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Thomas P.

Thomas P.

Joined on 06/17/04

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Most Favorable Review

Good value for money

ADATA 8GB Class 6 Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model TurboSD SDHC 8G
ADATA 8GB Class 6 Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model TurboSD SDHC 8G

Pros: The best price per gigabyte in SDHC.

Cons: Can be rendered inoperable by a non-SDHC-compatible device.

Overall Review: This card works well, is fast, and is excellent value for money. I own several. However, be sure that you use it only with an SDHC-compatible device. I initially used an older Sandisk Multimate SD+ reader that did not have the SDHC logo (newer ones do). The reader seemed to read and write the card fine -- until the 2GB boundary, whereupon the card malfunctioned. Sandisk tech support determined that the card's internal description of its capacities and physical layout had been overwritten with incorrect information. service@adata.com.tw was unable to help with a Windows program that could have restored the card to its factory state. A prior reviewer of this card cited problems with his Kodak z812. I suspect it's the same issue, as the z812 manual does *not* say the camera is SDHC compatible, and Kodak offers as a z812 accessory an SD card of 2GB maximum size. Be certain your device sports the the SDHC logo, and you will avoid grief.

Most Critical Review

Great performance but reliability is uncertain

Seagate ST1000LM014 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop SSHD Bare Drive
Seagate ST1000LM014 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop SSHD Bare Drive

Pros: Performs like an SSD. Economical.

Cons: Two drives have failed in 15 months.

Overall Review: I bought one of these in October of 2013 for my thinkpad T530. It is indeed fast, and "learns". Windows 7 boots to the login prompt in 15 seconds, versus the 50 seconds it took do it before it learned what to store in flash. However reliability has been a problem. In mid-2014 the drive no longer passed Lenovo's hardware tests, and Seagate "seatools for windows" tests reported that the "Short DST" (drive self-test) failed. Seagate shipped me a new drive and it was easy to make a clone with discwizard -- although one must chkdsk the windows partition first, as discwizard will not clone a partition with an error (it gives a misleading error message and I had to guess). The replacement drive said "Certified Repaired HDD". The replacement drive started showing errors late January 2015 -- about 5 months after I installed it. Once again seatools said that Short DST failed. I used the web interface to send in an RMA, got the drive in two days, cloned it (with a few "can't read sector" errors), and now I'm up again. I upgraded to firmware SM16. (The first replacement ran SM11 and did not have an available firmware upgrade.) This second RMA is too is a "certified repaired". I hope it doesn't fail.

Fast & cost-effective storage

Toshiba RC100 M.2 2242 240GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x2 64-layer 3D BiCS TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) THN-RC10Z2400G8
Toshiba RC100 M.2 2242 240GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x2 64-layer 3D BiCS TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) THN-RC10Z2400G8

Pros: Finally, a 2242 nvme pcie SSD, and at a very reasonable price. It was trivial to install in my Thinkpad T580's WWAN slot (which has space only for 2242) and works very well. WIndows 10 supports HMB (host memory buffer) and Toshiba's SSD utility shows that the maximum host DRAM requested by the drive was granted. So, a success for DRAMless SSDs.

Cons: No complaints at all!

Overall Review: I recommend this drive. I may upgrade to a bigger capacity in the future. It's convenient to have a second drive in a laptop as I can back up important files easily without having to plug in an external drive or mounting a NAS drive.

Not durable

Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Notebooks / Laptops Internal Hard Drive ST2000LX001
Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Notebooks / Laptops Internal Hard Drive ST2000LX001

Pros: Good performance, great amount of storage for the price. Easy to install in my Thinkpad T530.

Cons: It failed after 17 months of frequent use in a laptop -- i.e. powered up and down perhaps 5-8 times a day. As of a week ago it no longer spins up.

Overall Review: I would not recommend this product unless you have infrequent power on/off cycles. Sadly I cannot rely on Seagate laptop drives and will be shifting to all-SSD ASAP.

fast & capable

Edimax BR-6428n 802.11n/g/b Wireless Router up to 300 Mbps, with Intelligent iQoS feature for bandwith management over Media, P2P, WEB, Download, and Gaming, plus Green technology to save electricity
Edimax BR-6428n 802.11n/g/b Wireless Router up to 300 Mbps, with Intelligent iQoS feature for bandwith management over Media, P2P, WEB, Download, and Gaming, plus Green technology to save electricity

Pros: High wireless N speeds Great value for money Outstanding tech support

Cons: Documentation could be improved.

Overall Review: I have two of these in service. One does DHCP & internet; the other performs wireless bridging from a wired network to the one. Basic setup was quite simple with the browser interface. However, the documentation wasn't sufficient to do wireless bridging. Tech support was quick to help: -- you use "wireless repeater" mode *and* enable static routing in NAT. The documentation could be improved here, although I admit wireless bridging is not common. The fastest wireless N speeds are achieved by setting "bandwidth to Auto 20/40MHz" -- not the default due to the WiFi standard. The documentation and browser setup should call attention to this. I copied a 142MB file from a wireless laptop to a wired desktop in 13.5 seconds or 10.5MB/sec = 84Mbps. This is excellent performance, especially in this price range. I definitely can recommend this router; the 4/5 is due to solely to documentation. (You can read a my longer review at A-ma-zon, which does not have a 1,000 word l

Tech savvy helpful to install

SYBA USB 3.0 PCI-e Card with HDD Power Connector (3 + 1 Ports) Model SD-PEX20080
SYBA USB 3.0 PCI-e Card with HDD Power Connector (3 + 1 Ports) Model SD-PEX20080

Pros: 3 USB 3.0 ports that work at fairly high speed.

Cons: Requires 5v from molex connector. The instructions imply it's optional, but it's not. Drivers on CD are outdated.

Overall Review: Drivers supplied on CD were out of date, but the (brief) instructions said to visit drivers-download and search for DL-0313102; this was successful. I have a WD "mybook" 3TB USB 3.0 drive; in copying (large) video files from an internal seagate 1.5TB drive to the WD drive, I achieve 45MB/sec transfer rate. In copying the other direction, I achieve 51MB/sec transfer rate. This is fairly good, as copying between two internal hard drives achieves only about 62MB/sec.