MB/s

Although it never achieved stable read speeds as fast as the box says (Up to 245 MB/s), it's still fairly close to it.

Formatted space is about 29.8 GB.

It comes with a code for one year of Rescue Pro Deluxe, which I probably won't bother installing.
On the drive itself, it comes with SanDisk Secure Access, which appears to be an encryption tool for your files. I don't plan to encrypt my files since all this will ever be used for is school notes / photos.

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SteelSeries Sensei Pro MLG Edition 62153 Black 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 8200 dpi Gaming Mouse
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Feels very nice. Lovely to hold based on comfort.

Software is very detailed and allows you to tweak the lights, DPI, and other settings at will.

The refurbished mouse looks identical to the retail packaging. Heck, I couldn't even tell it was refurbished at first sigh. It looked so new.

Great for people who like palm grip. This mouse is a large mouse.

Cons: None (I guess the MLG logo for very nitpicky people, but it doesn't bother me much since I never see it while it's under my palm)

Other Thoughts: I was looking around for a replacement for my Cooler Master Sentinel 2 mouse whose scroll button gave out. I really like the comfort of it, so I wanted a new mouse to match it. I was deciding on the Razor DeathAdder (The new Infrared edition), the G410s, and this mouse. I decided to jump on this mouse because of the refurbished price, and the numerous good reviews about it.

I bought a second backup sensei mouse when the price dropped to $40 for this. Now I'm really happy.

Time will tell if it lasts though. I usually abuse the scroll button because Revit uses it as the pan button. I have good hopes for this mouse though.

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