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This review is from: Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD1 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC 7mm Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: The drive worked flawlessly for 6 months.
Cons: Yesterday I switched my laptop on and it wouldn't boot into Windows. I managed to get to a command prompt in safe mode and ran chkdsk to find out that a MASSIVE number (thousand upon thousands) of my files were suddenly corrupted and sitting on bad sectors. Chkdsk was unable to correct all the problems and I now have a drive that is unusable.
Other Thoughts: That this drive failed so catastrophically, in such a short amount of time, is a major bummer. I specifically spent the extra money on an SSD believing it to be less prone to failure (performance was not a major consideration for me).
I'm currently waiting on Crucial's support people to get back to me, I'm hoping they'll give me an advance RMA since I'm in the middle of finals and I'm suddenly without a laptop.
This review is from: DoubleSight DS-305W Black 30" 8ms (GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1
Pros: Nice picture quality
The price was right
Cons: The main reason I am coming back to review this again is this annoying screeching sound when the monitor makes in standby mode. I'm not sure if the monitor developed this over time, or if I just never noticed it in the first 6 months I owned the monitor.
The sound is one of those high pitched noises, sorta like a CRT TV makes whenever it's running - the kind of noise older folks usually can't hear, but people with young ears are driven insane by. It's an intermittent sound, coming with a very regular pattern - on for 1.5 seconds, off for maybe 5-6 seconds, then back on again for 1.5 seconds, etc.
It drives me crazy - I can't stand to be in the same room when it's doing it. I usually just turn the monitor off entirely rather than let the power management turn it off automatically. I can't tell if it's coming from the power brick or the unit itself, mainly because those types of high-pitched sounds are very hard to localize.
Other Thoughts: I was the poster of the first review on this site for this monitor (review titled "Mixed bag"). I wanted to post this as an addendum to that post, but couldn't see a way to do so.
I hope that the manufacturer has found a way to correct what is clearly a manufacturing defect, or a design flaw.
This review is from: OmniMount WS3 Silver 13" - 26" Double-Arm Desktop Monitor Mount
Pros: Very well built, smooth motion. The mounting hardware is very high quality, I had no problems installing this for two monitors. Also, good packaging.
Cons: Costly, I guess. Also Newegg only carries the silver version, and I wanted the dark grey version.
Other Thoughts: I bought mine from another store because I wanted the grey color instead of silver. I am using it for the two side monitors in my 3 monitor setup (30" in center, and a portrait mounted 20.1" on each side).
So far it's been great, and I've been able to get the exact setup I wanted. It even gives me the freedom to flip the side monitors out of portrait mode into landscape mode, then aim one at the kitchen area of my apartment while I'm cooking or doing dishes etc (for movies/tv shows). The only hassle with this is in the software (i.e. telling my computer to make the image landscape instead of portrait. I wish I could set a hotkey for this somehow...).