Posts Tagged ‘hardware’

New MBP I didn’t plan to buy

June 1, 2013

Samsung has a better figure for 3D graphic but in fact my son observed noticeable graphic lag when playing MineCraft on Samsung and he prefers my MBP which is now resurrected as standby.

With this new MBP Retina display 13″ let’s see how fast it runs under Windows 8 with 2G RAM assigned to it by VMWare Fusion 5.

Gaming graphic is only 5.1 vs 6.4 in Samsung

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SSD is noticeably faster than the last one, is it a Samsung or Toshiba?

Old notebook + SSD from Vista to Windows 8

December 13, 2012

My Toshiba M600 notebook is more than 4 years old, surprised that I didn’t write when I bought it. It came with Vista and I have played with many versions of Ubuntu and other distro on it. I also didn’t miss any chances of trying free beta/preview of windows 7 and 8 with the hardware. The hardware is getting a bit outdated but OS’s are getting less demanding on hardware these days so it worked fine so far.

To give new life to the old hardware I decided to replace the 120G harddisk with a new Intel 180G SSD.


Before the operation this M600 notebook was running Windows 8 free preview I had to roll the OS back to Vista after the SSD was installed. I benchmarked the SSD performance

This was done with Vista SP2 installed

I then optimized the SSD with Intel’s tool.

It got a bit faster.

Below is the WEI for reference

The Index for data transfer rate jumped from 5.2 to 5.9

Next step was windows 8 installation as I don’t think I can stand Vista and it’s a waste of the SSD running on Vista.

Windows 8 before optimization by Intel SSD tools

Last step was optimization using Intel’s SSD tools


I can see 40-50% jump in read/write performance. SSD is therefore worth having for old hardware.

The only trouble for Windows 8 on Toshiba M600 is that WEI can’t be computed.


To compare, even my March 2011 Macbook Pro can’t match the read/write speed of this old hardware. Apple uses both Toshiba and Samsung SSD in their lines of Macbook Pro it was my luck to have the slower one among the two.

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My son uses this M600 notebook most of the time if he isn’t using my Macbook Pro for Minecraft. The Windows 8 “Family Safety” weekly activity report is very useful.

Bluetooth stereo earphone

February 3, 2012

This may be my second or third BT earphone I purchased for my mobile phones. This is the first stereo one. I never use earlier ones for music and I don’t like talking on phones so most of them retired within mouths.

This BH-111 works OK on my ears for music. I’m not an audiophile. I can’t say the in-ear phones (using the smallest buds) are comfortable, I would say if I’m not walking (my steps echo back to my ears) it’s tolerable. However I’m not used to the feeling that ambient noise is completely cut off from my sensory system.

Nokia BH-111

There are other colors available elsewhere but the store I went to has only black or blue.

I have yet to see how good the battery is (7 hours talk, 6 hours music and 120 hours standby) which is a crucial consideration as I don’t want to carry the charger with me. It would be a lot better if it can be charged by a USB port.

One downside, too bad, it doesn’t pair with my MBP.

My Garmin 410 is dead

January 7, 2012

This watch is 370 days old. It failed to charge after my Taipei half marathon on 18th December. It took about 10 minustes from 0% to 100% charged but when it’s removed from charger it keeps rebooting itself until the battery is completely drained.

I’ll have to take it to local agent for service.