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iRULU Walknbook 10.1-Inch Tablet PC - Quad Core, 2-in-1 32GB Hybrid Laptop, IPS Display, Plastic Cover, Microsoft Windows 10 OS, Soft Detachable Keyboard With Stand - Grey
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Pros: Unboxed the tablet, keyboard, and power cord. The first impression was this looks like a good unit, and I had high hopes, I really wanted to like this. IF you want more than just a tablet, this windows 10 interface is familiar to many. Charged it to full before using. Changing from tablet to Windows 10 mode can be done in several ways, and worked rather well.

Created a user and started using it, the tablet has a weak connection to the keyboard case. On a table or other hard surface, this is not a problem. On any other softer surface, the connection fails too easily. Eventually I logging out, and moved back to a table for a hard surface.

Cons: When using this unit as a Windows 10 interface, the track pad randomly detects phantom movements, and minimizes the current window to the task bar, which I found to be very annoying.

I found using applications, even simple ones like web browsing to be really slow, keystrokes failed react, causing one to enter again, only to find they eventually catch up. I tried to play video on Netflix, but it failed to run. Other video sources looked ok. The speakers are only meh sounding, rather tinny. I had no static like others had.

After logging out, for some strange reason, the password would no longer work. I tried the case keyboard, the screen keyboard and the password prompt keyboard. After a couple dozen attempts, it finally worked. I then tried to change the password, however it would not take the password again.

I ended up making a new user. This time, it would not let me make a normal userid, I had to use an email address for a username. I made a user for my wife, so she can contribute to the review. The need for a email address annoyed her a lot.

The virtual keyboard is not do swipe enabled, like most tablets and phones are. When using unit without the keyboard case, for example clicking the search bar, the virtual keyboard did not come up automatically for text boxes, like tablets do, one needs to click on the keyboard icon to use the virtual keyboard, or choose to use windows 10 tablet mode. This split personality between acting like a laptop and a tablet can be annoying.

When trying to sign in to a popular shopping web site, the virtual keyboard entered password would not work. Switching to use the keyboard case and the same password then worked.

When using the keyboard case, the cover area near the track pad can flip over and cover the keyboard. this needed to be moved under the cover, especially when not on a hard flat surface.

When making a new user it took too many minutes to go through the windows configuration screen, which was annoying.

While using the device it decided to show the message "updating windows your pc will restart several times", the screen image was auto rotated to portrait mode, even tho the tablet has always been in landscape mode.

At this point I starting timing the windows update. It was 51 minutes to the first reboot, which was really a slow boot, resumed at only 30%. At the updating time of 1 hour and 2 minutes was another reboot and it resumed at 75%. There was one more reboot again at one hour and 10 minutes, and which point it was finished. This is horrible for a tablet.

Other Thoughts: If you are a huge fan on Windows 10, or a Microsoft fanboy, you will probably like this. If you want a laptop, you should pass on this and get a real laptop. If you want a tablet, you should pass on this and get a real tablet.

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Corsair Force LE 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Good quality drive and price 03/27/2016

This review is from: Corsair Force LE 2.5" 240GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F240GBLEB

Pros: The speed I measured matched the vendors speed. The drive was easy to install. The vendor web site contains a software toolbox to update firmware, check on SMART, and clone drives. I was able to clone my smaller SSD and boot from this.

Cons: This is a bare drive, you need to provide your own screws (or other mounting brackets) and cables.

Other Thoughts: The performance and price of this drive made it a good bang for the buck.

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII RANGER LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The first thing I did was read several forum posts and NewEg reviews to create a list of initial actions I needed to do in order to minimize trouble with this board. I have never had to prepare so much with any other board, including making sure the memory is on their approved list. Making sure you have the current bios using a USB flash drive and running memtest are required. Make sure you have a XMP profile working.

Once you have stability, have fun playing with over clocking and exploring the features of the board. There are many features included worth trying before you get to far down the path of installing applications, so you can revert to known settings with less pain.

Using DDR4 memory is a nice feature, once you have memory that you know will work with this board. DDR3 is still cheaper and matches performance.

Cons: Too much up front preparation, tweaking, testing, and worrying is needed.

I wish the amount of USB 2 ports were actually USB 3 ports. this is rather limiting for no good reason.

Considering the amount of up front preparation to avoid compatibility problems, the amount of testing, I think the price point is rather close to the next boards in the line, which do not have these issues.

No memory profile presets or three way SLI.

Other Thoughts: This board has many good features, which should make the board cheaper than those boards which have every feature, time will tell if this works out considering all the grief so many have had getting it to work.

Updating the bios was straight forward, and worked the first time. THe over clocking settings are easy enough to use, I had a non-geek friend try a few and they had no trouble understanding what they were doing. Other boards could learn from this.

Other than too many USB 2 ports, I did not have a way to test the USB 3.1 port C connector.

Don't forget to check their website to get teh latest versions of the utilities.

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