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ADATA S511 Series AS511S3-60GM-C 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works as expected on Linux 64-bit system with SATA3 motherboard 02/22/2012

This review is from: ADATA S511 Series AS511S3-60GM-C 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Drive is freaking fast! Using a supported motherboard from ASUS, I'm getting average real-world write speeds of about 5Gigabits/sec (note this translates to around 650 MegaBYTES per second; don't confuse bytes with bits.) Drive is formatted in ext4 with default block sizes. In my case it was a good bang for the buck.

Cons: None encountered thus far.

Other Thoughts: I am running with out-of-the-box firmware 3.2.0. If people are having issues with their drives, there is a new firmware published on Adata's site and I recommend trying an upgrade. Also, if your motherboard only supports SATA2, then don't expect greater than SATA2 speeds (thought the dirve should still perform better than an equivalent HDD.)

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NETGEAR RangeMax WNR1000 Wireless Router IEEE 802.11 b/g 2.4 GHz with 4-Port Ethernet Switch
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The package includes a helpful setup CD for all platforms. I plugged this straight into my main Verizon router for connectivity- and it automatically changed its IP allocation so that it wouldn't conflict with the other router. Very nice!

For newbies, the guide is basically built into the menu. Each configuration page has a column on the right-hand side explaining what all of the options do in plain english.

The router has all of the configuration bells and whistles a power user would want. Some people would say that the interface is a little spartan and unfriendly, but I see its simplicity as a plus. I have configured about a dozen different brands/models of routers, and NONE of them were very intuitive past the basic setup. In fact, the ones that tried the hardest to be "user friendly" ended up burying the advanced options five levels deep! Since the options are spread out among pages, you shouldn't have to drill down more than two layers to find a setting.

Cons: When making changes on the configuration page, the router takes a good 10-12 seconds to apply any changes you make and reload its firmware. This can get annoying if you tweak your router settings often.

Other Thoughts: All told, this is a solid router with a lot of omni-directional range. It has more configurable options than you can shake a stick at; use their packaged help resources or read the right-hand column of each configuration page if you get lost.

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ASUS Eee PC Eee PC 904HA XP Fine Ebony Intel Atom N270(1.60GHz) 8.9
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I bought the original eee 701 and I like it, but I started wishing it had small tweaks- a slightly bigger screen perhaps, or a more usable keyboard... The 904 and its bretheren address nearly all of these issues. It is FASTER, has a roomy touchpad, comfortable keyboard, and a screen resolution suitable for web browsing (most webpages are designed to be functional on a screen 1024 pixels wide. The eee runs at a resolution of 1024x600.) The only difference between the 900 series screens and 1000 is the screen SIZE; their screen RESOLUTIONS are the same. In other words the 1000's screen won't give you any more desktop space- just a more "blown up" image.

After showing my boss the 701, he took my advice and bought this exact model for his wife, who was looking for a small laptop. He said he loves to tinker with it, but he can't get it out of his wife's hands...

Cons: I think the speakers on the 701 were perfect- they were on the side panels flanking the screen, and they aimed the sound straight at you. The speakers on the new units are underneath the chasis, using the old "bounce sound off the table" technique which doesn't work so well on a lap. I'm nitpicking though- If you really need good audio, get headphones.

Other Thoughts: Asus is likely going to release dual-core eeePCs in 2009 that will be able to handle Vista and Windows 7, but if you don't mind using tried-and-true XP then these Atom-powered units will handle basic multitasking and web-cruising nicely. My 701 handled basic video and skype chatting no problem, so for these newer Atom models it's cake.

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Display Name: James K.

Date Joined: 02/02/07

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  • First Review: 09/01/07
  • Last Review: 02/22/12
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