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.
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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 The hardware is getting a bit outdated but OS’s are getting less demanding on hardware these days so it worked fine so far.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
I then optimized the SSD with Intel’s tool.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.