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Pros: Feels really sturdy. Nice polished aluminum case. Fast boot when you leave the native OS install. Like the one button recovery.
Having a 1tb drive is also a plus. With the second graphics cards you can play games at much higher settings.
Keyboard is easy to use and has a good feel to it. The red back lit keys are kind of cool to look at and you can shut them off.
Has a nice weight to it, I am used to a much larger and heavier laptop so this is a positive.
Cons: The 5400rpm HD is kind of a disappointment. A 7200 would have been nice. If you are playing games, you are going to plug this into the wall.
It does get hot with both graphics cards running. Spend the $15 and get a laptop cooler.
The first one I got had a controller failure and got stuck in an infinite PCIE controller loop and stop booting. Newegg was great and I did the RMA. New one works fine.
There is WAY too much bloatware loaded on the machine. It just doesn't need to be there.
Other Thoughts: With any laptop, get a good case. Since I travel a fair amount this was the second thing I bought.
The power supply is a brick and somewhat cumbersome. I would prefer the power cable be longer and plug into the back of the laptop as opposed to the side. Same goes with the Ethernet port.
I dont like windows 8 and to maximize some of the features, you are probably stuck with it.
Read quite a few people had problems with wifi, I had none. Might have been updated drivers.
The ultraybay is nice, but I want to use it for a second battery for airplane travel. I don't know if that is possible or even a consideration.
Doesn't seem like there are enough bios tweaking options, but again, not a show stopper by any means.
I strongly recommend you not change any of the disk partitions or try to install Win7.
Final note, to get a five star (or egg?) rating any product I buy has to really WOW me. So don't assume four is bad, it lost a little for the first one dieing on me and the slower HD.
This review is from: Thermaltake Muse 5G Drive Enclosure - External - Silver
Pros: Sturdy build. The sliders come off and move a little more than I would like, but no big deal.
Packaged well. No drivers needed (Win7-64). Plugged and played without any problems.
Kind of a nice design, so sitting on your desk it looks kind of cool.
Nice way to get some use out of some older drives.
Cons: The USB cord that comes with the unit is proprietary. There is a little extra tab for what is probably to hold in on tighter, not really sure. Normal USB cords still seem to work.
Power cord is a little shorter than I would like. The locking tab for the sliders is going to break sooner or later if you use this with any frequency.
It feels like you could break off a piece of the internal connections when you remove / replace and HD. So I wouldn't plan on doing that often.
Other Thoughts: USB transfer speeds on my desk top at USB 2.0 were 15mps ~ 19mps. For some reason my old ASUS laptop would not transfer data past 900kps.
I tested against a WD portable 1tb drive and it worked fine on the laptop. Will figure that out later.
The warranty / product book is a fold out piece of paper written in 40 different languages and printed in 2pt font. You really don't need it, but why bother. The instructions aren't much different.
This review is from: Nippon Labs HDB-252 Dual 2.5" HDD/SS Plastic Bracket
Pros: Small device, easy to use, works exactly the way you would expect. I didnt notice it to be noisy at all.
Cons: None really - see below
Other Thoughts: This is a USB DVD drive, it is small, if you drop it, it will break. It uses to USB ports, one for the data connection and one for power. It would have been nice to have a separate power adapter, but no big deal. If you are not nice to the drive slot, it will break. No surprises.READ FULL REVIEW