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PATRICK S.

PATRICK S.

Joined on 11/28/05

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Upgraded memory when I went to Lion

CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Memory for Apple Model CMSA8GX3M2A1066C7
CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Memory for Apple Model CMSA8GX3M2A1066C7

Pros: I have a (late) 2009 MacBook Pro that came with 4GB. This purchase brought it to 8GB. The installation is so easy. Apple even shows you how to do it on their website. It takes about 5 - 10 minutes to go from removing the back cover, installing the RAM and putting the cover back on. It couldn't be much more easy. Per the Apple Genius Bar, adding RAM and adding a new hard drive to your MBP does not void your Mac's warranty. Granted, they will not cover the new memory or damage that you cause. They also don't want you to replace the battery on your own. But, even on the Apple website it says that changing the memory doesn't void the warranty. Now that I have Lion, 8GB helps. Sure, 4GB is plenty for basic computing. But, I was running into Safari and Chrome eating up all of my memory. So, I didn't have much left! 8GB gives me room to breath. Fifty-five clams is a good price. I'm sure that in a few months it'll be less. About a year ago the price was 2x as high - at

Cons: I can't think of any. Increasing memory doesn't increase the speed of your CPU unfortunately. So, it's not like I'm now surfing the internet at rocket speeds, etc. It's still a 2009 MBP. But, the extra memory is noticeable. My bootup time is about 33 seconds, which seems a few seconds faster than before. But, I don't really care about 33 seconds vs. 35 seconds for booting up my laptop. Really, I'm more concerned with the "lagging" when I'm surfing, opening big programs, etc. And, once I upgraded to Lion there WERE times that Safari used 1 - 2 GB of my memory!! I essentially had none left! Hopefully Apple will fix that "memory leakage" problem soon. Maybe Chrome (Google) will come up with a way to use less memory too. Each tab you open takes up around 90 - 100MB of memory. 10 tabs = about 1GB of memory!

Overall Review: Buy it. It's a good investment, especially with all of these extensions, apps and other programs we'll all running at once now. I've had no problems with my RAM and now have room to breath.

Much faster than my hard drive

Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT128M4SSD2
Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT128M4SSD2

Pros: Installed in a 2009 MacBook Pro 2.53 GHz with 8 GB of RAM. This SSD replaced my 250 GB factory HD. My laptop is only capable of 3 Gb/s but I knew that this 6 Gb/s would work and could be used in a newer laptop in the future if needed. I compared my read and write speeds via a small program I got via the App store. With my stock HD I was getting about 60 MB/s for WRITING and about about 60 MB/s for READING. With this SSD I am testing at about 175 MB/s for WRITING and about 265 MB/s for READING. Obviously, this SSD is a drastic improvement over the HD. Also, I previously had startup speeds of roughly 30 seconds on my HD immediately after a clean installation of OS Lion. With this Crucial SSD I am starting up in about 15 seconds. That is from pushing the on button... to the login. I decide to put the HD in an external case that can be accessed via USB. You need a T6 driver for the 4 HD/SSD side screws. Programs open faster. Easy installation.

Cons: Too new to know of any. I suppose with any new technology the price will come down over time. I was only using about 80 GB of my old drive with my basic programs, files and photos. 128 GB works for me... but may be too small for some people.

Overall Review: This is a rather inexpensive way to give new life to your computer. Although "boot up" times are really trivial to some people, I do see programs loading much faster and I know that I'm running something more efficiently than a hard drive that spins around constantly. The firmware for this SSD was just updated very recently (000f in April 2012) but I haven't updated mine. The install of the firmware for Mac users is confusing to me and I'm not convinced I have to have it. I did install Trim Enabler.

It seems to be working great!

Mushkin Enhanced Mulholland 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDMH8GB
Mushkin Enhanced Mulholland 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDMH8GB

Pros: I bought this because I wanted to make a bootable Mac OSX Lion thumb drive. Even though this USB flash drive didn't have THE highest of ratings here, it still seemed to have very high marks. That, combined with the advertised speed, led me to choose this particular flash drive.

Cons: The clear cap comes off easy - and can be hard to find if you leave it laying around.

Overall Review: You might as well consider speed an issue when you're buying a flash drive. What's the point of spending $2 or 3 less and getting a flash drive that runs at half the speed?? Look for ones, like this one, that runs faster than most others.