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Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter)  2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - NAND Flash is manufactured to high standards
- Uses a Marvell controller that emphasizes accuracy and consistency
- Excellent Price to Performance ratio
- See "Other Thoughts" Section

Cons: - Slightly slower than some other SSDs on the market
- No native data migration software. Though there are open-source options for this task

Other Thoughts: The NAND Flash used in this drive is produced at the same plants as the top-rated and much higher-priced Intel SSDs. Simply put, Intel and Crucial's parent company -Micron- jointly own factories in Utah, Virginia, and Singapore. Not only does this mean these SSDs are among the most reliable, but the Flash used has a 2 in 3 chance of being manufactured in the US. Singapore is also a leader in Labor protections among Asian nations, lagging behind only Japan and South Korea. This means this SSD is produced with Labor Ethics in mind. If that is important to you, then I strongly suggest this SSD.

The major difference between this SSD and an Intel SSD is the Controller. Intel buys exclusive rights to the highest-quality SandForce controllers, making their SSDs slightly faster but also much more expensive. As I stated in the "pro" section, the Marvell controller used here sacrifices some small amount of speed for what can be seen as a more methodical approach to the use of the flash memory. This then does not mean that the drive is inferior, just that it emphasizes reliability over speed. So, if you intend to have the fastest speeds by running RAID 0 or some other array, this may not be the drive for you.

Lately, other manufacturers have had some controversy over the switch to asynchronous NAND from synchronous NAND. There is no worry here, the Intel/Micro Flash has remained synchronous and consistent.

Recommended for:
- Virtually all uses, as an SSD is one of the best upgrades to make to any machine.
- People concerned with Labor practices associated with technology manufacturing.
Not Recommended for:
- Severe Use-Cases like 3D animation rendering, video editing or other such intensive tasks that would require top of the line performance.

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Rosewill RNX-N180UB (1T2R) IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter with Hardware WPS Button / Up to 300Mbps Download Data Rates / Support 64/128-bit WEP (Hex & ASCII), WPA/WPA2, WPA (TKIP with IEEE 802.1x)/WPA2(AES with IEEE 802.1x)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It has a decent range for such a small device.

Cons: The adapter simply does not wake properly from various C-States in Windows 8. Commonly, after putting the computer to sleep, a reset of the device is needed for it to work again. After waking from Hibernation, the device usually needs to be unplugged and re-inserted. These actions take anywhere from 30 seconds to a full minute for me, and make the task of waking the computer much more arduous. I really have no complaints about the range or effectiveness of the adapter once it is working, as I did my research and it suits my needs. But, its stubborn tendency to remain asleep is infuriating. This is the last product I will ever purchase from Rosewill.

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ASUS VS Series VS228H-P Black 21.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Price
-Internal A/C adapter
-Crisp Picture
-Decent Response Time
-DVI and HDMI input
-Dual-link DIV and D-sub VGA cable included
-Decent 3-year warranty

Cons: -Color is very good, but not great
-Rear inputs are right-angle, so it could be tough to manage them if wall-mounted.
-Menu is confounding to navigate, especially since the etched button-functions in the lower-right are impossible to see if the monitor is on, which it needs to be to adjust the settings. . .

Other Thoughts: Good for:
-Standard Home Use.
-Home Gaming
-Movies and theater PCs
-Basic Office Uses

Not recommended for:
-Professional Video, Photo or digital image editing. The color reproduction is not that good.
-Amateur or Pro competitive gaming. Faster response time would be needed.

Basically speaking, this monitor sacrifices deep colors for a crisp image and decent response time, making it a good compromise, especially at this price. Other monitors may be cheaper, but with washed-out colors; some might have great color, but look saturated and have poor response when the image moves. This monitor hits a decent balance.

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Display Name: Ryan H.

Date Joined: 06/07/13

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 01/15/14
  • Last Review: 06/28/14
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