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HP ENVY 15-J063CL Notebook Intel Core i7 4700MQ (2.40GHz) 12GB Memory 1TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4600 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast, sleek, decent size/weight, accurate touchscreen tracking, very good brightness. The integrated Intel HD graphics are actually quite competent, thanks to Haswell we've come a long way. Excellent upgradability for an ultrabook form factor laptop. I hope to put an mSata drive in at a later date.

Cons: Lacks hardware on/off switch for the touchpad (most HPs have this feature). Uses a different power cord connector style than most other current (2010-2014) HP laptops, which is only a drag because I have access to numerous extra power bricks with the larger barrel size, but have only one Envy cord. I'll need to buy another sometime soon.
I do not use the battery very often at all, so I'm not bummed about it only being 6 cells like other reviewers have noted.

Other Thoughts: I had originally ordered this laptop from another online retailer in new/1yr condition with lesser specs, for more money - and my order was mysteriously canceled without notice. In retrospect, I'm glad it happened that way because now I have this nicely upgraded Envy instead from NewEgg.

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Hanns·G HZ251HPB Black 25
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very big. Very cheap. HDMI, DVI, VGA, the trifecta of connectivity. 1080 resolution. Lightweight and highly portable, for LAN parties.

Cons: Have owned for about 9 months now... Since new, every 2-3 weeks, when I sit down to use my computer (which is on, not in sleep mode, but has Display Sleep enabled)... I wake the screen, and it either shows no display with an No Signal error message, or it shows a garbled display (like old school VHS when the tracking is messed up). Powering the monitor off-and-on fixes it every time. I guess that's a good thing.

Other Thoughts: I'm worried this won't last, due to the garbled output issue that keeps reoccurring. But for the $200 I paid for this monitor, it's huge, cheap, and does the job I wanted it to do.
I wish it had height adjust... but if I wanted that, I should have paid for a monitor with that feature set. I knew that when I bought it.
This LCD is *not* my Dell 24" or my Dell 30" UltraSharp. But it's a good CHEAP substitute.
Besides, my Dell 30" does not have HDMI or VGA, and requires a dual link DVI graphics card just to get a useable resolution. And my Dell 24" is almost double the weight of my Hanns-G.
You give some, you take some.

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Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Runs at very cool temperature. No clicking, etc out of the box. Arrived safely, no evidence of package abuse.
Formatted without any issue. Moved 900 GB of data onto it, transfer speed was very acceptable -- much better than my WD Green 750gb.
Running at SATA 6.0G/s with a Rosewill round SATA cable and a Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 board.

Cons: None so far.
It was on sale for $10 less than I paid on the day that I received my drive shipment. Oh well. That happens. :)

Other Thoughts: Seagate may have finally regained my trust, after the past 5 years of avoiding them like the plague.
(I lost data on a number of fairly-new 120gb 2.5", 160gb 3.5, and 250gb 3.5 Seagate drives in 2006-'08)

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Christopher E.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher E.

Date Joined: 10/21/05

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 04/24/09
  • Last Review: 04/20/14
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