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Lenovo T420 Intel Core i5 2520M 2.5GHz 8GB / 128GB SSD Windows 7 Pro 14
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Performance specs are fantastic. Has a little light you can turn on to illuminate the keyboard at night - great touch when you can't have a backlit keyboard! Easily accessible mute, volume, and mic mute buttons. Comes with an SSD, plenty of RAM, great screen with high PPI. Feels nice and solid, not too cheap. Battery life is ok. Seems like it comes with equipment to get Verizon 3G? That's kinda neat.

Cons: First of all, the function key is in an odd place at the very bottom left keyboard position. This means that the Ctrl key is not there, and you have to get used to all of your keyboard shortcuts feeling a little different. A number of times I've accidentally pressed Fn+C to copy something, only to discover it hasn't copied because I didn't press Ctrl+C. I've gotten used to it pretty quickly, however, and it doesn't cause problems anymore. On the other hand, when I switch to a regular keyboard, now I press Win+C instead of Ctrl+C, because I'm used to pressing the key that's second from the left instead of leftmost! This alone is why I took one egg away. Also, I initially had some blue screen errors, though I haven't had any in a few weeks, so that may have been software issue. Battery life isn't anything to write home about, but it's enough to be away from the computer for a little bit. Speakers are very quiet - if there's any other noise in the room, don't expect to be able to make out voices. But that's solved with a cheap set of computer speakers. Has two sets of left/right mouse buttons, one middle button. The two sets are above and below the trackpad, and the bottom set is difficult to use sometimes. The nub is good for people who like it, but I don't, and you can't disable it, which really isn't very annoying at all, but it's certainly a con.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I would buy this model or similar again, but that function key really annoys me.

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OtterBox Commuter Night Sky Solid Case For Samsung Galaxy S III 77-21390
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Protects the phone 01/07/2014

This review is from: OtterBox Commuter Night Sky Solid Case For Samsung Galaxy S III 77-21390

Pros: Looks great, protects the phone

Cons: It is hard to get on and off, but not really a problem. I always manage to accidentally turn my phone off on the rare occasion I take it out of the case. I've had mine for a little under a year, and I drop my phone on hard surfaces pretty regularly and it's now starting to crack, so not excited about that. But, I'll admit, I'm a little harder on mine than most.

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COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It has a lot of room for air to circulate. The side duct is a definite plus, and the included filters for the front vents are helpful in keeping some of the dust out.

Cons: Dust gets in this thing quicker than I would like. Granted, I keep the box in dusty and cramped places, but all of the vents mean that my components regularly get covered in dust. I'm sure that this has resulted in decreasing performance or overheating components at times over the years I've had it (bought it in 2009). The power button has long since fallen off, and I now have to press the little prong that it's supposed to attach to in order to start it up. The reset button no longer works, but my motherboard's acting up so that could be the culprit.

Other Thoughts: You could do worse, but you could do better. I'm thinking of replacing my motherboard/CPU, and I'll be buying a new tower when I do it. That should tell you everything you need to know.

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Display Name: Alexander B.

Date Joined: 10/01/07

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 09/30/08
  • Last Review: 11/12/14
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