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Pros: Works without a hitch in both my HP8460p and 8440p laptops. These laptops are going for cheap these days, but typically come with 4GB of RAM which is barely enough to be functional on Windows7. This dual-channel kit will not only give you 8GB of RAM, but moving to dual-channel memory gives your laptop quite a speed boost.
Cons: Resale value is basically 25% of what you paid for it, but that goes for any computer component.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: USB3.0 speeds, great card compatibility. Solidly built. Plug and play with USB3.0 motherboard.
Other Thoughts: It's a card reader with USB3.0 speeds. If you're reading this review, you already know what you're looking for in a card reader/USB peripheral. Once you get used to USB3.0 speeds with external hard drives and USB sticks, USB2.0 seems positively primitive.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: W7 Pro. Quad core CPU. 4GB RAM (dual channel!). WD Scorpio Black HD. Gigabit LAN. No crapware!! B/G/N WiFi. Bluetooth. Nice KB. Laptop was refurbed by US Micro, one of the best out there. Nice connectivity; 4 USB, FW, SD reader.
Cons: No webcam. I took a gamble on this b/c some reviewers said theirs came w/a webcam. Mine did not. It does have a nifty popout light that shines on the keyboard where the cam would go. Typical 13x7 resolution, but screen is very bright and clear.
Other Thoughts: My laptop did not come with any Operating System media, but the HD does have a recovery partition and the OS prompts you for which partition to boot to (normal W7 or the recovery part). I haven't tested the battery life yet, but after about an hour plugged in, battery shows 100% charged...a good sign. Came preloaded with Open Office and a CD/DVD burning program, but no other extraneous software. Cosmetically, it's obvious this is a used machine, but there are no cracks in the case or other structural issue. Screen hinges are straight and tight. KB/trackpad were mostly clean. I'd rate it a 8/10 cosmetically. Volume and Browser/Email shortcut buttons are the "soft touch" variety and sit above the KB/below screen. Did not see them at first! I don't care for them but YMMV. I bought this to act as a backup for my main laptop when I am DJing, but this laptop would do very well in any basic productivity/office tasks scenario.READ FULL REVIEW