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HP 350 G1 (K4L54UT#ABA) Notebook Intel Core i5 4210U (1.70GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Got it for ~400 during black friday sale
Comes with windows 8.1 pro disk (see other thoughts)
The 4gb ram is in 1 stick, so you can upgrade to 12gb for $40~50 if you grab it on sale (see cons & other thoughts)
There is an empty mSATA next to the HDD bay, so if you grab a mSATA EVO or M500/550 and reinstall Windows, you can get a boot time of ~3s with fastboot off (about $40~80 on sale depending on size)

When I installed windows 8.1 pro from the included dvd onto the new SSD my son put in, there was no bloatware. (see cons)

Cons: There is no connector to add an internal optical drive (you get mSATA instead, $10~20 on sale for eDVDRW usb drive)
The timings on any ram sticks you use must have the same timings (Newegg's memory finder DID find compatible ram, its just that it wasn't compatible with the pre-installed stuff)
Terrible iGPU for gaming (but I use this for productivity and basic entertainment like streaming music & videos)
Trackpad isn't as sensitive as the one I used to have so it took some getting used to (my son had no trouble with it though)

While there was no bloatware after my son installed windows 8.1 on the SSD, there were no drivers either... (my son had to grab em from HP's website)

Other Thoughts: The ram is a Micron (Crucial) 4gb dual-mode (1.35/1.5v) module, but the system does NOT support different timings on ram sticks (found this out when I tried to use a G.Skill 9-9-9-28 stick w/ the included Micron 11-11-11-28) so I only have 8gb instead of the 12 I hoped for.
12gb of ram is ludicrous for a machine like this, unless you regularly have ~10 programs and ~20 tabs in firefox/chrome running at the same time.

HP... why? Just why must you include a DVD-ROM of Windows 8.1 Pro and not a usb3-rom of said OS when there is no optical drive...

If you spend ~$80 and grab things on sale, you can make this a superb business machine:
~$40 for ~128gb mSATA SSD
~$30 for 4gb ram @1600MHz 11-11-11-28 1.35v
~$10 for eDVDRW usb drive (if you want it)
Install Win8.x pro (or linux) on the SSD and use the HDD for data.

In my case however, I'm using the aforementioned (incompatible with pre-installed ram) G.Skill ram [N82E16820231704] and a 240gb 2.5" form factor M500 SSD [N82E16820148694] in place of the HDD.

If you don't want to buy the eDVD drive, you can find instructions on how to make an image of the windows disk and create a bootable flash drive from it on the web.

Overall, it's an ok computer for non-gamers. If you upgrade it and know how to do all that technical stuff (or have someone who does it for you) it can be a great one.

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ASUS DVD-Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24F1ST
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Got it cheap (same price as the cheapest one on newegg at the time thanks to a promo code), uses less energy than the Samsung model it's based off of thanks to the ASUS firmware

Cons: not white or silver (was part of a build that was white, but the ones that were white/silver or had a white/silver face-plate were almost as expensive as a blueray drive)

Other Thoughts: ASUS doesn't actually make the device, its a re-branded Samsung with ASUS firmware...

Part of this build:
Case: Thermaltake Soprano Mid Tower Case Snow VO900M6N2N [Other Retailer]
PSU: CORSAIR CX series CX600 Active PFC [N82E16817139028]
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) [N82E16813128659]
APU: AMD A10-7850K Kaveri 3.7GHz [N82E16819113359]
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2133Mhz [N82E16820231519]
WiFi: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n [N82E16833166073]
SSD: Crucial MX100 Series 256GB SSD (for OS/programs) [Other Retailer]
HDDs: Old ones we had lying around...
CDDVD: ASUS Multi CD/DVD Writer [N82E16827135305]
Cardreader: Rosewill 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal [N82E16820223103]

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Rosewill RCR-IC001 - 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: cheap, high gain antennas

Cons: setup

Other Thoughts: This isn't really a pro or a con, but it was a beast to get it working and stable at about 50 feet from the router (though ~5 walls, one of which was load-bearing). If you intend to use this at long range you pretty-much a given that you have to uncheck the "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" in the device configuration (for windows).

Part of this build:
Case: Thermaltake Soprano Mid Tower Case Snow VO900M6N2N [Other Retailer]
PSU: CORSAIR CX series CX600 Active PFC [N82E16817139028]
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) [N82E16813128659]
APU: AMD A10-7850K Kaveri 3.7GHz [N82E16819113359]
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2133Mhz [N82E16820231519]
WiFi: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n [N82E16833166073]
SSD: Crucial MX100 Series 256GB SSD (for OS/programs) [Other Retailer]
HDDs: Old ones we had lying around...
CDDVD: ASUS Multi CD/DVD Writer [N82E16827135305]
Cardreader: Rosewill 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal [N82E16820223103]

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Display Name: Elaine D.

Date Joined: 11/29/10

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  • First Review: 06/13/14
  • Last Review: 12/17/14
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