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Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Well constructed, fast, and cheap 12/04/2015

This review is from: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SV300S37A/60G

Pros: .
- Thinner than most drives, but package contains an adhesive standoff in case this presents a problem for you
- Case is constructed out of metal. This gives it a nice feel.
- Not the fastest drive on the market, but still blows away any mechanical drive.
- Includes a USB-powered portable drive cage.
- Great price for what's included.

Cons: - The included disc is supposed to contain drive imaging software to migrate an existing operating system to the new drive. Instead it just contains the manual in a bunch of different languages.
-Portable drive cage is USB 2.0, would be more useful if 3.0 or better.

Other Thoughts: - I bought 4 of these and they have only been installed for a couple of weeks, so I can't speak to their longevity.
- If I was going to do this again, I would probably go with 120GB drives. 60GB is a little tight for Windows and I'm slightly uncomfortable about that.
- The missing software is supposed to be Acronis True Image. The manual for it is included on the CD. Fortunately, you can download a full-featured trial version from the Acronis web site. It allowed me to image an existing Windows install without the image claiming to be a pirated copy.

Brother MFC-8510DN High Speed All-In-One Laser Printer with Networking and Duplex Printing
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: .
-reliable ADF
-robust paper handling
-relatively inexpensive toner
-cheaper than HP

-menus are less intuitive than HP
-seems to have some trouble communicating with Cisco sg100d-08 switches
-default mode is Fax, which seems to throw some people off

Other Thoughts: Went through two HP LaserJet Pro 400 MFPs in 18 months. The paper sensors on the HPs stick, making them useless for scanning multi-page documents, which is the second most used feature for us. The Brothers are not quite as refined, but they seem to be mechanically superior.

Initially I tested this on a bench setup that has a Cisco sg100d-08 switch. I was getting constant network connection problems when trying to scan to PC or to configure via the web interface. Tried an older generic switch (which was chained through the Cisco) and it worked fine. When deployed it was given a port on an HP Procurve, which it seems to be quite happy with.

SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL-O LGA 1155 Intel C202 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs This has been a great board 12/18/2013

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL-O LGA 1155 Intel C202 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard

Pros: .
-not very expensive
-adequate features
-zero problems after a year of use

-bios is a little clunky.
-I don't like the cheapo Nuvoton/Matrox video chip. I would prefer Intel for this.

Other Thoughts: I'm about to buy a second one for another location.

Do yourself a favor and ditch the stock Intel E3 series cooler. Those clamps are junk. You will sleep better if you replace it with a bolt-down solution (at least I did).


John R.'s Profile

Display Name: John R.

Date Joined: 01/28/10

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 02/10/11
  • Last Review: 12/04/15
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