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MSI GS Series GS60 Ghost-012 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4710HQ (2.50GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M 2GB GDDR3 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Dual-fan thermal dissipation design
- Thin bezels, very light for a performance laptop
- Customizable keyboard backlighting via SSE
- Intel HD 4600 / GeForce GTX 850M good performance balance
- Full HD screen
- 2nd uSATA bay for 2nd HD
- Decent ports (USB, HDMI, SD, audio)

Cons: - No optical drive (easily circumvented with a USB external drive though)
- PITA back panel / ram/HD access (this cost it an egg)
- no eSATA ports
- No included SSD

Other Thoughts: Ports are all on the sides, nothing on the back (this is a personal gripe though, I prefer ports be on the back so you have more room on the sides). Warranty sticker states you'll lose it if you open the back panel (which you'll end up breaking some tabs the first time), but US customers can do so w/o voiding warranty provided the included parts are intact; you can modify ram / HD, replace the battery if you need to. Getting at HD isn't too bad, but you have to take the mobo out of the chassis to get to the RAM, which was a bad design choice. If you're using Windows 8.1, having Hyper-V installed will bork nVidia functionality, so until there's a fix for it, you can neither use Hyper-V nor a driver newer than 333.02 as of this writing. That's more likely an nVidia issue than an MSI issue though, so no eggs taken away for that.

All in all, I'm happy with this at $1250 after applicable discounts; would have been nice to have 2 full SATA bays, but that's the tradeoff for the thin bezel and relatively low weight. I'd recommend either getting one of the slightly better units with an SSD or pulling out the included one and installing one yourself (I use a Samsung 840 Evo). You'll get twice the performance as opposed to the included 7200 rpm SATA III drive.

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Rosewill USB 2.0 Slim Aluminum 8x DVD Writer External Optical Drive for PC Model ROD-EX002 Black
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Works with practically any machine via dual-mode USB
- Easy to set up and use
- Aluminum case is attractive and stands up to light abuse
- Modular cable allows for easier storage / deployment
- Read / Write speeds are fine

Cons: - It could be cheaper?

Other Thoughts: Comes with some standard burning software in case you don't have a more feature-filled suite already. Would have been nice to have BD-ROM reading functionality for the price, but still a good value as is.

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Razer DeathAdder Ergonomic PC Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great Mouse 04/16/2014

This review is from: Razer DeathAdder Ergonomic PC Gaming Mouse

Pros: - Synapse software is great for storing settings, profiles, etc in the cloud, useful for reinstalls or use across different devices
- Well-designed for comfort, side buttons and customizability
- Quiet mousewheel
- Installs easily with standard drivers
- Sharp feel and DPI precision

Cons: - You have to set up a Razer account to use Synapse
- No weight customization

Other Thoughts: I've been using a heavier SteelSeries for some time, and this mouse is borderline too light for me (though you can get used to that sort of thing). Even considering the price range, it would have been nice to have at least one or two weight adjustments (this would have made it a 5-egg for me)

Still a very solid sub-$100 mouse for those who don't need a ton of MMO buttons but great quality / precision.

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Display Name: Erik K.

Date Joined: 01/29/05

  • Reviews: 52
  • Helpfulness: 24
  • First Review: 02/23/07
  • Last Review: 09/03/14
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