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Corsair Force MP500 M.2 2280 240GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F240GBMP500
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4 out of 5 eggs Speedy NVMe m.2 SSD meets all expectations. 02/14/2017

This review is from: Corsair Force MP500 M.2 2280 240GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F240GBMP500

Pros: There are 2 “kinds” of M.2 SSD, the “normal” ones that are the same speed as the 2.5” variants, and then there are the wicked fast NVMe ones. This is the super fast NVMe ones. I have no problem with as Asrock motherboard (Z170) seeing this SSD and installing windows. It look about 10 minutes, no kidding. Wow. It’s app for windows, Corsair SSD Toolbox (v1.2.4.7) is comparable with Samsung’s Magician. You can secure wipe, clone, (don’t) “optimize” get firmware updates, and see the ever useless “S.M.A.R.T.” status, get drive info, etc. That’s nice.
I honestly can’t tell the difference between this drive and a Samsung 960 Pro, so you might as well save yourself HALF the price and snag this speedy little drive

Cons: The warranty isn’t as long as Samsung's.

Other Thoughts: Make SURE you have support for the 2280, most motherboards will support this, but most laptops need a smaller m.2 variant. Remember, don’t clone your old drive and get a perfect copy of all that software rot, install fresh, it takes only a few minutes and guarantees a perfect new working copy of windows. Also, unless you are copying huge video files to and from this drive all day to another equally fast drive, you probably can’t really tell the difference between this drive and and 2.5” variant SSD. According to benchmarks this’ll boot about 2 seconds faster than a non-nvme drive, but when boot times are so fast with SSD’s, I guess ~10% is a fair increase, but don’t think that because it has read and write speeds 5-6X higher than other SSDs, it will translate into 5-600% faster performance in real life things like app startup times. However all in all, I just love 2 less cables. M.2 is awesome. I don’t hesitate recommending this drive. Corsair has been in the SSD game a long long time.

Seagate IronWolf Pro ST10000NE0004 10TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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3 out of 5 eggs Biggest baddest most expensive hdd on the market. 01/03/2017

This review is from: Seagate IronWolf Pro ST10000NE0004 10TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: The biggest baddest drive on the market. Warranty is back to 5 years. It’s expensive but fast for a HDD that is. Let’s see how fast: I transfer from a Ramdrive with 9.5GB/sec read and write speeds with a 6700K/32GB, there are no bottlenecks here. This is the fastest you can ever expect the drive to read and write from:

Large: 151.2 MB/sec
Medium: 256, sustained @ 200 MB/sec
Small: 1.18 MB/sec

Large File: 152 MB/sec
Medium Files:121 MB/sec
Tiny files: 1.3 MB/sec

The buffer is huge and in real life is the file is less than 750MB, it will copy seemingly instantaneously. Even medium sized files. A whole gig of mp3s/pictures in a 1 second. No kidding. No progress bar is even seen, it just is there.

Cons: Price Fixing plus bleeding edge premium makes this one very expensive drive. I still have a bad taste in my mouth when Seagate used Thailand floods (which didn’t even affect their plant) as an excuse to trouble hard drive prices. (Search for “fake hdd shortage”) Their profits skyrocketed. Prices really haven’t gone down since when prices per GB used to drop an average of 32.6% a year. Can you find a 2TB for $60 like you could in Fall 2012? Maybe. Anyways, enough propaganda. Someone will talk, so keep your receipts there will be a class action suit one day and you’ll get your $11 back after the lawyers take it the rest of your settlement.

Other Thoughts: Other thoughts: I’d love to have another one of these, get rid of the RAID 5 and move to a RAID 1. But the price per TB is so high. With 5 year warranty, break neck speeds, and if money's no object, I don’t hesitate recommending this drive.

ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA-D4-GR Intel Atom x5-Z8350 (1.44 GHz) 4 GB Memory 128 eMMC 10.1
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4 out of 5 eggs If you need a Full Functioning Windows 10 Tablet, with optional GOOD keyboard, this is it. 01/01/2017

This review is from: ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA-D4-GR Intel Atom x5-Z8350 (1.44 GHz) 4 GB Memory 128 eMMC 10.1" Touchscreen 1280 x 800 2-in-1 Laptop Windows 10 Home 64-Bit (Gray)

Pros: PRO:
* This has an all metal brushed aluminium body.
* The magnetic keyboard snaps into place, FIRMLY, and can easily be removed.
* Micro USB Charging - what? No brick? This is fantastic.
* It comes with a nice stylist.
* Screen is bright and very sharp. IPS panel, wow.
* The Viewing angle is top notch.
* USB port (Hey sometimes you need)
* Keyboard is properly mounted and magnets are strong and non-wobblie.
* SSD. This makes it silent, thinner and so much faster.
* Finger print scanner makes it a lot easier to login to.
* Fully functioning Windows 10
* MicroSD card slot which is handy for adding some cheap storage.
* Micro HDMI means I can throw movies on a TV with this easily @ 1080P
* 802.11ac wifi

This is a lot different than other All-in-one tablets, that are big and clunky, this one can easily be passed off as a real thin powerful tablet. Forget the keyboard or use it, either way it’s fine. It’s got some nifty features that you will actually use, on screen gesture swipe you can set it up to do useful things like sleep, shutdown, or shortcut to an app. This actually adds a lot of speed to a tablet, that you don’t have the mouse and keyboard handy to launch shortcuts. I never would have thought of that.

Cons: Yeah it’s not the fastest thing in the world when doing even windows updates, but for movie watching and internetting around, it’s wonderful.

Other Thoughts: If you need a WINDOWS 10 tablet instead of android or iOS, this is a great way to go. I don’t know if I would call this an ultrabook as the speed would indicate it’s just a fast tablet, but it’s nowhere near laptop speeds, even with an SSD. Zero qualms recommending this sessy tablet. Price is right too.


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Date Joined: 10/28/02


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