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This review is from: ThinkPad ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Intel Core i7 4600U (2.10 GHz) 256 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 4400 Shared memory 14" Windows 7 Professional Upgradable to Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
Pros: The X1 is a great laptop
Cons: This is not what was advertised. The part number is 20A7002QUS. I have found belatedly that this number does denote a specific laptop. It is a laptop that has been downgraded from windows 8.1 Pro to windows 7 Pro. It also has a 1600 by 900 screen.
As on August 7, 2014 this product is listed as Windows 8.1 Pro and WQHD (2560 by 1440). I bought this with next day delivery because I only had 48 hours to get it ready to give to someone who was leaving for a year.
I ended up spending hours converting it to windows 8.1 and paid extra for the high resolution that did not come with the computer. I cannot send it back since it is already gone.
Other Thoughts: The part number is 20A7002QUS and it is searchable to see the exact configuration. I will DEFINITELY search the part number in the future and not take what Newegg says the configuration is.
Probably not buy a preconfigured laptop or computer from Newegg. (I could have gotten a refund but that would only have covered the purchase price and shipping and not the sweat equity involved. It also would not have been ready since the person with the laptop is gone for at least a year.)
Pros: This is a beautiful monitor that has great detail and very little eye fatigue. Wonderful LED picture. The finish feels great. I am always adjusting the tilt and swivel when I change my seating position and it just feels good to move it around.
The USB 3 hub works great.
All the Pixels are good.
Cons: The best HDMI cable will still only get 1080p. That is just the way it is. I am using a DVI-D cable and get 2560x1400. A Displayport cable will also work but it has HDCP and that can sometimes cause a problem.
There are comments about how the cables are visible and cluttered underneath. The connectors on the back of the monitor are rather low so it is very hard to keep them out of view. It is possible with a right angle IEC adapter and also with a DVI-D to DVI-D swivel adapter to make them disappear. It is worth it to me. Very clean looking when no cables are visible.
Other Thoughts: Sometimes things are so obvious but I still miss them. I have been increasing my monitor size until I was using a 27 inch 1080p monitor. I just do gaming. No movies or work. The work stays at work.
So, I get this monitor and hook it up and then I suddenly realize that the picture is not bigger. It is still 27 inches. Just everything on the screen is much smaller.
Surfing the web is like looking at a font of 2. Games are interesting. My video cards in sli are robust enough so that the performance is good. The landscape is vast but the enemies are tiny. Having a lower resolution is sort of like having a built-in zoom scope on the rifle. Now it is the opposite.
Battlefield 4 has an option where it will increase or decrease the field of view so that can make it like it used to be. But it is just too gorgeous not to see the whole wide world.
I love this thing but my K/D ratio is taking a beating but who cares.
Pros: It seems like it has some power. I am too exhausted to find out.
Cons: Thank goodness there was an earlier post that the 8 pin connector must be connected to the power supply in addition to the regular mobo power cable to power the mobo. Has anyone seen this before? It is not in the instructions in the box. (none) Or on line. Also online there are some red colored connectors and they are all black.
Other Thoughts: I have two 680GTX sli running on an Antec Signature 850. No problems at all. I put together a new rig and splurged on what I thought would be fun.
I put the whole thing together with cabling, etc. for two days and was pumped to start it up.
The fan turned one rotation and stopped.
I eventually grabbed an old Thermaltake and just hooked up the 8 pin CPU and the mobo cable and it worked. Thank goodness I did not have to reseat the CPU and undo all the cabling. Though I did have to take out all the cards that had been installed.
Antec, please use common sense. If very few power supplies require an eight pin cable in addition to the mobo cable then PLEASE MAKE AT LEAST ONE COMMENT in the directions.