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ThinkPad Laptop T420 Intel Core i5 2520M (2.50 GHz) 4 GB Memory 320 GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 14.0
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Price
-free upgrade to Win 10
-Speakers a lot bigger than current tiny models.

Cons: Not really cons since these things obviously aren't included if you read the specs but they are missed if you don't have them:
-No USB3
-No HDMI video out (does appear to have DP but I didn't have a cable to try it)
-Lower screen resolution (1366x768)
-No SSD

Other Thoughts: For the price this is a well performing laptop. I had to send the first one back because it had what first appeared to be just a cosmetic crack on the bottom, turns out the DVD drive had a huge dent in it and was inoperative. Return was painless and my second unit is very clean and free of any defects. Look yours over very carefully and a get the extended warranty.
Got the message to upgrade to windows 10 immediately on starting up window 7. Upgrade went fine. remember to run "Disk Cleanup" then advance (I think) so you can remove the "Previous Windows Installation" to get back the 20 gigs and remove the windows.old folder.

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Powerland 4000 W Portable Gas Generator - 7.5 HP
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs A lot of bang for the buck. 12/01/2015

This review is from: Powerland 4000 W Portable Gas Generator - 7.5 HP

Pros: Price
Size/Weight
30+ amps

Cons: No Oil included / Filling oil
Removing the shipping mount
Ail Filter Cover is hard to remove

Other Thoughts: I have debated getting a generator for awhile. Two recent power outages pushed me over the line and the price on this made it impossible to say no.
I'm not too worried about being off the grid electronic wise but wanted something that would cover a few basics:
Heater - winter time
Refrigerator - extended outage
Sump pump - if the King Kong El Nino ever shows up

Unit came well packaged and without any fluid in it or the box. This is nice so I could turn the unit completely upside down to help remove the metal brace and wood block that holds the engine firmly in place for shipping (it has rubber mounts that isolate the engine from the frame under normal use).
You are going to need some basic metric hand tools for this 12-14ish MM socket or end wrench and a hammer. I don't know if its typical or not as the instructions actually shows two metal brackets. I really had to hammer the wood block to get it out enough to remove the bracket.
Had to make a trip to get oil since it doesn't come with it, I used Mobil One 10-30. Takes about 20 Oz according to the book. While you're out, get a good smallish funnel otherwise it is going to be difficult to get the oil in the hole.
I removed the spark plug so I could rotate the engine over easily with 4-5 pulls on the cord after I filled it with oil. I'm not sure if these engines are test ran so I wanted to make sure oil got where it needed to be prior to startup.
Put some fuel in it and it started up on the second pull. Don't fill it up with a lot of fuel unless you plan on running it or use a fuel additive. Our oxygenated fuels don't store well in small engines.
As with any small engine it's best to run it out of gas to avoid trouble due to the previous mentioned fuel. It takes a good while with this engine so just turn the fuel to "off" and go get a coffee.
There is a set screw for the running RPM in case you need to adjust the frequency sine wave of the AC output for connecting to a UPC.
There are a lot of other reviews about this unit on the internet that give it high marks by people running it hard and with long periods of ownership so I'm feel really good about adding this to my "what if" tool kit.

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Acer S277HK wmidpp White 27
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Sharp looks with asymmetrical stand. 4K display is amazing. reasonable Price.

Cons: Lack of stand adjustment and no Vesa mounting.
I use this monitor at home and do a lot of remote desktop in to work. This can result in some very small text depending on what OS you are connecting to. I'm sure there are setting to help the scaling somewhere.

Other Thoughts: I wanted to add my thoughts about this great monitor to balance out the 1 star review. Unless there is something wrong with their monitor I can't see how anyone would expect the image to be any closer to the bezel. Mine is only a few millimeters. The top is so thin in fact that the foot that retains my dash cam actually covers part of the view able area.
I listed the lack of adjustments in the con section but did not lower my rating because the product pictures very clearly showed me what I was getting. I bought a $16 glass stand from Mono that worked perfectly.
So, this was my first jump into 4k. I recently went to a 34 curved monitor at work @ 3440x1440 and was a little put off my how small the type and icons were so I was a little worried that replacing my home 27 inch with a 4k 27 inch might cause everything to scale a lot smaller. This wasn't the case. If the default size was smaller, the increased clarity made up for it. Other than adding SSD this monitor is the most noticeable improvement I've made to my computer in years.

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Display Name: Pat A.

Date Joined: 02/05/10

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 04/22/15
  • Last Review: 12/23/15
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