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This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE500BW 2.5" 500GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: I bought one of these a few months ago for my powerhouse desktop, and now a 2nd one for my laptop. The Windows desktop startup was cut from about 3 minutes down to 1 minute. The provided Magician software allows me to test the speeds of all my drives. The read and write speeds of the SSD are 7x FASTER than my 1.5TB disk drive (536MB/s read and 482MB/s write). For gaming, loading a BattleField4 map is extremely fast now, you can tell exactly which fellow players also have SSD's.
I've also seen that a single Samsung drive is capable of writing at least 2,000TB of data in tests, meaning they will likely far outlast YOUR lifetime let alone a platter disk drive's typical lifetime of a few years.
The lack of moving parts makes this an amazing replacement for a laptop in terms of drop damage or motion in general, and it's FAR lighter in weight compared to the platter drive. Plus, it drains less power without any spinning mechanical parts, thus increasing laptop battery life.
Cons: HOWEVER, if you want to use the software to clone a secondary drive, it didn't even let me select it! I had to boot my desktop from the laptop drive in safe mode (luckily that even worked), but even then the Samsung migration software was UNABLE to clone the laptop drive with some obscure error message that it couldn't read the drive's type/information, even though I was able to size the partitions and everything up to the point of pressing "start". I ended up downloading and using "Acronis True Image WD Edition" software to perform the clone, and it worked perfectly. In spite of these issues, I will still be rating this product with 5 eggs because I am so satisfied with the hardware.
Other Thoughts: The data migration (cloning) software worked fine for my desktop because the source drive was my main OS drive. But I think the software has some issues with certain drive types as I experienced, and it wouldn't even let me select a secondary drive as my source drive, I needed to be able to do that to clone my laptop drive using my PC.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I bought this to replace the AMD Phenom II X6, and the 8350 is about 10-15% faster on EACH CPU. The 8 cores give it a major advantage for parallel applications. I am using it for scientific computing, and am very pleased with the performance at this low price! Runs about 60-63C temperature with all 8 cores at 100% usage with the stock fan provided. I have not tried overclocking this yet.
Cons: It's not as efficient as an Intel, but the price is far less.
Other Thoughts: I can run 4 cores at 100% doing math computations, while playing Far Cry 3, and there is no noticeable loss in performance.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g
Pros: I bought one of these in 2003 for my parents. It still works great 11 years later, so I bought a 2nd one for myself...
Cons: I bought a 2nd one of these in 2009 and it seemed to be seriously lacking in quality. The AC power adapter died exactly 1 year after I bought it. I spent $15 to get a new adapter which restored functionality. Then another year or 2 later the router just seemed to slow down drastically. Resetting the power would restore the speed usually, but eventually it would bog down again until I was resetting the router once per day. I replaced it with a different brand of router and that resolved the problem.
Other Thoughts: Overall I have liked linksys, and I'm not entirely sure that all of the issues I experienced were the router's fault, but I was really surprised that the AC power adapter failed exactly when the 1-year-warranty expired. Maybe it's just terrible luck, but I was expecting a higher level of hardware quality than that. Using a new different router worked fine on the same network.READ FULL REVIEW