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lenovo IdeaPad U410 (43762CU) 14
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Unreliable 06/12/2013

This review is from: lenovo IdeaPad U410 (43762CU) 14" Ultrabook

Pros: Initial review when new:

Pros:
-Light
-Long battery time
-Great specs for price, when it works

Cons: Cons:
-Bloatware
-Secondary recovery partition that is unnecessarily large (>20 GB) and can't be modified or else auto-recover will break (necessary since no DVD/CD drive for recovery)
-Lack of VGA display output or other (only HDMI)
-No removable battery (was told when I purchased it I could buy a secondary battery for long trips, turns out I was lied to by the salesperson)
-Wireless signal/range weaker than my 3 year old netbook.

With broken-ness and refused warranty repair (it's still under "warranty")
Cons:
-Hassle of unreliability
-No VGA cable so not compatible with old monitors when trying to get data off of the computer (no screws to remove HDD either, so you HAVE to turn it on and use an external monitor if the screen is broken and can't open) which was VERY ANNOYING to find another monitor.
-Lenovo refuses to cover under warranty when it is a parts issue and wants to charge me to replace a part that will likely break again.

Other Thoughts: I bought a U410 for $550 (after rebate), so in terms of laptop specs, it was a great deal (also windows 7, not 8). I think overall, the performance for the price was great. However, my laptop screen hinge broke when all I did was open the laptop. Leave in the morning, computer on desk, as it has been all week, use a bit, close, no problems. Come back at night, open the laptop, and it breaks. No drops of any kind. And the support people says it's not covered under warranty even though it CLEARLY is a parts quality issue.

If Acer's repair policy is still the same, I would recommend buying from them, since in 2004, they had much better repair service for warranty. I have to say shipping the Lenovo laptop was much easier than Acer and easier than when I had to RMA for a Hitachi hard drive which gave a SMART fail within first 3 months (which was a pain).

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V7 M30P10-7N Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1000 dpi Mouse
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works for gaming and general tasks 11/21/2012

This review is from: V7 M30P10-7N Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1000 dpi Mouse

Pros: Cheap
Works
Cord is relatively long

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Getting a second for my laptop to lug around

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Hitachi GST Deskstar H3IK30003272SW (0S03208) 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs First Drive Failed, Second is Fine for now 09/21/2012

This review is from: Hitachi GST Deskstar H3IK30003272SW (0S03208) 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: *High drive space
*Comes with GPT software for Windows XP
*Easy to install

Cons: New Drive Failed before 3 months were up while an old 2006 HDD worked perfectly fine. Absolutely destroyed my system due to dual booting and symbolic links for OS things such as temporary files pointing to the secondary drive. Required considerable time fixing my boot, removing windows 7 boot record, etc. Ended up copying files and clean installing. I suggest anyone who buys this drive to wait a while before moving critical system components onto it lest they suffer the same headaches I did.

Other Thoughts: Replacement RMA policy is a bit absurd based on the packaging requirements as I received the bare bones HDD with just 2 plastic air bags and cheap plastic holders. For sending it back they want foam packaging and do not accept anything one can realistically buy at a shipping center or office supply store near my location. Make sure to keep your original packaging!

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Display Name: Xiaohui H.

Date Joined: 01/17/11

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  • First Review: 03/28/12
  • Last Review: 06/12/13
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