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Benjamin K.

Benjamin K.

Joined on 09/23/07

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Excellent SSD

OCZ Vertex Turbo 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTXT60G
OCZ Vertex Turbo 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTXT60G

Pros: This drive is fast. It blows the doors off any other drive i've ever used including RAIDed WD velociraptors and some of the more mainstream consumer-orientated ssd's preinstalled in laptops. Gentoo boots from grub to desktop in less than 10 seconds. Most of this time is spent obtaining a DHCP lease :-). This is probably the best money I've spent on an upgrade for any of my computers in the last 5 years.

Cons: Size. It's kind of small. I guess you get what you pay for, right?

Overall Review: 60GB really isn't that much when you think about it. It's the perfect size for a Linux install if you have a spinning drive to use for your home folder.

Excellent quality for the price

Rosewill RX35-AT-IU BLK - Aluminum 3.5" Black IDE USB 2.0 External Enclosure
Rosewill RX35-AT-IU BLK - Aluminum 3.5" Black IDE USB 2.0 External Enclosure

Pros: This is a very sturdy enclosure. The drive is secured to the case very well and it allows heat to dissipate in to the aluminum enclosure. The enclosure does get warm but that means it is doing it's job by moving heat away from the drive. The USB and power connections seem like they will hold up well.

Cons: The power switch is a little flimsy but I don't use it much and if it breaks it's not hard to bypass.

Overall Review: This enclosure has much better build quality than name-brand enclosures that cost much more. I'm ordering another one now :-)

Excellent little machine

ASUS Eee PC 4G Surf - Galaxy Black Intel Mobile CPU 7" WVGA 512MB Memory 4GB SSD NetBook
ASUS Eee PC 4G Surf - Galaxy Black Intel Mobile CPU 7" WVGA 512MB Memory 4GB SSD NetBook

Pros: Small, lightweight. The basic interface is extremely easy to use, the "advanced" KDE desktop is tipical for a linux install. Other Linux distributions run well unless they use the latest kernel releases (see Cons.) I'm currently running ubuntu and everything is working 100%. Running Archlinux everything but suspend worked perfectly. I haven't tried XP and probably won't waste my SSD's life on it. If you decide to do it limit the page file or disable it if possible.

Cons: Asus's ACPI interface and choice of network cards makes running newer kernels a bit of a headache. Asus should probably have thought it through a little more and used an older, more well supported wireless card. The card they used is fine but it doesn't come out of suspend well with the newest kernel revisions. Also I don't understand why ASUS needs to have a custom ACPI interface and have drivers written for it. It seems to me that there are standards for a reason.

Overall Review: With the experiences I've had so far I would defiantly buy it again. It seems like a very well-made product which in my experience is unusual for Asus. This device may yet change my opinion of them. Don't hesitate, just buy it. It'll be well worth it.