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Pros: Nice system with 4 GB of DDR3 memory and E8400 CPU on the Intel Q45 chipset with integrated video 4500. No HDMI but otherwise comparable to new desktops now selling for north of $350. Lenovo/IBM made the simplest system hardware design in the business with solid cooling and power supply capability.
Integrated video sufficient for online use and business use, not for gaming. However, with a better video card this system is very capable of older games on HD large screens.
Came with a writable optical drive (CDRW/DVDRW) where many refurbs have only a read only drive. Has slots for expansion with half height PCI and PCIe cards.
Cons: Any refurb risks hard drive failure after a 4+ year leaseback. I used my own Win7 64 home premium system disks from Microsoft to install the operating system using the provided product code refurb license sticker on the case. Validated fine. Unfortunately, the disks are no longer downloadable from the internet for refurb licensed computers. I used my own 1 TB hard drive for the install - got a Seagate for 1/3 the system cost (but this component is the most vulnerable item to possibly suffer age related failure and my decision in preemptive replacement was well worth the cost and frustration if the provided HD was high in hours or prone to fail as the most mechanically vulnerable component)
Other Thoughts: These systems used Intel's most successful cpu and chipsets of the later core duo lineage (45 nM process - 775 socket type and in this system using the faster memory of early DDR3 type too (upgrade not mentioned in the specs).
With the hard drive change-out, this system can be trouble free and last another 5 years or longer in use every day.
Later technology in newer desktop systems is little better. Replacements like the power-supply (second most likely component to suffer with age) is available in great numbers as can be found easily for very reasonable cost online.
Go to the Lenovo support website to get all the drivers you need to handle any of the available operating systems (if you have another op license you are not using anymore). Very complete support there if you have a little experience, are willing to look inside and/or DIY.
AHCI support in the bios allows you to select and use very large (>2 TB) hard drives such as for an HTPC. Also, the system is very quiet in operation. There are not any extra bays for additional drives available in this SFF case though, making choice of a very large one necessary if you want to store a library of videos.
Best value I have found (of recent availability) in refurbs out there now!
This review is from: Rosewill RLFL-14003 - Cree XP-G R5 Heavy-Duty LED Aluminum Flashlight - 550 Lumen
Pros: Incredible light. Bright - yet under control. Bought this for security use in showing real estate where power inside buildings is off. Heavy duty aluminum is anodized for minimum surface damage in use. Waterproof o-rings at front and rear threaded junction. Threads lubed with clear jelly. Strong with firm spring on cells keeps them in place and in contact at all times for reliable light.
Machined multiple "collar" design to prevent rolling off a table. Grey/silver finish shows minimal color difference of aluminum and surface so less or no scratches show as readily like a black finished competitor does. Nice lanyard gives secure wrist backup and confidence in use if you lose the grip- doesn't let it fall to the ground. Yet lanyard has a sliding adjustment of spring clamp to allow full and swift hand motion to the switch and to grip while you use it in one hand with easy balance. Incredible brightness for long distance "reach" at night - outside or on the water. Turn down by one or two half presses on the button allows for use indoors without blinding me. I would not want to confront me or try to stare into this flashlight. Blindingly bright on the highest initial setting. Also would not want to be struck by the business end of this thing in a struggle.
Cons: No beam focus. Not a con because the flash-head doubles as a club in "security mode" where a fragile or sliding light adjuster would be more vulnerable to damage to the light or loss of use by refocus necessity. Also not a con because the beam has a uniform "brighter" center area and less bright but uniform outer area of the beam surrounding the center focus. Using the three level brightness allows easy viewing in the dark without over bright washout - outer zone uniform and less bright - yet not too dim. Actually, I use the two brightness zones "instantly" by just pointing off center at my target. Not easy to direct beam if you or a friend are not holding it though. Not really a "work light" then, and not ideal for a one person job like changing a tire at night. Also, the two flashing modes are entertaining, but of less daily utility - luckily you never select them nor have them in the way in selecting the desired lower beam settings (med then low) by "half" presses on the power button. My "half" presses sometimes are too hard and instead of turning down brightness, I accidentally turn the flashlight off. Then, just press it hard again and try to "half"f press with less enthusiasm! (note: it takes 3 or four half presses to get to the sos flasher or the fast flasher)
Other Thoughts: Machined with thickest aluminum where it is needed, around the ends and reinforcing at the threaded junctions. RUGGED. No rotating head to slide out of focus at the wrong moment. Use care of the threads when opening the light and restart the thread while carefully aligning the parts and in good light if you can. Also, make sure the o-ring is still in place and use a little petroleum jelly if necessary for lube and seal.
Beam control (button controls three level of brightness and off center target keeps the glare of the super bright center area under control without fumbling with a rotating head) is able to fully advantage the super bright power of this light.
D-cell alkaline is ideal power source. Others with two cells are not "tactical" and with four cells are too heavy and slow in maneuvering. Three are just the right "heft". Don't leave batteries to corrode in long term storage. Built to last a lifetime with little care except the risk of corrosion by the battery.
This review is from: Electrolux EL8702A Precision Multi-Cyclonic Premium Upright Vacuum
Pros: Solid and handsome design meets basic function on rugs without auto height giving the user maximum control over using the vacuum. 12 amp power is 10% more than the competition when considering the power and the width of the brushbar. Electric motored brushbar is isolated from dirt area of the brushes. Easy open brush compartment and brush removes easily without exposing a belt or any mechanicals (should last a long time) (manual hair removal like the competition - this model lacks the feature introduced by Electrolux at higher cost earlier models). Seals are durable and protected including the one at the bottom of the extending wand where in the base it maintains no air bleed to reduce suction to the brush head. Earlier models had this seal at the very end of the wand and was more vulnerable to wear and tear (shows this model, while more basic, was an improvement on the engineering deficiencies learned in the models that were out this previous year). Lack of reach of brushhead under furniture (higher profile when handle in "lay down", and non sweveling brush head limits reach under tables and chairs) is a reasonable compromise to durability as maneuverability is still high and easy wand can reach under in these areas that see little traffic to crush rug pile down or otherwise need the brush action. Easy to carry on balanced handle in front of cannister - whether to empty or to carry the whole vacuum up stairs or to other rooms. Intuitive location of hand and foot control buttons and remember there is a reset switch for the electric brushbar on the housing just above the floor. Dust capacity and weight/size overall are well balanced to provide convenient and less frequent cleanouts than the competition yet any easy to use and maneuver vacuum cleaner.
Cons: Does not include the button brushbar clean feature. Warranty is 5 years, not 7 years. Light because of high strength plastics that overcome durability concerns if warranty is honored hopefully because of wide commercial customer base in commercial vacuums. Lacks innovative attachments of the competition. Cord only 25 ft and brushbar housing is not able to reach under furniture or swivel like the competition. Width is only 12 inches wide pickup making more passes necessary to cover a large area. Because the wand removed engages the crossover of suction from the burshbar to the hose, if only the handle is needed for short uses like upholstery, the metal extension should be pulled also from the floor unit to enable the suction in the hose. It does rest loosley yet securely when doing this but confuses some users that found no suction when using the attachments on the short handle (again used without the metal extension section).
Other Thoughts: More suction power in amps per inch of brushbar (than any other vac available today). Convenient to maneuver on floor and above the floor cleaning tasks but lack the specific versatility of attachments some other brands provide. Great seals are durable and easy to operate making hepa filter effective. Capacity of dustbin and better swirl dynamic means less frequent filter washes needed. Weakness of all these bagless designs are the time and effort to clean them and while two filters are washable, they must dry a recommended 24 hours before reuse making these vac designs unsuitable for commercial use. The bags win when labor costs are considered. Strenth/weakness versus the competition: Hoover is less durable with a weak belt exposed in the brushhead and a dustcup that does not keep the dirt away from the filters as well; Dyson has similar difficulty under tables and chairs and costs 3 times as much - swivel head is a problem for operators with arthritis and the unit is top heavy to tip over when using the hose with attachments; Shark rotator has similar capability of base unit but better selection of attachments; Shark rocket has very limited capacity and frequent clean out required but is very light and more maneuverable. Stay away from the older Hoover units that do not employ an electric brushhead (belt fails and clogs bushhead making earlier Hoover (pre "air" models) to be a headache to own and lower warranty and lack of parts availabilty "retires" the Hoovers too early.READ FULL REVIEW
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