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Pros: Slick looking. Motherboard, CPU, and PCIe cables are all mesh wrapped. Packaging is nice with a little bag to hold the extra modular cables. No problems with the installation at all, in an Antec Solo II case.
Cons: After installing Windows 8 and getting everything up and running, I started noticing a weird sound. I'm new to Windows 8, so at first I thought it was an unfamiliar alert sound or something. Then it dawned on me: I was getting the chirping sound that so many are reporting here. It sounds like there's no fix and it only gets worse over time, so I immediately packed it back up and RMA'd.
Also: The modular SATA power cables are not mesh wrapped.
Other Thoughts: Do not ignore the reports of chirping here. There's always one comment where somebody gets a faulty unit and they leave a bad review. That doesn't seem to be the case here. It appears to be a rampant issue. Do not buy this unit, get something else. Save yourself the trouble of an RMA.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD1 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC 7mm Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: - Enough capacity for Windows 7 plus whatever games or apps I'm currently using. It let me build a desktop gaming machine with no HDD.
- Close to the "$1 per Gb sweet spot" as far as value is concerned
- Installed easily
- Silent, like any SSD
- Fast, even for a SSD
Cons: No cons that I can think of. It went into the machine easily. I installed Windows 7 on it with no trouble. It's been fast, silent, and reliable for the couple of weeks I've been using it.
Other Thoughts: I build a new desktop gaming PC every couple of years, and this year I wanted to make the jump to SSD and hopefully ditch the HDD altogether, since I want my machine to be quiet and high-performance as possible, within a reasonable price range. Storage isn't an issue for me because I'm networked to another machine with plenty of storage.
So, the M4 seemed to be the right balance of price, capacity, and speed in a SSD. I was not disappointed. It brought the WEI down from the 7s on my old machine (with a HDD) to the low-mid 5s. (I'd like to post the exact number but I don't have it in front of me and I don't want to post an inaccurate number. Suffice to say I was very pleased at the upgrade from my old machine's HDD.)
Pros: - 1920x1200, 16:10, the way a computer monitor should be
- Good value for the price
- Stand offers tilt as well as raise/lower
- Glossy black looks nice next to my Antec SOLO II
- Decent picture quality (see view angle con below)
Cons: - Glossy black bezel reflects the display a little too well in a dark room. It looks like the edge of your screen has some sort of weird artifact when what you're really seeing is a reflection. It's really noticeable when your window looks like it has two red "close" Xs in the upper right corner
- Narrow vertical viewing angle. Colors visibly shift just by leaning back in my chair. I use the HP LP2475w and HP ZR24w at work, which have MUCH wider viewing angles, but cost $100-$200 more
- The bezel feels a little cheap. When adjusting the tilt of the monitor, it'll creak and flex under your hands a bit
Other Thoughts: This monitor is for someone who wants 1920x1200 resolution at the best price, and is willing to give up some features to get that price. It doesn't have an HDMI connector or a USB hub. The adjustment menus are minimalist.
But if, like me, you don't NEED that USB hub, and a DVI cable is perfectly alright, and you can live with the view angle, then this monitor delivers a nice picture at a nice price.