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Acer Aspire E1-530-4416 Notebook Intel Pentium 2117U (1.80GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Ivy Bridge Pentium, slim profile, great specs for $280 on a full-sized laptop in April 2014. At this price you're usually stuck with a Celeron or AMD E1 garbage. Keyboard is good, not great. Easy access (one screw) to the HDD and RAM.

Cons: No optical drive, slightly flimsy case but hard to complain for the price. Standard, slow 5400 rpm hard drive. 4-cell battery but keep in mind this is a low-power unit (2117U is rated at 17W TDP). Decent amount of crapware to uninstall.

Other Thoughts: I don't understand the other negative reviews for this laptop (assuming it works). It's a cheap $280 Acer that will do what most people need: internet/email, skype and office. The Pentium 2117U is on par with the older Core 2 Duo mobile Penryn chips (at half the power/TDP) which is still fast enough for the above mentioned items (Windows 8 score of 5.4). Swapped out the slow hard drive for an SSD as everyone should do. This makes a world of difference. First boot the computer and make backup recovery disks then swap out the HDD. Contrary to another reviewer, my laptop came with 2 RAM slots, one of course had the 4GB of RAM in it and the other was empty but had the receiving slot fully intact (i.e. not just solder points). My unit was made in November of 2013. The UEFI BIOS will NOT prevent you from installing another OS. You have the option to revert the BIOS back to Legacy mode (press F2 on startup to enter BIOS). Read the manual!

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TP-LINK TL-WR841ND Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button, 2 detachable antennas
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap, high-output antennas.

Cons: Wasn't free

Other Thoughts: Using latest stock firmware. Setup this router as a range extender, wired to my LAN to cover dead spots in my WiFi. Easy to setup this way (google it) and have had zero problems. No interference using channels on the opposite end of the spectrum (1 and 11 for example). No drops, haven't had to touch it since I set it up months ago. Note this router has had 8 revisions and the first 7 have been known to work with DD-WRT. You should still be able to use it on this one however I can't personally confirm this.

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ARCTIC MX-2 (30g) Carbon-Based Thermal Compound, Non-Electricity Conductive, Non-Capacitive
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Still one of the best TIMs available and usually one of the cheapest. Small dab in the middle of the CPU and that's all it takes. Last years. Temps are great on everything I've used it on. Threw it on some hot northbridges and took temps down by 5C or more.

Cons: Not really a con but this TIM is much more fluid (viscous) than I'm used to from others (Ceramique for example). I've had a small drop of pure liquid fall from the tip after applying some to the CPU. Most TIMs are more paste-like and the viscosity increases once the CPU heats up.

Other Thoughts: Remember you can just use 91% or better Isopropyl (rubbing) alchohol to clean this off (or any TIM). No need to buy the special cleaners, it's a scam. Just be sure to use a lint-free cloth or blow off any with compressed air.

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Date Joined: 12/02/01

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  • First Review: 03/13/03
  • Last Review: 05/01/14
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