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APRICORN VEL-SOLO Velocity Solo - SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop Computers
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: It was free (included with 120GB Samsung SSD), and free stuff that works perfectly is always delightful. The adapter clicks into any PCIe-2 slot. A USB cloning adapter ships with the Samsung SSD, so once the cloning is completed, you simply attach it to the Velocity Solo adapter, and boot the computer.

Cons: None whatsoever.

Other Thoughts: There is a potential glitch which the adapter instructions doesn't address: BIOS modification. You must enable booting from LAN ROM or the BIOS won't load the operating system. So open the BIOS first thing and make any necessary changes. The boot order must include LAN, or it's a 'no go'. I was so pleased, I removed the HDD cage from my Lian Li case, which alleviates crowding and improves airflow. Enjoy!

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SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120KW 2.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: 120GB entirely adequate for my needs, drive ships with USB adapter for data transfer (cloning), kit also includes spacer for those laptops/netbooks originally equipped with thicker HDD, cloning via USB adapter quite fast at ~1.5GB/min. No BIOS modification required. Boots in 10-15 seconds. Good price at <$1/GB. 'Data migration' software includes firmware update that runs in the Windows environment.

Cons: Absolutely none.

Other Thoughts: Now that ultra reliable (1.5 million MTBF) SSDs are available at <$1/GB, there's no reason to procrastinate. I'll never need 'sleep' mode again - the netbook boots in <15 seconds, fully functional. Awesome. This is a terrific kit, everything you need to replace your laptop/netbook/desktop HDD with a superb SSD.

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BenQ XL2420TX Black-Red 24
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Gorgeous display, sleek clean design, built in IR emitter for nVIDIA 3-D glasses, normally invisible monitor adjustment controls activated by fingertip touch, easy to connect USB ports on left side of monitor, excellent color adjustment wizard. 3-D is now bright and depth of field easily adjusted (ctrl F3,F4). The monitor will store 3 preprogrammed display modes, and the touch of a button instantly calls up the selected mode. There are so many nifty features that I cannot begin to list them all in this review.

Cons: A bit expensive, but that's what you expect for such elegant technology.

Other Thoughts: Other reviewers have commented negatively about colors appearing 'washed out'. Indeed, this is one's first impression right out of the box. But this BenQ monitor has a rather narrow optimal viewing angle. When viewed nearly perpendicular to the screen, the colors are dazzling and compare favorably to 60Hz monitors. The software that comes with the monitor includes a nifty color adjustment wizard. Once the viewing angle is properly set and the wizard has done its thing, the display is absolutely gorgeous.

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Richard B.'s Profile

Display Name: Richard B.

Date Joined: 02/18/08

  • Reviews: 43
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  • First Review: 02/22/08
  • Last Review: 03/22/13
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