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SYBA CL-ENC50038 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice concept.

Cons: Does not work for me. Mounts and dismounts askes to format any drive placed in the bay. Rating 3, as unit may be ok, but they bought into myth of USB3 stability. See comments.
I messed around with this in my minimal spare time and now too late to return. I really needed this to work.

Other Thoughts: I think this is more me being another victim of poor USB 3 design. I started with the Renesas chipset based USB 3 card and could not get this or my WD USB 3 2TB Mybook to work reliably. The WD would dissappear and the USB 3 mounted HDD would mount/dismount repeatedly asking if I wanted to format it. Even installing on known stable USB 2 ports it would do the same thing. Mobo is Gigabyte GA-EX58-Extreme E Rev 1.0 with running Win7-64, fully patched.

I changed USB cards to SIIG USB 3.0 4-Port PCIe i/e Model JU-P40212-S1 which mounts the WD Mybook ok, although it's only about 50MB/s copy speed. I still have the same mount/dismount/format issues on Syba making it unusable. I know the drives are ok as I plugged them int to the mobo controller.

In fairness, I'm not sure Syba is to blame, I think it's more a unbaked USB 3 spec foisted on the public. I wish I had the option to use eSATA, but did not. I'd stay away from USB 3 unless you have lots of freetime to be an unpaid beta tester.

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PLANTRONICS Voyager Pro HD Black Bluetooth Headset
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Best headset so far 08/03/2012

This review is from: PLANTRONICS Voyager Pro HD Black Bluetooth Headset

Pros: +Comfort- Wear on top of ear and barely notice it.
+Call Quality better than my phone.
+Pairs reliably and stays connected. Pairs with Panasonic BT home phone too and works quite well.
+Pairs with two phones concurrently, though not sure what happens if I get two calls.
+Noise cancellation superb, No one notices if I'm driving, in a noisy server room, grocery store etc. They say they hear my voice just fine. I may have to plug the off-ear, but I can hear them very clearly as well. Remarkable.

Cons: -6 Hour battery life on stby.
-Non-Replaceable battery. Wonder if the battery will die before the ear wax gets it?
-Mute button difficult to access.
-Volume controls could use some surface dots to let you know which is up/down.
-Be nice if it came with a small storage box so it doesn't get crunched in my briefcase or pocket.

Other Thoughts: I was surprised such a large object hanging over my ear would not become a major annoyance after a couple of hours, but find I can wear it longer than the battery lasts. I may shift to the other ear.
I had bought other ones that go into the canal but found they made my ear sore and could not wear them very long.
I usually rest the ear canal part on the lobe and stuff the earbud in the canal in noisy places.

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SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128N/AM 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Really noticably faster than any other hard drive used. Processes that would pause for extended hard drive reads, now go quickly.
Laptop upgrade kit actually works.
Magician software is surprisingly NOT crapware... works well to benchmark and do other tasks indicated.

Cons: Higher price, but it's really quality and IMO worth it.

Other Thoughts: Comes with USB to SATA (non-powerd) and Ghost (single user), but workd to fine to move my data. Had to fiddle with some bootup settings, but otherwise worked fine.
I bought the thinnest form factor, figuring I'd future-proof. Kit includes a shim for the 11mm bay, so I didn't have to make one.

I would not buy ANY SSD if you were on SATA II and not planning on upgrading the controller anytime soon. I don't think the benefit is there. On SATA III it's like a rocket.
Overall a quality kit and really glad I bought this.

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Display Name: james h.

Date Joined: 11/06/03

  • Reviews: 22
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  • First Review: 05/10/06
  • Last Review: 08/15/12
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