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Acer Laptop Aspire E E5-574G-75N8 Intel Core i7 6500U (2.50 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 940M 15.6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Long battery life. Maybe not six hours but well over 4 on my initial test.
Fast.
Clear crisp screen.
Light weight.
802.11AC
Bluetooth 4.0

Cons: The battery does not look like it is user replaceable.
There seems to be an auto backlight that is glitchy. I'm looking to disable that.
The light weight plastic case is a light weight plastic case.
No optical drive.
No easy access panel to get to RAM/HDD/wireless nic.

Other Thoughts: I needed to replace my old AMD Phenom II x4 N970 laptop. I was surprised to see that CPU comparisons with that old chip showed it to still be current, however, that old laptop died and I wanted one that could preform on a similar level. The discrete graphics means that it does not share any of the system RAM which is a very good thing. The system also seems to manage its power usage very well too. My last laptop would last led than two hours on a charge and this one lasted four hours plus before I plugged it back in.

I am very happy with this purchase.

Update: I wanted to replace the HDD with an SSD. To get to the HDD, you have to remove the entire back plate. Like 18 screws, 1 broken speaker cable, and a broken bit of plastic trying to remove it around the VGA port. I'm not happy with that but once I replace my speakers and finish the upgrades that I want to do, I will never have to mess with it again.

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Corsair RGB K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Backlit RGB LED, Cherry MX Brown (CH-9000065-NA) (Certified Refurbished)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: RGB LED lighting
Great feel
Awesome key travel
Solid build quality

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I haven't used this keyboard much but I love it. While it is listed as a "gaming" keyboard, it doesn't have all of the "over-the-top" flare that you often see. Over sized wrist pads, over complicated adjustable feet and loads of plastic flourish. Those things are not on this unit. I like that. It has fully adjustable RGB LED lighting but for now, I use the default settings and I am happy. There is a button the cycle through 3 levels of brightness plus an off.

I am a poor keyboardist. I lean heavily on my wrists which.... blah, blah, blah. Keys tend to bind on me even with high quality non-mechanical keyboards. I don't see that I will ever have that issue with this keyboard. The brown keys are nice. Low pressure to press and no click.

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Love it! 01/27/2016

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan

Pros: Low cost
Low noise (silent to me)
Great cooling

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I bought one a few years ago for my wife's AMD X6 and it has been flawless. I just bought an Intel 3690x 6 core with HT and I immediately thought of this cooler. I did some research and found several coolers that preformed better, however, the cost, size and weight difference of those other coolers did not make up for the little gain in cooling. I really do like this cooler. My CPU runs cool and the cooler is quiet.

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Display Name: Donald M.

Date Joined: 09/27/03

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