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Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I decided when I built my newest computer that it was time to try an SSD, even though the price differential was considerable at the time. I use the SSD for the OS and most of the everyday software (browsers, e-mail, Office, drivers, etc.), and have a pair of WD 750GB drives for games and mass storage. The install went quickly, and the drive has been flawless so far. I went with the Intel for one simple reason: reliability. Speed means little if a drive fails, so I went with what I believe is the safer choice.

Cons: From my reading about SSDs, I was expecting a "night and day" difference in startup speed from my previous build that used a Raptor drive for the OS, but it wasn't that extreme. From the push of the power button to ready-to-use, it still takes a little over 30 seconds. Still, when I think of past machines I've built, 30 seconds is reasonably fast.

Other Thoughts: With a NewEgg deal and a nice rebate from Intel, this drive was just over $200 for 120GB. Considering the prices of spin drives at the moment, if I could get the same deal again, I'd probably get a second one.

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AFT PRO-35U USB 2.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great looking drive, can be used internally or externally. Multiple connection options, and comes with a silver faceplate if that looks better on your rig. I've always used AFT for my card reader needs, and even though they cost a little more, I've never had any problems, at least none that couldn't be solved. Outstanding tech support from AFT (see below).

Cons: Slots are a little snug on this model, so it has a different feel from other AFT readers I've used in the past, but that's really not much of a con.

Other Thoughts: I had an issue with this reader not working properly with my new ASUS P8P67 / Windows 7 rig. The reader would work properly if a card was inserted during startup, but would give me an "Insert card in drive X" popup if I removed and reinserted a card. I could also disconnect and reconnect the reader cable while a card was inserted to make it work, but neither of these solutions were convenient.

I contacted both AFT and ASUS about the issue. The guys at AFT wrote back right away and started working the problem. After exchanging several e-mails over the course of a week, the AFT guys determined that the issue was being caused by the Marvell Storage Utility v4.0 that came with the ASUS board. I uninstalled the utility, and the reader now works perfectly. Does ASUS support even know about this? I can't tell, because they haven't even bothered to contact me back yet!

After this experience, I highly recommend AFT and their line of card readers, as well as the people that back the

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Logitech Black/Silver Cordless Optical TrackMan
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Great Pointer, But Durability an Issue 05/13/2011

This review is from: Logitech Black/Silver Cordless Optical TrackMan

Pros: The best pointing device I have ever used. Multiple customizable functions within easy reach. Great for a crowded desk space where mouse movement would be restricted, or for a standup workstation where no desk is available.

Cons: Durability is a real issue with this unit. After about a year of heavy use, the ball will feel "scratchy" as the support points wear down. Cleaning the ball does nothing for this condition. Eventually, the primary thumb button will fail until the unit is useless. I can take apart and fix just about anything, but there is not much that can be done with this button. When it's shot, it's shot.

Other Thoughts: Price is high for a unit that only lasts about 15 months, but I'm glad they're still available. If it wasn't so nice when it's working, I would try to find an alternative.

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Display Name: Kevin K.

Date Joined: 07/19/08

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 03/22/11
  • Last Review: 01/31/12
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