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Pros: Read speeds are fast! Not quite as fast as Samsung would claim, but there are other factors involved, I'm sure.
The device looks slick and clean. Not that anyone cares what a drive is going to look like, since it will be safely hidden inside your computer, but still, props for making the think look nice and clean.
Also, as you would expect, putting this SSD in my laptop has spared me a noticeable amount of battery life.
There is really not much else to say. The device performs exactly how one would expect it to.
Cons: I was a little disappointed when I didn't find a USB to SATA adapter included with the drive. The instructions imply that one is included, as the graphics in the manual display such a device, and a drive migration obviously cannot be completed without, but one is not included.
There were no screws included either. This is probably not a big deal, because most people purchasing this device will be swapping out a HDD that already has the screws needed. Still, the inclusion of a few cheap spare screws should be a given when you are forking out $100+ on any drive. Again, overall, not a big deal, but a slight disappointment.
Other Thoughts: This is a "first impressions" review of sorts. I've only been using the device for a week. I certainly haven't used it long enough to test its durability.
I am very pleased with my purchase as of now and have always been happy with Samsung products in the past. I built my first gaming rig with a 200 GB Samsung hard drive back in 2006, and the thing is still ticking today. I'll be surprised if I don't get similar longevity from this drive.
This review is from: Rosewill RNX-N600PCE - Dual Band Wireless N600 Wi-Fi Adapter - IEEE 802.11b / 11g / 11n, Up to 300 Mbps (5.0 GHz) + 300 Mbps (2.4 GHz) Data Rates, PCI E Interface, 2 High Power Dual Band Antennas
Pros: The device works really well. Has a strong and consistent signal.
Cons: Installation can be a nightmare (See "Other thoughts" below).
Other Thoughts: This card does not play nice with Windows 8.1!
Here's what I learned from using this card in two separate computers.
If your computer is already running Windows 8.1 and you install this card, your computer will likely start crashing frequently. This is an easy fix. Before you physically install the card in the PCI-E slot, install the drivers first. If you already installed the card, take it out and install the drivers first. Once the drivers are installed, the card can be physically installed an should work fine.
If your computer is running Windows 8, this card will work fine, but trying to upgrade to Windows 8.1 while this card is installed in your computer will likely cause the upgrade to fail every time. Here's what I had to do. First, I downloaded Windows 8.1 through the app store like normal, using this card for internet access. When the computer first went to restart as part of the Windows 8.1 installation, I powered off the computer, removed the card, powered on the computer, let the Windows 8.1 installation finish, installed the driver for this card (which I had pre-downloaded), and then physically installed the card. Works like a charm.
This should go without saying, but make sure the computer is powered off whenever you add or remove this card.
As other reviewers have mentioned, I will confirm that a certain Asus driver works with this card. The link to the driver is below. Make sure you computer has a program that can open .rar files before you start either of the above processes.
Pros: Looks very cool
Stock fans are good (for stock fans)
Plenty of space for mid-size tower
Cons: Not very durable. Mine arrived with a whole in the plastic cover on the top of the case and one of the pieces holding that cover to the case was also broken. Aluminum could be bent by a 3-year-old. The plastic parts would probably break under the pressure of my thumb.
Other Thoughts: I've only build a handful of systems, but out of all the cases I've used so far (and I've used a few that were within the $40 to $60 price range), this one is the worst. I'd recommend getting a different case. I'm just glad this is for someone else's computer and not mine.
I bought this case to build for some people I know. I still have yet to ask them, but if they don't mind a broken case hen I'll keep it. Otherwise, I guess we'll be going through the RMA process.