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Acer 10.1
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Great little convertable! Great value. 05/06/2016

This review is from: Acer 10.1" Aspire Switch Laptop 2GB 32GB | SW5-012-192E - Certified Refurbished

Pros: We've had the Switch 10 for a few days now.

It looked like new when we opened it.
Booted quickly into Win8.1 without issue.
Well-built solid little convertable; impressive for the price point!
Magnetic latches for tablet portion are great.
Keyboard feels good for typing, pretty good mechanical feedback.
Love the full-size USB jack on the keyboard portion; with an OTG dongle, I have 2 USB jacks to use.
The 10" screen is clear and bright; I'm using it at 50%. It's only JUST big enough to use as a laptop; I wish it was 11".
Speakers are much louder than my Yoga 11.
The z3535f atom processor has enough guts and stays cool. The lack of a fan means it's absolutely silent.
I installed Office 2010 and Watchtower Library and they work flawlessly.
Battery life is good; I can use it all day and evening for light use without plugging it in.
I don't play computer games so I can't comment on gaming performance (I know that sounds hipster, but computer games mess with my brain)
I'm _seriously_ considering buying another one of these and retiring my 8" tablet.

Cons: Trackpad is good for moving the cursor, but is _very_ sensitive to taps. The result is that I had to turn off tap-to-click to prevent it from moving the cursor all over the place when I'm typing.
The trackpad buttons are also quite stiff and the touch function extends into the buttons; it's difficult to keep the cursor where you want it when clicking. A bluetooth mouse will make Switch 10 more usable.

LOADS of bloatware.
The 32GB drive is a bit small; adding an SD card fixes that.
I wish the screen was a little bigger. Had to set desktop to 125% to read some of the text.
Occasionally takes a few presses of the power button to get it to turn on when it's shut down.

Other Thoughts: Windows 10 Upgrade:
Was a bit of a pain to upgrade to Windows 10, because the online Windows 10 tool doesn't work with this model for some reason.
I used my desktop (in admin mode!) to download the system to a USB drive and install locally.
I needed to use an SD card for the Win10 upgrade as well, because the installer creates a 10GB rollback image when installing; there wasn't that much space on the SSD.
You can remove the SD card after install and just leave the image on it in case you want to revert to Win8.1
After upgrading to Win10, you can then do a clean reinstall to clean out all of the bloatware as I did (you need to the upgrade first and then do a reinstall to prevent license key issues).

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Coboc Model EA-CL2-VGA-50-BK 50 ft. Black Color Premium CL2 Rated 28AWG SVGA/VGA HD15 cable,Gold Plated,w/ Ferrite Cores,M-M
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Signal quality is retained at 50'.
Even text is perfect with no shadowing.
Connectors are robust.

Cons: None

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Cyber Acoustics CA3001RB 8 Watts 2.1 Speakers
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Using for TV 04/04/2014

This review is from: Cyber Acoustics CA3001RB 8 Watts 2.1 Speakers

Pros: Unobtrusive little speakers
Frequency response has no major midrange resonance (which often sounds like the speakers are in a cardboard box)
Small woofer box gives reasonable bass for size/cost

Cons: Annoying blue LED + electrical tape = fixed!
Woofer amplifier clips at relatively low volume (one reviewer thought the woofer was rattling, but he's hearing the amplifier clipping)
Woofer box produces midrange as well as bass

Other Thoughts: These are excellent speakers if used for the right purpose.

I am using these with a modern thin LED TV which has terrible speakers. These speakers make an excellent fix at a low price. No need for yet another remote in the system for sound. Just plug these in and leave them on.

I used an audio spectrum analyzer and set up the internal EQ on the TV to get a reasonably flat response.

The woofer box must be placed at center of system as it produces much of the low midrange as well, and those frequencies are somewhat directional.

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Brent B.'s Profile

Display Name: Brent B.

Date Joined: 09/07/11

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 03/21/13
  • Last Review: 05/06/16
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
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