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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought two of these, one for my Dell desktop and one for my Lenovo laptop. I cannot tell you how drastically it improved performance on both machines. Bootup, yeah, whatever. It's the I/O (or rather lack of it) where you really see the difference. For 20+ years I've seethed every time my old platter-style hard drives would lock up with the HD light on, all because they were paging memory in and out of virtual sysfiles. Way back in the day, I'd create virtual RAM drives to avoid these delays, but even adding RAM (I have 12GB) didn't help as much as installing the Evo. Now there's no such thing as waiting for I/O operations. I know the Pro is Samsung's higher-tier model, but I love this one anyway. Sale price was great too.
As for swapping out your old HD, I have a Rosewill external SATA bay. I plugged the EVO in and ran the Samsung data transfer utility. HD copied. Plug it in, turn on Samsung RAPID service, check BIOS settings, done.
I have Win7 Pro 64 bit. Several people recommend wiping and reinstalling your SSD OS from scratch, but I ghosted both my desktop and laptop with no problem whatsoever. I already had large data drives + NAS for music and movies, and that hasn't changed. While 120GB would be squeezing it, 240GB should be plenty for your OS and daily working files.

Cons: One minor quibble - you need to make sure your BIOS and Samsung RAPID settings are correct to get to full potential.

Other Thoughts: I did miss a trick on my laptop, so I'll tell you about it and maybe you won't. Had I gotten the mSATA SSD model instead, I could've plugged that into the Lenovo's mSATA bay and kept my regular HD as storage, since laptop storage is tougher to come by. If your laptop has an mSATA bay, keep that in mind. Oh well, maybe next time.

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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought two of these, one for my Dell desktop and one for my Lenovo laptop. I cannot tell you how drastically it improved performance on both machines. Bootup, yeah, whatever. It's the I/O (or rather lack of it) where you really see the difference. For 20+ years I've seethed every time my old platter-style hard drives would lock up with the HD light on, all because they were paging memory in and out of virtual sysfiles. Way back in the day, I'd create virtual RAM drives to avoid these delays, but even adding RAM (I have 12GB) didn't help as much as installing the Evo. Now there's no such thing as waiting for I/O operations. I know the Pro is Samsung's higher-tier model, but I love this one anyway. Sale price was great too.
As for swapping out your old HD, I have a Rosewill external SATA bay. I plugged the EVO in and ran the Samsung data transfer utility. HD copied. Plug it in, turn on Samsung RAPID service, check BIOS settings, done.
I have Win7 Pro 64 bit. Several people recommend wiping and reinstalling your SSD OS from scratch, but I ghosted both my desktop and laptop with no problem whatsoever. I already had large data drives + NAS for music and movies, and that hasn't changed. While 120GB would be squeezing it, 240GB should be plenty for your OS and daily working files.

Cons: One minor quibble - you need to make sure your BIOS and Samsung RAPID settings are correct to get to full potential.

Other Thoughts: I did miss a trick on my laptop, so I'll tell you about it and maybe you won't. Had I gotten the mSATA SSD model instead, I could've plugged that into the Lenovo's mSATA bay and kept my regular HD as storage, since laptop storage is tougher to come by. If your laptop has an mSATA bay, keep that in mind. Oh well, maybe next time.

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Brother MFC series MFC-J625DW Up to 35 ppm Black Print Speed 6000 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless (802.11 b/g/n) InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Scanning works fine. Have not used faxing yet, and probably never will. Wireless connection works fine, although it seems you have to load the software on every PC that wants to use the printer wirelessly on its own.

Cons: How do I hate thee, Brother J625DW? Let me count the ways.

1. The ink cartridges last barely a few weeks, esp color. I know these deskjet-type printers use up more ink, but this thing drinks like a drunken sailor's parrot. When my HP1020 Laserjet runs out of ink after a year and what seems like thousands of pages, I say "Whoa! About time!" When this thing runs out after two or three weeks, I curse the deskjet g-ds.

2. After a month or so, the black ink started coming out spotty. The cartridge was still half full, so I ran the Cleaning function several times. This helped for another week, until I had to run it again. Apparently the ink feeders/jets are prone to clogging. Needless to say, my HP1020 has never clogged.

3. This thing has the annoying habit of "waking up" at 3am and resetting itself, with NO input. Turning it off via the power button doesn't help. Maybe it's on Japan time, and thinks it's 3pm? Anyway, I have to leave it unplugged every night, or it will wake my wife up. Maybe there's a "PLEASE DON'T WAKE MY POOR TIRED A-- UP AT 3AM" setting, but I haven't looked for it, and shouldn't have to.

4. As mentioned above, as far as I know this printer isn't plug and play. Meaning you have to install a CD's worth of software just to get your devices to find and use it through your wireless router. Other printers usually say "found new printer, loading drivers" and that's that. But maybe this is just par for the course for wireless printers.

Other Thoughts: Though I fear these All-In-One devices from long experience, I bought this printer to complement my wonderful HP1020, which can't handle 1) color printing, 2) scanning, or 3) copying. Guess what? I still fear these All-In-One devices.

My wife wants to know when we're getting a good color printer. Well, I thought I was. Meanwhile, she still asks me the same question.

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Display Name: Marc E.

Date Joined: 04/19/07

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  • First Review: 02/09/13
  • Last Review: 10/30/14
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