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Lenovo Laptop G50-80 (80E501U3US) Intel Core i5 5200U (2.20GHz) 6GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 5500 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Good value and lightweight. The all plastic case feels a little cheap after using Samsung Chronos, and Dell Precision Laptops with metal housings, but this didn't cost anywhere near what those models cost and is also much lighter. Screen is bright and keyboard is large and comfortable. Optical drive is a plus since a lot of slimlines are not including them. Battery life is good at 2.5 hours or so for web browsing and regular tasks like data entry, office productivity. Case is matte finish and doesn't show fingerprints or get "slimy" to the touch when using the palmrest or trackpad. The trackpad itself is responsive unlike other brands like ASUS and Samsung. Latest Intel Chipset and Video which is a plus.

Cons: Windows 7 was difficult to get installed because the wifi and Bluetooth drivers offered by Lenovo didn't work. There was another driver that said the system wasn't supported but I cannot remember which one it was. I ended up getting the drivers from Lenovo for the Bluetooth and wifi from my own internet search that came from another model. All other aspects of the W7 downgrade were fine. Change bios to use legacy support worked fine, backed up my W8 key before hand with produkey for reinstall later and made restore discs before the downgrade. Also Intel support was somewhat lacking with this being the newest intel chipset.

Other Thoughts:
Broadcom Wifi Driver for W7
Broadcom Bluetooth Driver for W7
Broadcom Wifi Lan Software for Keyboard Switch to Work

COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan with Pulse Width Modulation
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent replacement fan for the Coolermaster Hyper 212 series coolers. This is rated at much higher hours and similar airflow but with even more reduced noise.

Cons: None, but maybe price?

Other Thoughts: Orange and black color scheme looks good with other xigmatek and cougar cases. Otherwise, it might look out of place in the usual red/blue lighted cases. Great fan though!

Acer Laptop Aspire E E1-571-6856 Intel Core i5 3230M (2.60GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Has a decent clocked i5, and a WD 500Gb HD. Windows 7 was preinstalled with a fairly standard bios. 4GB ram is definitely good enough for a while. The laptop feels quick even after installing my preferred AV/Malware combo of Eset NOD32 Antivirus and Malwarebytes Pro. Definitely a little better than what was on the shelves at the local stores for the same money. Vanilla Intel build, with HD 4000 Graphics, but also not cluttered with junkware or Windows 8. Trackpad is accurate and works well. Keyboard has an average feel to it compared to other chicklets, and spaced out with room to type.

Cons: Low res screen, which I knew about before purchase, and also some starting issues have been an issue with my friend who borrows the laptop as well. I have had no startup issues at all, so I am unsure if it was just operator error. Will post back if it continues. I personally disabled hibernate and just use sleep mode with no trouble, but it could have been a fairly common hibernate issue before I disabled it.

Other Thoughts: I can't comment on gaming ability since it is primarily a work laptop, but casual gaming and flash/java gaming should be no trouble as well as the average MMO. Fast startup, good drive, higher clocked i5. Happy so far.


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Display Name: Donald M.

Date Joined: 03/09/01

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  • First Review: 02/13/06
  • Last Review: 02/26/14
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