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Case Logic 15
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs What's Not To Like? 11/28/2014

This review is from: Case Logic 15" Reflexion Mobile Attache ANTHRACITE Model RUL-115

Pros: For twelve bucks with free shipping nothing else comes close. Case Logic has been around for decades and their early camera cases were among the best and most versatile. This well-made case will outlast your next three laptops. My only regret is that I didn't pick up a couple of extras.

Cons: It won't brew the morning coffee.

Other Thoughts: Kind of hard to understand a 3-star review on this case.

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SanDisk Ultra II SDSSDHII-240G-G25 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Compared to the conventional hard drive, feels quite fast even though my application is only capable of SATA 1 (1.5Gb/s) speeds. This is of course subjective because I felt no need to run any performance benchmark software on a SATA 1 connection.

Credit too to SanDisk's tech support. They keep good hours. I needed to contact them (see Other Thoughts) and I got right in on Live Chat.

If you read a lot of SSD reviews on Newegg you know that no matter which brand you look at, there are always negative reviews because the drive failed after five days, or three weeks, or four months (take your pick). This SSD has been in service only two weeks so I'll update this review if it fails early. But.....so far, so good. The 3-year warranty is decent.

Cons: The only con worth mentioning is that SanDisk's tool kit software does not currently work with Mac OSX, but that's the case with some other manufacturer's tool kits as well. It will however make firmware updates a little more involved. It is not enough to deduct an egg.

Other Thoughts: I'm a PC guy and this is only my second SSD, the first being an Intel installed in a new desktop build several years ago with absolutely no issues. My wife's seven year old 17" Macbook Pro had gotten intolerably slow so we were looking at replacing it, but didn't want the new Macbook with its non-user accessible memory and hard drive, not to mention the battery that's glued to the mainboard. After visiting the Mac forums to research SSDs in Macbooks I didn't want to pay the inflated prices from Apple or some of the other Mac specialty vendors. I decided if I couldn't get this to work in her old Macbook, I'd use it in one of several other PC laptops.

The only glitch was that on the first install in her Macbook the drive was not seen. I removed it, connected it via a SATA to USB connector to another Macbook, and formatted it with Mac OS Extended (journaled) and plugged it back into her Macbook Pro. It was immediately recognized and a new load of OSX installed and then updated to Snow Leopard, and finally Mavericks from the original OSX DVDs.

From the time she pushes the Start button to getting the cursor on the desktop is 25 seconds and Safari and Firefox open instantly on our 40Mb/s DSL. A side benefit is she notices it is cooler and the battery lasts a little longer. Needless to say she is thrilled and we saved a ton of money not buying a new Macbook. Now if I could just get her to move to a PC.

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PLEXTOR Duplication Grade DVD/CD SATA  Burner Drive PX-891SAW - OEM
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Another Writer 04/14/2014

This review is from: PLEXTOR Duplication Grade DVD/CD SATA Burner Drive PX-891SAW - OEM

Pros: After several burns, it hasn't made any coasters. But it's only been installed for a week so take that for what it's worth. Fortunately, with a Newegg coupon I got it for only a few bucks more than the more plebian DVD writers.

Cons: Like all writers nowadays it's a featherweight, weighing in at one third of the six year old Plextor IDE writer it replaced. Not exactly confidence inspiring for a writer that bills itself as "duplication grade." It's outward appearance, construction and heft is no different than the numerous Samsung, LG, ASUS writers I've purchased from Newegg in recent years. Of course I haven't opened it up to compare with my other writers, but I have this feeling that it came out of the same two or three factories in China that all the others come from (like one of the other reviewers posted).

Other Thoughts: And what is duplication grade, anyway? Well, if you look on Plextor's website, the only reference is the writer is "designed with a duplication grade controller." Ah, that explains everything; I feel better now. And I'm quite confident I can hear better sound and more bits from the music CDs I've "duplicated" so far.

I'd come back in a year and update this review after I know how long the device lasts, but seldom does a particular model writer of any brand stay in a manufacturer's catalog that long. I suspect like all other brands of writers you hope to get lucky and have one stand the test of time, but the reality is they are a throw-away item no matter how much you spend.

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Display Name: Dennis R.

Date Joined: 03/13/03

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  • First Review: 05/07/10
  • Last Review: 11/28/14
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