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This review is from: HP EliteBook 8460P 14" (1366 x 768) Laptop - Intel Core i5 2520M (2.5GHz), 4GB, 250GB HDD, vPro Finger Print Reader, Webcam, DVDRW, Intel HD Graphics 3000 - Win 7 Pro 64 Bit w/ FREE Carrying Case
Pros: I ordered this computer as a Xmas gift for my mother. I know what she uses a computer for and I know what she needs. This computer packs the epic Sandy Bridge based i5 processor which still packs more than enough horsepower for everyday computer tasks. The computer was in excellent shape and looked like it had been hardly used. There are no dead pixels on the screen and the Windows 8 install upgraded to Windows 10 no problem. The battery holds a charge just as expected and my mom has owned it for about a month now without any problems at all.
Cons: The product took some time to ship from the retailer. I am pretty sure they were pretty busy due to the holiday season. Irregardless the product arrived on time and it was well packaged and safe so kudos to them; however, the length of time it took it to ship made me a little nervous.
Also - there is no finger print reader on the model of computer that i received. That is the only problem with the product that I received but I don't really care because my mom would never be able to figure it out anyways and it would be just one more thing I would have to trouble shoot for her as soon as she messed it up. I am removing one star simply because that part of the product description is wrong.
Other Thoughts: I picked up this laptop with a free carrying bag for 199.99 on a Newegg.com daily deal. For around 200 dollar shipped I was able to pick up a nice laptop that my mom is going to be able to use for years.
This laptop is also stupid easy to upgrade. I dropped another 4 gigs of RAM in it in less than 5 minutes. The entire bottom of the laptop comes off with the push of locking latch. Everything is right there - hard drive, DVD-ROM, memory, even the wireless networking radio is all open and easy to access for upgrades.
With the extra memory Windows 10 64bit feels fast. I will probably drop an upgraded solid state drive into it at some point (simply because I anticipate my mom will drop it).
I would definitely order from the retailer (Notebook Ave.) again.
This review is from: LG USB 2.0 Ultra Slim External DVDRW Model GP60NB50
Pros: Nice slim unit. Worked as advertised. Plug it in and away you go.
Cons: The cable is short. Really short. Like maybe twelve inches if that. I had to get an extension cable to run behind my desk to hook it up to one of my rear USB ports because I didn't want to take up one of my front ports. It only burns at 8 speed and reads at 8x because it runs on the USB 2.0 bus.
Other Thoughts: As long as you know what your getting this is a nice piece of kit. I decided to bail out on the traditional front mounted optical drive and I don't regret it for all the more I use an optical drive this unit makes sense. If I need an optical drive on another computer or ultra book I can use this drive if I have to. Its portable, its fast, and its inexpensive. You really can't go wrong.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Logitech G510s Gaming Keyboard with Game Panel LCD Screen-920-004967
Pros: This is actually a nicely designed keyboard. I have had Logitech keyboards in the past and I have found them to be nicely made and this one is no different. The LCD screen is nice and bright, the USB Audio pass-through worked fine for me, and a plethora of macro keys round out a nice gaming keyboard. The back lighting is also nicely done and the colors are fairly bright without being completely obnoxious.
Cons: It's large. Let me reiterate that because it bears emphasis: LARGE. If you have limited space then this keyboard will make you very sad and agitated - as it is huge and heavy.
Next lets talk about the quality of the keyboard. The keyboard has a very nice feel, the keys feel like a typical Logitech membrane based keyboard. Key action is smooth and quiet. The space bar on this keyboard though is janky. I'm not sure if its the product of a bad refurb or if it is the result of poor design. Personally I think that its a design issue. The space bar feels like there is a single membrane button under it and when you hit it at angle it does not always register or it double registers. The keyboard is huge and my hands are rather smallish for a man and I touch type. For gaming its passable, but if your a college student or do any sort of typing then this keyboard is going to make you lose your mind.
Finally there is the LCD display. Let's be honest about this: no one needs this display. The functionality is limited to games that support the LCD - which when I hooked up to Logitech's website they downloaded five game presets out of the 129 games that I own. That is not really a value add and after getting it setup I mostly left the LCD on the clock function.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this because I missed having backlit keys and an array of macro keys. I've been using a mechanical keyboard for a couple of years and it has no backlight feature and only about 5 macro keys.
As soon as I switched the keyboards I immediately missed the quality tactile feel of my mechanical keyboard (Cherry MX Browns). I used it for about two weeks and switched the keyboards back. I am going to keep this keyboard for another rig that I am building but my main gaming/productivity rig is going to stay mechanical.
There are better keyboards that you can purchase brand new on this website and most of those are from Logitech. Nobody needs the LCD and if you are going to spend fifty bucks or more you are better off spending twenty or thirty more and going in for mechanical keyboard.