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Pros: Windows 7 Drivers supported.
Ports located on the left side. Most people are right handed so having the cables/devices on the side opposite of my mouse really helps.
Performance: It's not a gaming laptop but it does perform well and will probably handle some older games I suppose.
Noise: Even when it's under a load it doesn't get loud at all. It's reasonably silent unlike some laptops I've had in the past.
Cons: Windows 8: Can't stand it. I always purged Windows 8. You will need to use legacy/CSM mode in Bios, change the drive formatting from GPT to MBR, create 2 or 3 partitions with gparted (not windows) to suit your needs, and avoid UEFI when installing from CD.
Keyboard: The keys are very compacted together making it hard to hit just what you want or finding the right position for your fingers. I don't think I'll buy another laptop with a bad keyboard ever again. There's no reason for them to be this bad on a laptop this size.
Speakers: Most laptop speakers are subpar and this is no exception. I use a clamp on speaker bar powered by the USB.
RAM: I'm still trying to figure out where all the ram is. It says six but there is only one 2gb stick in the bottom. Maybe the other two are beneath the keyboard? It would be bad if they're integrated.
Screen: The viewing angle is poor as with most laptops.
Speaking of the screen, it failed. Read Other Thoughts.
Other Thoughts: RMA: The LCD screen gave out a few months after my purchase. The lower 3rd of the screen would flicker every 3 seconds for 3 seconds. Trying discuss anything with the RMA staff via email is like pulling teeth.
I asked, can I keep my HDD so I don't have to back it up and erase it... Short answer, no. Even though it only takes 6 screws to remove it.
So I used windows to backup windows and then took the drive out to copy everything from my 2nd partition and then did a full erase of the HDD to maintain privacy. What would have been MINUTES to remove the HDD turned out to be DAYS trying to figure out how to backup windows, copying, erasing, and restoring.
I kept the battery and power brick, packed the laptop in the OEM box, then packed it in the Newegg box the same way I got it from newegg... (which was terrific packing)
When I got it back (which wasn't long) there were 2 things that really got me mad.
First, they kept my OEM box and the newegg box and sent it back in a crummy fedex box! Even the literature said I should keep the box for warranty work! But it said nothing about getting it back! So now I have a laptop with less resale value because it looks like I got it second hand.
Secondly they reinstalled Windows 8 WHICH I DID NOT REQUEST! I had to set it back to legacy mode and change the formatting from GPT back to MBR before I could begin restoring Windows 7.
Next time I will keep my boxes and the HDD without asking.
PS. Nice thing about newegg is they allow honest reviews, unlike tiger direct which rejects or alters reviews so their products never look bad.
This review is from: Microsoft T3H-00011 L2 LifeCam HD-3000 USB 2.0 WebCam
Pros: Good picture quality.
Worked on Windows 7 right out of the Box.
No software installation, or so I thought, read below...
Cons: Cant remove funky base or mount to tripod.
Wants to install software I do not need nor want.
Other Thoughts: I can't explain why this cam works out of the box but when it's left plugged in when I reboot it wants to install software.
"Setting up your LifeCam involves the following steps:
1. Downloading and installing the latest software.
2. Installing Windows Live Essentials
3. Connecting your LifeCam"
Um... I do not want Windows Live or anything to do with Windows Live. Now I got to figure out why it's intent on putting it on my computer and IF I can remove it after it's hijacked me without it bugging me again.
Feels like just like Google forcing everyone with a gmail account to get Google +. I'm getting rather sick of corporations compelling or forcing us into their social networks. It's all an effort to mine personal data.
Pros: Very good spring tension and grip. I used the short legs on top and long legs on the bottom.
I can turn it sideways and stick just about any smartphone in it in a matter of seconds but I only use it for my 7" tablet.
Cons: The catch/tab for my MoKo Slim-fit Case runs into the top of the mount and leaves it cockeyed. I could turn it over but then my USB connection would be in the way. I could also swap the legs but then it would raise it up and obstruct my view more.
The hinge that allows it to tilt seems a bit loose, even when I tighten it down so it doesn't tilt but this doesn't seem to be a big deal as it doesn't bounce around
You definitely want to make use of the screws. I used my own screws with nuts and mounted onto a portion of the dash that can be easily replaced.
Other Thoughts: I primary use this to hold my 7 inch tablet to use it as a GPS and MP3 player in my 03' Saturn Vue.
It would be nice if there was an intermediate arm to add onto it to bring it out from the dash an inch or two.
►This is by far the best mount I could find for under 20 dollars.◄