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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GRSL
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast. Low Latency. Zero compatibility issues. G.Skill Reliability.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Worked perfectly as a drop in for my Lenovo Y50.

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SIIG JU-H40A11-S1 4.75
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Sleek compact size. It works even in BIOS/EFI mode. Full speed USB 3.0. SIIG makes good products.

Cons: None.

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Lenovo Y50 (59425944) Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD 8GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast. Awesome bang for your buck hardware wise. Better specs than most machines in this price range. Doesn't suffer from the same heat issues of other slim gaming laptops. Very good speakers for a laptop. Upgrades are limited but as long as you're careful, they don't void the warranty.

Cons: -Stock screen suffers from very poor color reproduction and text was somewhat blurry. The only good thing about it is that it's a TN panel with pretty decent response time.

-Stock 1TB hard drive is painfully slow and loaded with bloatware. Luckily it doesn't effect games once they're loaded.

-Limited ports, only one display out (hdmi)

-Keyboard is slightly smaller than standard and not as rugged as other thinkpad keyboards.

Other Thoughts: With a few pretty simple tweaks and upgrades, this laptop is easily the best in its class.

1. Upgrade the screen. This is the top complaint about this laptop. For about $80 you can ditch the TN panel and get a some very good IPS panels. Popular replacements are the AU Optronics B156HAN01.2 and Samsung LTN156HL01-102. There are videos on youtube that show how to do the upgrade, it's very easy and only takes about 10 mins.

2. Upgrade to an SSD. This is the second biggest complaint about this laptop. The stock hard drive is painfully slow for a gaming machine. With 500GB SSD's going for less than $220, it's a no brainer and makes this machine scream.

3. Install the stock Nvidia drivers. Lenovo is slow to release new drivers and the pre-installed ones have some issues with color. Search google for instructions on how to install the stock Nvidia drivers... it's worth it.

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Date Joined: 06/07/02

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  • Last Review: 09/09/14
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