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This review is from: Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD3 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Cons: Died after 5 days. I would pass on Crucial. I read more on them and they are so-so. Look at Samsung or Plextor. A little more expensive but seem more reliable according to reviews.
Other Thoughts: Understanding it's always possible to get hold of a product that may have problems, I usually don't write reviews until I receive a replacement to see if the problems are across the board. No can do this time. Won't be receiving a replacement do to my error. Just an FYI so you won't lose money, save all packaging until the Newegg 30 day return runs out. I can't RMA this dead drive because the plastic packaging it came in missing. I thing it's silly as hell that all packaging must be present. I guess they are going to reshelf this for others.Save everything.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I use to be a big Seagate backer until I had several relatively new regular HHDs die for no reason over the last year. They may have brought me back to their products with this SSD.
First, you have to like the size of SSDs compared to the typical hard drives. In my computer case, I can attach two SSDs for every hard drive sliding mechanism. That frees up space and allows for more airflow from my case's front fans. Had no problems installing this SSD into my system and BIOS picked it right up. After configuring it in disk management, it was up and running without any problems on my ASUS P8P67 Deluxe MB and with Win 7 Pro.
I ran a few tests and no since in posting numbers the average use will deem as confusing. Let's say SSDs are quite a bit faster than the typical hard drive that most users have. My primary hard drive is a Western Digital Black 6G (SATA III) 1TB drive. I ran a read and write test on both my primary drive and the Seagate SSD. Read and write is what it is; how fast the data on the drive can be read and how fast data can be written to the drive. Below is the collected data:
Drive Read Write
WD Black 117.05 105.75
Seagate SSD 509.23 433.10
This data is listed as megabytes per second. As you can see, the speed is considerable. I copied the complete data of about 25GB worth of data from my other WD hard drive to the Seagate SSD. From start to finish, it took about 3.5 minutes. Copying the same data from my WD Blue hard drive to my WD Black HD took over three times longer of about 10 minutes.
This isn't bad for a starter SSD. There are better ones out there at higher prices.
Cons: No real cons.
Other Thoughts: If one is looking at purchasing a SSD as their primary hard drive for their operating system, be aware you would need to allocate probably 2/3 of a 250GB SSD towards Windows and its space requirements. My primary drive/partition I've allocated for Windows, space requirements, and future space requirements was 200GB. Currently my drive C has taken up about 110GB of that space. You may not get a whole lot of extra room for programs and such once Windows starts taking claim to space; however, the SSD will load Windows much faster than a typical hard drive.
When looking for an SSD, ensure that your motherboard will support SATAIII/6G. It is compatible with SATAII/3G but you won't get the speeds that these are built for.
Also be aware that SSDs have a life span. Meaning, all SSDs will die eventually due to excessive numbers of reads/writes. That's one of the pros that typical hard drives have over SSDs. That's why an SSD for your operation system is a very good option over having one for programs that are used often. Think of it this way, once your operating system is loaded there isn't much reading/writing after that. However, word programs and games are reading/writing constantly while they are being used and processed. This takes away from the SSD's life expectancy. If you backup regularly, then SSDs are the way to go and this SSD is a good choice on a budget. Personally, I'll be looking at grabbing a 500GB SSD for all of my programs. One SSD for my operating system and one for all my programs. In my opinion, keeping the OS and programs separated makes life easier. The OS SSD should have a longer life as it would be used less. One would get the speed on OS load and increased speeds using programs. That being said as one of my professors many moons ago always stressed; backup, backup, backup. Seagate's SSD is a great start to increased speed.
Last thought is cooling. One may think that since SSDs are small and have no moving parts, there has to be less heat. Well, that isn't the case. If anything, they can create more heat than a typical hard drive. Proper cooling is a must.
This review is from: WD TV Play Media Player WDBMBA0000NBK-HESN
Pros: The device is very easy to setup. All setup option are easy to understand. There are two options for connection; HDMI or RCA plugs. I used a HDMI cable and the video was excellent watching Netflix. This is 1080p with HD audio at a decent price.
There is also a port for USB connection for either keyboards, thumb drives, or storage devices to stream, listen to music, or view personal pictures.
There are quite a few Apps that come with this box. I have an App ready TV and Blue-ray in my living room and both combined do not have as many Apps this box has. Apps include movie Apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and Vudu to name a few. As for social Apps; Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Music Apps include Pandora and radio station Apps. Just too many to list.
You can also turn your Smartphone into a remote with the WD remote App.
Cons: Not a real con but causes me to take a half egg and no more, unable to add additional Apps. But considering this is could be seen as the basic model, what more could one really ask for.
Other Thoughts: This is definitely a plus for TV's that only have regular TV programs and no App options.
Also, when looking through the reviews and seeing the negative ones. Understand there are some that have no clue what a review is all about. All they want to do is vent due to poor selection.
As stated, this box is considered the basic model of the WD series. Of course, it will be limited in what it brings to the game. If it had everything, then it wouldn't be at a low price. As a few have seemed to do, they have compared this box to the WD TV Live boxes and then gave this a poor rating. That's like comparing a Pentium 4 processor to the i5 processor and then giving the P4 a bad rating because it doesn't stack up. Of course it doesn't but it does what it was meant to do as the WD TV Play does. If you are looking for a box that offers more then by all means upgrade.