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Canon PowerShot A1400 Black 16.0 MP 5X Optical Zoom 28mm Wide Angle Digital Camera
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Decent shots. Small and lightweight. Good battery life. Tough. Takes cheap, common AA cells.

Cons: Cheesy shots with flash off. Some softness and inappropriate curves at the edges of shots.

Other Thoughts: I got this one specifically to be kept with me on my belt for impromptu shots. In good light and with the flash produces very good pictures. With the flash forced off in low light the cheese shows through, as images soften and colors become gaudy. This is just what I expected of this camera considering the size and cost. It complements a bigger, better superzoom that's too big and heavy to be kept with me all the time. It's tough- it fell from its case to a solid concrete floor, about three feet, and bounced. A little plastic tab popped partway out and I pressed it back. There was no visible damage, not even a scuff, and it still works perfectly.

Western Digital WD RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: (subjectively) Fast
Handsome case with little gears graphic

Cons: Pricey for a 500 GB drive

Other Thoughts: Installed this in my old Pentium 4-based Frankenrig. It runs 24-7 so it's essentially a server. I was losing faith in my old WD Green AACS 500 GB drive only because it had been in service so long. I knew I needed to change out that drive and I wanted to experiment with one of the "ruggedized" RE4 drives. I am not disappointed. Windows starts faster; apps load and run faster. I am pleased. Imagine the thrill you get with the improved performance from your very first SSD. Its like that but milder, as you'd imagine. This HDD might be a "niche" item for those who have a personal server that runs all the time and want the performance and durability this drive gives, because a WD Green drive or something similar will do the job for less money. It's definitely fast; long term I'll see if it's as tough as they say.

OCZ Vertex 4 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good price/capacity ratio. Fast.

Cons: Fairly small thus not a lot of extra room for media files.

Other Thoughts: My system- 3.5 year old Acer netbook with 1.6 GHz Atom single core processor, 2 GB DDR2 RAM, Windows XP. In the past as boot device had a Toshiba (or was it Hitachi?) 160 GB 5400 RPM HDD. Upgraded that to first a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500 GB HDD then a Western Digital Scorpio Black 500 GB HDD, then this. It runs the fastest it ever has. Windows loads faster than before, apps load faster than before, Explorer displays faster than before, Opera runs and scrolls faster than before. It looks like for three plus years HDDs have been holding me back on this rig. I still don't trust SSDs on my desktop systems owing to reduced reliability but I decided to experiment on my netbook, which sees light use and carries no critical files. It's just amazing. Long term I will have a better idea as to reliability and performance over time. I recommend anyone with a laptop/netbook with an HDD upgrade to one of these. I can imagine many people upgrading from HDDs to SSDs and putting off new system purchases, thus suppressing new CPU sales.


Forrest A.'s Profile

Display Name: Forrest A.

Date Joined: 01/16/06

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 03/14/06
  • Last Review: 12/02/13
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