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SAMSUNG 250GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs The external hard drive has shrunk 04/20/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 250GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1

Pros: Not only is this thing tiny - it's about the size of a Zippo lighter, and holds 250GB. And this thing is blazing fast, more than just about any other external hard drive out there. Also has Samsung build quality, 3-D NAND, and reliability. Depending on the connection being used - USB 2.0 transfers data at approximately 32MB/S, and on full USB 3.0 can transfer data at approximately 55 MB/s, and can copy a 2GB iTunes file in just under a minute, where on a mechanical hard drive, you can expect that to take just about under 10 minutes. The added encryption is extra nice - with the size of the drive anyways, you don't want to take a risk on losing it, but in the off chance that you do, your data is secure.

Cons: The only downside is the included cable that is very short. Either have a built in USB connector or include a much longer cable. One time setup program doesn't allow you to easily change the password or give you the option of setting up one later on, should you change your mind and decide that you want to add a password and encryption later on.

Other Thoughts: Samsung is known for quality SSDs, and the external drives are no slouch compared to their internal counterparts. As someone who owns three of them (one 830 and two 840 Evos) it's easy to get excited over an item like this where you can have that speed and quality just about anywhere. I have also owned lots of external hard drives of various shapes and sizes, but nothing compares to the pocket size of this Samsung drive. The only downside is the cord and the software, but those are just minor inconveniences.

HP Stream 7 5701 Intel Atom 1GB DDR3L Memory 32GB eMMC 7.0
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Windows 8 tablets are great because you get the full experience of a desktop in a small package. And you can run all the same applications that your PC does like iTunes, Windows Media Player, Adobe Reader and Firefox. You get the real full desktop versions of this software and no need for apps. You can use the Windows store ones but what's better than running the full desktop applications? And the 7" size is perfect for using a Windows 8 tablet in one hand. For that reason it's better than some Windows 8 tablets that have the exact same resolution. Plus unlike some other Windows 8 tablets, this one has full Bluetooth which makes it easy to connect to external devices like mice, keyboards, and speakers.

Cons: There's some things that are just incredibly frustrating to do without the use of a mouse and keyboard (like heavy MS Excel for instance). In order to install a memory card you have to physically pry the back cover of the unit, and even then removing the card isn't easy. Only 32GB of micro SXHD can be stored on the device, which is kind of frustrating to work with if you have a large media collection.

Other Thoughts: Amazing how inexpensive tablets are getting. I miss Web OS.

MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Nice motherboard for the budget 10/24/2014

This review is from: MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: It's cheap and it gets the job done. I wasn't expecting much of a $44 motherboard when I've been disappointed by other boards in this low end range, but for the price MSI offers a surprisingly full featured set. The visual BIOS is definitely on par with competitors and if you've used any other MSI boards (my work PC uses their X79A-GD45) it doesn't take much to get used to it. I paired this with a Pentium G3258, 8GB of Mushkin Ecoline RAM, and an older GTX 550TI (will be upgrading to GTX 750 relatively soon) and it booted up on first try and relatively easily. It found both the boot drive and a second 2TB hard drive that I use for mass storage easily, along with the BD-R drive. With a BIOS update you can run some mild overclocking features on the Pentium G3258 such as a multiplier change and unlocking both cores on the CPU, a nice upgrade from the locked i3-2120 I had been using previously.

Cons: Don't expect much out of the overclocking features, if you're going to go for the Pentium G3258, you might as well run it at stock speeds or just go for a mild change in the multiplier, but you can't run advanced overclocking features such as voltage changes and changes in the RAM speeds.


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Display Name: Grant M.

Date Joined: 06/08/09


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