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ASUS Q501LA-BBI5T03 Notebook Intel Core i5 4200U (1.60GHz) 6GB Memory 750GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Overall nice and classy design, 140PPI IPS display, nice batery life, decent touchscreen, backlit keyboard, easy* to crack open and upgrade. Standard ethernet port

Cons: HDD, 6GB RAM, WiFi... these are end user solvable, though.
No VGA (I don' need this why am I even listing it?)

Other Thoughts: My refurb came in with no stuck pixels and no wonky touchscreen (unlike the one I got from the bay), but did come with the silly 2.4GHz only WiFi card. Upgraded to a 7260AC card with no issues (Yay Asus for not locking the BIOS down).
4GB of LPDDR3 is soldered to the motherboard, but you do get a slot to add in your own ram (up to 8GB I'd assume, you can go buy a 16GB stick and try if you like, ha). 2GB seems like a silly number to include, why not just add in a 4 and make it 8GB out the box?
750GB (699.xx GB usable in Windows) HDD is pokey if you're used to SSDs, but this will take a standard 2.5mm SSD/SSHD up to 9.5mm high, no spacer required for anything more shallow, there's an actual bracket to mount in your own (I used an 256GB 830 I pulled from my 4+ year old laptop and did a clean install with a Windows 8 DVD. No serial key to worry about as with newer machines, it's built into the BIOS.

The 4200U with the HD 4400 GPU driving the 1920x1080 display doesn't cause any issues with standard workloads like email, web browsing, youtube, remote desktop. Works fine for most indie gaming, but anything 3D heavy you'll have to turn down some settings for (I personally prefer running native resolution and turning the settings all the way down).

Upgrading requires removing ~12 screws and undoing plastic latches that you'll most likely break, but since the screws are along the outside edge, breakinh them doesn't seem to do much. Plus you also have easy access to cleaning the heatsink and repasting should the thermal paste fail. -1 Egg for HDD as default.

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Coboc Model SC-SATA3-18-GR 18
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs No Latch SATA Cables 11/24/2013

This review is from: Coboc Model SC-SATA3-18-GR 18" SATA III 6Gb/s Data Cable,UV Green

Pros: Actually UV reactive, snug fit so they aren't pulled out accidentally (well, easily).

Cons: They don't route themselves...

Shipping.

Other Thoughts: Cables are cables, ordered 8 at once and they came individually wrapped and tied. I mainly got these because they don't have locking latches on them, which removes the headache of stacked SATA ports and trying to use latched cables (in short, isn't happening as the bottom one will fall out because there's nothing holding it in), and they are moreso "friction fit". I never understood why you need a lock on them anyway.

I would have gotten separate colors, but I would have had to pay double the shipping...? That's kind of silly.

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Microsoft Keyboard 200 6JH-00001 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Perfect Basic Keyboard 05/28/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Keyboard 200 6JH-00001 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard

Pros: Standard key layout with no extra keys to mess with anything else in the system
Light but mostly solid feel
No extra software gets installed on connection (like some of Microsoft's more expensive boards that have extra features)

Cons: Won't win you any office competitions that involve the use of this keyboard as a bat of sorts; you'd only get one real shot before it possibly breaks~

Other Thoughts: Its not entirely black as stated in an earlier review, but you need 6500k lighting to tell the difference easily, it's a dark navy blue under that light temperature.

It has the new Windows icon for the start key and the Microsoft logo is written in their new font, bet you wouldn't have noticed that on your own~

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Display Name: Terrence S.

Date Joined: 08/09/09

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  • First Review: 01/10/13
  • Last Review: 04/25/14
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