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MSI GE Series GE60 0ND-042US Notebook Intel Core i7 3610QM (2.30GHz) 8GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great CPU/GPU combination, good storage space, not too heavy considering its size, not too much bloatware and its fairly easy to remove, good build quality, upgradeable components (HDD, RAM) are pretty easy to get at.

As you'd expect of a laptop marketed for gaming, the screen on this looks great - very sharp with great viewing angles. I put it side to side with my ASUS N80Vm and the difference is absolutely night and day.

Cons: Doesn't support 5GHz Wireless-N networking. The BIOS that it shipped with has VT-x disabled and no option to re-enable it (had to flash a custom BIOS). Optimus is expectedly disappointing, but seems to be a necessary evil at this point if you want Nvidia.

Other Thoughts: Compared to many of the other offerings with similar specs (such as ASUS), this is a great price point for what you get.

Another consideration that's neither a "Pro" nor "Con" for me is that Nvidia's driver support for the GTX 660M is *just* appearing (it was in the 6/18/2012 driver update). As of writing, you need to manually modify the driver's INF files to get it to install, but it's worked fine since doing that. Nvidia has said that it was an oversight that some specific models are not recognized by the installer, so in theory it won't be an issue in another few weeks or so.

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Seagate Momentus ST9750420AS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Relatively quiet, good price for good capacity (during sales, anyway), speeds are where they should be.

Cons: Nothing offhand.

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Linksys E2000 Wireless Router Selectable Dual Band Gigabit 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz up to 300Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Not too bulky, less ugly than a lot of other routers, supported by DD-WRT, 5GHz Wireless-N support.

Cons: Runs a little warm (see also the "Other thoughts" section), dual-band means you can run broadcast at either 2.4 or 5GHz, not both simultaneously.

Other Thoughts: As other reviews have noted, I think this works best with DD-WRT installed rather than the default firmware. It flashes in a pinch and is fully supported, so you get a great feature set with very little hassle.

The stock firmware also runs the processor at a slightly overclocked frequency, from what I've read. Using DD-WRT to downclock it back to the stock frequency level hasn't affected the performance at all and allows it to run quite a bit cooler.

Overall, very satisfied over the last 6 months. Haven't had any network issues yet. I don't think I've even needed to reboot it in the time I've had it except to flash DD-WRT, whereas my old router needed a reboot about once a month to fix connectivity issues.

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Carter D.'s Profile

Display Name: Carter D.

Date Joined: 01/17/08

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 01/22/08
  • Last Review: 06/21/12
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