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This review is from: EVGA TEGRA NOTE 7 Tablet - 16GB Flash, 1GB RAM Quad Core NVIDIA Tegra 4
Pros: I am a power PC user and always have been. I never thought that a tablet could replace a PC. However since I have had this thing, the only thing that I have turned out my computer to do was to print some papers as my wifi printer wasn't hooked up. Once it is though, that helicopter sounding furnace I call a monster pc may only get turned on in the depths of central California winter. This thing is amazing. It is better then a computer, faster, just as responsive, has a great screen, audio and the stylus, which I am learning how to use is amazing. I am having trouble putting this thing down. Even when I am sitting in front of my computer, I find myself using this thing to send text messages, Skype and use Google hangouts. The most amazing feature is the voice recognition which I use extensively to send text messages and write emails. Voice dictation with the tablet is amazing and I have it linked to my Google profile as I have been using it on my Motorola photon for years now. Now that Google has enabled hangouts to make phone calls and send sms messages to phones, you really can use this thing for everything. Another amazing feature is that you can use the stylus to sign pdf's. I wrote a letter on my pc saved it as a pdf and then sent it to the tablet to sign it to make it official. Although I consider myself a closet gamer, playing Ghost Recon online and some other games, I really have not gamed much on this tablet. I bought it as an e-reader for eBooks that they issued us for school and it works great, (although I really don't like having an eBook that requires internet connections). Hooking into a terminal server through work, this thing has proven even more powerful by giving you the power of windows seven with MS office on it. It juggles between windows and apps seamlessly allowing you true multi-tasking on a tablet, even when using video chat apps. I don't think that their is anything that this thing can't do that a full blown computer can't do. I purchased this item specifically over nexus seven (which I have had) or other device specifically because of the stylus and because it contains mini-hdmi output to connect to anything and it is expandable via an sd-card. Kudos to evga on this tablet.
Cons: I have used this thing for about 4 hours straight bouncing between browsing, e-reading, video chat, IP telephoning before running down the battery. By about that time, I figured its time to take a break anyways. Although that is not really a con, nor am I taking points away for it, I do want to mention it as this is a strong point for many people to purchase it. I also noticed that even though It is fully charged and if I do not do it, the battery drains significantly over a 24 hour period. It will go down to around 70-60 percent with non-use. I am not sure how long it will last without charging it even when you are not using it. Not sure if I can send it to sleep when it is not being used.
The biggest con that they don't make a phone like this!
When is the next NVidia phone coming out??
Other Thoughts: I was going to buy one of these when they were on sale last week for fifty bucks off but unfortunately they sold out. I was lucky enough to find an open box deal for even ten bucks cheaper. Came like brand new with everything in the box and fully tested from EVGA.
I wasn't sure how much I wanted to invest into this tablet or if it would work because I got it open box at a steep discount, but will most likely invest in the cover and a 33 meg sd card to load some music and movies onto.
Although I have not used it yet, I am excited about the Miracast direct Wi-Fi option the tablet contains and can't wait to hi-jack a big screen at work display a presentation or something to that affect.
I also have not connected it to my computer yet. For those that have compained that the ports are sensitive and broke, I will only respond that this is not a kids toy like the rubberized drop resistant tablet my 3 year old nephew has. This is a serious work-horse machine for an amazing price that can give you hours of joy and really make your life more efficient.
Pros: This is an extremely awesome processor. I paired it with a ga-z77x-d3h mobo, 16 gigs of gskill ripjaw ram, a corsair h8o watercooler and an NVidia 650ti gtx.
This system ran everything I threw at it in low cpu cycles but a little high on the temp sometimes pushing in excess of 70c when serial compressing dvds using handbrake. I never reached anywhere near max cpu usage on any games including bioshock 3, assasins creed 3, skyrim (which I never really played much) and the new tom Clancy splinter cell.
I overclocked this bad boy outtta the box by a gig per core at 4.4ghz and locked in the voltage at the intel spec. I will go into detail later of why it is soo important to make sure your voltage is locked and not set to auto. This cpu was the best bang for the buck when I bought it and probably still is today considering that you can compress a two hour move in about half an hour at hi-def with stereo surround.
Cons: My precious CPU finally gave up on me. I have not heard after combin through the forums of many problems with this cpu so I wanted to post here just as a heads up...
So I have had this guy oc'd for almost a year now with no issues. It got hot with a stock processor h/s I had on it for a few months before I upgraded to one of the corsairs, which I have to say if you can find one on sale, then get it.
However, within the past few weeks, I had something happen with the computer, I can't remember what I was doing, and I had to reset the bios. now the only way to do that is get on the case opened and hit the cmos jumpers with the screw-driver. However that revers all cpu/voltage settings to auto which I think is where the problem came in. I didn't think anything of it as I thought this processor was indestructible. Seriously compressing dozens of dvds overnight keeps that sucker at 78c for hours on end. Prime 95 for example only gets the core up to 45c maybe.
So I kept the voltage on auto and never really paid much attention to it. I made sure the first couple of times to make sure that it was locked, not normal, but set at the 1.225 that it is supposed to be at. setting it to normal can have a tendency to drift.... So Like I said, this time I did not set the voltage. So the computer has run on full auto-pilot for the past few weeks. I ran my usual gamut of activities with the computer staying on 24-7 for the past few weeks. compress some videos, a few quick games of hawken, maybe an hour or two here or there in splinter cell. Then for some reason or other, I kinda got a bug in my rump and decided to bump up the MHz to 4800/core. It rebooted, It ran 3dmark fine and i went to sleep and in the morning I woke up with turned out to be a perpetual bsod.
Other Thoughts: Being the technically savy person that I am, I tried everything I could. It turned out that the raid driver for the mobo had gone bad. I had a horrible time to replace it but got back in eventually. Disk repair, once or twice, roll back to previous date. I even reinstalled windows over the existing raid so I can get in and salvage my files. nothing would prevent that bsod from persisting and every time almost a different error. I un-oc'd the cpu and set everything back to stock. Even with new windows and a refresh on the raid, nothing would prevent the bsod with almost every possible imaginable error code you can imagine. rolling through thru the web, I found out that the cpu codes meant that one of the cores is failing to pick up instruction set. (whenever the cpu is oc'd and at standard voltage) I can't remember the code off the top of my head because the computer is dead and its not really worth turning it on because I know that it will bsod again after a few minutes. anyways, what I am trying to say, is that no matter if you even keep this core cool, you can still kill your cpu with voltage via thermal electric migration. Now I have not killed a cpu since I had the same issue with northwoods ten years ago, but it very likely seems like 2600k is a likeable candidate for SDS. I would give this processor all the eggs in the world if I hadn't killed it, but that is not the processors fault, and I think I did give it 5 eggs in a previous review, however I think it is really important to warn the other fanboyz and grrls out there that I have been reading about the processor burning up and wanted to share my experience. In the meantime I just signed up for the intel performance tuning protection plan to see if I can get a swap on this bad boyee. $25 within a year of purchase of certain approved cpus will get you a one time replacement in case it bites the big one. The only thing is I have to wait a month to see what happens and if they approve the rma. Did my cpu die all it once? No. It still boots. Can I do much with it? No. It ran prime for an hour with no problem, however any oc at all gets bsod and doing almost anything else like tryin to watch a video gets bsod. I am hoping that the PTPP is legit so I don't have to shell out the loot for a new cpu. If I had to get a new one would I get the same one? hell yeah. (well maybe the 3770) Would I OC, the next one.... probably not. I don't think that there is a need to. besides the percentage increase was not linear with the ghz increase as you will see from my last post. Let me know if anyone else has any similar experiences.....READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I thought it was a good deal for this refurbished elite book and was quite disappointed at what I received. There is nothing like having friends rely on you to help them get a deal on a laptop and you get a ham. This machine is not covered under a newegg standard warranty. It is covered only under 'Replacement' which is a horrible thing that I have to deal with the MFG now and pay for another LAPTOP out of pocket now to deliver this week and I get stuck with a piece of junk replacement that I don't need.
Cons: This computer was full of embedded food and dirt not just under the keys in the keyboard, (you think that they would replace a keyboard that only costs $15 dollars when they refurbish a laptop), but there was food and dirt embedded into the speaker grills in the front of the laptop also. Their were smudges and food pressed onto the screen like it had not even been wiped off. The headphone jack does not work, so its useless for movies or music. The computer has blue screened a couple of times and does not warn you when the battery gets low. It just shuts itself down. The screen also has had a tendency to black out for a few seconds here and there, and I have only used this thing for a few hours so far.
Other Thoughts: I have bought more then a few refurbished laptops from newegg and never received one in this poor condition before. Generally I buy Acer laptops but this guy wanted an HP. My guess is that this was not refurbished by HP at all but through some third party reverse logistics business like UPS where they have poor standards of work.READ FULL REVIEW