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This review is from: ASUS GL502VT-DS74 Gaming Laptops 6th Generation Intel Core i7 6700HQ (2.60 GHz) 16 GB Memory 1 TB HDD 128 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 6 GB GDDR5 15.6" 160-degree viewing angle Windows 10 Home 64Bit
Pros: Bought this for a friend so I had limited usage, couple of days,
First thing I did was try and force a temp failure, as with all gaming laptops this is the main issue many will encounter. Good news is I was unable to do so. I ran Futuremark "TimeSpy" test and at the same time I ran it on my desktop which has an i5 3570k @ 4.4Ghz and a Gigabyte 970G1. Now we all know a desktop 970 and a laptop 970 do not pack the same punch.
The final scores for the laptop where in the 2500 range and the desktop was in the 3500 range which I expected. I ran this test on a loop and it peaked around 82 degrees pretty much for CPU and GPU. This seems quite high but its not really, we are all just used to our desktop temps, but airflow between desktops and laptops is far too great to expect the same kind of temps, so all in all the temps were fine. You could do as others have stated and set the max CPU usage to 85% which even still would not bottleneck it against the GPU.
The SSD does the job with regards to both boot times and snappiness to the general OS navigating. You can via Win10 set all apps, documents, music and videos to save directly to the 1TB drive to spare your SSD filling up within a short time.
The keyboard looks cramped, but after a few mins you get pretty used to it, the illumination of the keys can be controlled via the function button and the F keys, they will slowly dim to darkness when not touching the keys or mouse and brighten up when you move mouse etc.
The screen is very nice, very bright so lowering it will only serve your battery better when mobile. The weight is fine, I've used weaker laptops that weigh twice as much, so I was pleasantly surprised by the portability. Just don't expect to play AAA titles for 6 hours on the battery, more like 1-2 hours but then you didn't buy this to be gaming in a tent in the woods.
Fans are not loud at all, gaming laptops are never going to be passively cooled so deal with it. I wasn't able to find a way to control the fans to spin to 100% at a lower temps though. I like to set max fan speeds at lower temps to stop it climbing to fast. I am sure there will be a way but I didn't have the laptop for as long as I would have needed.
The sound is AMAZING, considering of course this is a laptop. I played a few movies on it and was stunned by the deepness of the bass and there was a surround'ish sound effect that blew me away watching a couple of war movies, so do not let anyone tell you the sound is horrible, I guarantee you will be impressed. There are a few sound configs setup for you that are 1 mouse click away.
This "bloatware" people talk of is minimal, its just a few silly apps that take 2 seconds to uninstall. I got rid of McAfee straight away, it and Norton are the most useless AV's ever made, anyone who knows anything wouldn't use either of these on a desktop or laptop. You only get 31 days before you have to buy it so seriously who needs that? There are better free AV's out there that are so much less hassle that these big name system hogs. AVG, Avira, Avast etc do the job every bit as good. No AV gets 100% of the nasties out there, just using common sense is the best AV to be honest.
The look and feel of this laptop is very sleek, not too flashy or gimmicky the highlighted WASD keys are a bit distracting when typing but you'll get used to it.
Cons: There is 1x USB 3.0 and 1 USB 3.1 on the left side, along with the HDMI and Ethernet ports which is fine. However there is 2x USB 3.0 ports and the headphone jack on the right side, not high up on the right but low down, meaning that your mouse will constantly hit any USB drives and the headphone jack if you're right handed, this I found to be extremely inconvenient and pretty annoying. So you (or maybe just me) like to have the mouse plugged in on the opposite side meaning that you only have free USB ports on the side your mouse hand is on, this needs to be improved ASAP.
I pretty much always use a mouse for laptops as mousepads are just plain horrible to use over long periods, the mousepad I have to say however is a good one, the left and right buttons are clearly marked and have a very nice click to them, not to light and not to strong, spot on in fact.
Other Thoughts: For the price/performance, its a no brainer. There is a 980 model but then you know its gonna produce more heat and more power drain than this one and its gonna be closer to $2k than many (including me) would like.
I would recommend this laptop, even with the annoying USB port positions. I have to admit it was a little hard handing it to my friend for her son who has just started collage, I was in fact a little jealous lol.
Also I read a lot of bad reviews about the company who sells this, the laptop came with a box the same size as the laptop box with no extra padding, unlike newegg who pack in the airpacks. So that could be improved a lot, a few drops and it could have been sent back in bits. It did come a day earlier than I expected which was a plus.
This review is from: Asus RT-AC68P Dual-band Wireless AC1900 Gigabit Router-Certified Refurbished
Pros: The best thing about this router is the ability to configure it how you like. As soon as you get this router google Merlin firmware and install it. With Merlins firmware you get a lot more features, with all the bugs ironed out.
I have 20 devices that connect to this router ranging from smart phones, tablets, PC's, laptops, kindles and printers all of which work seamlessly with wifi.
I can set parental controls to whichever MAC address I wish, I can set a time when internet connection will disable for any MAC address with a nice weekly calendar GUI.
You can share USB 2.0 and 3.0 drives over your network as there is a port for each. The coverage is good, I live in a 3 story house and the reception on the top floor is pretty good considering the router is in the basement.
Cons: The only con is the router runs a little hot, but I have a small fan sitting behind the router and it provides enough fresh air to drop the dual CPU's down to 60C from 80C, just bad airflow in the router case is the cause as there is only a small area where air can rise out of the router.
Other Thoughts: I've had this thing for about 4 months and I am still buzzed by how many features it has, doubt I will upgrade for a long time.
Just be smart and get it on a decent surge protector or as I do, put it on a UPS for piece of mind. I suspect the people that say it died a week later is probably due to sudden surges and the poor thing got fried.
Get it, you won't regret it.
This review is from: PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive (P-FD128TBOP-GE)
Pros: Its quick when it works, I have 2 that have had no issues for over 3 months. I have already given this product 2 reviews of 5 eggs, this one however is going to have to get 1 egg.
It was a combo deal with a 500Gb SSD which I cannot return to newegg as its what i am using right now and I can't be without a PC for any length of time.
Cons: It died when moving lots of small files from my wife's laptop before a reformat to a new OS. She lost a heck of a lot of important college work and I will never hear the end of it either.
Other Thoughts: They are really great drives but no one should have to tolerate a lemon and just eat the cost.READ FULL REVIEW