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DELL Inspiron 17R-N7110 Notebook Intel Core i5 2430M (2.40GHz) 8GB Memory 640GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 17.3
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great display, sleek exterior, good amount of RAM. 2 USB 3.0 Ports, full size HDMI port.

Replacing the hard drive with an SSD increased battery life, and made it MUCH faster

Cons: Slow out of the box, could have included full software disk. Ridiculous how much a pain it is to replace the hard drive. almost a complete dissasemnbly of the laptop, including removing the keyboard, then the entire palm rest. However, I will say, it's a very simple process, just leaves a lot of room for scratches removing the keyboard until you understand how they are snapped in. Highly recommend finding a youtube demo how to do this.

Other Thoughts: I was looking for a machine to just track my cameras, and display on a 47 inch TV (4 security cameras). I was poking around for a desktop and saw the price on this. I figured for a hundred bucks more I could have a laptop, which I don't have right now, but I have owned a Dell Inspiron before.

I knew it wasn't going to be lightning fast, but I just replaced my hard drive (vertex 3) with a new Vertex 4 RAID0. So I had an extra SSD, and a very fast one at that, laying around.

I could have survived with the slow 5400 RPM drive, but I had the extra SSD laying around. I put it in and as expected it was exceptionally faster, and very responsive.

Now I'm very happy with it, and take the laptop with me. When plugged in at home it connects to my tv and displays my security system as an extended desktop.

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Cisco Small Business RVS4000 Gigabit Security Router with VPN 1 x RJ45 WAN Ports 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good options for cheap routers. Best i could find for residential. even though it's a small business router it's priced as a residential

Cons: underpowered badly. It losese 3 eggs for me simply because it's not capable of the throughput i have. I have 50mbps down and 2 up. I get the up fine, but this router capps right at 26mbps. I thought it was my cable service, but after much research it's definitely the router that's bottlenecked.

The sad part is there hasn't been firmware updates for years, so there's simply no way to determine the real problem that I can see. All I can assume is it's just simply not powerful enough. Who knows.

Other Thoughts: If you don't have a big download cap this is a good router. it delivers all of the features it promises.

If you DO have a high cap, forget it. you'll be very dissapointed.

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OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: VERY fast. Obviously silent.

Cons: I deducted one egg but it's not a functional problem. See 'other thoughts' for further explanation

Other Thoughts: I love this drive. I bought it to test as an O/S drive and if I liked it I'd get another and RAID0.

I deducted one egg because I had the same problem others are complaining about here. But instead of just complaining I went to their forums and read the suggestions. Based on the responses about BSOD, then not showing up in the BIOS, these people are having the same problem.

it's the TRIM feature. It takes about 2 seconds to download the utility to turn TRIM off, and once done the problem is gone.

Bench-marked at 500mbps read and about 490mbps write. Incredible speed. Using CrystalDisk Mark

As a side note, I installed windows then ran into the blue screen problem. Thought it was a corrupt install so I did it again. I decided to time the second install because it seemed awful fast.

From boot, to the final 'welcome' screen after everything was installed it took 7 minutes. yes, that's right SEVEN minutes to install windows.

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Display Name: John T.

Date Joined: 08/14/03

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  • First Review: 04/26/08
  • Last Review: 10/12/12
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