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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
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"
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.
This review is from: Antec GX500 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: USB 3.0 as well as power and reset button on top. Easy to use no tool 5" drive bay. Great mount for SSD on top of 3.5" cage. Motherboard standoffs pre-installed and it came with cardboard washers.
Cons: No manual in the box or as of today online. The hard drive (3.5") tool less isn't explained and I had a number of pieces of rails marked "R" but no corresponding "L" .
The fan wires as shipped without instructions as to what to do with them was perplexing. I got it right on the first try once I spotted the molex which powers them. There still are a number of unused wires for the "front" which I didn't see what they were for or how to eventually make use of them.
Other Thoughts: I've been building pcs for over 10 years. This was my first gaming case vs the conventional business AT cases including Antec that I've used in the past.
Build quality of the case is good. Weight is very light compared to anything else of this mid tower size. Sides come off easily and went back on easily. The one back expansion slot that I needed to remove came off with minimal effort with the pre-scoring that Antec had already done.