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SAMSUNG Series 3 NP365E5C-S01US Notebook AMD A-Series A8-4500M (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7640G 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cheap for the specs on paper.

Cons: Wow. Would never buy again. Regretting this purchase. Probably going to try returning it. The main reason I bought this to replace my 18-month-old Acer laptop was that I was tired of not having gigabit LAN and USB 3.0.

Imagine my disappointment to find that the "USB 3.0" ports do not provide a single lick of improvement over USB 2.0. Believe me, I know what I'm doing, I've used these same external toshiba USB 3.0 drives on other machines and seen blazing performance, but this was just pathetic. So there goes half the rationale for buying this.

Also, the combination of Samsung bloatware and lipstick-on-a-pig Windows 8 makes the performance of this machine just utterly pathetic. Is Microsoft assuming everyone has an SSD now, and tough luck if you don't?

The hard drive is actually noisy, which is something I thought was a thing of the past. And usually the hard drive is crunching away for no good or apparent reason.

Fan is quite noisy as well unless the PC is doing absolutely nothing. So overall if you're looking for a laptop that won't distract you from your work in a quiet room, this is not a good choice. I even turned on the supposed Samsung utility to reduce fan noise (yes they include one) and it didn't help at all.

Some of the Samsung bloatware was literally CRASHING upon first boot of the machine. Not a good sign.

Keyboard is annoying offset, with the "G-H" center of the keyboard not only to the left of the physical center of the machine, but also to the left of center of the trackpad. There's no excuse for that.

In Device Manager, the Realtek hardware for the SD Card Reader is showing a yellow exclamation mark. I didn't actually try to read or write an SD card, but there's no excuse for a brand-new machine reporting hardware driver problems.

In the image-based backup software that I use, when I went to burn a recovery CD, it reported that it could not find a valid USB 3.0 driver. Undoubtedly that has something to do with the fact that USB 3.0 is not running at USB 3.0 speeds.

I had my power settings and trackpad settings all configured the way I wanted them, and Lo, a Samsung "update" went and reconfigured them all back to the defaults. Thanks Samsung.

Other Thoughts: You get what you pay for. What I thought was a well-spec'd machine for the money is actually a poor performer. Maybe this would be OK for a child or student, but if you're counting on all those fancy specs to mean something...don't.

TOSHIBA MQ01ABD100 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works.

Cons: NOT QUIET. HAS VERY LOUD CLICKING. This came as in internal drive in my Arctic MC001, which is supposed to be a completely noiseless, fanless HTPC. However, the terrible clicking that this drive gives off during normal operations can clearly be heard during quiet times from across my living room. As a result, I am having to replace it.

Other Thoughts: I'm sure there are lots of application where a clicking hard drive would not be objected to. But trying to use it in a "silent" HTPC is not one of them. Bad choice, Arctic.

WD TV Live Hub 1TB Media Center - WDBABZ0010BBK-NESN
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Garbage 02/25/2013

This review is from: WD TV Live Hub 1TB Media Center - WDBABZ0010BBK-NESN

Pros: Would be great if it worked. Impressive if you've never seen a media streamer before.

Cons: Worked OK at first, but has gotten progressively worse. Must be some log file filling up or something: It can no longer go a single day without suddenly not being able to play movies or videos any more. Hard-rebooting will fix it for a while, but the time periods that it is "fixed" are growing shorter and shorter and are now lesss than a day.

Other Thoughts: WD: You are welcome to buy this device from me for only $250, I'm sure that will help you to perform the QA/Testing/Troubleshooting that you should have done before you sold this piece of garbage to me.

On the plus side, this device has made me increase my knowledge of building my own HTPC and has given Roku even more business. Good job WD.


Ralph E.'s Profile

Display Name: Ralph E.

Date Joined: 04/06/09

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 01/13/10
  • Last Review: 03/16/13
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