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Vulcan Minion Tab Intel Atom 1GB Memory 16 GB 7.0
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's a tablet, it's adequdately powered and simple enough to use for a child, and my son likes Minions. And it was cheap enough in a deal from Newegg Flash.

Cons: It may be eligible for the Win10 upgrade, but there is absolutely no way to get it, since 32 GB of storage is not enough to download and install the upgrade, even if you spend hours deleting everything down to the bare minimum necessary. But much more importantly (see below):

Other Thoughts: After it had been sitting idle for a while (NOT on the charger), the battery seems to be slowly exploding, it's ballooned to where it actually forced open the case by about 3/4 of an inch (I wish I could post a pic or video, but there's no link). Not only has it rendered the tablet useless, it is DANGEROUS, especially for a product intended for children. This happened after only about 5 months of sporadic use. I have been a Newegg customer for years, I'm surprised and more than a little disappointed they'd sell a product this poor in quality.

WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good product, but too pricey. 01/14/2016

This review is from: WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5" 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD Kit WD1001X06XDTL

Pros: Easy to install and set up, included software made cloning a breeze. Reliable so far (I have two, one 11 months old in an always-on computer, the other 10 months old in a laptop).

Cons: Pricey to the extreme. I bought these when they were LESS than one QUARTER of the current price. Had they cost what they do now, I would have gone in a different direction.

Other Thoughts: As mentioned, I have two of these. In February 2015 I bought one that was my first SSD. I didn't need to clone, I was putting in a fresh install of Win7 Pro 64, and I didn't need the extra space, it's in my media center that already had 5 other hard drives totaling several terabytes. I had just gone through some upgrading and wasn't planning on an SSD until this year's round, but it was an interesting product, and at the time cheaper than many SSD's of comparable size WITHOUT the 1TB disk. And who can't use an extra TB of space now and then? So I installed it as my primary, no cloning, just a fresh install of Win7.

Three weeks later I bought a second one, this time for an ancient laptop (which I'm using right now). It's an old Acer Aspire with a single-core Celeron and 2 GB of RAM running Vista, and for this one I wasn't so much concerned about any performance bump, I needed more disk space, and this drive is a great solution for that purpose.

Surprisingly enough, it was the old laptop that benefited more. It's noticeably faster and more responsive, although, of course, that's a relative statement - kind of like putting your 12 year old dog on vitamins. If there was any bump in the performance on the media center, I haven't noticed it, and neither has the Windows Experience Index, which is surprising as HDD performance was the limiting score before installing this, and you'd expect SOME increase when going from a WD Blue platter drive to an SSD.

Overall, I can't complain, for what I paid for them - to repeat, BOTH of my purchases TOGETHER didn't cost HALF of the current price. Despite the lack of speed boost I'd hoped for in the desktop, I would have given this 5 stars for the revitalizing of this old laptop and the innovative solution to a one-drive system. But the price is horrendous when there are simply too many other options for SSD's at a much better price point.

If you're looking for a solution to a one-drive limitation, this might be a good option for you. I plan to replace the one in my media center soon with a larger SSD (Win7 Pro took up over 80% of the SSD portion, meaning games had to be installed on the platter portion), and maybe I'll wipe this one and drop it in my daughter's old Dell desktop, which is also limited to a single drive. But if you are looking for a huge performance boost, you won't get it with this drive, and now that the price of SSD's is plummeting, you can get much better performance at a much lower price in a multi-drive system.

Bitdefender Internet Security 2014  - Value Edition -  3 PCs / 2 Years - Download
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Second review - second uninstall 08/09/2014

This review is from: Bitdefender Internet Security 2014 - Value Edition - 3 PCs / 2 Years - Download

Pros: Cheap - not their regular price, but I got it on special for a single digit price (love NewEgg!).

Cons: I'd like to say 'you get what you pay for' but even at that ludicrously low price, their paid product is actually horrible compared to their free product.

Other Thoughts: I have used Bitdefender free edition and it was great. So I figured hey, the paid version MUST be better, right? And for the ridiculously low price I paid for 3 PC's and two years, how could I go wrong?

I have now had to uninstall on two of those machines. First off, this is yet another 'nanny' program that thinks it knows better than you do what you need it to do. It offers no options on installation and the default settings are ridiculously restrictive, meaning you should be ready for hours or days of trying to get your computers and network working normally again after installation.

Second, they claim to use very low resources, but I have used countless AV programs and full security suites over the years and NEVER had such a huge memory hog on any of my computers. And oddly enough, the lower you adjust your security settings, the MORE memory it uses!

One of the settings it defaults to on installation is to replace the Windows firewall with its own - which might have been okay, but of course it doesn't copy the Windows settings so it ends up blocking programs you've already been using. I use My Movies as a media server across my network and it completely shut down this service after installation - I STILL can't get full functionality back after uninstalling from the server the same day it was installed, two months ago.

And someone PLEASE explain to me why any security suite that picks its own time for running scans would pick a time in the middle of the day while you're using the computer?

Seriously, do NOT assume if free is good, then paid must be better. This software tries to do too much and is extremely difficult to regain control from. If you're a complete newb with a brand-new computer, lots of resources to spare, nothing but box-stock software and settings, don't use your home network for much other than transferring files, and want to be protected from yourself, then hey, I guess this is okay. Otherwise stay away.


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Display Name: Brian H.

Date Joined: 01/28/06

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