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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.
Pros: The price on this laptop is excellent for what you get. What do you get??? Well you get an Intel Pentium Proc (Ivy Bridge based), 4 gigs of RAM (expandable to 8 according to documentation), 500 gig hard drive, a valid copy of Windows 8, 2 USB 2.0 slots, a memory card reader, and a single USB 3.0 slot that doubles as a device charger, plus HDMI and VGA outputs. I picked this up on sale for $279.99 with a promo code for $20 off so $259.99 with a $50.00 rebate. Even if I never get the rebate this is still a properly fantastic deal.
For 259 you get into a modern, capable computer for the price of what a netbook used to cost. This is a fully functional and capable little home office or student machine.
Cons: The laptop lid is a finger print magnet. The fit and finish on the computer is nice but the track pad feels to be a bit on the cheap side and I wouldn't trust it to hold up under prolonged use (so invest in a wireless mouse). They keyboard is fine for a chiclet keyboard and you will either love it or hate it. It will work fine 99.5% of the population, but for some reason only .5% of people that it would bother ever seem to write reviews on Newegg so be aware its a tad on the mushy side.
It came loaded with some crapola games from WildTangent or some other crapware provider but it was easy to install and you also want to uninstall the McAfee AV and the Office Trial and go with free solutions if you want. To me its all bloatware so I took that off too.
My last complaint and this is the one I dinged it one egg for is that when the computer is refurbished ASUS deletes the recovery partition. Which I am sure has something to do with their Windows license with Microsoft. My guess is that when the computer is refurbished it is considered a different computer than the license was originally created for and hence they have to remove you ability to re-install Windows. There is not even a valid Windows license on the bottom of the machine.
So once you get this setup and running be aware that you'd better utilize Windows 8 backup utility to clone a copy of your hard drive the way that it is if you don't want to have to shell out for a new Windows 8 license later. Not that I would. If this thing ever goes bad I will just toss Windows 7 on it and forget about the touch screen because in reality the touch screen functionality is simply a gimmick.
Other Thoughts: I picked this computer up for my step sister who is a nursing student. I know she uses MS Office and plays on Facebook until her eyes bleed. This computer is perfect for her because its light, has a lot of thoughtful features, and its cheap so if it gets stolen or broken were only out 250 bucks or so.
This machine will do Facebook and all other social networking and office tasks perfectly fine. Be aware that this is not a gaming machine. It is also not a machine for content creation, video editing, or 3D rendering. It will do those things but not well and if you need that sort of functionality you are not going to find it in a 250 dollar ultra portable. You probably are not going to find that sort of functionality until you get into the 600 - 800 dollar range.
If you know what your buying then this is a great little machine. I would recommend it to anyone.
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