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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 month to 1 year

Pros: Long battery life. Maybe not six hours but well over 4 on my initial test.
Clear crisp screen.
Light weight.
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 21 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.

Final update: To address the issue of people not able to wake the machine up. I found that if the machine goes to sleep, it will wake up with the use of any key *other* than the power key which is located on the keyboard just like any other key. The natural tendency is to hit the power button to wake it up but it will not.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GRSL
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Good quality RAM with heat spreaders.
Price was good.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I switched from one stick of CAS 11 to this CAS 9 kit. Testing showed that the CAS timing did not make a difference however, going from single channel to double channel seems to make a reasonable difference in test scores. I can't say that I do or don't feel a difference on my laptop.

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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Display Name: Donald M.

Date Joined: 09/27/03


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  • First Review: 01/21/06
  • Last Review: 07/15/16
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