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Crucial MX100 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Quality

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I mentioned in my other review for an earlier purchase that I I had to RMA a MX-100. Turns out the RMA was not necessary at all. If your system is Windows 8x and you don't have a UEFI-based motherboard, then you may need to uncheck the 'Turn on fast startup' option in the Control Panel's Power Options area. Otherwise, you could experience BSODs with this SSD when you boot up from a powered down state.

You might want to do that anyway to avoid other problems with non-UEFI motherboards and Windows 8x. I've had problems with other drives too until I unchecked fast startup.

Crucial MX100 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price

Cons: For the price, none

I ordered one of these and had some minor problems with it out of the box, so a call to Crucial determined it would be best to return it for a replacement. That's the first time I have ever had a problem with a Crucial/Lexar/Micron product. The RMA process went smoothly and I was shipped a new replacement before I returned the original (charged my credit card and refunded the money once they received the original).

Other Thoughts: If using Bitlocker encryption, the secure erase feature of the drive will be disabled by Bitlocker. The only way to unlock that feature again is to use a utility written by a third party (but recommended by Crucial) to perform a 'PSID revert' so you can securely erase the drive (set the memory cells of the SSD to empty, unlike a HDD where you set the bits to zeros or whatever). Crucial doesn't offer a way to do this through software of their own as some other manufacturers do. It's no big deal to me, but it was a little annoying at first thinking that I couldn't securely erase the drive because of once using Bitlocker.

HP Chromebook 14-q070nr - Intel Celeron 2955U(1.4GHz) 14
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 4GB memory
T-mobile 4G free (200MB/mo)
14" screen
HP quality

Cons: The screen can look washed out when viewing off angle, so some 11" Chromebook screens look better
A Chromebook can't completely replace Windows, considering there is always some software you may need that still only works in Windows.

Other Thoughts: As a piece of hardware it seems well built to me, the design and materials are first rate (given that it is relatively inexpensive). The 14" screen is so much better than 11" (for my needs), but can look very washed out from off angles. The dual-core Celeron processor can occasionally slow down a little when first loading webpages with lots of simultaneous scripts, video ads, etc. The 4GB RAM (instead of 2GB) helps keep performance smooth with lots of open tabs. The Chrome OS is just the Chrome browser primarily, but is optimized for browsing so performance is good.

It's very very difficult right now (though not impossible) for malware to to gain a foothold on a Chromebook (everything is checked when booting up). The browser is still susceptible to Chrome adware, spyware, etc., but the built-in Powerwash feature will clean away just about anything (it takes only a minute or two, and I sometimes do that before important online financial transactions, just in case). If that for some reason isn't enough for you, you can always restore the original OS image in less than an hour to fresh from the factory condition. Only someone with physical access to your computer could somehow possibly get around that. If you're concerned about privacy, not logging in and browsing as a guest completely avoids anything Google.


Timothy A.'s Profile

Display Name: Timothy A.

Date Joined: 02/19/06

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 08/15/08
  • Last Review: 11/09/14
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