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HP Laptop Pavilion 17-e137cl AMD A-Series A8-5550M (2.10GHz) 6GB Memory 750GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8550G 17.3
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: -Quad core CPU at up to 3.1 GHz w/ turbo
-Decent video performance
-17.3 inch screen
-Good keyboard layout w/ num pad
-Nice speakers
-Looks like a factory refurb and is in perfect shape, not a scratch
-Price

Cons: -Video performance could be better, but it's not really made for games and such
-Only 6 GB RAM, but easy to replace the 2 GB stick with another 4 GB one
-Only 750 GB HDD at 5400 RPM
-Battery life is average
-WIndows 8.1

Other Thoughts: All in all, this is a nice laptop. For the price I paid, I'm certainly very happy with it. I already purchased a 4GB stick of RAM to upgrade to 8 GB total. I'm considering getting a 1TB 7200 RPM drive for the bit of extra space and performance (HGST Travelstar H2IK10003272SN). I'm not sure it's worth the trouble and extra cost though. The CPU is quite nice, up to 3.1 GHz w/ turbo. Frankly, any complaints I have are very picky. Even after the RAM upgrade, the total cost is still under $460 for laptop with a 17.3" screen, fast quad core CPU, and 8 GB of RAM. If you're looking at this to play the occasional video game, the video card can actually run some newer games at medium settings.

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SAPPHIRE  11202-00CPO  Radeon HD 7750  1GB  128-Bit  GDDR5  PCI Express 3.0  Video Card Manufactured Recertified
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Plays most games on medium settings (maybe with a few things on hgih)
-Stays cool
-Works
-It was only $54.99 with free shipping

Cons: -It's not a great card? But I knew that when I bought it
-Not worth the $74 that it is at the time of this writing; wait and see if it goes back down to $54.

Other Thoughts: I got this as an upgrade to a Radeon 4650 that was in a secondary computer. It's used for games and media. It works fine. I was surprised - it even worked with some newer games like Shadow of Mordor and Evil Within (medium settings). Just keep in mind it's not much of a gaming card, but certainly an upgrade if you've got something that's 4-5 years old.

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Sceptre 32” Class 1080p LED HDTV w/ MHL Port – E325BV-FMD
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -1080p resolution
-Plenty of inputs
-Swivel stand
-Still going strong after nearly 2 years

Cons: -No features to account for overscan problems
-Poor speakers

Other Thoughts: This TV works great, lasts a long time (at least for me), and has good quality picture.

I had to take off an egg for the poor speakers though. The volume increases until you reach about 30, from there to 100 I don't really notice any volume increase. I ended up using some small PC speakers because they were much louder.

I also took off an egg because there are no overscan settings. This can be a problem if you intend to connect your PC via HDMI. There were no problems with my PS3 or laptop, but lots of blurry text with my desktop.

When I purchased it, it was 199.99. At the time of this writing, it's only 179.99 with free shipping. It's definitely a good deal, just be wary of the cons. If those are problems for you, you may have to go with something a bit more expensive to get those features.

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Display Name: Robert T.

Date Joined: 01/22/08

  • Reviews: 26
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 05/13/08
  • Last Review: 12/01/14
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