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This review is from: Steren 528-006 A/V Adapter
Pros: Compact ... about as tiny as you can get while still fitting two HDMI plugs into it. The cables fit snugly.
Cons: price - some websites will sell you two of these type of plugs for what I paid for this ONE, but I had some money left on a gift card, so I wasn't too concerned.
Other Thoughts: This adapter came from a vendor other than Newegg. I'm always leery when someone sells their goods on another parties website, but this turned out okay. The shipping was quick and the product arrived undamaged (but, it's just an adapter. It would take a lot to squish this thing beyond being usable)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Intuit TurboTax Deluxe Federal & State 2013
Pros: I've used TurboTax for a long time. I like the layout, ease of use, and have always had good results.
Cons: I saw one reviewer say they had trouble getting the disc to load, but I had to purchase my own and try anyway. I'm old fashioned and always buy the discs for software like this (as opposed to downloading), so I had all of my old TT editions handy. I did have trouble getting this disc to load to my machine. First few times, it said it was 100% and ready to go, then froze up and sent an error message to the TT help center. I thought it might be something with Win7, so I took my TT 2012, and reloaded it. I had to delete the previous 2012 on my machine and load it again, but it took it. That led me to believe that Win7, and all it's various updates since last year, was not the problem. After I had loaded TT2012, I tried the 2013 version, and voila.. it worked! Not sure what the deal was, but it's up and running and the updates worked too. Just wanted to post this in case others had problems and wanted to give this method a try. Hope this helps...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast! Very Fast... and almost affordable. SATA III is GREAT! 180GB (167 actually) is a good size that lets me load all of the programs I need to use, so I can take full advantage of even having an SSD in my rig. Paired with a 6Gbs HDD for placing my current projects, I've seen a huge increase in speed for reading, writing and saving. It's almost to the point that I hate working on any other systems. They're just too slow.
Cons: Someone mentioned the adapter that came with it? At first, I didn't think it would fit my case, because it just looked too small, so I used the one from my previous Intel SSD. After closer examination, I see now that it DOES fit, it just doesn't hold the drive in the middle like my other one.
It wasn't free! SSD's are a great addition to your system, but they're spendy! I didn't want to wait for prices to come down enough to be even somewhat comparable to HDD, so I just went for it at the 180Gb level. This should hold me for a long while. As you can read below, the 120's and less just don't really let you take full advantage of what an SSD should do. Why get something that you can't load ALL of your software on?
Other Thoughts: This was a great upgrade for me. My 1st experience with an SSD was a 120Gb, SATA II @ 3Gbs. I kept only the bare minimum of OS and software on there for fear or maxing it out. I loved it so much, I thought I'd get something bigger and move up to 6Gbs. This model had great reviews, extra room, and a MIR that brought the price down to just over a buck a Gig. Right now, for this size and speed, I think that's pretty affordable. This SSD kicks-ace. I have found it to be FAST and STABLE. This time around, I did a fresh install of Win7 64 bit, MS Office 10, and several large Video/Audio editing apps. Everything loads so fast! From hitting my ON button, to pulling in email and a browser, takes less than 50 seconds. Web pages, google earth, my large excel workbooks, come up with almost no lag. This drive was well worth the cost.
EVGA X58 FTW3 mobo
Intel Core i7 950
24GB Corsair Vengeance 1600
180GB Corsair SSD