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Lenovo G505s (59378837) Notebook AMD A-Series A8-5550M (2.10GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8570M 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: does what i need it to. allows me not to be tied to a desk all day.
upgrade to windows 8.1 is free for windows 8 users? at least you can boot right to your desktop after that even if the start button doesn't have the old start menu and is just a waste of space on the task bar.

Cons: fan problems. it doesn't seem all that unusual for the fan to "forget" to start cooling when it needs to.
if you use lenovo's energy management to swap the power settings back and forth (high performance to balanced then back to high performance for example) it seems to kick the fan on so it will start cooling.
it's not really a fix but it's easy to do and better than letting the laptop overheat.
windows 8.1 is still lame even if slightly less so.

Other Thoughts: 3 eggs to balance my earlier 5 egg rating down to a 4 overall.

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Wacom Intuos CTL480 6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs worthwhile purchase. 09/18/2013

This review is from: Wacom Intuos CTL480 6" x 3.7" Active Area USB Pen and Tablet Small

Pros: it works, good drivers, working software, customizable radial quick menu.

Cons: build quality it doesn't seem to be built as well as my old Intuos3 (intuos3 pro now?) that i've had about 7 years.

it feels to be about the same build quality as another brand's graphics tablet i recently bought even though this tablet is smaller, has half the pressure sensitivity, and still costs a decent bit more.

i guess time will tell if it's really built to last or not.

Other Thoughts: my old intuos 3 is still working like new after about 7 years but i wanted something easier to carry around with my laptop for when i was away from my desktop.

i tried another brand's tablet first but the drivers disabled my laptop's keyboard while they were installed and also didn't work with the foss softwares i use (krita and mypaint).

unless you're on a desktop using big name software i think you're better off going with a Wacom even though they cost a decent chunk more.

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IOGEAR GKM681R Black USB RF Wireless Mini Keyboard with Optical Trackball and Scroll Wheel
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: it's been working well for almost 8 months (as of the time i'm writing this) on my HTPC. trackball hasn't needed cleaning yet. lots of hotkeys. haven't had to change the batteries yet.

Cons: it's kind of small so it can be a little uncomfortable to type normally with it.
hot keys are placed a bit awkwardly. can't tell you how many times me or my family has hit one of them just going to pick the keyboard up. the trackball sensor will go to sleep after a little while of no use. it saves battery but you'll have to click a mouse button to get it to wake back up.

Other Thoughts: it does the job well enough and i haven't had any problems with connectivity or range.

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Display Name: Josh S.

Date Joined: 10/18/06

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 12/03/09
  • Last Review: 11/11/13
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