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OCZ ARC 100 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: After mail in rebate, the Arc 100 is a SIGNIFICANTLY better performer than the similarly priced Kingston V300 or PNY Optima.

Cons: Enclosure is moderately thick steel and is heavy compared to other SSDs I've used. SSDs don't need THAT much protection, it just adds weight to the device you're putting it in. For desktops, it doesn't matter much, but it might for laptops or external enclosures. The Arc 100 is 100 grams, which is between 20g and 50g more than other common SSDs. (still... just a fraction of a pound)

Other Thoughts: Using an XFX nForce 750i motherboard, could not boot Windows 7. Seems to be a compatibility issue with that specific chipset or the motherboard BIOS (which was latest release). Worked fine in another system.

Rosewill RHTB-11011 - 17
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - VERY sturdy (weighs 2-3x more than the 32" LED TV I was mounting on it)
- Lots of adjustability. (crammed my TV into a corner)
- Cheap ($20 on sale!)

Cons: - None of the supplied VESA screws fit my Seiki TV. Had to go to the hardware store.
- The first hinge (at the wall) is not perfectly vertical. The top is slightly further from the wall than the bottom. This caused problems when rotating about this joint. With the first arm perpendicular to the wall, the TV is level. Swing it to one side or the other, though, and it tilts the TV.
- The wall mount is impossible to align vertically during installation by itself because the sides are V-shaped and the screw holes are staggered. Had to install screw in top hole, attach arm to level the VESA plate, then (carefully) remove arm to install remaining screw(s).

Other Thoughts: Got the TV level in the end, but took far more time than it should have.

I'm pretty sure I could have hung from the end of this thing when I was finished (with only 2 screws installed, albeit into a wall stud). They must have some pretty massive (life abuse) safety factors on these things to only be rated for 32" TVs (what 32" TV with VESA mounts weighs 55lbs?)

Could probably shave some costs by reducing the weight / size of the components to better match the load / TV size rating.

MSI Primo 81 Android Tablet -  7.85
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Nice materials/build quality
- Great price (sub-$100 after MIR)
- Capable of basic uses
- Available Android 4.4 update from MSI* (Kudos!)

Cons: - Screen is "supposedly" the same as used in the iPad mini, but it looks washed out to me, no matter the brightness setting. Might try a screen color adjustment app.
- Could really benefit from 2GB of RAM instead of 1GB.
- GPU is pretty anemic. Some animations (games) are slightly jerky despite the relatively low-res screen.
- Power/screen-lock button is tricky to depress because it's almost flush with the top frame.

Other Thoughts: *I set up my tablet before installing Android 4.4 and took about 1.5 hours to download / install all apps I had on my google account (my 3 week old Moto X took about the same amount of time). After installing the update, wifi speed on my home network dropped to about 1/6 of what it was with 4.2 out of box (now only 1Mb/s hard limit) and literally took 16 hours to re-download all apps. I took it to work the next day and wifi speed was normal there (~6-7Mb/s). Web search shows this is apparently a common problem with Android 4.4 updates for various devices where all previously saved networks get slow.

WiFi FIX: I deleted the wifi password from the tablet => removed the wifi password on the router => Connected tablet to unsecured wifi => Reinstated wifi password. Re-entered wifi password on tablet, and everything was back to normal (6-8Mb/s).

I wanted a (starter) tablet that didn't cost an arm and a leg because I wasn't sure how much I'd actually use one. For the price, I wasn't expecting to get the same performance / experience as the nicer tablets that cost 3-4x as much. But even still, this get's you roughly 85% there. I'm VERY pleased with my purchase.

Debated taking off an egg for the WiFi issue (not sure this is even MSI's fault), but gave it back for offering the Android 4.4 update in the first place. Everything else met or exceeded what was advertised and my expectations for a dirt-cheap tablet.


Derek P.'s Profile

Display Name: Derek P.

Date Joined: 11/20/04

  • Reviews: 20
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 08/17/11
  • Last Review: 02/03/15
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