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Thomas P.

Thomas P.

Joined on 06/01/05

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Great speed

HGST 1TB Touro Mobile Pro External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model 0S03559 Black
HGST 1TB Touro Mobile Pro External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model 0S03559 Black

Pros: Costs as much as regular 1TB drives, but better performance

Cons: Glossy surface bound to get scratched up in my backpack

Overall Review: Transfered 53GB of data in minutes. Avg transfer speed on my Aspire S7 through USB 3.0 port was 140mb/s. Beats the 19-24 with a USB 2 drive.

Works great in iMac early 2008

Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 2.5" 512GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDEC512GB
Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 2.5" 512GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDEC512GB

Pros: Installed this in my iMac 2008 24" (3.06Ghz Core2Duo 4GB) running 10.11 El Capitan. Using an IcyDock adapter and instructions from the web, I also threaded the thermal sensor through one of the ventilation holes on the adapter and attached it to the drive (removed the label on the drive to get a bare-metal attachment). The HDD fan speed never goes above lowest spec (1200 RPM). Internal ambient temp of the iMac stays around 22C, and the SDD itself never gets hotter than 50C. Given the cramped confines within the iMac chassis, that's not bad. Given that the iMac sports a blazing SATA 3Gb ICH8 Intel interface, I was not expecting to even hit the average specs of the drive, but using Blackmagic I'm seeing decent 239MB/s write speeds and 269MB/s read speeds. As a result, the startup time is not that much different than it's predecessor 7200 RPM WD Blue drive, which would score 100+MB/S W/R speeds. The advantage is app startup though, and the previously sluggish iMac is working acceptably again once started up. Looks like the 10-year computer experiment is back on track.

Cons: The drive is supplied bare, with no screws or anything resembling an instruction sheet. However, if you need those you might be better off buying a "retail" kit SSD. Mac OSX will not auto-enable TRIM on a 3rd party SSD. However, if you google it there are ways to force TRIM on. I've decided not to given the problems some disks can give with TRIM enabled on Linux/Unix computers, and since there's not been any long-term testing of this model.

Overall Review: Probably would have gone for a smaller drive, given that I use an external FW HDD for media storage, but given the price differential I'll use the larger size to store photos for editing.

11/29/2015

firmware update helps

NETGEAR N300 Wall Plug Version WiFi Range Extender (WN3000RP)
NETGEAR N300 Wall Plug Version WiFi Range Extender (WN3000RP)

Pros: extends network, 270mbps bandwidth, great range

Cons: faulty factory installed firmware

Overall Review: Had problems with this router from day 1, just like many reviewers have said, took forever to assign DHCP leases and got frequent DNS errors from Xbox live. logging in to the router showed no new firmware available. however, I went to the Netgear website and discovered that there was a firmware update that old firmware updater didn't recognized. went ahead and did a manual install now much more consistent performance, no dropouts so far and quicker login.

Good on a Mac

AOPEN F90JS 19" SXGA 1280 x 1024 Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
AOPEN F90JS 19" SXGA 1280 x 1024 Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Comments: Bought this over a week ago, using with Mac OSX 10.4.1 on a PM G4 867DP/1GB and a GeForce Ti 4600 128mb, DVI port. Runs at 1280x1024 at 75Hz (auto sets it at 60 but you can upgrade the freq using system preferences/displays). Make sure you run the color calibration routing under Displays as well -- the initial settings are TOO bright. I notice some color-splitting on smaller fonts ("rainbowing") but no ghosting. Tried out Neverwinter Nights, looks good (needs gamma adjustment, but very nice). A very nice screen for the Mac. And you can buy like three of them for the price of one 20" Apple LCD!