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DELL Inspiron M531R Notebook AMD A-Series A8-5545M (1.70GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8510G 15.6
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Power:
-- quad-core processor
--12GB of RAM
--1TB HDD

-Connectivity:
-ethernet
-integrated 802.11
-Bluetooth
-HDMI
-USB [2x 3.0]
-USB [2x 2]

Cons: No touchscreen, no 5 GHZ wifi

Other Thoughts: Compares favorably with models costing twice as much...
...because the quad-core processor, 12GB of RAM and 1TB HDD are not currently the performance specs for similarly priced computers, but for those costing twice as much. Maybe this model is reaching the end of Dell's production life, or perhaps the absence of a touch screen and 5GHZ wireless option has moved it into the "bargain priced" laptop domain, but one thing is for sure: if the absence of a touch screen is something you can live with (and I certainly can): you're not likely to find a more capable machine in this price range.

Good connectivity options (ethernet, integrated 802.11, Bluetooth, HDMI output and USB [2x 3.0 and 2x USB 2]).l

After loading an Office Professional suite, an anti-virus program and the normal set of PC utility programs I use (inclduing a screen capture tool and audio editor, boot time from power off is an astonishing 24 seconds (12 seconds to my user splash screen, and 12 more for the desktop to be ready to use). Shutdown time to full power of is less than 20 seconds.

I don't yet have a consistent sense of battery life, which is going to variable depending on power management settings (including an "ultra long life" setting that will maximize available charge time).

For a mass market laptop, this computer arrived surprisingly free of bloatware/trialware.

Super responsive to productivity tasks, and so far has handled light video processing just fine.

Long term durability is TBD, but for most users, this is going to outpunch others in its weight class.

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SanDisk Ultra Plus SDSSDHP-064G-G25 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Inexpensive SSD solution (for small data volume needs) 07/04/2014

This review is from: SanDisk Ultra Plus SDSSDHP-064G-G25 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: -inexpensive SSD
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Cons: -if you don't need SATA, consider SD instead

Other Thoughts: ..for those without massive data storage needs.
-Good for Linux users, as a an OS boot drive in a multi-drive system, or for backup/portability for users that aren't overflowing with data files.
-Instantly recognized by two separate Windows 7 machines. In my desktop, USB 3 transfer speeds to/from an external enclosure were around 80 MB/sec.
-Fairly pricey (you can get the same capacity in an SD card for about half the price).

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HP 85A Black LaserJet Toner Cartridge (CE285A)
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs nce you've selected your printer hardware...what else can you do? 10/31/2013

This review is from: HP 85A Black LaserJet Toner Cartridge (CE285A)

Pros: OEM for HP 1102w
1800 pages estimated

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Once you've settled on your printer hardware, your only other choice is whether to go with the manufacturer's cartridges or an aftermarket "equivalent". I go with the OEM, and have had nothing but satisfactory result from HP cartridges.

Watch for sales and select with confidence for your HP printer.

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Dean H.'s Profile

Display Name: Dean H.

Date Joined: 11/26/02

  • Reviews: 25
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 09/01/12
  • Last Review: 02/15/15
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