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Pros: Price (on sale minus 10% promo minus numerous unused Newegg credits plus free shipping that arrived in less than two days); I paid a bit more than a franklin for this. Whoo-hoo. Condition ...box says refurbished; I say "new". Mine arrived in the usual Microsoft box.
Cons: None. Yet. But this ain't a real review either. It's more like "advice" for fellow Newegg-ers who have been considering which RT is the best deal lol.
Other Thoughts: I just wanted to get this out there during the on-sale and the promo code for the consideration of other Newegg-ers checking this out.
CAVEAT EMPTOR: If you don't know what the "RT" means in Surface RT (or Windows 8.1 RT), you really *must* read about that before you even think about springing for this.
As just a quickie clue though, think of the Surface RT as more a Windows Phone 8.1 tablet than as a laptop per se (if you're looking for "true" Windows 8.1 laptop, you need a Surface Pro).
First, upon opening, it looked new to me (I've purchased other Microsoft refurbished products, and they've always been "as-new" with no evidence that they'd ever been touched.) I kind of expected that. I was not disappointed.
Next, this was *already updated* to Windows 8.1 RT ...so I did NOT have a couple of hours of updating to wade through (dunno about subsequent patches, though I'd expect it needs them: I've had it turned on for all of an hour lol).
Next. I'd recommend you do NOT choose Express settings upon first boot. In my case, choosing Express meant I had to use a local account rather than my usual Microsoft account (there's certain advantages to logging in with a Microsoft account). And I had to go through several minutes of trouble-shooting to figure out that the reason it wouldn't activate (either), was because the internal boot date was off by over a year and a couple of hours. My bad. I ordinarily never use Express settings. I also already knew how time sync errors can cause all kinds of weird issues in Microsoft products. Once I set the internal clock manually (and only *then* checked automatic), I was able to change the local logon account to my preferred online account, and Windows activated *immediately*.
You have been warned.
Last. If you already about the Surface RT, and are looking for what is easily the best deal on the web for one right now, you can quit looking. This is The Deal.
...I will update this with a real review in a month or so, when I've had some quality time with the unit.
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper T4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: None ...for AMD users. You Intel people can ignore this (which is my second negative review of the Hyper T4); really, this doesn't concern you. It's between AMD users and CM marketing. Seriously: if you have an Intel, you might even like this. Who knows ...especially on sale, the T4 might be the proverbial "good deal" for you IF you're doing an Intel install.
Cons: Limited fan direction orientation in AMD sockets. I was unable to use the T4 due to the loss of usage of a DIMM slot by the up/down orientation (front/rear orientation is not possible on most AMD socket installations). I called that out as "deceptive advertising" in my original review, and I'm standing by it in this.
Other Thoughts: I reviewed - expressing my dissatisfaction with the *marketing literature* ...which I characterized at the time as deceptive (and unless CM has changed that, I stand by that assessment) - of the Hyper T4 back in January.
12 people thought I added little to the discussion. 3 people agreed with me (a search today of AMD T4 reviews finds that the vast majority of AMD reviewers have not been happy with the T4 ...and several for the same reason: limited fan orientation).
The only reason I'm reviewing this again (and subjecting myself to likely thumbs-downs again), is that Newegg sent me an email saying that CoolerMaster responded to my review.
Well ...not that I can see. And the phone number I was emailed to call, got me to the CM switch board. I'm like "yeah, that's helpful". Dorks!
CoolerMaster support? I've taken the time to review this cooler *again* (and probably to the ire of another dozen or so Intel purchasers who are going to dun me for being all whiney for the second round too) JUST BECAUSE ...you really, really need to make it "Hyper CLEAR" IN THE MARKETING of the T4 that fan orientation for AMD installations is limited to top/bottom facing ...and which installation will almost certainly result in the loss of usage of a DIMM slot. For AMD sockets.
If you were to do that, AMD purchasers would have no one to blame but themselves for purchasing this unsuitable (i.e., to AMD users) cooler.
...someone at CM should take notice of the generally unhappy AMD purchasers here. All it would take is changing the marketing by putting a disclaimer sticker on the box. I *really* don't think that's asking too much.
...you do that, and I'll change my rating to a neutral warning.
This review is from: Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet - Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz, 4GB Ram, 160GB HD, Webcam
Pros: see previous
Cons: see previous
Other Thoughts: I was looking at the pix, and realized after posting my first review that only the first and last pix were of the X200 Tablet.
The middle four pix are of the X200 Tablet. You shouldn't rely upon those "middle photos" for the X200 Tablet's appearance.
...the appearance of the "regular" X200 is quite different than the X200 Tablet. (As I mentioned previously, I owned an X200 for a couple of years.)
...sorry, I should have paid closer attention.
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