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Joe S.

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Buffalo WZR-600DHP N600 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router

BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N600 Gigabit Simultaneous Dual Band DD-WRT Wireless Router - WZR-600DHP
BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N600 Gigabit Simultaneous Dual Band DD-WRT Wireless Router - WZR-600DHP

Pros: So far, THIS has got to be the BEST packaged item that I have EVER received from ANY company. I doubt if they will be getting ANY returns for broken (AND/OR DAMAGED) items from shipping it. Excellent job Buffalo! Along with the Router, you get the following: 1. 4 Printed Manuals + 1 (3 Year) Warranty Card. 2. 1 DRIVER/FIRMWARE CD (containing the FULL (200+ Page) MANUAL!) 3. 1 Wall Wart power supply (WHICH I HATE!!!) 4. 1 RJ-45 cable. 5. 1 Base Plate + 2 Phillips Head Screws. As far as the Manuals go, you get 1 manual explaining the different options available for the 2 different types of User Interfaces available to the user. You also get; 1. 1 Quick Setup Guide for PC’s. 2. 1 Quick Setup Guide for Portable Devices (iPad/iPhone/Android Etc.) 3. 1 WDS Setup Guide. This router has 2 different types of User Interfaces. The 1st is DD-WRT which has pretty much ALL the Bells & Whistles out there that the Techie might want AND/OR need. The 2nd is a more USER-FRIENDLY Interface which (HOPEFULLY) the Newbies out there will be able to figure out. It's up to the user to choose WHICH interface they want to deal with. Choose wisely! The DD-WRT Interface is so popular (& is constantly being updated) that it even has it’s OWN Web Page on the WikiPedia Site. They have a LOT of info & links & while this Web Site is worth viewing, you will STILL have to read the manual IF you want to get the most out of it. Ok, I hooked up the new Router & I'm using the so called "USER-FRIENDLY" Interface. A couple of weeks ago NewEgg sent me an 8-Port TP-Link Switch to review (Model TL-SG1008) & I've hooked it up to this new Router as well & let me tell you this new Router is F-A-S-T & I mean like WOW F-A-S-T. I'm using this Interface because the review would take too long otherwise. Mostly because I'd have to read the WHOLE MANUAL just to find out what options do what & I think you would like my 1st impressions of it. I just ran a speed test & here are my results. From my home (Harrisburg) to Philadelphia I'm getting the following transfer speeds. Almost 52 Mbps Download & almost 9 Mbps Upload speeds. Which is great considering that I'm watching the Starwars 3 movie at 1080p over my Sony Media Player (using Wi-Fi) + transferring 8 (4GIG) files from my Laptop to my 24TB Server (using Wi-Fi) + watching the Starwars 2 Movie at 1080p on my main PC with Windows Media Center while I'm downloading over 380GB of files (ALL using Wi-Fi) + surfing the Internet with my other PC (again using Wi-Fi) ALL at the SAME time without any of the movies sputtering or pausing. Darn good huh? Another good thing about this Router is that it has a USB Port on it. This means that you can hook up a Printer or another HD or whatever you want. Very nice. Overall, this Router has TOO MANY GOOD features and the CONS don't outweigh the PROS, that is IF you're willing to read the manual.

Cons: I really CANNOT find ANY MAJOR CONS. ALL the good things outweigh the CONS anyway. THIS Router has SO MANY OPTIONS that it’s going to take me SOME TIME to review ALL the options this Router has & then to choose which ones I want to use & then to test them all. I could take a FULL week to REALLY delve into this Router, but I'll try to hurry the process up a bit. Either way, sorry about the delay! IF you are a Novice OR a Newbie (OR WILL NOT READ the manual) then I CANNOT recommend this router to you. The FULL MANUAL (a PDF File on the CD) has OVER 200+ pages in it. It has SO MANY OPTIONS & FEATURES that a lot of you newbies: a. Are going to get lost and CRY for help. b. Will NOT get the FULL potential out of this Router. Or EVEN know how to. c. Will either RMA it, AND/OR write a BAD review on this Router as NON-WORKING (EVEN though it DOES work!) d. Will seek out a Tech (either a Paid OR a Unpaid one) to help you figure it out. e. Will just give up AND/OR buy another Router! I'm not too crazy about the antennas they put on this Router. They LOOK kind of flimsy, but only time will tell. Regretfully there doesn't seem any way of easily replacing them. Personally, I would have preferred the more conventional Jointed Antennas as they are usually more sturdy. Oh well... It also has a SHINNY Black Casing protected by a thin plastic film that is removable, but be warned, this thing LOVES FINGERPRINTS...

Overall Review: THIS THING IS PLAIN UGLY!!! IT WORKS GREAT!!! – BUT IT’S UGLY!!! What with those ugly (Antenna) EARS I’m kind of surprised that Buffalo didn’t put some kind of lighted eyes on the front along with a set of lighted teeth that glow in the dark & in synchronization to the Transmit/Receive speeds. They could have sold this Router as a Halloween Special that way. Plus that would scared the heck out of little kids & animals & at least (HOPEFULLY) kept them away from it! With my having 2 cats, I kind of worry that they might knock it over & break one and/or both antennas. Then again, people do say I have a twisted sense of humor. I don’t, I just enjoy a GOOD joke! I can see where you Newbies out there are going to have problems with this Router. Either because they DID NOT take the time to read the (200+ pages) of the Manual AND/OR because they DO NOT know what they are doing. You've been warned! WISH LIST: 1. Get RID of the Power Brick. They’re UGLY & take up TOO MUCH SPACE! 2. CHANGE THOSE EARS (Antennas). They HAVE TO GO! SWITCH to Conventional JOINTED Antennas. 3. Design it so the Antennas can be replaced easily for more conventional ones. 4. Instead of a SHINY Casing - go with a brushed casing. Less fingerprints that way. 5. A WEIGHTED base would be nice. 6. MOVE the RESET BUTTON to the back - NOT the bottom. 7. Move the USB Port & the USB Eject Button to the FRONT - NOT the rear. Would I buy this Router myself? YES - MOST DEFINITELY!!! Would I recommend this Router for the Expert? YES!!! Would I recommend this Router for the Newbie? MAYBE - IF they would READ THE MANUAL!

11/29/2012
Most Critical Review

My Net N600 HD Dual-Band Router

Western Digital My Net N600 HD Dual-Band Router - 5x Ports, 10/100 Ethernet, 300 + 300 Mbps, USB, Dual-Band, 2.4/5 GHz  WDBEAV0000NWT-HESN
Western Digital My Net N600 HD Dual-Band Router - 5x Ports, 10/100 Ethernet, 300 + 300 Mbps, USB, Dual-Band, 2.4/5 GHz WDBEAV0000NWT-HESN

Pros: In the box you get the following 4 items. 1. The Router. 2. An RJ-45 Cable. 3. A Power Brick (Which I HATE!!!) 4. A CD containing the Drivers & the Manual. So far, this Router has been running a week (CONSTANTLY AT FULL SPEED) with 6 ULTRA HEAVY USERS running 10 High Speed PC's with NO MAJOR PROBLEMS. At least, other than the original installation, that is - see CONS below. It has a stylish design and is compact plus it's range seems to be pretty good, despite what others have said in past reviews. At least I haven't had (or seen) any problems with it, so far. Internet responds much faster with all the wireless devices that have been connected.. I imagine that the people who have been complaining about RANGE PROBLEMS haven't even bothered to check to see if the Channel they've been transmitting on is crowded or not (or else they don't know how). People, please READ the Manuals! I know it's 89 pages long, but it's worth it. You'll NEVER get the FULL USE out of this Router unless you do read it. You have the ability to set up both GUEST ACCOUNTS as well as PARENTAL CONTROLS. Seeing as how I didn't need either one, I didn't try them. Although I can see where they might come in VERY handy, such as to keep kids OFF sites they have NO REASON to view and such. The Router has the ability to act as a DLNA/UPnP Server, which is nice. This means that it can serve up both Movies, Music, and Pictures to all of your users in your house. I did not need this feature as I already have a 24TB DLNA Server this I use for this function. It also comes with ONE (REAR MOUNTED) USB Port (2 would have been better), but is still good. This gives the user the ability to attach either a Printer or a USB ThumbDrive AND/OR a Hard Drive and be able to access them from anywhere in the house. This is a NICE feature! Personally, if I had to choose, I'd go with the Shared Printer.

Cons: After unplugging the old Router from my FIOS Modem, I hooked up the NEW Router and tried to install the software for the Router. The software tried to pick up the Router and was unable to find it 6 times. I re-did this a total of 6 times BEFORE it finally found the Router. I can see where MANY Newbies out there would have given up after 2-3 tries and asked for an RMA from NewEgg. Knowing how good NewEgg is, they probably would have given it no questions asked.

Overall Review: The whole purpose of a Dual-Band Router is to provide a SEPERATE Channel for both PC's AND any other device you might wish to connect to the Router. This is meant to retain any speed advantages you have with this Router. This includes the following devices: iPads (or similar devices), X-Box's, Game boy, or anything else you might want to use. As no one in our house has ANY of these devices I did not test them out. There are a couple of other things that I haven't tried. I should say that I don't want to get hung by my feet (OR my neck) by my housemates for trying them. Supposedly, you are able to customize the Router's ports PER different Specs. This is supposed to give SOME USERS greater access, WHILE limiting others. Basically, a Throttling Device. My problems is that IF I EVEN ATTEMPTED to do this, my roommates would hang me up on a rope by my feet (OR my neck) from the highest point they could find in our yard. I have NO desire to try this at all. There are two main things I am disappointed with. 1. NO ANTENNAS. I can see where this MIGHT CREATE range problems. Especially on a DUAL BAND Router. Wake up Western Digital! 2. A Power Brick Power Supply (When will the manufacturers learn that 99% of users HATE THEM - NOR do we want them)!!! My final opinion is as follows: Would I recommend this Router to others? YES, with some reservations. Would I buy this Router myself? Probably not.

10/24/2012

2TB Crucial Sata III SSD (What can I say other than WOW!!!)

Crucial MX500 2TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD, up to 560 MB/s  - CT2000MX500SSD1
Crucial MX500 2TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD, up to 560 MB/s - CT2000MX500SSD1

Pros: First off I have 2 laptops, one of them is a Dual Core (I know - WHAT was I thinking??? - Hey I got it for free so what's the big deal?) while the other one is a Quad Core (this is my MAIN Laptop. The 2TB SSD is for the Dual Core Laptop and will replace a mechanical 1TB HD that is starting to get on my nerves, while the Quad Core already has an 500MB SSD (another Crucial SSD). I have to say that when I do buy SSD's I either choose the Samsung brand OR the Crucial brand - BOTH are excellent SSD makers and (at least to date) I have NEVER had ANY PROBLEMS with either brand. I originally ordered this SSD on yesterday Thursday (around noon) and I got it today (Friday, again around noon). What can I say, other than WOW - THAT WAS F-A-S-T!!! Normally it takes my NewEgg orders around 2-3 days for me to get them, but this was TOTALLY UNEXPECTED!!! When I tracked the order (this morning) I had thought that they had made a mistake in claiming that I would get it today. Boy, was I wrong... Good job NewEgg... So far (I think) I have around 4-6 Crucial SSD's in all my PC's (both Laptops (2) AND PC's (4)) and ALL OF THEM have preformed exceedingly well. I also use them (externally) to transfer Movies AND Music from my PC's (or Laptops) using a External USB Adapter over to my 12TB or my 40TB Servers. They have ALL preformed this job without a hitch. What more could I (or anyone else) ask for... The SSD came with a spacer just in case it was TOO THIN for my Laptop (which was a nice addition - although I don't think I'll need it) and a sheet of (Multi-Language) instructions (but again a nice afterthought). For those NewBies out here installing their 1st SSD's you might want to check out Crucial's Web Site. They have NUMEROUS HELP VIDEOS (as well as Q&A's that might help you) on their site to Help OR answer ANY AND ALL questions you might have OR run across... The subjects cover a WIDE RANGE of problems you might (OR COULD) run into... It's worth checking them out BEFORE you do anything... CHECK IT OUT!!! There's an OLD SAYING that goes - Better to be safe than sorry!!!

Cons: NONE - NOT A ONE... Well on second thought... The one thing I wish I had made, was to buy bigger sized SSD's (say a 2TB instead of a 500MB SSD) for my other Laptop... Oh well, wishful thinking... The only thing I'm sort of wondering about now is whether or not to Clone my OLD HD to the NEW SSD 1st and then do a Firmware Update, OR do the Firmware Update 1st and then Clone the HD... I'll have to give this some thought OR go to Crucial's Web Site and ask some questions... Looks like a GOOD QUESTION for Crucial's Web Site to answer... See... Even us techies have question they need answers to... After all, NOT ALL OF US ARE GENIUSES!!!

Overall Review: OK, and now for my OVERALL RECOMMENDATIONS AND THOUGHTS... This SSD is a good buy... I originally got it for around $210 and that was way cheaper than the Samsung Brand... I think I made a good buy on this item... 1. Would I recommend this SSD to others to buy??? HECK YES I WOULD!!! 2. Would I buy this product again for myself??? HECK YES... Without any hesitation... It's a GOOD PRODUCT and well worth the price... You won't be sorry you bought it... Take care everyone... Joe...

OK... I've had enough... STOP your whining and SLOW DOWN...

RiDATA 4.7 GB 16X DVD+R 100 Packs Cake Box Model DRD+4716-RDCB1009
RiDATA 4.7 GB 16X DVD+R 100 Packs Cake Box Model DRD+4716-RDCB1009

Pros: I have been a faithful NewEgg buyer (and user) since 7/22/2009 and have been buying my product needs here since then. Since that date, I have bought 3,300 (MY TOTAL ((SO FAR)) - I just checked) DVD's from NewEgg. And out of that 3,300 DVD's, 2,500 were RIDATA, 400 were SONY, 100 were SMARTBUY, 100 were MEMOREX, and 200 were IMATION DVD's. Out of those 3,300 DVD's, the ones I had the worst experiences (COASTERS) with, were the MEMOREX and the SMARTBUY Brands. Now I will admit that I am a HEAVY SMOKER (AND YES I KNOW I SHOULD QUIT) and as a result of this fact, I have to change my HD's about every 1-2 years and my DVD Burners about the same time (YES smoking can be expensive in more was than just cash). But even with this fact, the RIDATA Brand of DVD's is the ONE BRAND that I have had LESS THAN 20-30 COASTERS with... Regretfully, I cannot say the same with the other brands I bought. One last thing that I should touch on is the subject of compatibility... I mainly use DVD's to burn a TON of movies and the one thing I have found is that NOT ALL DVD PLAYERS like (or I should say WILL PLAY) Burned DVD's. Many times I have run into certain Brands of DVD Players that WILL NOT PLAY (or even recognize) Burned DVD's as playable. Whenever I run into this problem, I just use a "CHEAPY" DVD Player and then this problem goes away. For some reason CHEAP DVD Players have LESS problems recognizing Burned DVD's... Why this is, I have no idea... But just keep it in mind in case you have similar problems... The other problem that I keep hearing about, is LOUSY PACKING of DVD Disk orders from either NewEgg or other providers. I too had this problem, and I screamed and screamed again and again to NewEgg. Luckily for me, NewEgg did something about it. At least, for me they did. With every succeeding order it seemed as if they got better and better at packing them to prevent any damage. I should note that the one area NewEgg NEVER HAD a problem with (at least for me anyway) was shipping days needed. On EVERY order I placed, I got them within 3-4 days... You can't beat that... Ever since I became a NewEgg user, I have placed 15 total orders for DVD's (totaling 3,300 DVD's), and out of these 15 orders, I think (repeat think) about 2 or 3 orders were damaged in one way or another. I seem to remember that 1 or 2 packs of 100 disks were ripped open and the contents were spilled inside the box. Luckily it wasn't the whole DVD Pack, just part of it...

Cons: I'm tired of these people whining about the fact that these DVD's "Won't Burn at 16x". WHO in their right mind would burn a DVD at 16x??? Just because you bought a car that the manual says has a TOP SPEED of over 160 MPH, doesn't mean that you should drive that car at 160 MPH. Not unless you want to kill yourself OR someone else. SLOW DOWN - you'll live longer... I burn ALL of my DVD's at 4x and have NEVER HAD A PROBLEM. It's a fact that the faster the speed you use to burn your DVD's, the more chance that your DVD's will run into 2 main problems. The first problem is DVD longevity, and the second problem is DVD BURN ERRORS. I have both DVD's (AND CD's) that I burned OVER 10 years ago, that I can still insert into my DVD (OR CD) Drive and can still read them (WITHOUT ANY ERRORS). Can you do this??? I doubt it... NOT if you're burning everything at 16x. And as far as longevity is concerned, the only way you'll get this kind of longevity is IF you S-L-O-W DOWN your burning speeds OR use M-DISK's for ALL your burning needs. And then the problem becomes a COST PROBLEM as M-DISK's are EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE... I should say they're simply COST PROHIBITIVE... At least for me, they are...

Overall Review: So you're basically left with 2 choices... Slow down your burning speeds to either 8x (or better off, use 4x) and get DVD's that'll last a long time, or go to M-Disks (That is, IF your DVD Burner supports burning M-Disk's in the first place) and you don't mind paying the higher price for them... Finally, Don't ask me how much M-Disks are... I have no idea... But you'll find them here at NewEgg so you can check the prices for yourselves... Take care everyone... Joe...

Samsung 512GB SSD 2.5-inch 7mm SATA III

Samsung 512GB CM871a SATA 6Gb/s TLC 2.5" 7mm Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TN5120
Samsung 512GB CM871a SATA 6Gb/s TLC 2.5" 7mm Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TN5120

Pros: I do general PC repairs and upgrades on the side and recently one of my customers gave me an older HP 15-f272WM 4-core laptop to be fixed and upgraded. After waiting more than 2 months to be paid (and after numerous attempts to contact him - ALL OF WHICH FAILED), I finally kept and erased the laptop for own use. I then decided to upgrade the memory from 4 to 8 Meg and also upgrade the old mechanical 500 Meg HD to a 500 Meg SSD. So I bought this SSD from Newegg for roughly $80.00 (which was sold by goHardDrive - with whom I believe I have dealt with before). The memory upgrade went without a hitch and I ordered the SSD on 11/08/2018 and it got here on 11/13/2018 (which is MUCH LONGER than a normal NewEgg purchase - but I'll let that pass... For now...) The SSD upgrade went off fairly well (other than the fact that I had to take apart the laptop just to get at the old HD). The new SSD was recognized right off the bat. This was AFTER I CLONED THE OLD HD TO THE NEW SSD which took roughly 1/2 an hour to do. After re-installing the NEW SSD it booted right up without a hitch... Now this SSD has made a world of difference in this laptop, it's like "NIGHT AND DAY" now. The laptop has gone from about 2-3 minutes booting time down to about 40-50 seconds booting time. I will definitely not complain about that. Not only that, but ALL of my programs now load in MUSH FASTER then before. I'm just waiting to see how fast my Video Encoding now goes on this system. I can't wait to see how fast it is. I have to say I'm VERY impressed with it so far... Now I honestly would have preferred to have gotten either a 1 or a 2 (or even a 4 TB) SSD but the price for them was prohibitive. I just couldn't afford it, so I'll make do with the 500 Meg SSD for now. Maybe I'll hit the lottery some day and can afford it then. (Here's hoping... Wish me luck...)

Cons: Now do I have any CONS??? YES I DO, and they're mostly with NewEgg. The BANNER ADD for this item was as follows: "Samsung 512GB SSD 2.5-inch 7mm SATA III TLC (6.0Gb/s) Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CM871a (MZ-7TN5120) - 5 Years Warranty" You noticed the 5 Years Warranty part??? Well this is wrong... When I checked the WARRANTY & RETURNS TAB it states that this product has a: Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years AND Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 5 YEARS WARRANTY??? OR WHO HONORS IT??? YOU (NewEgg OR goHardDrive)??? This is FALSE ADVERTISING - plain and simple... NOW HERE'S MY GRIPE NEWEGG: Don't you people (at NewEgg) have a "PROOF READER" to check ALL OF YOUR ADDS BEFORE YOU POST THEM??? This has happened numerous times before as both myself and others can attest to... I know this for a fact, as I have seen numerous other people complain about this very thing before... This has to stop... If you don't have a "PROOF READER", than maybe you should consider "Breaking The Piggy Bank" and hiring one. Just make sure you vet him/her BEFORE you hire them...

Overall Review: Ok... Now that I've gotten my RANT against NewEgg out of my system I'll give you my "OTHER THOUGHTS" about this purchase... FIRST OFF: I'll be VERY SURPRISED if NewEgg posts this review as it is definitely NOT a favorable review of NewEgg. But I believe in telling the truth and I've done so here. So we'll see what happens AND how honest NewEgg really is... NOW: Would I purchase this (or OTHER) products from goHardDrive in the future??? YES I would (BUT with the following caveat)... I would remember that their service was much slower than a "NORMAL" NewEgg purchase in their delivery speed. Would I recommend goHardDrive to other customers to make their purchases from??? YES I would (again with the following caveat)... I would tell them that their service was much slower than a NORMAL NewEgg purchase in their delivery speed. So that if they had a "TIME SENSITIVE" purchase to make, they might be better off buying from someplace else. FINALLY: Why did I give this item a 3-EGG Rating??? Well it's because of NewEgg's Advertising Mistakes. I have to say that I'm overly impressed with the SSD, BUT I'm also tired of seeing these deceptive practices repeated again and again on NewEgg's site... This has to be resolved, one way or another... I hope this helps... Take care everyone...

11/14/2018

Ridata DVD’s

RiDATA 4.7 GB 16X DVD-R 100 Packs Shrink Wrap Model DRD-4716-RD100ECOW
RiDATA 4.7 GB 16X DVD-R 100 Packs Shrink Wrap Model DRD-4716-RD100ECOW

Pros: JUST AN UPDATE TO MY LAST POST I just checked my NewEgg Account and it seems that I’ve been a faithful NewEgg customer since 07/2009 and I’ve been buying my DVD’s from then since that date when I made my 1st purchase. To date, (this includes the 400 that I just bought) I have bought the following quantity from NewEgg. Ridata = 2100 Sony = 400 Imation = 200 Memorex = 100 OTHER Brands = 100 Now out of those 4 brands (shown above), the top 3 were the ones that I had the least problems with. And when I say problems, I mean coasters. Out of those top 3 brands I like the Ridata and the Imation brands the most, although the Imation brand is getting harder and harder to find (either on sale OR for full price). Out of the 1900 Ridata DVD’s that I’ve ordered in the past, I think I’ve had less than 5-10 coasters. Not a bad average out of 1900. Try to beat that Mem-A-Who. Now I can hear some people asking themselves, “Why does he need so many DVD’s?” Well, I’ll tell you. I burn a lot of Music DVD’s, and a lot of Movie DVD’s as well as using DVD’s for all my major and minor backups. I’ve learned (over the years) that you can NEVER have enough System Backups. So I keep plenty on hand. I also have a 12TB Server as well as a 48TB Server that I’m putting together. I also have 3 separate PC’s as well as 2 LapTops, so I go thru a lot of Backups I got my delivery in 3 days, which is about normal for me, and the DVD’s were well packed and protected so none of them split open from mishandling from the Ex-Football players that the delivery companies hire.

Cons: NONE that I can think of… Although many will complain about the lack of spindles, I have plenty on hand to use as spares, so I don’t have that problem.

Overall Review: While many people will complain about the lack of quality on this brand (and others), the only problem I can think of that they might be having, is trying to burn these (and other) DVD’s at FULL SPEED. By trying to do that, you not only increase the chances of getting coasters, but your DVD’s won’t last as long. I burn ALL my DVD’s at 4 Speed and I’ve seldom had any problems. I have DVD’s that I’ve burned from back in 2009 and I can still read them without any problems. Try that on a 16x burned DVD and see what you get. Would I buy these DVD’s again for myself? YES I WOULD, WITHOUT HESITATION... Would I recommend these DVD’s to others to buy? YES I WOULD, WITHOUT HESITATION...

10/31/2018
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100 pack of DVD's

I got my package in 3 days. You can't beat that.

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Samsung 512GB SSD 2.5-inch 7mm SATA III

Pros: I do general PC repairs and upgrades on the side and recently one of my customers gave me an older HP 15-f272WM 4-core laptop to be fixed and upgraded. After waiting more than 2 months to be paid (and after numerous attempts to contact him - ALL OF WHICH FAILED), I finally kept and erased the laptop for own use. I then decided to upgrade the memory from 4 to 8 Meg and also upgrade the old mechanical 500 Meg HD to a 500 Meg SSD. So I bought this SSD from Newegg for roughly $80.00 (which was sold by goHardDrive (with whom I believe I have dealt with before). The memory upgrade went without a hitch and I ordered the SSD on 11/08/2018 and it got here on 11/13/2018 (which is MUCH LONGER than a normal NewEgg purchase (but I'll let that pass... For now...) The SSD upgrade went off fairly well (other than the fact that I had to take apart the laptop just to get at the old HD). The new SSD was recognized right off the bat. This was AFTER I CLONED THE OLD HD TO THE NEW SSD which took roughly 1/2 an hour to do. After re-installing the NEW SSD it booted right up without a hitch... Now this SSD has made a world of difference in this laptop, it's like "NIGHT AND DAY" now. The laptop has gone from about 2-3 minutes booting time down to about 40-50 seconds booting time. I will definitely not complain about that. Not only that, but ALL of my programs now load in MUCH FASTER then before. I'm just waiting to see how fast my Video Encoding goes on this system. I can't wait to see how fast it is. I have to say I'm VERY impressed with it so far... Now I honestly would have preferred to have gotten either a 1 or a 2 (or even a 4 TB) SSD but the price for them was prohibitive. I just couldn't afford it, so I'll make do with the 500 Meg SSD for now. Maybe I'll hit the lottery some day and can afford it then. (Here's hoping... Wish me luck...) Cons: Now do I have any CONS??? YES I DO, and they're mostly with NewEgg. The BANNER ADD for this item was as follows: "Samsung 512GB SSD 2.5-inch 7mm SATA III TLC (6.0Gb/s) Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CM871a (MZ-7TN5120) - 5 Years Warranty" You noticed the 5 Years Warranty part??? Well this is wrong... When I checked the WARRANTY & RETURNS TAB it states that this product has a: Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years AND Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 5 YEARS WARRANTY??? OR WHO HONORS IT??? YOU (NewEgg OR goHardDrive)??? This is FALSE ADVERTISING - plain and simple... NOW HERE'S MY GRIPE NEWEGG: Don't you people (at NewEgg) have a "PROOF READER" to check ALL OF YOUR ADDS BEFORE YOU POST THEM??? This has happened numerous times before as both myself and others can attest to... I know this for a fact, as I have seen numerous other people complain about this very thing before... This has to stop... If you don't have a "PROOF READER", than maybe you should consider "Breaking The Piggy Bank" and hiring one. Just make sure you vet him/her BEFORE you hire them... Other Thoughts: Ok... Now that I've gotten my RANT against NewEgg out of my system I'll give you my "OTHER THOUGHTS" about this purchase... FIRST OFF: I'll be VERY SURPRISED if NewEgg posts this review as it is definitely NOT a favorable review of NewEgg. But I believe in telling the truth and I've done so here. So we'll see what happens AND how honest NewEgg really is... NOW: Would I purchase this (or OTHER) products from goHardDrive in the future??? YES I would (BUT with the following caveat)... I would remember that their service was much slower than a "NORMAL" NewEgg purchase in their delivery speed. Would I recommend goHardDrive to other customers to make their purchases from??? YES I would (again with the following caveat)... I would tell them that their service was much slower than a NORMAL NewEgg purchase in their delivery speed. So that if they had a "TIME SENSITIVE" purchase to make, they might be better off buying from someplace else. FINALLY: Why did I give this item a 3-EGG Rating??? Well it's because of NewEgg's Advertising Mistakes. I have to say that I'm overly impressed with the SSD, BUT I'm also tired of seeing these deceptive practices repeated again and again on NewEgg's site... This has to be resolved, one way or another... I hope this helps... Take care everyone...

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11/27/2018