Joined on 07/31/06
Sweet upgrade - so very sweet!
Pros: As you all must know by now, the SSD is a "must have" device of the last many years. Top of the line design and quality, yet a good value upgrade for my old Dell Dimension 4600 with SATA 150. Running as my XP boot drive with system tweaks readily available is like having a brand new computer. Booting, email, game database, office, desktop, internet browsing, virus scanning, etc. etc. ... EVERYTHING is much much faster. With my older SATA 150, the read speeds are 130Mb/s, writes are 70. The real difference for booting and accessing many different files is the super low access times inherent to all SSDs. Got this on recent Shell shocker price, (dropped to the same price when they initially introduced the product just prior to pulling it for the bios password problem) and the $ per/G was lower than the 2nd rate brands.
Cons: No Trim utility available for Windows XP for any Intel SSD. (at least not at this time) Now I need one for my work laptop, my wife's computer, daughter's laptop...whew, this could get a little expensive.
Overall Review: After extensive research on benchmark sites, Tom's hardware, Anand tech, etc, I was going to settle for a non-Intel SSD, but then I awoke at 5:30 AM and stumbled on the Shell Shocker of the day!! (sold out quickly) This is the "retail" G2 version. It came in a padded box with a 3.5" bracket. I got this for $3/G at Newegg (along with a free dual bay converter and an ICY dock converter, as super deal) two day shipping free. Best upgrade for the $ I've ever experienced. Implement tweaks (OCZ site good) I wonder how big of a bite SSDs take out of new processor sales.
Lower your expecations of HP here. (sorry, HP)
Pros: Cheap with ok usable quality. I bought this with pretty low expectations to begin with and strictly to scan old negatives and slides. The Newegg on sale plus promo for $70! I could not pass up the bargain. I installed the latest versions from the software from HP website. Also applied updates during the install. No crashes or hangs. At the low quality default settings, it's fast enough. The output with settings of 1200dpi with 400% scaling looks darned good, but each negative picture takes 15 minutes LOL. Good thing it sits next to me at my home office where I can load it and forget it!
Cons: To be honest, I can't get it to work anywhere close to how it's advertised and it may be sent back on sheer principle. I get passable quality and no more. The drivers/software never uses much memory, disk, or CPU resources. I have not been able to scan a negative at any quality setting over 1200dpi with 400% scaling without the programing telling me the system does not have enough memory resources. (I have 1.3G Free physical memory, 5G of swap, and 100G of defragged file space) I have not tried it on any non XP (SP3, latest updates both HP drivers and XP) systems. For non negatives/slides the 4010 is no better than my old All-in-one psc1210.
Overall Review: Due to the price, I lowered my expectations and bought the scanner. After getting the product, I have also lowered my expectations of HP. Their answer to slow performance is to use very low quality settings. (Grandma with bad eyes settings) Newegg is probably dumping these headaches as fast as they can. Need I say anything more?
Very good cookware at a great price.
Pros: We have used these most days for the last 3 1/2 years. These will last a lifetime. All very sturdy, well connected handles, thick with good heating characteristics. The bottoms are all very flat and work great on our glass-top stove. There's no need to worry about any sort of non-stick coating coming off or the affect on you and your family. Cleanup is easy and dishwasher safe.
Overall Review: The entire set costs less than a single high quality name brand pan.
Good drive, poor support
Pros: Fast real world performance. All (SSDs) transfer data quite well, but the latency on this is better than most, except maybe the new Samsung drive.
Cons: Known problem preventing SSD v 2.01 toolbox Trim from running on XP (google volume copy service and intel ssd). Intel apparently not interested in getting it fixed saying it's an XP/Microsft issue when it isn't. My 80G drive on the same corporate laptop with very current patchesand same XP version runs the utility just fine. Took a long while for Inel Web site to even have support for this new 120g drive.
Overall Review: I've had the 80G g2 drive running great with zero issues for 1.5 years. This drive runs very well with zero issues, except I have to move it to another PC just to run trim, which is a bit of a hassle, to say the least.
Fast and reliable
Pros: Has been in my daughter's laptop for almost a year now. She has user level computer knowledge and has no time to mess around with her computer's settings. The laptop is used constantly, in and out of sleep mode quite frequently. Running business Vista on this HP laptop. TRIM is scheduled via the Intel SSD toolbox and runs automatically once a week.
Cons: Cons? I ain't got no stinkin' Cons!!
Overall Review: The most practical and hassle free laptop upgrade there is for busy mobile students and professionals. The 80G size is quite adequate as the only drive (the price/GB is good). Just can't figure out why my Intel stock is suffering. :P