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Tom B.

Tom B.

Joined on 09/20/07

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Most Favorable Review

Good replacement board for an entry level/light duty PC

BIOSTAR NM70I-847 Intel Celeron 847 1.1GHz 2C/2T BGA1023 Intel NM70 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
BIOSTAR NM70I-847 Intel Celeron 847 1.1GHz 2C/2T BGA1023 Intel NM70 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: This is a budget solution so don't expect a speed demon, but this outperforms the Pentium 4 Dell Optiplex GX270 it replaces. Motherboard is very compact.: CPU itself is physically near the size of an old 486 chip! Motherboard is a microboard....about half the size of a standard motherboard. Has PCI-E slot for video upgrade. Supports 64-bit

Cons: CPU is soldered directly to board so no CPU upgrade possible. Having at least one PCI expansion slot would have been nice. Only 4 USB 2.0 ports. No USB 3.0 The selling point was that it came with RAM for me.

Overall Review: I bought this with a free 8 GB of Ram for $89. Not bad for a mo-bo, CPU, and memory! This CPU\Board without free RAM, should be more like $65 IMHO. I would recommend mating this to a SSD, to help make up for the lack of CPU power,. Windows Experience Index Processor=3.9 Memory=7.1 Graphics=4.3 Gaming Graphics=5.5 Primary Hard Disk=5.9 (using mechanical HDD)

Most Critical Review

Better than nothing, but REALLLY slow.

BUFFALO DriveStation JustStore 1TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive HD-CL1.0TU2N Black
BUFFALO DriveStation JustStore 1TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive HD-CL1.0TU2N Black

Pros: At the time I bought, it was cheaper than Seagate or Western Digital, at around $89.00.

Cons: Very slow transfer rates. My 250 GB Western Digital external hard drive from 2005 runs circles around it, when transferring data. This was my first and last HDD that wasn't a Western Digital or Seagate. Won't buy Buffalo again because of this drive.

Overall Review: I originally intended to replace the 250 GB with this Buffalo model since it had 4 times the capacity. I got so frustrated with the wait times, but waited so long and lost the receipt, I just bought an internal 1.5 TB green HDD, and installed it as a second drive. I now just use this Buffalo as a back up for the back up and store pictures, music and videos I don't access often but still want to keep.

A great MP3 player, without gimmicks!

SANDISK SDMX24-008G-A46K 8GB 1.44" Clip Sport MP3 Player (Black)
SANDISK SDMX24-008G-A46K 8GB 1.44" Clip Sport MP3 Player (Black)

Pros: Expandability!!!! Easy to use and copy music Has an FM tuner Compact and light! Nice LCD that displays album art. Better than iPod Shuffle

Cons: None!

Overall Review: For years, I have exclusively owned the overpriced, over hyped Apple iPods, having owned 3 different ones. They are nice, but the unwieldy iTunes is a pain for a Windows user. So, in need of a new MP3 player, I broke down and purchased this model from another store. I’ve had this Sandisk Clip Sport for a week, and just love it. My needs aren’t many and I don’t need gimmicky games and other options like the current iPods have. I just want an MP3 player that plays music. This Sandisk model has everything an MP3 player should have: compact, lightweight, great sound, easy to drag and drop your MP3s (unlike iTunes), and a nice color screen that displays album art, lasts for hours without a charge, an alarm option, and an FM tuner. It’s about the size of an iPod Shuffle, but in my opinion, it’s far superior. The best feature is the ability to expand with a micro SD card, and these days, it’s nothing to find an inexpensive 128 GB, for your entire music collection.

Good buy

SanDisk 2.5" 64GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDP-064G-G25
SanDisk 2.5" 64GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDP-064G-G25

Pros: Faster than any mechanical drive

Cons: none so far

Nearly 2 months, still working great.

Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Lots of storage space, yet compact. Great for an external enclosure: 5400 RPM is plenty fast for this. I have experienced no negative issues with this drive. I am no fan boy, but in my experience, Seagate drives have never failed on me, and I have never had a DOA from Seagate. Wish I could say the same about Samsung, Toshiba, Western Digital, and especially Hitachi (AKA HGST, a Western Digital company~they still suck even after WD bought them! Had to recently replace a HDD on a new laptop for a friend with a Hitachi drive.)

Cons: If used as a boot drive, 5400 RPM is a bit slow, and 8MB cache is way to low, but not docking an egg because it does exactly what it was designed to do. FYI: If you need a boot drive, I would personally opt for a 7200 RPM version, but this can run at acceptable speeds for a boot drive.

Overall Review: I only use Seagate drives these days: the only brand that has never failed on me, both at work or at home. I bought this drive to replace a 3.5" 1 TB Buffalo external HDD, in an effort to downsize. I got this while on sale, at $74. Normal price as of 3/13/13 is $89.00...a little high, but you get what you paid for. Stay away from Hitachi hard drives (AKA HGST, nowadays). ***If something negative happens with this drive, I definitely will update this review.

Avoid Samsung likethe plague!

SAMSUNG Spinpoint M5 HM160HC 160GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache ATA 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint M5 HM160HC 160GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache ATA 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: 160 GB

Cons: Price! This drive died a year almost to the day, after purchasing it. What is worse, is that I bought the drive to refurbished a laptop for a friend, as a gift. I look like a joke now, because of Samsung's defective hard drive!!!

Overall Review: If you want a hard drive, stick with Seagate or Western Digital. I have deviated from this rule 3 times and got bit every time. I went Hitachi, and it failed. I went Toshiba, and that failed, too. Finally, I went Samsung, and that failed as well. However, I have yet to have either a Seagate or western digital that I purchased brand new fail on me, yet.