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Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2BD/64GB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very good read speeds, getting 215MB on average, but write speeds are roughly half of the theoretical max. Windows boot times are improved somewhat over my old 7200RPM drive, and Windows Experience score went from 5.9 to 6.7.

Biggest improvement is in loading Crysis and Photoshop. Crysis went from nearly 90 seconds to less than 10 seconds. Photoshop loads in 3 seconds instead of 20

Cons: Was expecting closer to max write speeds.

Other Thoughts: Excellent price

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MSI GT725-074US NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.40GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850 17.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a great laptop and it's performance is top notch for the price. The screen is bright and vibrant with decent color saturation. There is little audible noise from the machine the majority of the time. The keyboard is quiet and has good resistance to typing. Feels very durable and the weight is just right for what is offered inside.

Cons: You will probably graze the mouse touch pad while typing which will cause some headaches until you get used to the sensitivity and avoid it. The FN key is in a stupid position. It should be switched with the CTRL key. The shift key is made smaller, and it will take some getting used to, which I have done after approximately 1 month of use. The arrow keys are small as well, but I don't make much use of them, so it's not really a con for me.

Other Thoughts: All software seems to work for me despite the stories on here. I also have not had a problem with it not powering up while attached to the wall outlet and vice versa. Exhaust on the right side doesn't bother me as much as some people had me believe. It doesn't blow that hard or hot all the times I have used this to play WoW and Crysis.

BTW, with the new CAT 9.4 drivers I can play Crysis Warhead everything on enthusiast settings and stay above 30fps about 95% of the time. :D This is one powerful laptop that will make you weep tears of joy.

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Panasonic DMC-TZ5S Silver 9.0 MP 10X Optical Zoom 28mm Wide Angle HD Output Digital Camera
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Excellent camera with a few drawbacks 05/09/2009

This review is from: Panasonic DMC-TZ5S Silver 9.0 MP 10X Optical Zoom 28mm Wide Angle HD Output Digital Camera

Pros: This camera is an excellent point and shoot camera that takes incredible pictures with adequate light. Video quality is also excellent with plenty of light. Screen is huge and looks great with the resolution provided. Build quality is very solid and can take a slight beating and still perform top notch. Make sure to update your firmware to enable zooming while shooting videos. Wide angle is a great feature, and the 10x zoom is awesome.

Cons: Audio quality for recorded videos is absolutely atrocious if sound is more than 2 feet away. In low light situations picture quality takes a serious beating, and video quality is constantly out of focus. Intelligent Auto does not work in most situations, unless you are out in direct sunlight or inside with very bright fluorescent lighting.

Other Thoughts: I would have given this camera 4 or even 5 stars if it was usable for more than simple pictures and videos in very high light situations with no sound

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Jay C.'s Profile

Display Name: Jay C.

Date Joined: 08/11/04

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 05/09/09
  • Last Review: 02/08/11
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