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Dell Latitude E6520 Intel i7 Quad Core 2200 MHz 320Gig HDD 8192mb DVD ROM 15.0” WideScreen LCD Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Laptop Notebook
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: For $450 you get an awesome laptop. An Intel Sandy Bridge i7 2720m, 2.2 GHz base clock, 3.3 GHz turbo boost. Hyper Threading, 6 MB L3 cache, 5 GT/sec bus speed, up to 1600 MHz DDR3 memory support. A seriously fast CPU for a laptop for under $500. I mean, I had a hard time finding a laptop with an Intel quad core with hyper threading for under $900. For those of you who don't know, hyper threading basically allows each core of your CPU to act as 2. So Windows actually sees this CPU as an 8 core CPU. It handles 8 threads and is wicked fast for a laptop CPU.
8 GB of DDR3 1333 MHz and Windows 7 64 bit. Plenty of RAM to handle anything most people could throw at it and the operating system that allows you to use it all.
A 15 inch, full 1080p display. I didn't actually know it would be 1080p when I bought it. So that's really sweet. The image quality is pretty good.
Intel HD3000 graphics and Nvidia Quadro 4200 GPU onboard. You have access to both Nvidia and Intel based technology where 3d gaming is concerned. This laptop has a powerful CPU, but not much power in the way of gaming. It can handle a lot of newer games, but you will only be able to play them at very low resolutions. Nvidia Optimus technology allows your system to change 3d settings on the fly to give you a smoother gaming experience. I personally disabled it. I found it worked better without it. It's mainly to preserve battery life. I don't plan on using this laptop on battery only, so not something I'm interested in anyway.
DVD drive
320 GB hard drive. Here is where it gets interesting. Mine actually came with a 500 GB hybrid drive. Sweet! Free! lol. A 500 GB drive was an option with these laptops. Maybe you'll get lucky, or maybe they're just all that way. A hybrid drive has the ability to be significantly faster than a standard hard drive with files you access regularly. Like Windows OS files. Boot times are better too.
Built in Wi-Fi adapter
Web cam
Microphone
USB 3.0, I don't know how many ports are USB 3.0. But they're not all USB 3.0. The first port I tested was only 2.0.
SATA3, 6 GB/sec bandwidth. So it's SSD ready for those of you wanting to upgrade to a solid state drive. However, according to my research you should update to the latest BIOS available on Dells website or you could have detection issues. This laptop has UEFI BIOS, so very easy to work with.

Cons: Some cosmetic defects. Nothing major. The laptop did have some crumbs on the key board, and even stuck to the monitor. So they really didn't go all out to make sure it would be clean. But that's my only complaint. The monitor wasn't scratched, so I'm not worried about it.

Other Thoughts: The battery mine came with is in great shape and so is the charger/power supply. Shipping was decently fast. They only delayed one day with shipment. I've found when using sellers other than Newegg when ordering from Newegg, it tends to take a bit longer for your item to ship.
I am very happy with my purchase. I've had luck in the past with refurb laptops and this time, thankfully, was no different. What I found interesting was that they had one that seemed to be identical but with a smaller monitor for the same price. Well, no thanks. I'll take the bigger monitor. This laptop does tend to run a bit warm under load, so it's not a bad idea to have it sitting on top of a laptop cooler. That's what I did and it cooled it off significantly. Also, for Intel Turbo Boost to run, the CPU has to be within thermal limits or it will throttle your clock speed and therefore slow down your computer. So that's a really good reason to get a laptop cooler. The turbo boost speed on this CPU is awesome. A 50% boost in clock speed. So you're gonna want that extra juice, especially when gaming. And that's when you'll generate the most heat.
This really is a great deal. You get a really nice laptop, with a powerful Intel quad core, 8 GB of DDR3 upgradable to 1600 MHz, support for SSD upgrades, you can upgrade your disc drive to a Blu Ray if you want. So it has a heck of a lot of potential for under $500. I've never seen a better deal on a laptop of this caliber before. Grab one up while you still can if you're in the market.

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Rosewill RCDC-14003 10 ft. White DisplayPort to DisplayPort 28AWG High Bit-rate 2 DisplayPort Cable M-M
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I also have a Samsung UD590 and it works perfectly. It is the latest standard, just as Paula S stated. Display Port 1.2. Works at 4k 60 hz, 1 ms on my Samsung. Better than the factory included cable for my monitor.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The fact is, it's a great cable for a great price. It's not uncommon for people to occasionally get a lemon. Unfortunately, it's a fact of life. I've been pretty lucky with my purchases lately.

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TP-LINK TL-WA860RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, Wall Plug Design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This TP Link range extender comes in a well designed and secure package. Among all the range extenders I've had the opportunity to test, this one is my favorite so far. Setup is quick and easy. Using the included instructions, virtually anyone could configure this device with confidence. It has the ability to have a simple plug and play configuration. All you need to do is plug it in within range of your wireless router, hit the WPS button on your router, then hit the WPS button on your range extender and it automatically connects and configures itself. At that point, you can unplug it and replace it anywhere you wish. It has a status light that indicates whether it's located at the correct range.
For those who might not have a WPS button on their router, a manual configuration is required. Still, quick and easy. You just follow the included instructions for manual setup. Plug it in within range of your wireless router and your PC, phone, tablet , etc. Insert the indicated address in your browsers address bar and hit enter. It will allow you to connect to the range extender and manually configure your routers name and password. Then choose which connection you wish to extend.
This extender has surprising range. I actually had trouble getting far enough away from my router to get into the correct range inside my home. However, I wanted this extender to increase my wireless range outside my home. I live in a building with metal siding, which tends to interfere with wi-fi signals. So even with my routers exceptional range, the signal outside leaves something to be desired. I wanted to be able to keep a strong signal from one end of my property to the other, which is roughly a quarter mile. So I placed it outside, it connects to my router and extends my range all the way to the bottom of my driveway, and even a bit further. Which was my goal.
It has a power through outlet feature. Which was great for me as I only have two outlets outside my house, neither of which I can sacrifice for a range extender alone. This range extender also features an Ethernet port. Which is a welcome addition.
If you plan to keep it outside, as I did, then make sure you keep it out of the rain, snow, where it might be potentially dusty or unusually humid. Having it open to the weather, it probably won't last long and could even be potentially hazardous. Fortunately, I happened to have an outlet overhead, just under the awning above my porch. It's rated for -40F to 158F. So it should be able take anything mother nature can throw at it in terms of temeprature. As long as you don't live at the North Pole or in the middle of the desert.

Cons: This extender is a bit bulky for a device with a power pass-through. If you have small outlets, it may block access to the adjacent outlet.
Since the sole Ethernet port is an output, you can't supply power to the extender via power over Ethernet. I guess that's not really much of a con with this particular device, as it was specifically designed to be used with a standard electrical outlet. Also, since this device is limited to 300 Mb/sec bandwidth, the Ethernet out will also be limited by that bandwidth. So no gigabit Ethernet out.

Other Thoughts: This device operates on the 2.4 GHz band only. It would be nice if it was dual band, but most people looking for a range extender want to extend their range the maximum amount, which would require the 2.4 GHz band opposed to the 5 GHz band. So it does make sense, and being a dual band would also drive the price up. If you want a dual band, then you can probably get one, but be prepared to spend more money to get it.
As long as you're not trying to stream extremely large video files, for example, uncompressed 1080p or higher, you'll be just fine with this extender. You might still be able to stream an uncompressed 1080p video file, but that would be the upper limits of this extenders capabilities. It's rated for 30 MB/sec, but I was only able to maintain roughly 15 MB/sec max download speed consistently. I've found that most devices rate their speeds as upload and download combined. So 15 MB/sec down and 15 MB/sec up is how they would have determined this extenders 30 MB/sec speed.
This range extender is reasonably priced given its easy configuration and features. The instructions are clear and understandable. It comes with a disc for some unknown purpose. I mean, I didn't even bother with the disc and I can't imagine ever needing any kind of software for this range extender.
I should note that I had to use the manual setup method to configure this range extender even though I'm using a new router with WPS capability. I've never had trouble connecting other devices using WPS to my router, but apparently the range extender was too close to my router to properly configure itself. At least, according to the range indicator light, which was solid orange, indicating that I was too close to my router. That may or may not be the case, as I've read that other people have had similar issues. I would prefer to do a manual setup anyway, to ensure everything is set the way I would like to have it.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with this product. It has significantly improved my signal in the areas I wanted it to. Before, I was constantly getting irritated waiting for websites to load or Netflix to play a video. Now everything pops up quick, like it should. I often try to equate my purchases with the amount of time they will save me. In the long term, this thing will pay for itself. Instead of standing around waiting for loading, I can be at work, making more money. Or spend that time relaxing, which is a rare commodity in my life, equal in cash value.
I did only rate this TP Link range extender 4 eggs. It could be less expensive. The auto setup wouldn't work and although I am satisfied with this device, I just can't give it a perfect 5 egg rating. Still, it's well designed and appears to be pretty durable.
I do recommend this TP Link range extender and wouldn't mind having another one to put on the other side of my property.

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