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3 out of 5 eggs D'oh. No bottom mounting holes. 01/27/2015

This review is from: BYTECC BRACKET-250 2.5" HDD/SSD Metal Mounting Kit

Pros: This is solid with a nice paint job and a good finish. Comes with screws, which I never need but it's a nice touch anyway.

Cons: NO BOTTOM MOUNTING HOLES. This thing has four little holes for mounting the SSD, and SIDE ONLY mounting holes for the bracket itself. My case trays attach to hard drives through the bottom, not the sides.

Yes, there is another review that points out this could be useless to you because it ONLY HAS SIDE MOUNTING HOLES. If I saw the other review, it didn't register. Not a great loss at $5, but still...

As it turns out, Fractal Design's HD trays (at least for my case) have little SSD holes, so I didn't need this anyway. Should have looked carefully before buying this, both at the item itself and at what was in my case.

EnGenius ESR9850 802.11b/g/n High Performance Wireless N Gigabit Router up to 300Mbps
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5 out of 5 eggs Good value, good performance 01/02/2013

This review is from: EnGenius ESR9850 802.11b/g/n High Performance Wireless N Gigabit Router up to 300Mbps

Pros: Great performance for wired connections, and decent wireless performance.

Cons: Minor stuff: This product is now on the end-of-life list at EnGenius (the V2 version is current). This router responds to pings even if told not to.

Other Thoughts: This router got a good review due to great price/performance at SmallNetBuilder, and my experience matches: Excellent wired performance, handles LOTS of connections well with 3x the net wired throughput of my old router. The wireless performance seems about the same as my previous, five-year-old router, which is fine, I mainly have a wired home network.

I would have liked to have known that this model is end-of-lifed, but it's still a good deal.

I debated dropping an egg from the rating due to the router returning pings, but that's pretty minor as security problems go.

SAMSUNG 840 Series 2.5
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Pros: Arrived and worked, performs as rated.

Cons: Bad software at every turn. I'm really hacked off.

Other Thoughts: I updated the firmware and installed; it all appeared to be working. I tried the SSD Magician software, which still has the misleading info on disk cloning (no they don't provide Norton Ghost 15 for the 840 series), insists that superfetch should be disabled (for no reason, really), and doesn't mention alignment. That's one. Mildly irritating by omission and comission, no biggie.

I then installed and ran the Data Migration tool, which is OEM software from Clonix Co Ltd of Korea. This failed multiple times with "external exception E06D7363". I tried a previous version of the software; same problem. That's two. Greatly irritating, as I was counting on the Data Migration tool to work.

As I don't have Ghost or Acronis, I purchased "Paragon Migrate OS to SSD". Best $20 I've spent in awhile. It just worked. My paranoia required me to check: it got the data in place, correctly aligned and bootable.

Then I tried to register the purchase on the Samsung website. I tried logging in with an offsite account as they suggest, after which I was presented with a screen wanting me to enter my Samsung password. What Samsung password? Does anyone even try this stuff? So now I have a Samsung account I can't use; I can't create another with my primary email (already used-- by me). That's three. Supremely irritating, and I'm not even mentioning the dead links and non-helpful "help" sections.

It appears they have competence in hardware and firmware. But their utilities and website would be funny if I didn't have to deal with them.

Samsung can send me $20, set up an arrangement with Paragon instead of Clonix, and fix their website if they want to make this right and regain credibility.


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Display Name: Steven H.

Date Joined: 05/13/02

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  • First Review: 03/23/06
  • Last Review: 01/27/15
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