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MSI Primo 81 Android Tablet -  7.85
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The tablet runs well for its price tier. Doesn't make it a pain for developers to test apps.

Cons: 1. The battery life is awful. After uninstalling some of the stock software and installing DS Battery Saver, setting it to "Aggressive," the battery life is very good.
2. MSI Global does not adhere to their legal obligation under the GNU Public License to publish the Linux kernel source-code used for this tablet. Even if they don't work on the source code themselves, as the seller of the tablet they are legally obligated to provide any source code protected under GPL, complete and compilable (with build scripts). On Android devices, this specifically refers to the kernel, which in all Android devices is derived from the GPL and falls under the Linux kernel's GPL protections. MSI refuses to release this source code despite such a refusal being against the law and a violation of copyright. Why does this matter? For the average user, it might not. For some developers, however, this is a very big deal and impacts the ability to create software for this device.

Other Thoughts: I contacted MSI regarding the source code issue in the hopes of acquiring said code and porting CyanogenMod to this device. Every time I would submit such a request, MSI would close my support ticket the next day, without even responding! They just closed it and ignored me completely, on multiple occasions. I have begun seeking other avenues for achieving this such as contacting the Linux Foundation and listing this as an uncooperative manufacturer on developer forums, but when other device manufacturers such as Sony consistently comply with this law it becomes frustrating to hit such a wall with someone else.

If you're a developer and want to build something which requires you to have the kernel source for this device (to which you are legally entitled), you should pass this tablet over. You won't get it and you'll only be insulted by MSI's dismissive treatment of their paying customers. If you aren't a developer, this is a decent tablet.

Crucial V4 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Decent performance; boot times faster than 7200 RPM HDD (given other reviews, I think I lucked out in this area), decent write times.

Cons: This was an underperforming drive for an SSD, in my experience, but was still better than the average HDD. Take that with a grain of salt, because I see other reviews decrying performance.

Like other users, mine died. It died far, far too soon. It was running as an OS drive for a Linux server, with reads/writes minimized as much as technically possible for the distro in question. This is why I think mine lasted longer than these other reviews suggest.

There was a study recently that suggested it was the norm for consumer-level SDD's to behave unexpectedly in the event of a power outage. For those of us who don't have ridiculous disposable income to put all our devices on UPSes, this is problematic. However, I had mine behind a very high-quality surge protector, because I live in the Northeast USA where thunderstorms are commonplace.

Despite this, a single unanticipated power outage, JUST ONE, completely killed this drive. There are too many bad sectors for it to be usable now. The study on SSD behavior under power outage suggested mostly file corruption; it was not common for a drive to develop bad sectors or to die, i.e. it was common for files to be damaged but in the vast majority of cases the drives remained completely usable. It is a testament to the lack of quality in this drive, supportive of other reviews here, that it falls into the latter category.

Do yourself a favor and do not buy this drive. Back when I bought it, the reviews were good (although there were not many) as the drive was relatively new to the market (to my knowledge). Now it should be obvious that this is a dud model in general, so heed the warnings all these reviews give and go for a different drive!

Other Thoughts: I don't think it is unreasonable to expect from an SSD that, at the very least, a power outage (not surge, but outage) would not completely kill the drive. File corruption due to interrupted writes? Fine. Bad sectors or bricked drives? Absolutely unacceptable, and generally manufacturers avoid this.

Traditionally I have respected Crucial's product quality, but this makes me question buying from them again, particularly the fact that these failures and bad reviews have been going on so long and the product has not been pulled. Shame on you, Crucial. You should be looking out for your customers more and not allowing the poor quality of a product go unacknowledged and continue sale of that product. I will be far more wary of buying newer products from this manufacturer in the future.

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 256MB 168-Pin SDRAM PC 100 System Memory Model 990107
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Helped squeeze a little longer life out of a very old PC.

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: First one was a DOA, but notice I didn't take off any eggs. This is because there will always be DOAs, especially with RAM. I got a replacement and that's what I rated. Good product.


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Display Name: Michael C.

Date Joined: 01/28/07

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 02/04/07
  • Last Review: 06/30/14
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