Date Joined: 01/28/07
Pros: The tablet runs well for its price tier. Doesn't make it a pain for developers to test apps.
Cons: 1. The battery life is awful. After uninstalling some of the stock software and installing DS Battery Saver, setting it to "Aggressive," the battery life is very good.
2. MSI Global does not adhere to their legal obligation under the GNU Public License to publish the Linux kernel source-code used for this tablet. Even if they don't work on the source code themselves, as the seller of the tablet they are legally obligated to provide any source code protected under GPL, complete and compilable (with build scripts). On Android devices, this specifically refers to the kernel, which in all Android devices is derived from the GPL and falls under the Linux kernel's GPL protections. MSI refuses to release this source code despite such a refusal being against the law and a violation of copyright. Why does this matter? For the average user, it might not. For some developers, however, this is a very big deal and impacts the ability to create software for this device.
Overall Review: I contacted MSI regarding the source code issue in the hopes of acquiring said code and porting CyanogenMod to this device. Every time I would submit such a request, MSI would close my support ticket the next day, without even responding! They just closed it and ignored me completely, on multiple occasions. I have begun seeking other avenues for achieving this such as contacting the Linux Foundation and listing this as an uncooperative manufacturer on developer forums, but when other device manufacturers such as Sony consistently comply with this law it becomes frustrating to hit such a wall with someone else.
If you're a developer and want to build something which requires you to have the kernel source for this device (to which you are legally entitled), you should pass this tablet over. You won't get it and you'll only be insulted by MSI's dismissive treatment of their paying customers. If you aren't a developer, this is a decent tablet.
Pros: Decent performance; boot times faster than 7200 RPM HDD (given other reviews, I think I lucked out in this area), decent write times.
Cons: This was an underperforming drive for an SSD, in my experience, but was still better than the average HDD. Take that with a grain of salt, because I see other reviews decrying performance.
Like other users, mine died. It died far, far too soon. It was running as an OS drive for a Linux server, with reads/writes minimized as much as technically possible for the distro in question. This is why I think mine lasted longer than these other reviews suggest.
There was a study recently that suggested it was the norm for consumer-level SDD's to behave unexpectedly in the event of a power outage. For those of us who don't have ridiculous disposable income to put all our devices on UPSes, this is problematic. However, I had mine behind a very high-quality surge protector, because I live in the Northeast USA where thunderstorms are commonplace.
Despite this, a single unanticipated power outage, JUST ONE, completely killed this drive. There are too many bad sectors for it to be usable now. The study on SSD behavior under power outage suggested mostly file corruption; it was not common for a drive to develop bad sectors or to die, i.e. it was common for files to be damaged but in the vast majority of cases the drives remained completely usable. It is a testament to the lack of quality in this drive, supportive of other reviews here, that it falls into the latter category.
Do yourself a favor and do not buy this drive. Back when I bought it, the reviews were good (although there were not many) as the drive was relatively new to the market (to my knowledge). Now it should be obvious that this is a dud model in general, so heed the warnings all these reviews give and go for a different drive!
Overall Review: I don't think it is unreasonable to expect from an SSD that, at the very least, a power outage (not surge, but outage) would not completely kill the drive. File corruption due to interrupted writes? Fine. Bad sectors or bricked drives? Absolutely unacceptable, and generally manufacturers avoid this.
Traditionally I have respected Crucial's product quality, but this makes me question buying from them again, particularly the fact that these failures and bad reviews have been going on so long and the product has not been pulled. Shame on you, Crucial. You should be looking out for your customers more and not allowing the poor quality of a product go unacknowledged and continue sale of that product. I will be far more wary of buying newer products from this manufacturer in the future.
Pros: Helped squeeze a little longer life out of a very old PC.
Overall Review: First one was a DOA, but notice I didn't take off any eggs. This is because there will always be DOAs, especially with RAM. I got a replacement and that's what I rated. Good product.
Pros: Gave me 4 Firewire ports on a computer that previously had none.
Overall Review: Does what it should.
Pros: Looks nice, works the way it should.
Cons: Sometimes when I connect it via USB, it isn't recognized in My Computer. It can still be accessed through Administrative Tools -> Computer Management, and they have drive letters. They just won't be recognized via My Computer. This problem doesn't exist with Firewire connection.
Overall Review: If you have an internal HDD that needs to be external, this is what you should get. Especially if you have Firewire.
Pros: Does what it is supposed to do, works with Sony PSP, and holds the amount it says it does.
Cons: Transfer speeds aren't the best ever.
Overall Review: Apparently this product was so good it merited being stolen from me. Go figure.
Pros: Works with Windows wireless manager, also works in Linux out of the box. Has a relatively stable connection and a good range for connections. Price is low.
Cons: Connection is frequently dropped if you are using ZoneAlarm Firewall. Bundled software isn't very good.
Overall Review: If you use ZoneAlarm, either switch firewalls or avoid this product. I haven't yet found away around their conflict. Also use the Windows connection manager. The bundled software is not stable.
Pros: Reads and writes to floppy disks without a fuss.
Overall Review: There's not much more to say about a floppy drive when it works other than, simply, it works.
Pros: Perfect RAM for anyone. It is cheap, the brand has some esteem with their products (not exactly considered a well-known brand, however), and it runs well. For a product with such frequent DOAs, A-Data rarely ships any. The heatsink is a nice touch. The RAM has a pleasant speed. The heatsink looks good through my case window. Lifetime warranty if anything ever goes wrong.
Overall Review: A-Data matches Kingston, Crucial, Corsair, etc. quality with their products, and the RAM is awesomely cheap. If you can, put aside the money for the 2x2GB kit. It has double the RAM and isn't much more money. If your motherboard can support it, get 2 of the 2x2GB kits and you can have 8GB for $160. This product is excellent, but it seems smarter financially to go with the 2x2GB kit.
Pros: Product does exactly what it's supposed to; not much else to this spot.
Cons: Product did not come with mounting screws! Even when ordering OEM, I usually receive mounting screws with it. Of course, I made the mistake of not having any handy at the time.
Overall Review: Due to lack of mounting screws, I had to use a set that were too large for the floppy holes. It worked and the product is stable in the case, but the holes are now stripped and the product would not be returnable if I needed to.
Have mounting screws handy when buying this; it should be cheap to buy some. Loss of 2 stars is because the lack of mounting screws is very significant, and since it's a floppy drive, the only thing that is involved in grading a floppy is that it works without protest, and that it comes with mounting screws. This product has one of two, but the one it has is the more important one and therefore it gets a 3/5.
Pros: Never fails except due to interference from our cordless phone (which is because of the router's channel, I just haven't changed it). This is faster than other USB wireless network adapters I've used. I can't say how long the range is, simply because I've not managed to get out of range!
Cons: The loss of one egg is due to the software that controls it. The software is functional and has several options, but it is complicated and the interface isn't very user-friendly.
Overall Review: All-in-all a great product, and you should definitely buy it if you're considering it. The software may be bad, but you don't usually have to use it very often and you can get used to it eventually.
Pros: Nice LCDs, sleek design, great window, plenty of space. I don't know what exactly that blue tunnel is for, but I'll figure it out when I actually have some hardware in there.
Cons: The case is a lot wider than the pictures make it look, but I'll get used to it. I'm not sure if the sound card I'm planning to buy will fit because the door isn't hollow enough to close over the knobs on the 5.5" insert addon.
Overall Review: I haven't been able to put anything in this case yet, but looks roomy enough for everything.