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Acer Aspire AS1830-3595 Notebook Intel Core i3 330UM (1.20GHz) 2GB Memory 250GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 11.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: size. nice build quality. screen quality. 3g modem built in.

Cons: wifi card lacks 5ghz capability. lots of bloatware. smaller battery than the 'normal' 1830 timeline machines.

Other Thoughts: I wanted a small laptop with decent performance, for not a lot of money. This seemed to fit the bill, so I ordered from newegg, and had the typical great delivery experience.

The machine is quite nice. Form factor and weight is great. It's not a Macbook Air - but not far from it. Touchpad takes a bit to get used to since there's no delineation between it and the palm rest - but it works fine once you get used to it. Screen quality is quite good - very bright and decent contrast. Keyboard is fine. The machine is configured with a single 2gb memory stick, so it was easy to bring it up to 4gb. Default Windows install has a ton of bloatware. I ended up doing a install from scratch to get rid of it. The wifi card only supports 144 mb/sec 2.4ghz N. However, the HDD, Wifi, 3g and memory are all easily accessible for upgrading. All in all, quite pleased - especially for the price of a netbook. The brown color is quite attractive, too...

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Nippon Labs Premium 0.5M (1.64 ft.) SATA Cable with 2 Right Angle Connectors for SATA I and SATA II Hard Drive  Model SATA-0.5RR
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: it works

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: I bought these without reading the reviews because they were cheap. Then I read the reviews and saw they were not small, and the heads were 'backwards' and thought I'd ended up making a mistake. It ended up being perfect, though, as I had more than enough room between my blu ray drive and cpu cooler for the head to fit, and needed the cable to route 'up' to clear memory modules.

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GIGABYTE GA-H55M-S2H LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: it works. it's cheap. lots of ports.

Cons: driver install process was a bit troublesome

Other Thoughts: picked this for an HTPC build with a i3 and it works well. Install was easy. Lots of ports for USB connections and the HDMI works perfectly.

I did have issues getting the driver install disc to work properly, and my startup time is still longer than expected (win7 x64), so I think I've still got some kind of conflict, though everything shows fine in device manager. The computer runs fine, so I'm not too stressed about it though I may try to reinstall windows and try it again.

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Kyle P.'s Profile

Display Name: Kyle P.

Date Joined: 01/21/04

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 01/27/04
  • Last Review: 09/30/11
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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