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Dell Professional P190S Black 19
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: If I'd had the money I spent on this monitor I problably would have bought booze. So, thanks Dell for selling me a paper weight.

Cons: I have several of these monitors spread across my office. Each and every one has unique problems that cannot be resolved. Dell is completely unhelpful.

Examples:

Monitor 1: Goes into "power saver mode" and there is absolutely nothing you can do to get it out. You can move it to another computer, unplug the power cable, push buttons, and/or pull your hair out and it will not come out of this power saver mode. Bonus: There is no way to turn off "power saver mode." Dell claimed they fixed this on the newer monitors, but the problem is still here.

Monitor 2: It turns itself off. Then you can't turn it back on. You can switch power cables, dvi/vga cables, computers, push all the buttons, unplug it for a day, whatever you want, there is no way out of this state. At random times the monintor will decide to come out of this state. This is Dell's attempt at humor I'm assuming.

No matter what: Dell monitors have endless problems.

I also have an Asus and Sumsung. Neither of those h

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Western Digital WD Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: None

Cons: Dead on Arrival. Sounds like the kid who assembled this put a handful of gravel in it.

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Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This drive beat the performance numbers listed in the specifications. My reads are 510mb/s and writes are 230mb/s. (Crystal Disk mark) I can't say I've ever bought a piece of hardware that did that.

I load most apps instantly, including SWTOR battlegrounds. Restart happens faster than the windows logo can load.

The price per gb for a drive of this class is unbeatable.

I use this drive as my OS, I have 30gb of games, and I still managed to have 50gb free. Compress your data and turn off your windows paging file!

Cons: None Yet

Other Thoughts: Suggestions when you purchase this drive:
-Ensure your ACHI drivers are up to date
-Ensure your BIOS is set to use ACHI mode.
-Ensure you are using a SATA III 6.0gb/s cable (You'll get reads in the 300/mbs range if you dont). If it doesn't have clips on the connectors it is probably not SATA III. I bought a SATA III cable with my drive just to make sure.

Before I did these itmes I was benchmarking getting below specs (my fault).

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Kenneth M.'s Profile

Display Name: Kenneth M.

Date Joined: 08/31/05

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 03/12/06
  • Last Review: 08/01/12
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