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Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Awesome on a tablet, usable on a desktop, overpriced upgrade 04/15/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade

Pros: Very intuitive user interface for a tablet -- swipe from the edges to reveal menus. Nice apps. Ability to occasionally run full Windows programs on my Iconia W500 tablet makes it an iPad killer in my book. Usable on a desktop too (but with issues). Improved boot performance.

Cons: Retail price for an upgrade is way too high -- all you're really getting is some minor tweaks, a bunch of removed features (DVD playback + Media Center), and a new revenue-generating model for Microsoft (they get 30% of the purchase price for an app). It was worth the $40 promotional price but I refuse to pay any more than that.

The Media Center pack (I got it free during the promo but now it's $10) gives you the exact same version of Media Center you already own if you have Windows 7. Considering that it's a paid upgrade they could have at least given it a more "Metro" theme.

Won't run Modern apps on more than one monitor (my desktop has 3). Somewhat awkward to use on a desktop -- yes, you can "get used to it", but it really doesn't offer much more than Windows 7 in that area.

Other Thoughts: I've been using it since the Developer Preview released last year.

I highly encourage it if you have a touchscreen. If you have an older Windows 7 computer with no touchscreen, it's not worth the upgrade.

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WD WD Green WD7500AADS-FR 750GB IntelliPower 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Decent price after the recession. Large capacity.

Cons: The drive worked great at first, but a week later, it started developing bad sectors to the point of failing to boot Windows.

Slow to begin with (but that's understandable considering it's a Green drive).

Other Thoughts: I don't recommend using it as a boot drive regardless of reliability issues, as it's a bit on the slow side. I got 90MB/s reads in CrystalDiskMark and a WEI of 5.4.

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XION XON-180 Meshed Black/Red Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Solidly-built case with a few flaws 04/07/2012

This review is from: XION XON-180 Meshed Black/Red Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Inexpensive but sturdily built. Front looks pretty good (except for the cheap plastic parts). Inside and back look very good with the black finish.

Cons: There is no proper hard drive cage; the bottom front has a fan but is otherwise an open area.

Rear slot brackets are of the cheap "knockout" type -- once you remove one, you can't put it back.

The case arrived with the top bent slightly, preventing me from installing the DVD drive. I had to bend it back.

Power button feels cheap.

Other Thoughts: The back panel of the ASRock 970 Extreme3 motherboard matches perfectly with the color scheme of the case. I added a rear 80mm blue fan to complete the red/blue look.

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Lyosha B.'s Profile

Display Name: Lyosha B.

Date Joined: 12/02/08

  • Reviews: 31
  • Helpfulness: 16
  • First Review: 12/30/08
  • Last Review: 04/15/13
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