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Crucial MX100 256GB SATA 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive (CT256MX100SSD1)

Crucial MX100 256GB SATA 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive (CT256MX100SSD1)

Examinators rating: 4 - Outstanding!
Reviewed by: McGarnagle

Description:
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*with 9.5mm adapter
*Sequential Write: 300/500MB/s - Sequential Read: 550MB/s
*Available as 2.5" 7mm SATA III at 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities
*256GB and 512GB incorporate Micron's new 90 Series 16nm 128GB NAND
*Performance at all capacities represents a significant improvement over M500
*Every MX100 includes a download of Acronis True Image 2014 OEM Edition PC backup and recovery

Image from: Amazon
Source Amazon: http://smile.amazon.com/Crucial-MX100-2-5-Inch-Internal-CT256MX100SSD1/dp/B00KFAGCWK/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1440457315&sr=8-1&keywords=Crucial+MX100+256GB+SATA+2.5-Inch+Internal+Solid+State+Drive+%28CT256MX100SSD1%29

In a nutshell:

This SSD has great performance, is light weight, reduces power consumption and it came with Acronis True Image 2014 (Home), what more to ask?

The nitty-gritty:

I got this as a deal of the day on Amazon, so for a decent price I was able to upgrade my laptop. The cloning using Acronis didn't go so well as my OS was corrupt due to screwing around with one drive having multiple partitions. It didn't matter as I ended up doing a clean wipe and installing Windows 10 on it. I did notice hat the read speeds were a nice little boost in performance. The big up was that the laptop weight dropped and became even lighter than it already was (I use an ASUS MX200). Th battery power increased by a good chunk, it seems to have gone up by almost two hours, so on a full charge I can use the laptop for about 6-7+ straight depending on what I am doing, brightness, etc.

I don't care about the brands, if you have been building PCs over time you realize that the brands are really no longer important. Going with hard drives, Western Digital always had a bad reputation where it was guaranteed to fail on you faster than most. Through insiders, real life experience, and working with vendors and other IT consultants, almost everyone decided to stay away from anything WD (Western Digital). I have never really had any problems with Seagate, up until this year, I had my first Seagate drives go bad (not bad for 10+ years without having a Seagate fail). However the same was said about Seagate by other people, so in the end, regardless of the brand, you know anything mechanical will fail. Also SSDs just like USB flash media or any media for that fact is bound to die at one point. So brand aside and regardless of what media type you are going to use, it's going to die, so plan on having backups.

Going back to the SSD drive, if you aren't seeking a kagillion gigabytes of data then get yourself an SSD, the prices are dropping and the sizes are getting favorable. I had ben wanting to get an SSD for awhile, and thus far I am very happy with the purchase.


Apple TV

Apple TV

Examinators rating: 4 - Outstanding!
Reviewed by: McGarnagle

Description:

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*1080p HD programming, including iTunes movies and TV shows, Netflix, Vimeo, photos and more in HD
*Access your purchased movies, TV shows, and music with iTunes Match right from iCloud
*Stream video, games, and more from iOS devices using AirPlay; music, videos, and photos can also be streamed from PCs and Macs
*HDMI and digital optical audio output; connects to network via Wireless-N or Ethernet
*Apple TV is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

Image from: Amazon
Source Amazon: http://smile.amazon.com/Apple-TV-MD199LL-Current-Version/dp/B007I5JT4S/ref=sr_1_1?s=tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1440456601&sr=1-1&keywords=apple+tv

In a nutshell:

It works, some hiccups here and there but overall it's just another media player. It does the job and the interface is pretty straight forward and easy to use.

The nitty-gritty:

Overall the Apple TV works okay, but there will be some random crashing and loss of profiles/settings. We use it just for Netflix (swap between the Amazon FireTV stick and the Apple TV depending on what NetFlix/Amazon have removed from their content library. In general the device works, but it tends to drop wireless off (even though the access point is just a few steps away). Randomly while watching a show the device will restart or it will just kill the show off and take you back to the episode selection screen or the home screen. It also failed to remember the Netflix password even though it did not do an update on some cases.

Thumbs down for not having the ability to watch amazon videos, that was a killer for me. You would think they would roll out an update to include that functionality or update the firmware, but no luck.
Even though I am no apple fan I have to review it as I see it and plan to use it. Overall, it works (minus the little glitches). I ended up running my own cat5 cable to get it via Ethernet since the wifi just sucked on this guy.

We only use it for Netflix, everything else for us is just noise. If you are looking for something basic such as Netflix, go get yourself a fire tv stick for far less the cost. I did not delve into the other apps but i'm sure they work just fine. We don't have a big need for airplay (at least not yet) but it's a cool feature if you want to broadcast from your ipad. A work around for Amazon prime videos would be if you use airplay, but that's just lame. I might as well go build my own recording studio, record myself playing various characters and then go back in time and play that future video of me back to past me... and no I am not being sarcastic :).... maybe

One other comment, I actually liked the remote control and the style of the Apple TV is black, so it looks nice, but I care more about how it works than how it looks.


ASUS - X200MA-RCLT08

ASUS - X200MA-RCLT08

Examinators rating: 4 - Outstanding!
Reviewed by: McGarnagle

Description:

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Processor: N2830 2.16GHz
RAM: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive: 500GB HDD
Screen Size: 11.6IN
OS: W8 64BIT

Image from: Amazon
Source Amazon/BestBuy: FYI this link is to the same exact version I purchased (which is now considered a much older model). If you look around, if interested for the XM200M models, you will find a more up to date one, but to keep this review as original as possible, I am adding the link to the model I purchased. The link points to my second wife (Amazon, since I seem to give her all my money) but I originally purchased from BestBuy as it had the cheaper deal at the time.

http://www.amazon.com/X200MA-RCLT08-N2830-2-16GHz-SDRAM-11-6IN/dp/B00NTD89CG

In a nutshell:

Worth the price, it's slim, light weight, long battery life, gets the job done, and so far has been a road warrior. Don't spend your cash on any laptop over $500 bucks, not worth it (depending on what you do), save your money and go on a trip (with this inexpensive computer) instead of over paying for a shiny brick.

The nitty-gritty:

The keyboard is quite painful at times as I am used to a full keyboard and my words per minute are 100+, so I need more space, but that is just me ranting, nothing against the laptop design itself. I replaced the default 500gb hard drive with an SSD, and this thing is even lighter, battery last longer and is just smooth sailing. At times I feel I should have gone with another laptop that has more power, but I reminded myself... it's a laptop... even though I am a power user, i'm not going to be creating terminator brains while out on the road.

Originally when purchasing this laptop, there was another on sale and was an AMD true quadcore, but I wanted something light and portable. Overall, this little laptop has been a great companion. I like that it is small, but not small enough, and the power consumption on it is pretty low, a full charge lasts me a couple of hours which is great! Boot time on Windows 8.1 (now i'm on Windows 10) is great! I'm up and running in seconds.

It has a touchscreen, however I don't find much of a need for it. I don't like having a smudgy screen. The touchpad itself is a bit of a pain due to the size of the laptop, but which touchpad doesn't suck, and no don't tell me, my mind is set, they all suck! I disabled all of the smart gestures, like zoom, double tap, activate charms bar, etc, it as just too annoying for me. Since the laptop is small, I would notice that my thumbs or my palm would accidentally swipe those special gestures and I would lose focus on whatever dialog I was in.

I like that this has an HDMI port, so it's just a simple plug and play if you are out on the road. I am not going to get into the full details of the specs and trying to compare it with other laptops. Overall, this is a good inexpensive laptop, so if you break it it's no big deal. The performance is good enough, if you are just doing basic things, browsing the web, shopping, doing some light gaming in some cases, playing music, etc, it's perfect. I even installed some light games like World of Warcraft and it runs pretty decently without major lag (on the lowest settings) and WoW is old but overall even that runs smooth. This laptop also doesn't really overheat which is nice. I remember my first (and last) alienware laptop, waste of cash! It was a giant green brick that would over heat and shutdown in like 5 minutes, turns out all of those models were defective but this was only revealed AFTER warranty expired...thanks guys...

So back to this little guy (ASUS Laptop), would I buy it again? You bet! If you do get this one or a similar one, do yourself a favor and install a SSD hard drive. These 5400 RPM drives are just brutal! Overall, ASUS, good job!


Stalion Sports Running & Exercise Gym Sportband (Galaxy S5)

Stalion Sports Running & Exercise Gym Sportband (Galaxy S5)

Examinators rating: 4 - Outstanding!
Reviewed by: McGarnagle

Description:

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*Stalion Sports Armband; the perfect fit designed specifically for your Samsung Galaxy S5 4G LTE HD SM-G900F, SM-G900H (Unlocked), SM-G900A (AT&T), SM-G900TR (MetroPCS), SM-G900P (Sprint), SM-G900T (T-Mobile), SM-G900R (U.S. Cellular), SM-G900V (Verizon).
*Tired of holding your phone while trying to excercise or do your daily activities!? Worried about dropping your phone and damaging it while you're working out? Need protection and functionality? Stalion Sports Armband: Easy to use. Simply slide your phone into the top when ready for use, and slide out when finished. Armband is equipped with headphone and charging slots so you can easily access functionality as well.
*Manufactured with our strong light weight exclusive neoprene material that protects your device.
*Enjoy extreme activities with our super comfortable soft breatheable velcro strap and sweat proof armband.
*Special Features: Built in key holder to help minimze carrying extra items while you excercise. Secure your device worry free and free your hands! Listen to your music with your hands free at your leisure or while you excercise.

Image from: Amazon
Source Amazon: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MBU8D42?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

In a nutshell:

Decent armband, holds your phone, a bit difficult to navigate while it's on but who is playing tetris or investing while running and tapping the side of their arm? Works well, get it.

The nitty-gritty:

The armband is not bad, the material is pretty cool as it does seem to be "sweat proof", however I haven't gone to the extreme of trying to sweat like a mad man. The key pocket seems like a good idea, however my car key is too big and won't fit inside it. I understand it was meant for maybe like a locker key? or maybe a house key? but oh well my shorts have pockets. Once the phone is inside, the plastic display screen kind of sticks on to the phone, so trying to swipe and navigate is pretty bad. I already have my music albums within a few taps away, or my audiobook will just require me to hit play, so overall this is a pretty good product, not bad for the cash, I dig it.


SoundBot SB240 Kermes Red Bluetooth Headphone Wireless Headset

SoundBot SB240 Kermes Red Bluetooth Headphone Wireless Headset

Examinators rating: 4 - Outstanding!
Reviewed by: McGarnagle

Description:

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Bluetooth Headphone Wireless Headset

Image from: Amazon
Source Amazon:http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EDPW0LA?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

In a nutshell:

Inexpensive, straight to the point, it works!

The nitty-gritty:

It’s a simple and straight forward headset, works well, the battery lasts a long time, the audio quality is great, the microphone/calling features work a described, I recommend this. The price is also favorable, would buy again. I liked this because they go behind your head and the headset folds, so you can stash it in your pockets.


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