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Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This solid-state disk drive is fast. Operating systems boot up in seconds where they used to take minutes with mechanical disk drives. Programs install and load quickly. System responsiveness goes way up in an upgrade from a mechanical disk. It is inexpensive. Solid-state disks of this capacity used to be well over $1 per GB, and now SSDs such as this one are just under 50 cents per GB. Its firmware is conveniently upgradable; you don't have to erase the whole disk to upgrade it like other SSDs I've worked with. Some say that this SSD is slower than others, but I can't imagine needing anymore speed than what this particular drive provides!

Cons: Hardly anything notable to gripe about. It is small, but if that is all you can say, bigger ones are also much more affordable than in the past.

Other Thoughts: I have installed this particular SSD in various computers running various Windows operating systems. Every system I have installed this drive in has seen a huge improvement in performance and a new lease on life. One computer I installed this on had only one GB of RAM and was running pretty slow. After the upgrade, it ran like it had 16 GB, and it was running Windows Vista!

Anyone saying that their system performance is no better after upgrading their system from a mechanical disk very likely has either a system problem or a defective SSD, Heaven forbid.

To anyone saying this has only 111 GB of "usable space" out of 120: That figure is actually the real total capacity of the drive as reported by software using the traditional definition of gigabyte which is 1,073,741,824 (2^30) bytes, not the 1 billion (10^9) bytes used by companies to make disk drives look bigger and considered by many in the know to be dishonest marketing. If you divide 120 billion by 2^30, you get approximately 111.76. I've seen the same misunderstanding in reviews about larger hard drives. For example, "2TB hard drive has 1.81 TB of space after format." No. No mainstream disk format I've heard of has that huge an overhead, not even FAT32. 2 trillion divided by 2^30 is 1.81. If Windows is reporting that your 120GB SSD's total capacity is around 111 GB, you're not missing anything; you have all 120 billion bytes of your formatted disk.

Bluetooth Version 4.0 V4 Dongle Micro Bluetooth Dongle Adapter With CSR8510 Chipset USB 2.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Reliable CSR chipset. Works with appropriate software.

Cons: The "appropriate software" doesn't come with this product! What came with this was TRIAL driver software! Until you shell out addition money to the software developer (up to $50), your bluetooth adapter will be reset after every two megabytes of data that flows through it! With each reset, there is a nag that pops up asking you to purchase and activate the driver software! And the trial ends after 30 days!

Other Thoughts: I paid $10 for this bluetooth dongle thinking I was getting a great deal. It was a lie and a scam. The product description said that this came with a driver called CSR Harmony, but it did not! Instead, it shipped with a free-trial version of something called BlueSoleil. When I tried using CSR Harmony with this (sent to me through email by the seller after BlueSoleil gave me this headache), it said there was no license for me to use the driver with this adapter! It did this on every computer I tried this on. The seller tried sending me a free replacement for the one that gave me this trouble. It was the exact same thing!

Beware: If you buy any cheap bluetooth adapter that comes with BlueSoleil, you will have to dish out additional money to make full use of the Bluetooth dongle; it's SHAREware HARDware! Return it immediately! There are bluetooth adapters that come with a full version of the BlueSoleil driver, but these cost over twice as much!

SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD103SI 1TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This drive was my ticket to the world of terabyte hard drives. I'm always choosing drives more for longevity than performance, and that means spindle speeds around 5,000 rpm. That said, when I upgraded my system from a quite sturdy 120GB Maxtor that I have had for nearly ten years, I was blown away by the performance increase in my system from this Samsung drive in booting up Windows XP and starting programs (after performing a "ghosting" of my old drive to this new one), just as I was blown away when I had upgraded to that Maxtor from an older drive. And as expected from every 5,400-rpm drive I've owned, it runs nice and cool which is what I aim for in a drive that I hope will last as long as most of my other 5,400-rpm drives. I've been running with this Samsung for several months, and it's looking good, so far.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Since I started building my own computers over fifteen years ago, I've made it a point to run them in a way to make them last as long as possible. Way back, someone told me that the fastest killer of electronics was cycling power. Thanks to that, I have been running my computers 24/7 without any power-saving. Computers don't consume much electricity, so I have no qualms about it. And I credit this practice for allowing the several hard drives I've purchased over the years to last all the way through their useful lives and retire still fully functional, most of them running for ten years or more!


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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 09/28/07

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  • First Review: 06/20/11
  • Last Review: 09/10/15
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