Date Joined: 02/21/04
Pros: I have used Mushkin RAM for years with no problems. Likewise, I'm sure that the reliability of this 2TB Mushkin SSD is among the best. I prefer SSDs that use MLC (2-bit) cells rather than TLC (3-bit) cells because of their greater reliability. I was happy to see the release of this 2TB version since I use it to back up my SSD C-drive. Windows 10 has a Trim function which keeps the cells ready for use.
Overall Review: Monitoring the health of all drives, whether hard disk or SSD, with a program such as Crystal Disk Info is a great idea. I no longer fear losing valuable data using SSD drives. Yes, I also use external hard disk drives for backup, but that is for redundancy. It's also good to keep backups at another location.
Pros: I wanted a case for my new 17.3 " notebook PC that is slim in design and not bulky or heavy to carry around. I considered a sleeve, but chose this instead. It has room inside the separate front pocket for the charging brick, cords, mouse, and my external SSD. The cost and shipping from BuyVPC.com was excellent.
Overall Review: Highly recommend this case to anyone with one of the latest 17.3" notebooks.
Pros: The best external hard drive I've ever owned! The 5TB hard drive installed in the aluminum case is a Toshiba MD04ACA500. With eSATA and USB 3.0 ports, it is very fast, reliable, and quiet. I especially like the ON/OFF switch which allows permanent connection to a PC without needing to be run whenever the PC is on. I use it for backup of personal files and with Acronis B/U software to make image backups. With the aluminum enclosure, it allows cool operation without a fan.
Overall Review: My C-drive is an SSD, but my backup is this excellent external hard drive. With one or two of these for backup, you will never need to worry about losing your system or data.
Pros: This SSD provides all of the capacity you need for your operating system and greatly improves your computer's performance. My Windows 7 performance index for the hard drive went from 5.9 to 7.9. For almost six months, I have been amazed at its flawless performance, provided it has the firmware versions 000F or 040H.
Cons: My 512GB SSD worked great until I updated from firmware version 000F to 010G. After that update, the SSD failed and the computer would not boot. The SSD also DISAPPEARED from my computer's BIOS. With firmware 010G, a sudden power loss to the SSD caused it to fail (I had used a hard shutdown with the power button.)
Overall Review: To fix the problem, Crucial's website provides support: Look for 'Why did my SSD "disappear" from my system?' It involves applying power to the SSD for TWO cycles of 20 minutes on, and 30 seconds off. After performing this procedure, BE SURE TO UPDATE THE FIRMWARE of the SSD to version 040H. You'll be happy you did.
Pros: Quiet, reliable, well-built.
After upgrading to an nVidia GTX 560 video card, I needed the extra current and another PCI-E power connector. 48A at 12V more than met my needs.
Love the modular design, allowing the use of only cables that are needed (I didn't need the 4-pin Molex connectors). Helps to keep wiring to a minimum.
Cons: Somewhat stiff cables, but not a problem.
Overall Review: Antec has always been a reliable brand for me. In addition to the 24-pin main and 4+4-pin ATX12V cables, I only needed to use (2) 6+2-pin PCI-E cables and (2) SATA cables; there are NO extra cables hanging out of the PSU like with non-modular units. Six modular outlets are available on the box. I installed it in a tight Micro ATX case, and the choice of which outlets to use for the SATA cables allowed room for connections to my two Blu-ray disk drives.
The previous PSU I ordered (not the same brand) arrived DOA from NewEgg. I easily obtained an RMA and returned it and ordered this Antec PSU instead. Great job, NewEgg!
Pros: I bought this hard drive to replace the original 320 GB, 5400 rpm HDD in my Dell Inspiron 1720 notebook PC, and I couldn't be happier with it..! With 16 MB of cache and 7200 rpm, it equals my desktop computer's HDD with a Windows Experience Index of 5.9 for the disk data transfer rate. You can't beat this performance without buying an SSD. It runs quietly and is noticeably faster than the original.
Overall Review: Until SSD's come down in price, you won't beat this Western Digital HDD for the money.
I dual-boot with Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows 7 since the 500 GB hard drive provides plenty of storage space.
As usual, NEW EGG packaged the shipment very well with bubble wrap around the drive, cardboard protection around that, and styrofoam peanuts for full protection in the outer box. NEW EGG is the best..!
Pros: This WD drive is fast (although not the latest 6 Gb/s SATA), holds a ton of data for a low price, spins at 7200 RPM, has 32MB of cache and a dual-processor. What more do you want for the price?
Cons: As a bare drive, it doesn't come with the SATA data cable and power cable, nor the short mounting screws. But, if you already have those, this is all you need.
Overall Review: All bare drives need to be "initialized" (partitioned in the older terminology) and formatted. The recent rash of DOAs is most likely the result of buyers not realizing the need to format the drive. If you use Windows 7, go to the Control Panel, click on System and Administrative Tools. Select Computer Management, then Disk Management. If cables were properly connected, you should see the drive as Disk 0, 1, or 2 (depending upon how many drives you have). Right-click on the drive and select Format. Remember, it may take three or more hours to format a 1 TB drive.
Hope this helps reduce the number of DOAs and preserve the fine reputation that Western Digital has earned.
I also suggest shipping via FedEx rather than UPS. UPS expects packages to survive a 6-foot drop... not good for hard drives! NewEgg always packages hard drives to provide maximum protection, however.
Pros: This is the best charger/analyzer for AA and AAA nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries that I've ever owned. At last, a charger that really helps you analyze and improve battery performance. The five modes of operation are all that you need to maintain your NiMH batteries. Within each mode, there are options you may choose.
The digital display is great for displaying charge/discharge rate, times, and amount of charge in milliamp-hours (mAH). It cycles through all batteries, indicating the status of each. When a battery is done, it says DONE.
Cons: When inserting a battery, there is a 10-second time period to select a charge rate other than the default of 1000 mA if you wish to select another rate - a bit short for some people. If you miss it, just remove and reinsert the battery.
A small amount of knowledge about battery charging is needed, but the instructions are excellent for explaining concepts such as charge rate and battery capacity.
Overall Review: I bought this charger because I realized that cheap "quick chargers" normally sold did not adequately condition nor charge NiMH batteries according to their use and age. I became frustrated that AA batteries in my digital camera were always too quickly discharged. Using the Refresh/Analyze mode, I was able to determine which battteries were no longer good and was able to rejuvenate some older batteries. The Break-in mode is good to condition new batteries for maximum use.
As usual, NEW EGG provided excellent service... the best place to shop... period.
Pros: A good cable for the money, if it's what you want.
Cons: This cable won't connect a 20-pin power supply to a 24-pin motherboard as I had thought... wrong genders. The photos are what confused me. Everyone would do well to remember that "male" refers to the metal contacts, not the Molex connector appearance. The same goes for the "female" end.
Overall Review: Not worth shipping back with postage more than it's worth. But, NewEgg needs to correct the photos.