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Pros: Fast, inexpensive, low vibration
Cons: Not as efficient as claimed
Other Thoughts: This was purchased to replace a prior upgrade to a MacBook Pro, the first edition 2.8 unibody 15". It had already been upgraded to a 500GB 7200rpm drive that died and was replaced with a refurb that doubled the vibration and was noisier than the cooling fans!
This WD drive is MUCH quieter, with very very little vibration. And PERFORMANCE IS FANTASTIC! Running XBench showed fantastic improvement in ALL metrics from the 500Gb/7200 it replaced. Speed and silence are a must for me, working in audio.
However, the increased performance comes at a price--power consumption. This drive consumes my notebook's battery much more quickly than the drive it replaces, and does not live up to the strong claims from the manufacturer that this drive is optimized to offer performance without a battery hit.
Pros: Cost, ease of use, included usb jack for use as usb drive AND includes a short USB cable
Cons: Small-ish capacity, not as fast as newer SATA SSD
Other Thoughts: This thing is a BREEZE to set up to use in a MacBook Pro, gives you faster performance by keeping the OS and apps on the drive. I keep my user folder on the internal drive because my documents folder and my music and itunes folder are HUGE.
BTW--I also made a separate 48GB partition on the internal drive (same size as this SSD) and use Disk Utility.app to make an image of the SSD from time to time. That way, if the SSD fails or even if you just want to remove it, you can boot the computer from the internal partition just the same way--only without the SSD speed.
I do this for security and backup, in addition to a wireless Time Machine backup.
In all, I believe this drive to be a fantastic value! Also, I have had ZERO problems with this expresscard SSD! NO overheating, NO corruption of data, NO bad performance... NOTHING like some reviewers have said. I think perhaps there was a bad production run at first, but I would feel free to buy this again! Recommended!
This review is from: EVERCOOL EGF-8 80mm Case Cooling Fan
Pros: It works as advertised---"does just what it says on the tin"
Cons: The 3-wire cable is VERY short and I can imagine no situation where it could reach it's intended connector--so it comes with an adapter to connect it straight to the power supply outputs, which totally defeeats the purpose of having a motherboard controlled fan
Other Thoughts: It's packaged green but there's NOTHING special about itt. See my cons comment above--it would not save electricity, which is what it's "green" attitude and packaging suggestREAD FULL REVIEW