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Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Full Version (32 & 64-bit)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Don't be afraid or Worried 03/29/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Full Version (32 & 64-bit)

Pros: I was very worried about moving from Win 7 which I love to Win 8.1. It was for nothing.
It's the retail version so you get a 64 bit disc and a 32 bit disc.
You can install it on as many PC's as you wish, just one at a time. I need this as I swap my hardware like underwear. Often ;)

The much talked about "Start" button is BACK !! so no worries there. You can make Windows 8.1 look like Windows 7 if you like.

Windows 8.1 boots faster than Windows 7, Other than that speed increase I think they are about the same in operation speed.

My main PC use is for browsing and gaming, I run 3 monitors in Nvidia Surround and this version of Windows handles all my games and all the Nvidia settings and setup just fine. Windows 8.1 also runs all my games perfectly. I have not had one issue with Windows and PC Games.

Cons: Getting used to it is only real con. Im not sure Microsoft will keep this interface next time around after it kicked up so much dust. You know what though ? it's fine.

The Metro interface, however it's not really a con once you start to play around all those squares now look nothing like it did when I first started using this operating system. I now have the tiles on my metro start up all changed out to the ones I want. All my app's and games are now on my Metro.

Other Thoughts: I needed a new copy of Windows, I had an OEM copy of 7 and I upgrade hardware alot. The folks at Microsoft have been very kind to let me validate after upgrades a few times. I didn't want to push the envelope. So since the price on Retail Windows 8.1 is in a very good spot. I went for it. Im glad I did.

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Tek Republic TUC-300  USB 3.0 Supports SD, SDHC, SDXC, Micro SD (t-Flash), MS, MS Pro, MS Duo, MS Pro Duo, and MSXC. 12-in-1 Card Reader
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's very small, would fit in your pocket and not be uncomfortable. Reads cars well and reads them quickly.

SD,SDHC,SDXc,RS-MMC,Mobile-MMC. MMC-Micro, MS,MS-Pro,MS-Duo,MS-Pro Duo,MS-ProHG Duo 8bit mode

Works on All Windows versions from XP on up. Works on Mac OS X v1.0.3.9 or later

USB 3.0 and compatible with USB 2

"Claims" data rate 5Gbps, 480/12/1.5 Mbps

Cons: I really don't call these cons but some may. It's tiny, very small. Would not be hard to lose track of this little guy.

Also the cord is very short. It measures 3.5 inches from the device to the USB plug. Overall length of the device is exactly 8 inches tip to tip. Thickness of the reader is 0.5 inches.

Other Thoughts: I just wanted a small card reader to be able to read the SD cards from a digital camera I picked up. I did not want to put another device in the front bays of my desktop. I was however prepared to. I was shopping card readers on New Egg. As I signed up to receive e-mails from New Egg I found an e-mail in my inbox the next morning. New Egg knew I was shopping for card readers and sent me some suggestions other shoppers had liked. I saw this and purchased it within 10 minutes. I guess there marketing e-mails work well ;)

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

Pros: Crazy fast. If you run Windows 8.1 you can boot super fast. Not saying 7 wont boot fast but 8.1 is the fastest on boot times.

Comes with a nice little software app called Samsung Magician. Magician gives you status on your SSD's health, how much space you have used. Also allows you to optimize the SSD within your OS and a performance optimization. Gives you a little benchmark app that tests read/write random and sequential not only for your new SSD but for any other SSD and or mechanical drives you have. Very nice little piece of free software ! This software also gives you the ability to "Secure Erase" and return to factory settings. Says it destroys all data so it cannot be recovered. Not sure if this is good or bad. Suppose it depends on who you are and what your doing :wink:

Cons: I honestly can't think of much in the "con" dept. other than big size drives are still to expensive so we wait and continue to use mechanical for data storage.

Other Thoughts: Soon we should be able to use only our SSD's for programs and our storage. This day is getting closer as the price/size pricing comes more in line.

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Display Name: Roger B.

Date Joined: 01/21/08

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  • First Review: 03/23/13
  • Last Review: 03/29/14
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