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David X.

David X.

Joined on 12/09/05

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Almost Perfect...

Logitech K740 Illuminated USB Keyboard
Logitech K740 Illuminated USB Keyboard

Pros: Key travel is somewhere between a traditional keyboard and a laptop's shallow travel distance. Works without having to manually install drivers for Windows 7 32-bit. The media function keys even work!

Cons: A bit expensive, and there is too much extraneous plastic. The clear white trim just adds bulk. And for such a thin keyboard, there isn't a need for a palm rest.

Overall Review: Perhaps they should include a USB extension cord in case the keyboard USB cord is not long enough.

11/24/2010
Most Critical Review

Terrible SSD

XPG SX900 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ASX900S3-256GM-C
XPG SX900 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ASX900S3-256GM-C

Pros: Cheap. Decent read/write speeds. Works for 1 week.

Cons: This is the 2nd drive of 2 which failed. The first drive failed after 1 week. It's S.M.A.R.T. showed read errors, so doing a sector analysis of the drive, there was over 1.5GB of defective sectors. I RMA'd the drive and the 2nd drive upon receipt, showed no bad sectors. After only 1 week, the computer would freeze randomly, task manager shows the drive at 100%. Doing a sector analysis of the 2nd drive showed over 30GB of defective sectors in the SSD.

Overall Review: Do not buy. This is 2/2 drives that went bad after only a week. Look at the other reviews around this time period.

Defective

XPG SX900 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ASX900S3-256GM-C
XPG SX900 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ASX900S3-256GM-C

Pros: It's an SSD.

Cons: It had a few bad sectors. After installing the OS, there were random issues with crashing. The fault was the SSD as there were bad sectors on the drive and S.M.A.R.T. values were below those of comparable drives.

It's a cable, that works.

Link Depot LD-SATA3-0.5M 1.64 ft. (0.50m) SATA III Round Cable with Latch Male to Male
Link Depot LD-SATA3-0.5M 1.64 ft. (0.50m) SATA III Round Cable with Latch Male to Male

Pros: It's a SATA III cable. It works.

Cons: Too expensive.

Awesome SATA III SSD

Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1
Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1

Pros: Awesome, less than 10s bootup time for Windows 7 64 bit pro. The OS also recognizes the drive as an SSD and shuts off certain services detrimental to SSDs.

Cons: SSDs are still a bit expensive.

Awesome Case

SilverStone RAVEN RV02-BW Matte black 0.8mm Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
SilverStone RAVEN RV02-BW Matte black 0.8mm Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Built this for a Sandy Bridge build. The 90 degree rotation of the motherboard is great for venting out heat from the top. It fit a 580 GTX and a 1200W PSU, so there is enough space. At least for me, the space between the motherboard try and the outer case plate provided for more than enough room for cables. The SSD tray was a nice touch and does not take away any bays. Optical drives fit flush against the front, and does not take away from the look of the case.

Cons: To replaced a 3.5" drive, you'll have to remove the motherboard. The PSU air intake is a little too small for a large PSU.

Overall Review: They should have rotated the HDD cage too, for ease of accessing those drives. The V-shaped LED light on the front of the case is a bit tacky, but that's just my taste.