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Transcend 8GB 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great to have a drop-in SSD replacement for PATA laptop hard drives. Fast. Much less time waiting for disk I/O.

Cons: Only 8GB of space, and expensive for that.

Other Thoughts: Installed in an old Pentium III-M Thinkpad. It now boots Windows XP to the desktop in 7-8 seconds. I used nLite to optimize the XP install and I would recommend this if using XP.

SAMSUNG 2433BW High Glossy Black 24
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This monitor is fast, bright and high contrast. It's great for movies and games. It's huge and looks great even from a distance. No dead pixels. Nice looking casing and stand.

Cons: The panel is a TN type panel. It's extremely sensitive to vertical viewing angle. Due to its size and typical viewing position, there is a very noticeable variation in color from the top to the bottom of the screen during normal use with static input like a web browser or a graphic editor. This monitor is not good for photo work and other activities where a uniform display is important.

The stand is very short. Not having a height adjustment wouldn't be a problem if it was just one inch taller.

The settings buttons are on the right side aligned vertically. It's nearly impossible to read the embossed labels on these buttons, and with a second monitor right next to this one, the buttons are inaccessible.

Other Thoughts: Returned one that arrived with a broken VESA mount. Half of it was clanging around inside the monitor.

The stand is easy to connect to the monitor if you follow the directions. I have done it twice now and if not for the reviews on this site I wouldn't have even thought about it. The process is unusual because the material accepting the stand is a flexible rubbery material, but it's logical and easy to do.

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very fast and quiet compared to my previous Seagate hard drive.

Cons: It lasted only 8 hours of power on time before failing. This was just long enough for me to install an OS, apps and get settled on it. I consider myself lucky in that it failed early enough that I did not have time to accumulate/lose much data on it.

Other Thoughts: Searching for a solution revealed that this series of drives has a high failure rate.

There are many good reviews of the drive and it may be up for a product award, which it probably deserves when it is reliable. However chances of getting a reliable part may be less with this drive. Research first so that you are not surprised.


Andrew H.'s Profile

Display Name: Andrew H.

Date Joined: 05/10/02

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 02/17/08
  • Last Review: 05/01/09
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