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5 out of 5 eggs First SSD, and not disappointed 11/08/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Samsung SSD optimization software, make it super easy to configure windows to work with your SSD.
Samsung RAPID - RAM caching for your SSD, as if your SSD wasn't fast enough - It takes your typical SATA throughput of 540MB/s to around 2GB/s or more! (YMMV)

Cons: RAPID does holds a couple GB of the RAM for cache, and requires a reboot to turn on and off.

Other Thoughts: I do development in virtual environments where I will dedicate a lot of system resources to those environments - RAPID is awesome for the throughput and speed, but I sometimes feel the RAM crunch when I have a couple vboxes running at the same time.

Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Over a year of typical use and no problems! 11/08/2014

This review is from: Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: This hard drive has given me what I expected. Great performance out of your typical desktop hard drive, and hasn't let me down. Stays cool and quiet.

Cons: Inconsistency between WD products - (This thing is FASTER than my WD BLACK!)

Other Thoughts: Per SMART data, my spin up time is 1616 ms. My 2013 WD Black 1TB is 2664 ms. Both are similar RPM and cache, but I'm disappointed I paid extra for a "performance drive" when I could have bought another blue, like this one, and received comparable performance.

Purchased on: 10/9/2013
Power-On Hours: 112d 13h
Start/Stop Count: 825
Power Cycles: 263
Current Temperature: 27°C

SAMSUNG C550 Series T24C550ND Charcoal Gray 23.6
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great monitor, clear picture. I've used for TV, general PC work, and PC gaming, and it works great for all of these.

Cons: The menu UI is very finicky to use. It took me a little while to figure out that changing the "source name" was actually changing the type of source input. So, if you hookup a PC via HDMI/DVI, this will change the brightness, sharpness, and other menu options you will have available to you.

Other Thoughts: Other than some of the configuration issues I've had with the monitor's embedded software (the menu interface), I can't demote an egg for this singular flaw, as once configured, it is no longer a problem.

I enjoy this monitor and would consider buying another.


Jay M.'s Profile

Display Name: Jay M.

Date Joined: 08/10/06

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 04/19/13
  • Last Review: 11/08/14
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