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SAMSUNG Spinpoint M8 ST1000LM024(HN-M101MBB) 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Replaced my CD/DVD-RW on my laptop with this 1TB bad boy in an expansion bay
- The 5400 RPM looks slow, but it's loading up my laptop game library like a charm.
- Nice price on sale for $59.99 - great data/dollar ratio for the 2.5 form factor.
- No issues after months of use now

Cons: - None

Other Thoughts: Use it with a CD/DVD-RW expansion bay swap and boost your laptop by 1TB.

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Manufacturer Recertified OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX60G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - It's an SSD
- No firmware issues, latest firmware already
- No issues migrating my original OS image from an HDD to this SSD

Cons: - None

Other Thoughts: Got it for 36.99 refurbished and it's working like a charm!
Replaced the HDD in my dad's 6 year old desktop, feels like a whole new system.

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ASUS K55N-SA80403V-B Notebook, B Grade, Scratch and Dent AMD A-Series A8-4500M (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7640G 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Low price for parts , 15.6" widescreen, Quad-core CPU, the AMD Radeon HD 7640G is surprisingly handling many new games on medium/high graphics at playable 30+ fps. Easily upgradable to an entry budget gaming laptop with extra ram and ssd.

Cons: - 500GB HDD failed after 2 weeks - logic board power/capacitor issues. Connected to an external case to run further tests and the drive is unpredictable. It works for days, then fails to spin up and requires being off power for 24-48 hours to power on again. -- I replaced this drive with a 128GB SSD however (original goal anyways) and the laptop is running great now. There isn't HDD warranty on the 500GB HGST (E182115) , and I don't want to return the whole laptop just to replace the drive. First time I've had a relatively new drive fail so quick. They usually last me over 5 years with proper cooling and defragmentation to reduce hardware stress.

- The trackpad tapping is pretty sensitive and unpredictable compared to other trackpad tap functions. I disabled the tapping to resolve this issue. I normally disable tapping anyways, but this pad's tapping was almost unusable with how unpredictable it was. For instance, just moving the cursor would randomly grab things at split-second speed. I had several items get randomly misplaced before my eyes while I was trying to setup my fresh installed OS.

- The solid buttonless trackpad requires a lot more pressure than your typical buttonless trackpad to click the left and right functions. I just go with an external mouse with this one, but my previous Asus laptop had two physical left and right trackpad buttons that were incredibly more comfortable to use. The buttonless trackpad does better with softer pressure clicking, etc.

- I had to unlock the full boot menu (hold ESC when booting) in the BIOS to install another OS on the unit. I'm not sure why ASUS disabled the "full" bios boot menu by default, but it took enabling several things in the BIOS to get back functionality to boot off of discs, bootable usbs, etc. Something that should always be enabled and easy to access. I needed this to take off Windows 8.

Other Thoughts: - The original listing incorrectly stated 8GB memory / 750GB HDD at the time the purchase, however NewEgg compensate me for the error. My copy of the receipt still says 8GB memory and 750GB HDD. I used that towards the extra 4GB memory.

No dents on this unit, but there was a slice on the top bezel cover. Almost tactical like the box cutter may have accidentally cut the unit when opening up the mass shipment.

I ditched the Windows 8 tablet OS off and put on my Windows 7 desktop OS.

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Date Joined: 08/14/03

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