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Acer Aspire ES1-511-C59V Notebook Intel Celeron N2830 (2.16GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 15.6
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Good specs for its price
Surprisingly solid build quality
Surprising good battery battery life
Able to be a wireless hotspot
Speakers can be heard decently
Good line-out audio quality
Decent screen
Add-ons that actually improve Windows 8 usability
A webcam
Keyboard's alright

Cons: Low general upgrade potential/costly to upgrade(see other thoughts)
No operating system USB
McAfee anti-virus installed(and a few other bloatwares)
Speaker audio quality is somewhat low but passable
Lack of pronounced buttons on touchpad kills usability

Other Thoughts: The stock hard drive in a thin 2.5in drive, which greatly limits hard drive upgrade options. A bigger drive will not fit the mounting setup in the computer.

Even though the computer does not come with an optical drive, it does have the ability to add one. This means one could add an aftermarket optical drive or 2nd hard drive via a caddy designed to used that slot. One screw holds the place-holder piece for the slot.

The system is easy to breakdown, making most repairs or upgrades fairly easy provided you can afford them. The system basically uses a tablet motherboard and processor so the insides are surprisingly roomy. Essentially, your upgrades are limited to ram & hard drive, though. The ram is under the motherboard, btw.

The hinge covers will likely make any work or upgrades in the screen area a nightmare. Also, a potential break point to watch out of.

Overall, for the price, this a pretty computer, but it's going to need much more use/testing to see if it's really a solid purchase. So far so good.

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Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B30 120/50 MB/s (read/write) USB 3.0 Swivel Flash Drive Black
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Unlike the most negative review, my drive is fairly fast. Around 30 megabytes per second write in USB 3 & 20 in USB 2. Copying files over in USB 3 topped out at the transfer speed of my hard drive, so can't complain there.

Cons: None for me. Shipping is a bit slow, but thanks to other reviewers I bought this drive knowing that.

Other Thoughts: I'm just waiting to see how long this drive lasts, but so far so good.

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Visual Land Red 2GB MP3 Player ME-953
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs The best purchase I've made in months 12/30/2010

This review is from: Visual Land Red 2GB MP3 Player ME-953

Pros: Good regular audio quality, with the EQ presets being surprising good(all were tested with a variety of headphones & earbuds). The earbugs that came with my player(that I didn't know I would be getting) are quite good. I've owned many earbuds over the years & these are the second best I've ever had(2nd only to a set that costs more than this MP3 player), because of both clear audio quality & the higher than average ability to output bass(matching the output of full headphones).

The screen is pretty easy to read despite it's small size & the menus are fairly easy to navigate. Also, the battery life is as good as advertised. It is as easy to put songs on as an MP3 should be(just hook it up, open the player, & drag songs onto it). Lastly, the Micro SD slot allows you to expand the capacity of the player at a very low cost.

Cons: I can't figure out how to setup the Custom EQ that the device is advertised to have. There's no mention of it in the manual. I've been through the various menus a few times & couldn't find it, so I'm going to assume that it's a mistakenly listed feature.
Even though the biggest selling point to this product for me was the Custom EQ, not having that feature isn't as disappoint as I expected, since the Presets are actually really good. However, I do have to deduct points for not having it(or at least not having it where I can find & use it), which gives it a 9 out of 10, rather than a 10 out of 10.

Other Thoughts: Despite the built-in speaker being smaller than my thumbnail, it puts out a surprisingly decent amount of volume. At full volume, I could hear it in the next room with the player being across the other room(which was unexpected, but tested anyway).

As a minor, the music transfer rate could be a bit faster, but it is adequate. Finally, the belt clip holds surprisingly well, which is a good plus.

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James M.'s Profile

Display Name: James M.

Date Joined: 10/10/06

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 02/16/10
  • Last Review: 07/15/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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