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Lenovo IdeaPad Z710 (59406361) Notebook Intel Core i7 4700MQ (2.40GHz) 16 GB, DDR3L, 1600 MHz (2 x 8GB) Memory 1TB HDD 8GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M 17.3
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is an update to a previous review -- I can't figure out how to edit my original post on 3/15/2014.

Cons: As stated prior, I am running Windows 8.1 and Start8, mimicking the UI of Windows 7. I can't stand Windows 8. After installing a slew of MS updates about 1 month ago, the machine attempted a warm boot. After the logging in, Window's UI hung, displaying a black screen with a functional mouse pointer. After 4 hours of troubleshooting, I was forced to reimage the drive with a recent backup prior to the updates. A week later, I tried the updates again, and the exact same thing happened. I figured it must be something low-level -- either a BIOS or graphics driver issue. I went to Nvidia's website and downloaded a newer driver package. The machine hung again at the same spot upon reboot after updates. I am now in the position of owing a $1500 laptop that cannot be upgraded. I went to Lenovo's website and updated the BIOS. I have not yet tried to update the OS again, as I do not have an afternoon to devote to this nonsense. I searched the web, and haven't found any problems like mine -- the closest thing being a BIOS-related issue regarding running off of battery. Lenovo's website doesn't offer any contact options, despite this machine being under warranty. I will continue to use the laptop without further updates for the time being, and will post again if I ever figure this out. Too bad -- this is a nice machine, marred by a horrible trackpad and BIOS/driver issues. Stay tuned.

TP-LINK SafeStream TL-R600VPN Gigabit Broadband VPN Router 1 x 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Ports 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - fast
- very clear and intuitive configuration UI
- decent logging options
- metal case acts like a heatsink -- unit runs cool
- painless firmware updates

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: I purchased this to replace an aging D-Link DGL-4100, which suddenly started giving me problems recently. This unit seems pretty well-made for the price, and reminds me of what Netgear was like 20 years ago, when they made good stuff. Indicator lights aren't as bright as most others are, which is a good thing. Data throughput is great -- I saw a 10 mbs download increase and a 5 mbs upload increase to my broadband speeds by replacing my old router with this and no other changes - seriously! I am running a gigabyte 8-port switch, a LinkSys WRT54GL (acting as a WAP only), a Roku 3 via a Netgear wireless bridge, 2 laptops, 2 servers, a Samsung ethernet laser printer, and a Verizon Network Extender through this and the switch. With media streaming on my server, Roku, and massive downloads via uTorrent, this router purrs like a kitten. For the price, I would consider this an outstanding value for the money. So far very stable with latest firmware. Less than 20 minutes to configure -- the UI is simple, but well organized, easy to understand and navigate. Recommended.

Patriot Supersonic Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PEF64GSBUSB
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great USB drive, good price 03/30/2014

This review is from: Patriot Supersonic Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PEF64GSBUSB

Pros: - smaller in length than the previous USB 2.0 generation of XT drives
- fast read/write speeds
- good quality memory
- fair price

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I had been using a 32 GB XT (USB 2.0) for the past 5 years. This drive has gotten heavy daily use -- I am a professor, and use the drive to keep home and work machines in sync. I am syncing about 100 files/day on 3 machines using synchronization software. I was very pleased with my old drive, but when I saw the price of the USB 3.0 version, 64 GB no less, I jumped on it. This drive is significantly faster than the previous generation -- I would say 2.5 - 5 times faster. That is when it's connected to my new rig with 6 GB SATA III drives via USB 3.0. The drive is almost identical in construction to the other XT drives (rubber housing, cap can be easily lost). Did I mention that it was fast? Recommended.


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Display Name: Mark S.

Date Joined: 08/30/03

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  • Last Review: 07/20/14
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