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TOSHIBA Laptop Satellite C55-B5290 Intel Core i3 3217U (1.80GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Inexpensive, nice screen. No frills but perfectly adequate for a lower end model. I typically use my desktop so only bought this for travelling purposes. Theoretically seems entirely suited to that purpose, except....

Cons: The touchpad. At first I thought it was just cheap and was slightly peeved that it was a regression from the four previous Toshibas I've had - shouldn't technology progress? It was so uncomfortable and jerky to use that for the limited amount I did use this laptop in the past month I kept the mouse plugged in. But the mouse is really only good while I'm at home, and that's not why I bought the laptop.
Just went away for Labor Day weekend, leaving the mouse at home, and found the touchpad wasn't just cheap, it was defective. The touchpad and the keys, at first unreliable, are now completely unresponsive. Of course, I purchased it on August 1st and didn't have an opportunity to return it until today so I'm out $400. Thanks Toshiba!

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ENERMAX REVOLUTION X't ERX430AWT 430W ATX12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very nice, very reliable, and QUIET!! Having eight SATA plugs is wonderful.

Cons: None so far.

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WD Red WD40EFRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Inexpenisve drive, expensive paperweight 06/18/2014

This review is from: WD Red WD40EFRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" NAS Internal Hard Drive - Bulk

Pros: Not too expensive, high capacity, WD is generally a good manufacturer.

Cons: Bricked up. Bought two of them on sale in March, tested them both then put one into use and shelved the other. The one I used worked for three months then just stopped working. Irretrievably stopped - my system won't even recognize something is plugged in. I plugged the second one in and it was dead a day later, though it at least has let me get in to move docs off.

Other Thoughts: I've used lots of drives in the past 20years and the failures have only been due to justifiable old age, or at least the drives provided me with a year or two of use before slowly, and with warning, dying. These two must be simply defective. I'm willing to pass it off as a fluke but the other comments here tend to tell a similar story - these just are not reliable drives.

Sticking to the WD Green series, I've had good luck with them.

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Mark W.'s Profile

Display Name: Mark W.

Date Joined: 02/14/08

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 02/21/08
  • Last Review: 09/02/14
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