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Transcend TS512GSSD370S 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Most effective investment in speed 06/25/2015

This review is from: Transcend TS512GSSD370S 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Boot time improved by 45 seconds or more. Websites now display with the same speed as when I moved from a phone modem to a cable modem... which has slowed considerably over subsequent years.

Cons: It took this long for the prices to drop to my ability to pay.

Other Thoughts: I have two video editing machines that occupy the same corner desk. I can start them both at the same time. Before the addition of this SSD these two Win7 Pro machines would start within seconds of each other. Now the SSD boot drive machine is ready nearly a minute before the other one. I haven't done any converting or rendering, yet... but I will very shortly, hoping for similar results to the boot test. I'm just waiting for the next SSD sale to launch.

I've done all sorts upgrades to speed up my computers, from doubling RAM to video card upgrades. Of all the singular hardware items I have ever purchased, this was the most effective, short of building a new machine with at least two CPU generational jumps. Even those haven't made me feel this good about my expenditure.

Corel VideoStudio Pro X6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Good software BUT! 12/09/2013

This review is from: Corel VideoStudio Pro X6

Pros: The price was really good for not being an upgrade version. I had two purchases of the X4 version, which I learned was nearly the same as this newer one. I was relatively knowledgable about using the product.

Cons: I had difficulty installing the software, and found how difficult it is to get help, when you have difficulty with a Corel product. Somehow, I couldn't talk to their forums, because they said I didn't know my password from previous visits. When I tried use their "forgot password" function, they said my email address was not registered with them. When I tried to create a new account, they said my email address was already in use, and to ask for a new password. Luckily, updating DirectX at Microsoft fixed the problem, and I won't be needing their stuffed shirt forums, which you can't email the moderator, unless you have a membership. Sheesh... what a mess. But the software does exactly what I want it to do, once it's installed. I just have about a dozen more gray hairs, and about two dozen fewer.

Other Thoughts: After the circle twerk I did with that bunch, I don't want to think about it anymore.

Bitdefender Internet Security 2014 - Value Edition - 3 PCs / 2 Years
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs I think I like it 10/20/2013

This review is from: Bitdefender Internet Security 2014 - Value Edition - 3 PCs / 2 Years

Pros: Other than the B in the notification area, I hardly know I have a security suite. I feel confident I have one, but compared to my last ten years, using another brand, Bitdefender seems to do the work more transparently. I don't meter anything to know if there is a definite speed differential between Bitdefender and my previous security software, but it certainly isn't any slower, and most of my problems with speed are my own fault, and as long as things keep working, speed is less important to me than full functionality.

Cons: I think the proof of a security suite is in the long term performance, and how much it interferes with the everyday things you do on your PC. For me, there were two problems on my previous security software, and the company created a situation that I understood as saying they really didn't care about my problems, as long as I paid the subscription payments. If Bitdefender treats me the same way, I'll dump them too. So far, my only complaint would be the slick and minimally elegant interface.

Those who say that slick and elegant can also be user friendly have never done design fort those two purposes. User friendly, to me means all functions are showing and easy to understand. Minimally elegant are things that show little functionality, but have many functions. I hate reading directions or needing more than two attempts to learn something. Call me demanding... and old. Oh well.

Other Thoughts: If after ten years of use, I haven't had a scary invasion of my three PCs, I'll be ecstatic, just like I was with my last security suite... but two problems over a one year span with no help offered to me... the customer, and dump Bitdefender, too. Today, it's so far, so good. Check back in ten years.


Charles B.'s Profile

Display Name: Charles B.

Date Joined: 03/09/04

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  • First Review: 04/05/07
  • Last Review: 06/25/15
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