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Crucial M500 CT480M500SSD1 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: After using this to dual-boot OpenSUSE 13.1 and Windows 8.1 on my MSI CX61 laptop this has proven to be a fast and reliable SSD from Crucial. While it's not the fastest out there it has proven to be an amazing "daily driver" for booting. This is my third SSD I've used, the past two being a 30GB OCZ Vertex which was mediocre and a 64GB Kingston which was good but not overly impressive, this SSD outshines the competition, especially when it comes to price. The firmware is also very easy to upgrade, you run a small EXE file directly while in Windows. There is also a boot disk option available if you don't run Windows, so this SSD is very Linux-friendly. The Crucial website has detailed info on how to use the firmware update utility.

Boot times and speeds are amazing. Windows 8.1 is at a login prompt within 10 seconds or less, and OpenSUSE 13.1 boots in a snap. Large applications such as Cisco Packet Tracer or the MS Office Suite open in a few seconds flat. Windows Updates that would take hours to install now are only limited by my internet speeds.

Cons: Perhaps the only downside is that it's packaging and extras are very bare-bones. It comes with a very small manual with little documentation (basically how to install into a laptop) and a small piece of adhesive plastic for mounting the SSD in a 9.5mm bay for laptops that have a more traditional drive height as opposed to the 7mm thickness for Ultrabooks or other ultra-thin laptops.

Though for the price I feel that it is justifiable that no extras are included. However if you are clueless when it comes to migrating to a SSD you will have some trouble. I would strongly recommend that if you have this SSD and don't know what you're doing to some extent that you have someone who has technical expertise help you with it.

Other Thoughts: It is highly recommended that you upgrade the drive to firmware MU03 which fixes a few issues with the thermal throttling control to prevent the drive from overheating, as well as issues with the Intel Haswell platform.

The new firmware update was made public by Crucial in 09/24/2013, so if you bought your SSD you'll want to check your Firmware revision. Details are available on the Crucial website.

I am planning to purchase a second M500 for my desktop within the coming month. After having a SSD as my boot drive it seems like all hard drives are painfully slow during boot up.

It's certainly not the fastest SSD out there but for the fact that both it's cost and near-bulletproof reliability makes this a amazing SSD for breathing new life into a older laptop or desktop. Highly recommended.

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NVIDIA GIFT Holiday Bundle
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Could be done better but here's some tips: 11/20/2013

This review is from: NVIDIA GIFT Holiday Bundle

Pros: Free games!...

Cons: ...but it comes at a price. First off you need to have UPlay account; basically "I'm going to make my OWN version of Steam and all my friends are going to be there and we'll have cake and pizza and it'll be WAY COOLER than your stupid treehouse!". Second off you have to fill out quite a few forms to get ONE of the games. Here's the process I followed:

- Download and install UPlay. Create a account using the UPlay program.

- In Internet Explorer, fill out the forms and use your account you just created.

DON'T BOTHER TRYING TO MAKE A ACCOUNT WHEN YOU TRY TO REDEEM TO GAMES ON UBISOFT'S SHOP! IT DOESN'T WORK AND YOU'LL GET A ERROR EVERY TIME!

Other Thoughts: Very frustrating but at least you only have to do it once for each game (total of twice for both games). I still wish they could just give us Steam codes instead of the whole UPlay thing.

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MSI CX61 0NF-257US Notebook Intel Core i5 3210M (2.50GHz) 6GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: A great graphics card, plenty of RAM, and tons of power packed into this thing. The pho-alumnimum finish looks nice and the USB 3.0 is a big plus. HDMI and VGA means you can run three monitors off this thing no problem. Gaming is a joy on this. Minecraft on full graphics, Portal 2 on high, and plenty of hard drive space for it all. Expandability is also present here, as you can easily upgrade the RAM and HDD, but more on that in the cons (see below).

Cons: Opening the bottom panel to upgrade the RAM or HDD voids your 1-year warranty with MSI, and this is a issue with the hard drive. It's a Hitachi 5400RPM SATA drive, which means it's SLOW. Really SLOW. It doesn't help the performance of the laptop at all. When booting up it really bogs down and chugs until it's done with the initial loading process.

This laptop also gets HOT when it runs the dedicated graphics card, so make sure to use it on a table.

The Wifi adapter occassionally has issues but after either running the network troubleshooter or rebooting it will fix the problem.

The Eco Function & S-Bar don't really seem to do much, and most of the utilities that MSI included just don't work.

Battery is a bit weak, I've gotten about 5ish hours out of it without using the graphics card. When you use the dedicated GPU you NEED to plugin or you will run out of battey in about 2 hours.

Other Thoughts: Depite the flaws, a laptop with 6GB RAM and 2GB Video RAM with a dedicated GPU under $1000 is a fantastic deal. I will buy my next laptop from MSI again!

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Display Name: MARCUS E.

Date Joined: 03/27/09

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  • First Review: 03/08/14
  • Last Review: 03/08/14
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