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Avatar Tellus Intel Core i3 4GB 500GB HDD+32GB SSD 14
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Still a nice machine, decent performer.

Cons: The disk became corrupted during an update and the machine would not boot. The power supply also died. The machine had about 100 hours on it. Avatar product support tried to help out with a recovery key, but could not get the machine running. RMA was easy, but beware - the warranty repair depot is in the states, and they ship via UPS.

Other Thoughts: For those who are not aware, UPS will charge brokerage fees if the shipper does not declare the item correctly, which Avatar did not. Cost me $88 to get mine back from UPS.

Avatar Tellus Intel Core i3 4GB 500GB HDD+32GB SSD 14
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: No bells or whistles
Very little pre-loaded unwanted-ware to remove
Very well put together with good materials
Worked as advertised
I was expecting a mediocre machine - its not!

Cons: Not ready to go out of the box
No help from the documentation
Windows 8 is annoying

Other Thoughts: I generally agree with the comments from other reviewers. What nobody has said is that this is an "Off-Brand" machine that really delivers. The on-sale price was simply too good to resist, but my expectations were low. I was surprised when this machine arrived and the build quality rivals machines at twice the price. Durability is an unknown, but the performance, features, and quality were way above what I thought was possible at that price point.

If you are not Windows savvy, get someone to help you set up the SSD before you start using it. There are a couple of choices on how to use it best for you, and picking one and making it work requires some work under the hood. Correct setup here is the key to making this machine's responsiveness rival your desktop.

Buy a 4 GB USB key at the same time, and make a windows 8 recovery key. Its not obvious how to do this, but there are instructions on several forums. You will be glad you did in several years. Either that, or get a USB optical drive, and build a recovery disk.

Oh, and that disk in the box includes some fairly worthless utilities, but also a complete set of Windows 7 drivers for the motherboard for those who want to put 7 on the machine instead. Nice touch!

Team Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (Red Heat Spreader) Model TDRD38G1600HC9DC01
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Run reliably at 1600 so far. Good value!

Cons: Memory reports DDR3 1333 parameters at power up as others have noted. Do not expect to drop these into your system and get DDR 1600 speeds, you will have to over clock manually.


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Display Name: Richard M.

Date Joined: 08/18/13

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 08/25/13
  • Last Review: 03/06/14
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