Joined on 01/30/10
Pros: * Nearly the fastest "Core 2 Duo" for a laptop. (The T9900 has 3.06GHz but that's the ONLY difference I saw.) * INSANE amount of video ram, 1gb of which is dedicated * 6gb of system RAM, most are 4gb or more expensive * Stays cooler than expected * VERY nice Harmon/Kardon speakers (Google that) * All sorts-a-ports! * Super Multi DL-Burner (works well) * Nice Multi-Touch Pad (me likes) * Backlit keyboard * Looks very sleek in person * Quite sturdy, while not too heavy * Toshiba = Good * I also want to go on listing things until I meet the maximum space allowed, but will save space for other reviews... :)
Cons: * 0.3 MP camera (not as bad as I thought) * Only Home Premium (could be worse) * Bulky battery (last longer, of course), but you weren't getting a 16" laptop for the MOST portability, were you? * And finally, it makes me feel like I'm just whining when filling out the "Cons" section.
Overall Review: This is a sweet laptop. Best deal I could find (I had a comparison here but just read I can't, so you'll just have to trust me) and actually would be worth more than I paid. The beefy battery is so big it actually works well to elevate and angle the laptop for better airflow/cooling while not weighing it down as bad as I'd expect. It can handle any game and FULLY fills "Recommended" tests, except those few that can utilize quad cores (i.e. GTA4 and Dragon Age: Origins), but still plays them great anyways. Graphicly equivalent to current generation (or better). I can even play a game (high-end) and watch a video on secondary display! BTW: The processor idles at 45c and hits about 65c when gaming. The graphics card and laptop itself haven't exceeded 50c yet!
Pros: The light is bright. It has an Intel logo for the fanboys.
Cons: Not exactly a quality piece... The cheap plastic is a weak start, the magnet bit stick to the screw better than in the socket, the clip probably shouldn't have been on the loose cap... Also, and this is gonna sound funny, but I can't wrap my lips clean around the end of it... Ok-- after you get your mind out of the gutter, imagine trying to hold it in you mouth as a light when using to hands. While you're hovering over your motherboard, unable to keep drool from running...
Overall Review: Maybe this is just me, and what I hoped to at least utilize this for; but I can't see myself actually ever using it otherwise. Not as a screwdriver. That's for sure. As a free gift-- I say "Thanks". I wouldn't pay $5 for it, though.
Definitely The Fast One!
Pros: This drive is capable of actually exceeding it's advertised sequential read/write speeds a bit. Although, it's random data that most impacts real-world performance, where sequential is more about large clumps (i.e. transfering data). Yet even when facing the random, it still holds strong against the competition. When it's specialty comes along, it's just got that extra edge. Synchronous NAND is great. The speeds barely reduce as the drive gets filled. I will always choose it over Asynchronous. Windows 7 gives it a 7.9 out of 7.9. You will get 5.9 without the latest Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver installed. Also-- I did encounter the system hanging up twice prior to installing the IRST driver, but not a single issue since. Now you've been warned. With the recent Windows 8 Consumer Preview, it rates at 9.1 out of 9.9. It's nice to see it still rating so high on a future OS. The Sandforce drive of choice. It is of good quality. The case is actually metal.
Cons: With such a good quality build in almost every way, I can't believe they neglected to have the tiny little lip by the SATA connection that allows SATA cables to clip in. It would work fine for a laptop, or hot swap, but a SATA cable may very easily come out or wiggle loose on some people. I wanted to give -1 egg for this, since it's disappointing to see something that could prove rather important for some to be overlooked, when the quality is there otherwise. I decided not to, because it is something rather trivial, and has not been an actual issue for me. Plus, every other aspect of the drive couldn't make me happier. I guess I would have been happier to find that it was just an understandable factory defect, but apparently, this is how they are made...
Overall Review: 90GB definitely proves more than enough for Windows 7. I'll only run short on space if I feel the need to install more than a handful of modern ~10GB+ games, but I still can run games from the HDD that load plenty fast as it is. Users may consider reducing or disabling the page file, disable System Restore, and even disabling Hibernation to greatly reduce the amount of space your operating system will use up. With all of those disabled, my Windows 7 installation starts off under 10GB. After all my Windows updates, and a few programs, it's still using less than 15GB. Users may consider disabling the "Starting Windows" animation to speed up boot time. You can do this by running "msconfig" from the Start Menu, then checking "No GUI boot" under the Boot tab. Don't forget your other hardware's capabilities may actually limit the potential of this SSD. I'll list my relative hardware for the sake of this. Asus P8P67-M PRO Intel Core i5-2500K 12GB G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1600
Awesome Sandy Bridge CPU
Pros: Runs fast; even at stock. Runs cool; even overclocked. I can not express this enough. You'll love this stuff.
Cons: Limited overclocking. Not really an issue, though.
Overall Review: Although the multiplier could be set at 38, as expected from the processor, monitoring the clockrate when active showed it only would peak at 3.7Ghz. I suspect this may be more an issue of the particular motherboard (ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3), or just a glitch in it's current BIOS.