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Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p (59406636) Gaming Notebook Intel Core i7 4700MQ (2.40GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB + 8GB SSHD HDD Dual NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M SLI 2GB 15.6
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast processor that is almost as fast as my i7-3770K desktop, Dual SLI graphics handle most any game on ultra, great keyboard, great monitor. Some of the included apps are useful but Poki sucks. WIN 8 PRO +8.1 + Lenovo updates solves that problem, upgradeable to SSD and 16GB saves the day.

Cons: Fingerprint magnet, should have been made with a 17.1" screen instead of 15.6", slow SSHD, not enough USB ports, hard to clone SSHD, needs more memory, kind of heavy, power supply brick is the size of a real brick, limited BIOS options, mSata drive bay not populated with a connector which is a real buzkill. It's a $0.75 part Lenovo!?!!

Other Thoughts: This is an awesome gaming laptop that is almost perfect. I tried 4 different programs to clone the SSHD to a SSD but none of them worked. So I ordered the OS disks from Lenovo, which were oddly numbered BTW, to install the OS clean on an SSD. Here's what you need to do to this machine to make it perfect: Order a Samsung 840 EVO 500GB to 1TB, reinstall OS using disks from Lenovo so you keep the recovery function and added apps. Replace 8GB RAM with 16GB GSkill 1600. Make sure you get the low voltage type. Install Win 8 PRO then upgrade it to 8.1 then install all Lenovo updates. Get rid of Metro on your start screen. Get a decent cooler with extra USB ports and a built in bay for the SSHD you removed and use it for backups. Leave it's partitioning intact in case you ever need to return the laptop to Lenovo. After doing all of your Lenovo updates first, make a recovery disk on a USB flash drive and check it. Do the same on a SDHC and label and stash them. I have no problems with the built in wireless but if you need more speed get an ASUS USB-N53. They are wicked fast. Don't skimp on your home wifi router. Get one with dual band and real antennas. Install a good wifi analyzer app and you will see what I mean. Install software/games then backup with Acronis. Get a good wireless mouse with it's own dongle. Don't try to use BT for your mouse, it will suck. Get a wireless Xbox controller and BT headphones. Disable touchpad. Take it to work and impress your coworkers. Lather, rinse, repeat and enjoy.

ADATA DashDrive UV128 16GB Flash Drive Model AUV128-16G-RBY
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good Workhorse USB3 03/11/2014

This review is from: ADATA DashDrive UV128 16GB Flash Drive Model AUV128-16G-RBY

Pros: Fast speeds, reliable so far, capless design, cheap

Cons: Somewhat bulky/generic look, slider needs to be held in place while inserting into USB plug, doesn't come with lanyard.

Other Thoughts: I did a speed test with CrystalDiskMark for both the 16GB and 32GB units on a USB3 port, here are the results which are pretty good considering the price for these:

ADATA DashDrive UV128/16GB USB3.0 Random Data

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World :
* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

Sequential Read : 38.579 MB/s
Sequential Write : 26.036 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 36.798 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 15.298 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 4.012 MB/s [ 979.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.769 MB/s [ 187.6 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 5.052 MB/s [ 1233.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.798 MB/s [ 194.9 IOPS]

Test : 50 MB [J: 0.0% (0.0/14.6 GB)] (x1)
Date : 2014/03/11 16:22:23
OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)

ADATA DashDrive UV128/32GB USB3.0 Random Data

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World :
* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

Sequential Read : 109.701 MB/s
Sequential Write : 56.263 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 98.726 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 37.214 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 6.918 MB/s [ 1688.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.173 MB/s [ 286.3 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 8.702 MB/s [ 2124.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.282 MB/s [ 312.9 IOPS]

Test : 50 MB [J: 0.2% (0.0/29.2 GB)] (x1)
Date : 2014/03/11 8:19:25
OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)

As you can see the 32GB model is considerably faster than the 16GB one...

ZALMAN Notebook Cooler with 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Decent cooler with SATAII bay 02/10/2014

This review is from: ZALMAN Notebook Cooler with 2.5" Sata HDD Drive Bay in the back ZM-NC2500 Plus

Pros: Very quiet, excellent cooling, Only cooler I found on Newegg with a built in 2.5" HDD/SSD bay, 3 USB2 ports on back, rear facing fans, cools the entire bottom of the Notebook, Adjustable fan speed control but very quiet on highest setting, sucks air in from back and out through the top, comes with dual USB2 Y adapter to get more power of of the PC, big enough for most notebooks and maybe too big for others.

Cons: Bulky, USB2, SATAII, Y USB input connectors are fat and won't fit side by side in my Lenovo Y510P, heavy. So I just use one in a USB3 port which provides plenty of power.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for my Lenovo Y510P with dual GT750M cards and it keeps those and the most of the whole bottom cool. The USB2 and SATAII are a buzzkill. I'm tempted to "upgrade" them to USB3 and SATAIII but don't want to void my warranty just yet. There is plenty of room inside the case to customize but changing the SATA controller would be tricky. This thing would be awesome if it had those upgrades. I get just around 20MBs transfer rate to a Sandisk Extreme SSD installed in the bay. Seems like a waste of a good SSD so I will be replacing that with a slower HDD to do system image backups and possibly extra data/games. Unit is a big handful when paired with the heavy notebook. You don't need the Y connector or the extra wallwart if you use a USB3 port on your notebook. Get it on sale.


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Date Joined: 03/24/13

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