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HP EliteBook 840 G1 Ultrabook -  Intel Core i5  4GB Memory 180GB SSD 14
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This thing has an incredible battery life.

Able to do lots of gaming, though this is not a "gaming laptop". Probably won't handle the new high-end games, but I have played S.T.A.L.K.E.R Clear Sky, on Medium res settings... no problem. I have also played F.E.A.R. 2, on higher res no problem. Look into the video card specs yourself to determine if it's good for you. I played for about 2 hours and still had 20% remaining. I bumped my power settings to power saver mode to achieve this (not hard... just select from your power icon by the clock or control panel in windows settings).

It has a really nice fingerprint scan security. You can bypass it and use the password at any time instead, but it's a nice quick entry option for security instead of the password.

The back-lit keyboard.

Upgrading memory is really easy (I did -- went from 4gb to 8gb).

Comes with CD Media to fully restore to factory, even though it doesn't have a CD ROM (you will need an external CD ROM to do this, which I have).

Has integrated system restore partition, so you can do a system restore without the disks (assuming no hard drive failure, of course). On that note, using the disks does a truly factory restore, while using the integrated restore does not actually reinstall all the security features. I know, because Windows became corrupt and I already had to do this. I reinstalled from the system first, and noticed I was missing a few extras (extras I liked). So I reinstalled from the discs, and the finger scan security was and everything was setup truly factory. The integrated restore really just re-installs Windows, and all necessary drivers. So still a complete and function reinstall of the OS.

Very thin, and lightweight.

Cons: The back-lit keyboard is really great for working in the dark. Perhaps I should list this in the cons, and may I will, but the only thing I don't like is it only lights up when you press a key... for about 3 seconds (and continues to stay lit as you continue to press keys). I wish there was a setting to leave the back lighting on. If there is, I have not found that setting.

Other Thoughts: I build computers. I have since very young, and have always been a desktop person. Over the years of a growing family, laptops have become more practical for us and I am very technical in general. This laptop is very good for the money (but I only paid $500 on a black Friday deal from Newegg).

I like this one so much, I purchased another one when for my in-laws when they were looking to upgrade from their desktop.

Make sure you are aware this DOES NOT HAVE A CD ROM. If you need a CD ROM, you need to use an external USB CD ROM drive.

HomCom Deluxe Rolling Portable / Foldable Laptop Desk
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Crazy fast shipping. 01/02/2014

This review is from: HomCom Deluxe Rolling Portable / Foldable Laptop Desk

Pros: It is sturdy and can hold my heavy 17.3 inch laptop no trouble. LIght, easy assembly. Cheap.

Cons: The top of the table is not flat. For some reason they decided to indent an inner rectangle on the top of the table where you place the laptop. It's not very handy for running a mouse, I must say. Also, it doesn't lock up. Asside from gravity, there is nothing keeping the table in the open position. That means if anyone or anything causes the table to lift up while in the raise position... it will then go to the folded down closed position, along with anything you had on the table will go down onto the ground. This hasn't happened to me, and hopefully won't. But, I have to be mindful and make sure to keep my toddler away from it so he doesn't mess with it. Since it doesn't lock into the up position, it could easily be messed with and the table will drop along with its contents. I'm sure it could be rigged to be locked, but then it would have to be unrigged to unlock.

Other Thoughts: For the money, this is a nice laptop station.

Seagate Backup Plus 2TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Highly recommend 11/11/2013

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive STCA2000100 Black

Pros: Automatically backs up the raw data (all files) on your computer. That includes if you have multiple Hard drives on your computer, backed up into a folder for that drive. Actively and automatically updates/backs up constantly.

Cons: Doesn't give the option of creating a bootable image to reinstall OS.

Other Thoughts: I would highly recommend this for worry free backup of PC data / files over multiple hard drives, or just a single hard drive computer.


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Display Name: Dan B.

Date Joined: 10/17/02

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 11/19/05
  • Last Review: 03/11/15
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