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Dell VOSTRO 1700 17
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs update: no wifi, but otherwise very nice 06/04/2016

This review is from: Dell VOSTRO 1700 17" C2D 1.4GHz 2GB RAM 120Gb HDD Chrome OS Laptop WebCam WiFi Notebook

Pros: -cheap
-huge screen, fairly good resolution
-higher end model, lots of nice little details nicely done (tiny power brick, extra led status indicators, nice materials)
-in incredibly good condition (no info on battery life yet, just finally got it to work earlier)
-very well packaged for shipping
-fast enough for surfing, document creation and editing (i.e. good for cafe use).
-so far seems quiet...but am not in a quiet environment yet so we'll see

Cons: -was listed as having wifi; the one I got simply does not have wifi h/w (probably had a pcmcia card that got pulled? or was used in an office/prewifi era)
-without wifi it simply won't boot in chrome; it hangs on the first setup dialog
-heavy, of course, and bulky, but you expect that with a huge screen and an older machine

Other Thoughts: I have cheaper Acer 17" core 2 duo that still runs win6, and I find it fast enough for excel and word and most other uses...my wife monopolizes that one so I figured this was a great way to get a basic non-gaming pc for portable use on the porch or at a cafe. It's enough for my uses (web & excel mostly). Chrome seems kinda ok, we'll see. There's some latency saving, and it's a PITA to find prior files as there's no file manger; some of that may be learning curve tho.
-stealing a bulky old usb wifi adapter from another machine I was able to finally fire it up, and it works fine
-plan on buying a compact usb wifi to go with it and you'll be fine, but the misleading ad was a problem initially. I think it was just an editing error; it said 802.11g which simply wasn't out when the core 2 duo chips were current. So, someone just messed up on the advert, but it can be a problem since the OS they shipped requires a connection...if you get one w/o wifi like I did you'll be unable to boot until you scrounge up or buy a new wireless adapter.

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DXRacer Racing Series OH/RW106/NE Newedge Edition Racing Bucket Seat Office Chair Gaming Chair Automotive Racing Seat Computer Chair eSports Chair Executive Chair Furniture With Pillows
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: nice firm seat cushion, quality construction, adjustable

Cons: top of headrest curves in too much forcing my head down (and I bought the taller size since i was right on the boundary at 5'9", 150#), lower back support is an issue (the little pillow they give doesn't work well; won't stay in place, is far too thick, not easy to make thinner or get a better shape), the neck pillow is semi ok if you remove 80% of the stuffing ,but even then...meh, plus the headrest above it curves in. The sides also curve in aggressively, forcing my shoulders to hunch. So, flat where it should curve, curved where it should be straight. I'm stuffing other pillows and padding behind me to get by, just like I was before I spent too much on this. Eh, it's not bad, but sit in one b4 you buy it.

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend buying this blind, but if you've sat in one and it suits you, great! It seems like a higher quality product, the backrest just isn't right (nor have I been able to make it right) for me. One of the few chairs that didn't cheap out on the cushion foam density (at least that I can tell so far).

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COOLEAD- Black Ultra Slim Portable USB External CD DVD ROM Drive x24 For Laptop Desktop PC Computer
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs doesn't work on any of my machines 05/26/2016

This review is from: COOLEAD- Black Ultra Slim Portable USB External CD DVD ROM Drive x24 For Laptop Desktop PC Computer

Pros: slim, cheap...instructions are clear about getting power and connections

Cons: lights up, but nothing else. Tried several discs, several computers, no joy on any use. It shows up during some tools as a philips cdrom drive, but can't boot off it, windows can't read anything on it, etc. Total paperweight.

Other Thoughts: avoid, junk.

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Christopher B.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher B.

Date Joined: 12/12/05

  • Reviews: 26
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  • First Review: 09/09/08
  • Last Review: 06/04/16
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