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Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 2.5
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Pros: Inexpensive, fast enough

Cons: I hate the fact most manufacturers count 1 kB = 1000 Bytes (not 1024 Bytes) these days. The actual capacity of the drive is 931 GB.

Other Thoughts: So far so good. No complains after a week of using this drive.

Asus Gryphon Z97, Intel Core i7 4790K, 32 GB (8 GB x 4) Team Vulcan, Zotac Geforce 750 Zone Edition, Windows 8.1 Pro

PNY Optima SSD7SC240GOPT-RB 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works as expected.

Cons: None so far. The only thing is that I could not find any specifications regarding the endurance of this drive. I guess PNY may be using different flash type (depending on what is available) in these drives. Nevertheless, I am sure the endurance is more than sufficient for an ordinary desktop user.

Other Thoughts: Bought it to install a newly released Kubuntu 14.04 on my old (yet still adequate) desktop machine. The drive works as expected, no complains. There is some performance improvement compared to 60GB Vertex 2 SSD it is replacing. Programs seem to start faster and the system overall is more responsive (though it may also be partially due to newer version of Kubuntu). It would probably be not fair to expect this drive to be an absolute champion in terms of performance, but you compensate for this by a very affordable price.

LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet -  Quad-Core 2GB RAM 16GB Flash 8.3
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Pros: Excellent exterior and sleek look; Good physical parameters (size and weight); Adequate hardware; Good screen resolution and color reproduction

Cons: Somewhat dim display; Slippery aluminum body; Relatively poor sound (both with speakers and headphones)

Other Thoughts: Compared to Nexus 7 (2013) this tablet represents a small step forward. I bought it mainly because Nexus' 7 screen is a bit too small for me to browse/read webpages comfortably. In that sense 8.3" screen is better, but I should say that with that size I start to notice pixelation of text and images (yes I am picky about it), which is hardly detectable on Nexus 7 due to its smaller screen. While LG G Pad is a bit heavier than Nexus 7, I was surprised that it actually feels lighter in hands due to a wider weight distribution. If you have large hands it will sit very comfortably in just one hand. However, if your hands are small (e.g. female) you might get a bit tired holding the tablet for extended periods of time. I am a male with medium size hands and I think that for me personally an 8.0" screen with even smaller frame around it would have been better. The tablet is quite snappy, no complaints here. LG Android skin is quite good and I actually like it better than the vanilla Android. I find the aluminum body of the table very slippery though. Not only it increases the danger of dropping the tablet accidentally, but it actually requires more finger muscle effort to hold it securely (which may and probably will cause premature tiredness). For this reason I ordered Skinomi Protective Skin (sticked it to the back only). Using a smart case would make it somewhat inconvenient to hold the tablet in just one hand (I know it from my Nexus 7 experience) so I did not even want to bother getting one. Polished aluminum looks great, but I would actually prefer some textured surface on the back side (or at least made of non-slippery material). The max screen brightness is somewhat low. I read about it in reviews but did not realize it was so low. I am still ok with the screen (usually set the brightness to 90%) but I can imagine it may be an issue for some people, especially when using the table outdoors. The quality of audio is another drawback worth mentioning. The sound is not terrible, but if you are an audiophile, you will be disappointed. Now, I am not talking about the sound from speakers (which are obviously not good), but the sound in headphones. I'd say the headphone audio quality is on par with that found in budget smartphones. I honestly expected better sound quality from a device in the premium (or nearly premium) segment.
Overall, I am quite satisfied with this device. It is certainly not without flaws, but if you are looking for an Android tablet with a screen size of about 8" then this will probably be your best choice at the moment.


Sergiy B.'s Profile

Display Name: Sergiy B.

Date Joined: 04/06/10

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  • First Review: 12/31/14
  • Last Review: 12/31/14
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