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Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Still working well as SSD data disk for Photoshop, much faster than HDD.

Cons: I ran CrystalDiskMark and Roadkill Disk Speed on both this KIngston SSD and my other SDD. The Kingston scored much lower (half or less) on both of those benchmarks.

Other Thoughts: My previous rating of 5 eggs was based on the low price,significantly below the price of competing SSDs. Now that the price of this SSD has risen to be much closer to the price of my other SSD that scored better in two out of three benchmarks, I would no longer choose this one. I would pay the few dollars more for a higher-scoring one.

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Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cheap price for a good-performing 120 GB SSD.

Cons: None, if the performance exceeds your expectations.

Other Thoughts: My SV300S37A/120G, purchased from NewEgg on 2/10/14, indicates that it was made in Taiwan. I deployed it as a data disk to use primarily with Photoshop. I have not installed an OS on it.

The first thing I did with the SV300S37A/120G after formatting it was to copy 98GB of data (mostly uncompressible jpeg files) from my other SSD to the SV300S37A using the Windows 8 Explorer. The Windows 8 performance graph indicated that I was writing about 40MB/s except when I was copying four 10GB VirtualBox disk image files, which I think are are compressible. For the 40GB of compressible data in large files, the reported rate was about 250MB/s. I consider these performance number to be acceptable. The reason I'm using SSD technology is not so much for transfer rate, but for elimination of disk seek time.

After filling the SV300S37A with my data, I ran the ATTO Disk Benchmark. With Windows 8, my SV300S37A/120G scored 490MB/s Write and 511MB/s read. I then "upgraded" my operating system to Windows 7. With Windows 7, the SV300S37A scored 513MB/s Write and 516MB/s read. People who are seeing low benchmark scores probably have their BIOS in IDE mode. My BIOS is using ACHI mode. My other SSD scored about the same for read, but only about half for write. I think that may be because the other SSD is not doing the data compression that the Kingston SSD does. I suspect that doing a benchmark using uncompressible data would show comparable performance on both devices.

My SV300S37A/120G came with firmware Rev. 521ABBF0. There is a firmware update Rev. 525ABBF0 for the SV300S37A. Search using Google for V300_525fw_Win to find the download page on the Kingston web site. The download for the firmware update includes the Toolbox, so you don't have to download the Toolbox separately. The firmware update seems to be a one-way street, in that I could find no way to go back to the 521ABBF0 firmware. So I decided that now, rather than later would be the best time to risk the update. The updated firmware installed in seconds with no issues.

I thought the Shell Shocker price I got was a good deal, and I see that the price today is now less than what I paid, so I say go for it, if a 120GB SSD at a low price is what you want.

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SAMSUNG ML-2955ND Workgroup Up to 29 ppm in Letter Monochrome Laser Printer
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Amazing Feature Set for Little Money 04/19/2013

This review is from: SAMSUNG ML-2955ND Workgroup Up to 29 ppm in Letter Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: Amazing set of network printing features for little money and in such a small size. Initial print quality is great, though I obviously have not had the printer long enough to really judge print quality over the life of a toner cartridge. I'm using 1200 dpi mode and printing on both sides. Very fast printer for its size. Easy to configure with comprehensive web admin (using Ethernet connection). For network management geeks, this printer has an extensive SNMP MIB with a MIB dump yielding over 1800 items including the standard Printer MIB, the PWG Job Monitoring MIB and a Samsung printer MIB.

Cons: Included toner cartridge is rated at only 1000 pages. Replacement toner is 50% more expensive per page than for my older larger Samsung printer (ML-3560), but you get a new drum more often. (Comparing 1500/2500 page rating of 2955 toner vs 6000 page rating of 3560 toner.)

Other Thoughts: The web admin (SyncThru) is much more comprehensive and responsive than the windows admin (Easy Printer Manager). I changed the password in the web admin to a new 25-character password and then could not log in. I thought I was locked out. I was saved by a forum entry at edugeek.net where user justanswering posted in Feb 2012 that he figured out that only the first 18 characters of the configured password were taken in his similar Samsung printer. I was able to log in by entering only the first 18 characters of my long password. Also, do write down the Login ID and Password if you change it, because I have yet to find any way to recover a lost password, or without logging in, to reset the login to the default ID of admin with password sec00000. Maybe there's a secret power-up button press, but I have not found it.

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Display Name: ROY L.

Date Joined: 08/14/01

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  • First Review: 07/23/06
  • Last Review: 02/22/14
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