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Apple MacBook Pro Intel Core i7 16GB DDR3 512GB SSD 15.4
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Nicest laptop I've ever used. The IPS 2880x1800 display is amazing, the CPU is great, the 16GB ram is good, the discrete graphics are good enough to play any of my games. It's thin and light, first laptop I've ever had that I can use for gaming or work, and is light enough to carry around, with great battery life. I bootcamp windows 7 64 bit (for gaming and work) and use OS X just for fun, I like web browsing and email/calendar in OS X. I run parallels to run my bootcamp windows install in a VM when needed. 90% of the time I'm running this natively with win 7 though.

Huge price drop here from when it first came out, a similar config then was close to $3500.

Cons: For windows users, you are missing the DEL key and the prtscrn key (Del is backspace, FN-DEL is del). This is just due to having an appl kbd. I got used to it.

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Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Terrible mix of touch and desktop 12/22/2012

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade

Pros: Nothing, can't buy a new PC without it.

Cons: Gestures with a mouse - totally unusable. Start page / live tiles are not as useful as the start menu. Average users can not figure out how to use this. Ridiculous how you get to safe mode. Constant jumping in and out of metro to accomplish simple tasks wastes your time and breaks your focus. Metro would be fine on a tablet, it sucks on a desktop. It's like being back in the days of DOS where you could only run one app and had no windows - anyone remember how TILED windows were a big deal, and then you could cascade and that was something! We're back to tiles at best and full screen at worst.

Other Thoughts: The ribbon was bad enough, but this + windows 8 + the fact that you can't easily downgrade anymore (friend bought a new sony laptop thinking we could just exercise downgrade rights and put seven on it - wrong! no drivers for it for 7) is a big lose. I never thought this would happen but because of our recent iphone and ipad purchases and the decent job Apple has done w/icloud we've switched our main email/browsing/calender/tasks etc. to macs.

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BIOSTAR TA970XE AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs No drivers on Biostar web site 04/19/2012

This review is from: BIOSTAR TA970XE AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Decent motherboard, cheap when done w/rebate and CPU combo.

Cons: No drivers on the Biostar web site (US or Taiwan).
http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=574

How are we supposed to get drivers? They have a very shade "scan my pc" link on the main page that takes you to a very very shady site that wants you to pay to get drivers...

Please put the drivers on your web site like everyone does for their motherboards.

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Nicolae C.'s Profile

Display Name: Nicolae C.

Date Joined: 05/22/05

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 12/16/10
  • Last Review: 09/23/13
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