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Microsoft Surface RT 64GB
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Good for Basic Stuff 07/02/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Surface RT 64GB

Pros: 1. You can get these cheap now, new or refurbished
2. Bluetooth and USB
3. Links to cloud server, OneDrive, SkyDrive
4. Excellent value, includes Word, Xcel, Powerpoint, etc.
5. Some good apps, not many

Cons: 1. Can be very slow and painful to upgrade and setup. I used at least 8 hours of precious time - not worth it for some. Very kludgey upgrade that can easily mess up.
2. The touchscreen is not very responsive.
3. Some lag compared to faster processors and video chips.

Other Thoughts: Meets my needs very well since I wanted a cheap tablet to surf the internet while being a couch potato. My other computer is a workstation and I don't want to waste it on slacking and entertainment. Email works fine. Office apps work fine. Apple Bluetooth keyboard works fine but is tricky to setup. Easy connection to SkyDrive.

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ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looks and performs like a champ. Excellent overclocking utilities.

Cons: The built-in 1394a port broke after very little runtime.

Other Thoughts: I would have rated this board as 5 eggs except for the port failure. I had to use a PCI slot to install another Firewire adaptor card. This is a bummer but I don't want to have to rebuild my computer because software reconfiguration can be extremely tedious and time consumming. Some programs will require reinstallation when they detect a configuration change (new motherboard).

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Western Digital Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: How can I say something nice when my HD goes kaput?

Cons: Failed after a couple hundred hours of runtime. What a pain!

Other Thoughts: You expect Caviar Black to be the "gold standard" but they fail. This is the first WD drive that ever failed me after more than a dozen of this brand so I gave it 3 eggs anyway. Windows 7 detected an error so I had enough time to do a backup. The WD utility program I downloaded confirmed that this drive is dying (slow disk access).

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Arthur B.'s Profile

Display Name: Arthur B.

Date Joined: 01/24/08

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 06/02/08
  • Last Review: 07/02/14
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