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Pros: 1) A lot of RAM for the price
2) Compatible with many motherboard manufacturers
3) Very fast RAM
Cons: 1) CAS Latency isn't the best
2) Only running in single channel
Other Thoughts: I bought this kit to replace the 4GB DDR3L stick that was in my new Lenovo G50-80E1, and after popping them in, I noticed that load times were significantly cut, and I was able to multitask easily without any perceivable lag. It just works--plain and simple.
After running a Windows Performance Index test, it scored a 6.9 on memory, achieving a bandwidth of 6800 MB/s. That's pretty quick. However, I think AMD limits these two sticks of RAM to single channel, and this may be faster in a comparable Intel setup.
Pros: 1) Surprisingly good at multitasking, especially with upgraded RAM and SSD
2) Integrated AMD Radeon R5 graphics make 1080p video playback smooth, and some gaming experience is possible
3) Decent battery life when power saving mode and half brightness on the LCD screen are enabled (3-6 hours, depending on use)
4) Thin and lightweight for the features included
Cons: 1) At 4GB RAM, performance is slightly sluggish
2) Does not have gigabit ethernet
3) Does not have 802.11ac wireless
4) The included 500GB HDD is slow
5) Accutype keyboard not as good as previous Lenovo keyboards
6) Keyboard not backlit
7) Front-facing webcam is only 640x480 resolution
Other Thoughts: I bought this laptop as a replacement for my aging Alienware M11x R1 since it temporarily was out of order. This laptop was on sale, and I decided to buy it since I would be using it primarily for grad school.
When I ran it out of the box, it was reasonably fast for the price. It's a much better value than any netbook in the same price range. However, I knew that I would be wanting more RAM and a faster SSD.
After installing 16GB of G.SKILL DDR3L RAM and a 240GB Patriot Blaze SSD, this laptop is incredibly quick. Boot times are under a minute, multitasking is achieved with ease, and aside from the graphics scoring a 4.6 on the Windows Experience Index, everything else was above a 7. This is amazing for a budget laptop with a few upgraded parts.
While the AMD Radeon R5 M230 isn't an incredible graphics card, it will still play League of Legends at a smooth 30-35 fps at 720p on high settings, and more demanding games will most likely still run on low settings.
A suggestion: before switching to an SSD, I would recommend taking a USB flash drive and making a recovery drive for Windows 8.1 using the USB 3.0 port. It makes reinstalling Windows on the new drive much easier and faster.
Lastly, I know it is not the fault of Newegg, but I had to RMA the first laptop I had because of a non-working headphone port and stuck pixel on the LCD screen. Newegg was quick to rectify the issue, though, and I got my new laptop about 1-2 weeks later. Lenovo might want to work on its quality control, even if these are budget laptops.
Pros: - Easy to install
- You can secure two 2.5" drives quite easily without screws
Cons: - Price point
Other Thoughts: I ordered this item from a certain other online retailer because of my Prime subscription, but it was called the CREMAX PRO, although it had the same model number (MB028SP). And when it arrived two days later, the box said ICY DOCK. Weird.
Anyway, I purchased this to house a Samsung 840 EVO 120gb 2.5" SSD and a 250gb Hitachi 7200 rpm 2.5" HDD in my PC case, and it fit right in.
It's a rather clever device, using springs and a peg to conform to the length of whatever drive you insert into the bay, and then it's clipped in there by a thumb switch. Out of all the other options to house 2.5" drives in a 3.5" bay, this one made the most sense. And the build quality seems pretty good.
Another thing of note, though. I noticed that the 7mm thickness drives have a bit of room to move. The bays are meant to accommodate thicker standard 2.5" HDD's. But then again, SSD's don't have any moving parts, so it's of little to no consequence.