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ASUS X550LB-NH52 Notebook Intel Core i5 4200U (1.60GHz) 8GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: runs perfectly with openSuse linux 13.1. No issues whatsoever.

Cons: Windows 8. (a bummer that such garbage is included in the cost of this laptop).

Other Thoughts: After charging and verifying that the machine booted, I pulled out the hardrive, installed a corsair force 3 SSD that I had sitting around and put in the OpenSuse install disc. everything went swimmingly. 2 reboots and a lengthy update later and I was streaming music and watching movies. I am able to use the special function keys to control, eg the volume, I can plug laptop into a monitor via the hdmi plug without any trouble, and use my wireless mouse and keyboard without any driver install. In addition, while my initial downloads were through rj45 jack, the wireless setup was as painless as I've ever experienced. Linux has arrived. Dump 8 and go for it.

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Ubisoft 19417 Red Steel 2 with MotionPlus Wii
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs great game 07/24/2013

This review is from: Ubisoft 19417 Red Steel 2 with MotionPlus Wii

Pros: arrived quickly. This game is quite fun.

Cons: wasn't free

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Logitech MK550 Black USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Wave Combo
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs long battery life. works with linux 10/07/2012

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Pros: plug and play in OpenSuse linux (11.4, 12.1, and 12.2). The OS recognizes the keyboard immediately. Even the volume and mute buttons work. Have not changed the batteries in the keyboard in almost 2 years of regular use. Iike the padded hand rest.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Gave the mouse to my wife and used logitech software to link keyboard with universal receiver for my M705 marathon mouse's universal receiver. Could not do this in Linux. Had to use Mac. My wife just replaced batteries in her mouse.

Slightly different layout for home/end/delete/page up/page down buttons. Had to get used to that as I use those buttons frequently. As a side note, if you don't use home and end regularly, give them a try in web navigation, spreasheets, and word processors. That along with ctrl + arrow keys can improve navigation via keyboard tremendously.

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Display Name: Luke O.

Date Joined: 03/21/03

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 10/07/12
  • Last Review: 03/09/14
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