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Lenovo B40-80 80LS001JUS 14
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive for Intel CPU machine
Good keyboard
Good screen
Thin for this price tier
Decent construction

Cons: Lots of wasted space inside empty optical drive bay, could have been thinner/smaller.
Strange BIOS/recovery button (you don't just hold DEL at boot, you push a paperclip into a hole)
Trackpad needs a lot of tweaking to get the sensitivity right (update drivers)
Wifi card is 802.11n 1x1, lacks Bluetooth

Other Thoughts: Hard to hold the cons against this machine for a sub-$300 machine. It has a decent amount of bloatware loaded on it that'll take time to remove, but I ended up putting a 120GB SSD in and reinstalling Windows 10 from scratch, which activated itself properly. The drivers were fairly easy to find on Lenovo's site. There are various updates including BIOS but nothing important/relevant has been fixed/improved with the exception of the ELAN trackpad that was greatly improved from the newer driver.

I recommend this machine, but I would definitely clean out the bloatware before putting into service, and as with most laptops, an SSD makes a lot more sense than a mechanical drive. The installation was fairly easy (6 screws to remove cover and drive, 4 more screws to remove drive from tray - all Phillips #0)

Remember to boot from a USB stick to reinstall Windows, you must push the BIOS/recovery button on the bottom right side, and set USB boot Enabled.

I successfully, with some driver hassle, installed Windows 7 Pro x64 on this machine and it works perfectly - the Windows 10 x64 drivers worked in combination with the chipset and IGP drivers from Intel's site.

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HP Laptop 6460B Intel Core i5 2520M (2.50 GHz) 6 GB Memory 128 GB SSD 14.0
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Inexpensive
Fresh Windows 7 image

Cons: Poorly glued corner where machine was previously cracked
Rattles when shaken, near the fan (!)
Keyboard caps have stickers on them to presumably replace worn key etching...is it really too expensive to replace the keyboard?
Oily/not clean
Ding on lid

Other Thoughts: Returning. If I wanted a scratch & dent machine I could have just bought one on Fleabay or from Arrow-Direct for half the price. Joy Systems severely disappoints this time around. If you are going to sell something as refurbished, at least refurbish it and grade the outcome.

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ASUS GeForce GTX 970 TURBO-GTX970-OC-4GD5 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Decent price for an overclocked 970
ASUS warranty\support\software
Free game
Rebate was honored quickly.

Cons: Underperforming blower design
Fan simply doesn't push a lot of air - no comparison to Titan-style coolers
Fan has a rumble...very audible at all speeds - again, no comparison to a Titan cooler.

Other Thoughts: My GTX 770's cooler (the vapor chamber) is substantially better than the 100% plastic cooler ASUS has come up with here. I replaced this card with a PNY 970, also a blower, and also 100% plastic, and the card is quieter and exhausts more air than ASUS' trick "dual intake" cooler that actually doesn't seem to work. Just putting your hand next to the fan is proof enough the air is just being 'blown around' and not actually out the rear of the card. To make it worse, the full ball bearing design is very loud.

In the end, the cooler, the selling point of this model, actually ruins it. Very disappointing.

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Display Name: Timothy W.

Date Joined: 02/10/01

  • Reviews: 50
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  • First Review: 08/11/05
  • Last Review: 02/09/16
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