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HP 8100 Elite Intel i5 Dual Core 3200 MHz 320Gig 4096mb DVD-RW Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit Desktop Computer
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5 out of 5 eggs Very good reconditioned Corporate Class i5 05/12/2016

This review is from: HP 8100 Elite Intel i5 Dual Core 3200 MHz 320Gig 4096mb DVD-RW Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit Desktop Computer

Pros: Windows 10 Pro pre-installed. Thoroughly cleaned insides (no dust bunnies). Lots of USB 2.0 (10). Started right up and worked well.

Cons: It was a royal pain to open the case to upgrade Memory from 2 sticks of 2 Gigs to 2 sticks of 4 Gigs. It should have been very easy as illustrated at HP website for this PC. Once I got it open, subsequent reopenings were very easy as expected.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded memory and used Crucial Ballistix DDR3- 1600 1.5v 2 sticks @ 4 GIGs each for 8 total. Also took an old Sandisk SSD and cloned the disk with Acronis TI. Machine now starts to desktop in under 20 seconds and is ready to and does fly! Yes, it's a 5 or 6 year PC but it has an early I5 and some upgrade ability. Be forewarned that while there may be some PCI slots that the power supply has no extra connections. It's a great PC for surfing, office work, etc.

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Logitech 915-000194 Universal Infrared / Bluetooth Harmony Smart Control
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs It's a great upgrade from the Logitech 700 06/15/2014

This review is from: Logitech 915-000194 Universal Infrared / Bluetooth Harmony Smart Control

Pros: Very easy setup using Android app on Lg-G2 phone and network in house. Their software copied over the settings in my old Logi Harmony 700 that was showing signs of age and brain damage from too many drops on the tile floor. The whole job took less than 15 minutes.

Cons: They could include in the package a bit more detail - explanation of what the buttons on the included remote and in the Android app are meant to be for. I've figured most of them out but at first, it was "take a guess". Also, I didn't immediately realize that some of the activities have more than 1 screen of data - icons to display

Other Thoughts: I have a Denon AVR-e300; 3 HDMI In, 1 out to TV
Samsung HD TV and Bluray
Comcast - Motorola HDMI DVR box
Roku3 and
Nintendo.

Everything worked on first try. It's a pleasure to not have to reach for the Roku controller anymore.

I have all of my components in a wall unit and was skeptical as to whether the IR would get to the Cable box, TV and bluray without use of the included external IR blaster. To my very pleasant surprise, everything worked right and continues to work and switch nicely between the "activities"

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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 Intel Core i5 4200M 2.5GHz 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 15.6
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great Processor, fast boot to Windows 7, easy access to add memory and minimal bloatware. It comes with Win 7 Pro preinstalled. If you want Windows 8, the DVDs (4 of them) are in the box. You may also need a BIOS update and make changes in the BIOS for UEFI boot for Windows 8. You can't have both installed. It's either one or the other.

Cons: No backup media for Windows 7. I used a 16 GIG USB stick to create the Win 7 Pro in case of a hard disk failure.

Minor bloatware. Norton AV (30 day). Nitro PDF which is a great program but expensive and some Lenovo cloud based backup items.

Other Thoughts: I buy about 10 laptops a year for clients, friends and family. Lenovo is my "go to" brand. This Lenovo is with an insurance salesman (neighbor) and he loves it as do I.

This is a new model (4/2014) and came with Windows 7 Pro Service Pack 1. It needed considerable updates but with a Comcast 50MBS service this was done in about 3 hours. It starts, runs and shuts down fine. It's secure for a business (Pro version).

At time of purchase (local retailer) I also picked up one stick of 4 GIG DDR3 to put in the 2nd slot that I knew would be empty. Install of memory required undoing 3 screws and using a credit card to pry the cover off. Start to finish was 5 minutes.

The battery is good for anywhere from 3 - 5 hours depending on what you are doing. Please don't lose the charger. For about a year now Lenovo has been using a unique rectangular plug which may be hard to replace. Finally, from a quick look at Lenovo.com there may be a better battery available if you really need it.

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Display Name: Russell J.

Date Joined: 11/20/01

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 10/04/03
  • Last Review: 05/12/16
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