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Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (Orange Heat Spreader) Model TLAD38G1600HC9DC01
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looks nice, decent price at the time (now it's more than 150% of the price when i bought it 07/2014)

Cons: Failed after 174 hours of used. Replaced with G.SKILL and no more crashes.

Other Thoughts: I know RAM prices have gone up, so you may be looking to cut corners, but this is not a good product to do that with. The computer it's in was built, sat unused until about a week ago, now the RAM failed. Thankfully I had spare RAM sitting here or else I'd be in a very bad situation. I never mishandled or overclocked my system.

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DELL Inspiron i17RV-8183BLK Notebook Intel Pentium 2127U (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 17.3
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -USB 3.0 and HDMI
-Ethernet port
-Removable Battery
-Disc drive
-Large trackpad and buttons
-Good keyboard with full numpad
-Waves MaxxAudio software included with this computer makes the built in speakers suck a bit less
-1600x900 resolution on 17.3" is better than the 1366x768 typical on low cost laptops with 15.6" screens. Lots less scrolling and more space is nice, especially for development and entertainment.
-Feels fairly sturdy and looks good, Just a lightly textured, black computer with no gaudy looking things on it.
-This laptop has a good hard drive in it. It's only 5400RPM so it's not going to compare to a good desktop drive running a 7200 or 10000RPM nor is it anywhere close to an SSD but its throughput is definitely above average for this price range. In fact, the Seagate drive in this Dell laptop is noticably faster than my more expensive Asus laptop's HGST drive.

Cons: -Touchpad/mouse buttons noisy to click
-Wireless is not Dual Band (2.4GHz only, not 5GHz)
-Screen is big but it's a low quality panel with bad color - I don't expect a premium IPS panel at this price, but still, it's bad.
-10/100 Ethernet - while I am happy it even has a wired LAN port, it's not Gigabit. Really!!
-McAfee and lots of other horrible bloatware.
-Battery life is nothing special

Other Thoughts: I'm sure I'm forgetting some things in the pros and cons above, but while this laptop was a great price on sale, I am very disappointed in the screen on this computer. I specifically purchased it for the 1600x900 17.3" display at such an attractive price point - I guess I got what I paid for because the color accuracy and brightness of the LCD panel are very bad. Everything looks grey. I know what color my dog and my website are. They are not grey. Why is such an otherwise solid and affordable machine marred by such a lousy panel? Oh well, I will keep it, and use it a lot, but it's kind of a bummber because unless i tilt it way back it's really not nice to look at and is not as readable as I was hoping due to this.

I'm hoping Dell quietly updates this model laptop with a higher quality panel. May you have luck :)

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HP ZR2440w (XW477A8#ABA) Black and Brushed Aluminum 24
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: These monitors are amazing. 1920x1200 resolution is wonderful, 24" size is perfect, the stand is very robust and adjustable, it has many inputs and also has cables for all of them too (VGA, DP, DVI)... 0 dead pixels on both purchased. IPS panel is so much better than TN panel most monitors have.

Cons: None. Worth every penny!

Other Thoughts: I can say without a doubt this is the best HP product I've ever used. HP makes horrible laptops but this professional quality monitor is absolutely fantastic.

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