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ThinkPad Laptop Edge E420s (440129U) Intel Core i3 2310M (2.10GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 14.0
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Considerably faster than expected; higher Windows Experience Score than I would have guessed (4.8)
- Robust build but still rather light compared the other laptops I've had.
- Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- ThinkVantage software isn't bad. Nothing special, but it has its uses (e.g. built-in hardware/stress testing).
- Monitor is crisp + bright

Cons: - Lenovo tech support is hit or miss
- No ThinkLight; I'd rather have the light than a webcam
- ThinkVantage software is clunky out of the box and needs to be customized/pruned
- While not as bad as other laptops I've used, still something of a fingerprint magnet.
- Integrated graphics -- enough said
- Weak speakers

Other Thoughts: Got this as an "open box" special off the Egg. Definitely gets 5 Eggs at the price that I paid. That said, I don't know if I'd pay for it at the full price. It's a fine laptop, but you're paying for the robust construction, the brandname, and the specialty software as opposed to a more powerful CPU or RAM. This is a business laptop, and if you don't need a laptop just for business, you're better off with a Lenovo U/Y/Z series.

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Fallout: New Vegas PlayStation 3
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Subtle changes from Fallout 3 12/08/2010

This review is from: Fallout: New Vegas PlayStation 3

Pros: -Great storyline, plot, and characters
-Mostly based off of, at least in the plot sense, the failed Van Buren project; we get to see what might have been
-Same basic gameplay and strategies as Fallout 3
-Far more choice in regards to siding with the good guys/bad guys or staying neutral
-More locations
-Far more variable endings
-Feels more balanced
-Solid voice actors (ex: Wayne Newton, Michael Hogan, Matthew Perry)
-Cowboys, dude, cowboys.

Cons: -Crashes. Seriously, the first day I owned the game it crashed twice. Went down at least 4-5 times since then. Save early, save often, 'cuz it dies a lot.
-Buggy. Even without the crashes stuff randomly screws up, weapons degrade faster than they should, companions get stuck or disappear, and you fast travel then spawn in mid-air. The most recent patch fixed the worst of it, but weird stuff still happens.
-Many of the factions are non-essential or don't serve any purpose outside of quests serving other factions. Lame.
-Uses the exact same graphics/locations/random items as Fallout 3, so expect to spend a lot of time scrounging ashtrays out of filing cabinets in the same ruined offices as in the DC Wasteland.

Other Thoughts: There are a bunch of small, but important changes from Fallout 3:

-Fewer skill points awarded per level
-No bobble heads for free stat increases
-Perks only every 2 levels, many with high skill requirements which force you to specialize more
-Companions can't die and get decent bonuses if your PC has high charisma
-Far more emphasis on caps/money and being able to purchase top notch gear
-Luck is more important, esp. with regard to gambling
-Fewer hard/very hard hacks or lockpicks, more of a bell-curve thing, with most being average difficulty
-Way more non-combat skill checks, esp. speech and barter
-Same-gender equivalents to ladykiller/black widow, meaning that you can now have a PC who is bi/not straight
-Armor and DR is done a little differently and is less affected by the guns skill and more by penetrating power, necessitating different types of ammo
-Survival and handloading options, allowing you to craft your own food and ammo; brahman wellington, anyone?

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ASUS Eee PC 1005HAB-RBLU005S Midnight Blue Intel Atom N270(1.60GHz) 10.1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Small
-Light
-Powerful enough to run 4-5 basic operations at once, like Firefox, Pidgin, Nicotine+, music, and a zsh terminal; if you need to do more intensive stuff then get a real laptop
-Says it should get 8 hours, but gets closer to 5 with full use, which is, all things considered, plenty
-10 inch screen, surprisingly well lit
-Decent sized HDD
-Works fine for a refurb

Cons: -Keyboard is a little flimsy and makes pretty a pretty loud clacking sound
-slightly raised/pinched keyboard by the p/0/backspace/= keys, though they work fine when pressed
-Plastic around the keyboard/screen is a fingerprint magnet
-Can run kind of hot and needs decent ventilation
-Windows Starter is a joke, should be called Windows Bottom Barrel

Other Thoughts: Ubuntu netbook remix works well right out of the box. A lot of talk is about upgrading to the 2 gig SO-DIMM, but Ubuntu netbook gets enough done so I may forgo the upgrade. It's not blazing but it's acceptable as is. If I got the 2 gig I'd probably run full-on Ubuntu; the Netbook remix makes sense on the 8 inch screens, but the 10 inch has enough real estate to make a full-on distro possible.

Also, keep in mind that it's a refurb--I stress tested mine immediately out of the box, as the return window is fairly short; prime95 and memtest86 have never failed find weaknesses.

Also, Newegg got it to me quick, as usual.

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Display Name: Matthew F.

Date Joined: 02/21/07

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 09/01/10
  • Last Review: 07/19/11
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