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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Intel Core M3 4 GB Memory 128 GB SSD 12.3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Solid, Light & Thin
- Works fast enough for HD video
- Impressive screen and sound
- SD Card (micro) support
- Good battery life
- The top of the pen can be used as an eraser in drawing apps

Cons: - Charger - The Surface uses a proprietary charging cable instead of a standard micro usb. The tablet should be portable, but I'm stuck carrying the charge cable whenever I travel. This is a huge design mistake from Microsoft and a reminder that MS is still behind the times. Also, I accidently cracked the little tab on the charge cable, so I had to buy another charger (not cheap). I won't buy another Surface until MS switches to micro usb.
- Windows 10 - Win 10 is difficult to use with a keyboard. Without a keyboard, it can be downright painful. The virtual keyboard is difficult to use and doesn't even have an Alt key.
- Surface pen - The pen has a rounded point which makes it inaccurate to draw with (my main purpose for the tablet). It's also annoying that the pen click it locked to OneNote\Cortana and cannot be set to any application I actually use.
- The screen resolution may be too high (2736x1824) for a 12.3" screen. By default, the icons\fonts are set to 200% to be readable on the screen. Some apps (Notepad2, PhotoShop CS6) ignore that setting and show only tiny text and toolbars. For some unknown reason, half resolution (1368x912) is not a choice in the display settings.
- Limited SSD size - 128gb is easy to fill up. Upgrading this would be difficult because the surface uses an SSD chip, not an SSD drive. Be sure to get a (micro) SD card for additional space.
- Screen collects fingerprints
- The SD card slot is hidden behind the back panel\stand which can be confusing when you first get the SD card.
- No DTS sound. I've installed several DTS codecs, but my DTS movies still have no sound when played on the Surface. They play correctly on my Win10 laptop.
- Action bar swipe in Windows 10. If you swipe from the right side of the screen, the action bar pops up. This is annoying when I'm trying to draw. There is no way to disable the action bar.
- Trusteer Rapport is not compatible with Surface Pro tablets (Trusteer confirmed this).

Other Thoughts: I don't recommend buying this device.
If you're looking for a device to surf the web or watch movies (or drawing), try the Surface 3 Pro. It's cheaper and the lower resolution may actually be better.
If you need to do actual work (Typing\Coding\Spreadsheets), get a good laptop. The Surface is frustrating when you want to work quickly.

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Sharp 43
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Easy setup
USB is in input list so no separate USB button is required and a universal remote can be used.
Sound output uses RCA jacks, not headphone jack. TV volume is separate from sound system volume so they can adjusted separately.

Cons: Poor support for mkv files. Only AAC audio is supported so half of my files are silent. My previous TV (Samsung) played all the files correctly.
USB fast forward is terrible. It is slow at best (16x max). I can't jump through the video.
No visual indication when using fast forward or reverse.

Other Thoughts: I rarely watch actual TV. I watch video files from the USB drive. This TV is very disappointing in this area. It's clear that Sharp did not put much effort into the USB functionality. Not recommended.

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Acer Laptop Aspire V3-572G-543S Intel Core i5 5200U (2.20GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD FHD NVIDIA GeForce GT 840M 15.6
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Lightweight, Full HD, Backlit keyboard

Cons: Poor touchpad, Case design, No CD, Expensive

Other Thoughts: This laptop was a good deal. For some reason, the price shot up significantly. For the current price, there are better laptops to choose from.

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Michael W.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael W.

Date Joined: 02/07/06

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 07/11/11
  • Last Review: 12/28/15
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