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Toshiba Portege R700-S1321 Intel i5 2400 MHz 320Gig HDD 4096mb DVD ROM 13.0” WideScreen LCD Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit Laptop Notebook
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: See previous review

Cons: See previous review

Other Thoughts: Rating upgraded to 3 eggs. I submitted an RMA for the power supply on Monday, and the vendor (outside vendor, not newegg) had a replacement at my door on Wednesday. No questions, no paperwork, just arrived.

While I'm still frustrated about the condition on arrival, and the amount of time and knowledge it took to rebuild the OS, the vendor didn't ignore me, and the turnaround was amazingly fast.

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Toshiba Portege R700-S1321 Intel i5 2400 MHz 320Gig HDD 4096mb DVD ROM 13.0” WideScreen LCD Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit Laptop Notebook
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Toshiba Portege R series are fantastic machines, and there was nothing physically wrong with the laptop hardware. While I have owned this unit for only a few days, I've deployed dozens of R series laptops, from the original R700 to my current R830.

Cons: The refurb job was terrible. The laptop arrived with a dead power supply, a failed SYSPREP, and a bunch of unexpected 3rd party software.

Out of the box, it would not turn on, and after replacing the power supply, it still wouldn't boot. If I didn't want the R700 so badly (they really are fantastic machines), and I wasn't an MCSE, I would have returned it immediately.

Other Thoughts: I was able to borrow a power supply from another laptop, and discovered the machine still did not boot. I discovered that there was a valid windows filesystem, but there was no BCD. After rebuilding the BCD, windows booted into a half-finished SYSPREP with no hardware specific drivers loaded (video, WIFI, sound, etc). The SYSPREP was stuck at the "init to OOBE" stage; it failed to progress, and it could not be aborted. I decided to do a complete drive wipe and rebuild the system from scratch (which is difficult since it came with no drivers, and both the LAN and WIFI cards aren't supported natively in 7SP1), a decision made easier as the image provided included several sketchy preinstalled programs that made no sense to deliver on a refurb, or even as a part of a bloatware suite. I don't remember all the programs, but they included a russian codec pack (vs something at least reputable, like k-lite). Also included was CDBurnerXP, which not only isn't necessary for Windows 7, but they had violated at least three of the distribution requirements for the software.

When a third party does the refurb, I would still expect it to arrive in factory condition, including factory software and drivers for all the hardware. If this was impossible (in this case, it's not, all the software that comes with it is available on the Toshiba website), at least deliver a clean version of Windows - not a broken SYSPREP full of obscure, sketchy, and unnecessary 3rd party utilities.

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iView-785TPC Android Tablet 8
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs 1080P and Netflix: As good as your NAS/Network 02/12/2014

This review is from: iView-785TPC Android Tablet 8" - Quad Core 1GB RAM 8GB Flash Android 4.2

Pros: Excellent features for a $100 tablet (see previous review)

Cons: Not all the features of $800 tablet (see previous review)

Other Thoughts: Amendment to previous review.

- Netflix works just fine - same performance level as other devices on the same network at the same time (original test results were poor due to broadband congestion)

- 1080P video renders just fine as long as it can stream in time. In original test, bit rate of the videos exceeded transfer speed of the NAS (was overloaded at the time with other jobs). Same videos worked just fine off of SD Card, and from NAS that isn't overloaded.

- WiFi just fine - bandwidth in tests (speedtest) on par with HTC One sitting right next to it.

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Colin R.'s Profile

Display Name: Colin R.

Date Joined: 08/25/04

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 03/27/12
  • Last Review: 03/19/14
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