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Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player (H2G2-42)
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Simple, easy to use, powerful 12/22/2014

This review is from: Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player (H2G2-42)

Pros: Cheap (especially on sale!)
Easy to use
Works without problems
On its way to ubiquity - tons of new app support!
1:1 phone/tablet screen mirroring

Cons: Could use more app support, but it's getting there

Other Thoughts: This was my 3rd Chromecast purchase so far. I had gotten one for my parents when it first came out and it was so great I got myself one shortly thereafter. This purchase was for my friend for xmas ($25 on sale!).

I love chromecast. I use it with my phone or tablet and with the increasing app support it is the best streaming conduit I've ever used (way better than built in smart tv apps or casting). App support is getting larger and larger making me think that eventually everything will support chromecast. There is ever local file casting now (my favorite app is LocalCast, just use the 'experimental' option!).

I love that I dont need to use the TV remote control, everything is controlled by the phone/tablet app. because of this, the UI is great and connection is perfect! I use it for netflix, localcast, hbo go, showtime anytime and youtube mainly, but theres lots of new apps added all the time.

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Plextor M6M PX-128M6M Mini-SATA(mSATA) 128GB SATA 6Gb/s Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Very fast
-low voltage
-mSATA, so you can leave your HD tray empty to reduce weight, or combine for even more storage
-M6M is the newest series of SSDs from Plextor, you can search for info on them, very positively rated.
-got it for under 80 bucks after coupon, excellent price point in my opinion

Cons: none that i could find

Other Thoughts: I am using this in my Thinkpad x220 without a 2.5" HD to reduce weight and power consumption. It's very fast and installation was a breeze (I was worried at first that it would be hard to install, but after finding a video on youtube that shows how to access the mSATA slot, it took me all of 10 minutes to do the procedure).

In the 90s Plextor was synonymous with top of the line CD-ROM drives, albeit very very expensive ones; I guess Lite-On drove them out of that business but I am glad they were able to refocus and continue to provide excellent hardware.

I am very happy with this mSATA drive and would recommend it to anyone. If I had more $ in my upgrade budget I would've gotten the 256MB one, or gotten a second 128MB for my desktop (my mobo supports mSATA). In fact the desktop upgrade might be my next purchase.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook-  Intel Core i7 8GB RAM 256GB SSD 14
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Light,
Great performance,
Great hardware,
amazing build quality.

Cons: mainstream chiclet keyboard,
no physical buttons for the nub mouse,
few usb ports,
Thinkpad in name only - Lenovo is diluting/destroying the Thinkpad name turning it into mainstream macbook wannabes.
This is NOT a business laptop, like the Thinkpad name implies
Mediocre screen quality
Irreplaceable battery

Other Thoughts: The other reviewer writing his based on the "specs" is a flat out defect, Even though I am not a huge fan of this piece, and had to return it, I had to improve the rating just to offset his insanity.

This is a great ultraportable if you are part of the coffee house crowd. If you are looking for a thinkpad, you're on your own. Sadly, Lenovo ruined the mouse and keyboard on all recent Thinkpads, so I really have no idea what to recommend.
I am picking up an HP Elitebook next month, I hear good things and they seem like the Thinkpads of olde

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Display Name: Vlad Z.

Date Joined: 08/15/05

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  • First Review: 10/10/08
  • Last Review: 12/22/14
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