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Acer Aspire V5-572G-6679 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i5 3337U (1.80GHz) 6GB Memory 500GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M 2GB GDDR3 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: A low budget laptop with a price that can't be beat. Comes with a dedicated video card meaning it can play current games with decent fps. I planned to use it for League of Legends and Final Fantasy XIV and can say I was very impressed with the results. It can play both games with moderate-high settings while maintaining 45-60fps. It also comes with 6gb of RAM and an intel i5 processor which make regular desktop tasks very snappy.

Cons: Does not have an optical drive. Not a big con because with the transition to ultra-slim portable laptops the optical drive is disappearing. I just ordered an external drive for 20 bucks just in case I needed it.
Another con would be the viewing angles on the screen. You have to find the optimal viewing angle, if you are tilted too far up or down the screen becomes noticeably harder to see.
Lastly the HDD is a 5400rpm so if you are an enthusiast or you have money to spare I would recommend upgrading to an SSD to make this thing lightning fast.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this laptop to anyone looking for a school computer that also likes to play games on the side. This laptop will more than satisfy your needs and at the current price it is a steal. I would also recommend a cooling pad such as the Coolermaster X-Slim if you plan on gaming for long periods of time as the heat caused by high loads can be a laptop killer.
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LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24LS70 LightScribe Support
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It can read DVDs and CDs

Cons: It cannot burn DVDs and CDs. I've tried different discs and different programs and have never been able to get this thing to burn anything without an "unknown error" message. I think I'll stay away from LG and you should, too.

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ASUS VH236H Black 23
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Monitor looks beautiful and the HDMI input is wonderful.

Cons: About a week into my use I was blessed with the arrival of the infamous dead pixel. And of course it's only one dead pixel, not the three dead pixels required to RMA the monitor, so I am stuck staring at it whenever my games are loading or I am on the desktop. Not too bad, but once you know it's there it's hard not to look at it.

Other Thoughts: I guess I'll just have to hope 2 more pixels go out while I still have my warranty.

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Chad I.'s Profile

Display Name: Chad I.

Date Joined: 07/27/11

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 08/02/11
  • Last Review: 11/13/13
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