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Lenovo IdeaPad Z710 17
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: + Great hardware for the price. Full HD screen, back-lit keyboard, dedicated NVidia GPU, 4th gen Intel CPU, and great size HDD.

+ Very easy access to components in the bottom, just 3 screws and everything is accessible.

+ Plays most games very well, Starcraft II, FFXIV and Skyrim all run good/great.

+ Screen is quite bright on the highest setting (see more below).

Cons: - Screen. I'm kind of torn on how good it is. It is full HD and bright, but the viewing angles are pretty poor. If you're looking at it from the proper angle then it's great, but even slightly wrong tilt or angle and it rapidly changes colors and clarity.

- Keyboard. Lots of flex in the keyboard, it just seems cheap. The back light is great and the larger amount of spacing between the keys takes getting used to, but once you do get used to it, it's nice.

- Trackpad. Just as much flex as the keyboard, if not more. It's plain cheap. I've even had it stop functioning entirely while doing things, restarting the PC fixed it.

- Windows 8. I don't like Windows 8 and installed Windows 7. It's pretty clear that this machine was designed to use Windows 8, and it takes some work to get it working. Lenovo recently added some Windows 7 drivers, but I still feel like this laptop doesn't like it. I'd recommend not going down this road unless you feel like really messing with it.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a decent laptop but I don't think I'd buy it again if given the chance. As another review said the video playback seems... blurry in some situations. I can't quite figure out why, sometimes it's there and sometimes it's not although games are always clear.

The 4-cell battery is pretty small considering the hardware inside the laptop, but if you have a laptop this size chances are you aren't going for mobility. Battery lasts 2-4 hours depending on use.

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G.SKILL 32GB microSDHC Flash Card w/ SD Adapter Model FF-TSDG32GA-C10
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: + It works

+ It's fast, streams 1080p video flawlessly.

+ Large size, this is the max for most smartphones but not all.

Cons: - None

Other Thoughts: If your smartphone allows memory of this size and you're low on space, get this. For the amount of space you get, this is a steal and it's fast memory too.

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Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: + It works

+ You get a lot for what you pay for, way more than you need for even 4 computers, I lose the tube before I run out

+ Lowered my temperatures by about 8°C

Cons: - None

Other Thoughts: You should use this on any high-performance build, and I'd buy this again. Remember, less is more with this.

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Nathan W.'s Profile

Display Name: Nathan W.

Date Joined: 07/19/10

  • Reviews: 28
  • Helpfulness: 13
  • First Review: 12/29/10
  • Last Review: 01/04/14
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