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Acer Aspire AS8951G-9630 Notebook Intel Core i7 2670QM (2.20GHz) 8GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 18.4
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fantastic screen, very comfortable and responsive keyboard, nice sound for a laptop, holds 16GB of RAM, 8 logical core processor and surprisingly well balanced for an 8.5lb beast.
Amazing battery life for having such a large screen! I use the fingerprint reader more than I expected.
Overall a gorgeous machine.
Glossy screen is a con if you work outside, but I personally love a glossy screen.

Cons: The removable touchpad/remote is just hokey. I use this for work, not for entertainment so I see nothing useful about this feature. Also the touchpad surface is completely unusable unless your finger is ultra-dry. Leave the sticker on the touchpad and it's actually better. I'll look into a smartphone film at some point to put on the touchpad to help. Since I use a mouse anyway I don't consider this to be worth deducting an egg. Integrated battery is a bummer but looks simple enough to replace.
The touchpad button is HUGE, like 4.5" or so huge and toggles in the center, making it difficult to precisely left or right click with a twitch of the thumb.

Other Thoughts: I'm a senior-level software developer (.NET primarily - read resource intensive) and chose this laptop for my work machine. I immediately upgraded the RAM to 16GB (why not for $50?) and also immediately installed Windows 7 Professional.
Running multiple instances of Visual Studio(2008 and 2010), multiple browsers, multiple instances of Sql Server (2005 and 2008), Outlook, and various other Office applications and this thing is not phased!
I bought a Toshiba 18" laptop backpack as this beast will not fit in a 17" bag.
I did not buy this for the gaming capabilities, so I cannot review the video card.
Don't buy this for the webcam. It works OK but I don't consider it an impressive feature.

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Soleus Air HGW-308BL Wall Mounted Micathermic Heater
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Not great 11/11/2010

This review is from: Soleus Air HGW-308BL Wall Mounted Micathermic Heater

Pros: I really enjoyed the way this produced heat. It was great while it lasted.

Cons: Very short life. I bought this from a retail store. Lasted one winter and abruptly died.

Other Thoughts: I would not buy again.

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Mad Catz Modern Warfare 2 Throat Communicator for Xbox 360 - BLACK
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Exactly what I needed 03/23/2010

This review is from: Mad Catz Modern Warfare 2 Throat Communicator for Xbox 360 - BLACK

Pros: Way better than user a cell-phone ear bud with an inline mic.
I can wear my wireless headphones over the earbud.
The band size is perfect for my neck size. Any larger and it would cut off circulation.

Cons: Not a con I guess, but with the earpiece in your ear you can't hear hardly anything else out of that ear, but what do you expect?

Other Thoughts: I'd say the quality of this is exactly the same as what comes from with the xbox elite console package.
I wanted this so I could use my wireless headphones over-top the in-ear piece.
If you don't use wireless headphones, then there's probably no real reason to not use what comes with your xbox.

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Display Name: Mark S.

Date Joined: 12/13/03

  • Reviews: 34
  • Helpfulness: 13
  • First Review: 01/12/06
  • Last Review: 11/15/11
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