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Acer Aspire E5-571-37SY Notebook Intel Core i3 4030U (1.90GHz) 4GB DDR3L Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cheap.

Fairly well built.

NewEgg shipping (free 4-7 day): ordered on the 15th received on the 16th.

Cons: Copious amounts of crapware pre-installed by Acer.

Windows 8.1 forces you to create a 'Microsoft' (read: outlook.com or hotmail.com) account.

The harddrive is a bit slow, but for the price it's acceptable.

Other Thoughts: I boot up the laptop, allow it to connect to my wifi and I am rewarded by Windows forcing me to create a 'Microsoft' account to log into the computer. Here's some bonus grief, I'm setting up the laptop for a family member, so I was going to create another Microsoft account for them (this account would run in the standard user group and have OneDrive cloud backup). Of course, outlook.com won't allow the same IP address to register 2 accounts in one day; rather than try to sign up on a cell phone browser using 3g I decided to just wait 24hours. (+15 minutes)

Once I'm finally booted into Win 8.1 the Acer Portal nag screen loads (another web account is required for Warrantee/Registration). (+10 minutes)

Here comes the Windows updates. (+30 minutes)

All updated, two restarts later I'm left with about an hour and a half of uninstalling all of the garbage that was pre-loaded onto the laptop: McAfee AV software, MS Office, Acer branded crapware, useless 'Windows Modern Apps' (bing, e1bay, ama1zon, kindle, wildtangent). Misc configuration and installing LibreOffice and iTunes went smoothly. (+90 minutes)

Ok, we're on day two now (I had to wait 24hrs to create the second Microsoft account). Some obscure netlogon GUID error (possibly a side-effect from the McAfee uninstall) in any case, a restart fixed it and I was able to log into the user account I added. (+10 minutes)

Then I get the genius idea to relocate the OneDrive folder to 'Documents' for convenience , what could go wrong? 'Sync error, the My Music folder cannot be read'. Apparently the hidden link to the My Music folder is now broken. The error seems pretty benign, so I'll try and repair the problem (read: search Google). After wasting some time I simply deleted the user account and re-added it. (+30 minutes 'my fault')

185 minutes (3 hours 5 minutes)

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GARMIN nuvi 2595LMT 5.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Works well, little expensive 09/29/2013

This review is from: GARMIN nuvi 2595LMT 5.0" GPS Navigation with Lifetime Map & Traffic Updates

Pros: Easy to use interface.
Accurate maps and directions.

Cons: Expensive for what it is, considering the same tech is in every smart phone now.
Map updates take a long time if you're on sub-par broadband (like DSL).
Garmin Express software is a little cumbersome.
- If you want a male voice you have to go to the Device tab, then the Advanced sub tab, then scroll through the giant list and check Voice - English Jack, then click Install, then you won't see any progress until you go back to the main tab.

Other Thoughts: If you notice the voice navigation is a little too soft (loud car, hard of hearing, etc) go to the volume and tap the settings for it on the left side. You can disable auto adjust and increase the navigation voice volume (which is defaulted to 70%).

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Archos 101 G9 TURBO ARM Cortex-A9 16GB Flash 10.1
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: * It works fine when doing one thing at a time
* It can browse the web, it can play games
* The processor and graphics are around the level of a NVidia Tegra 2
* I haven't run into the WiFi issues reported in other reviews

Cons: * Recalibrating the touch screen often
* Tapping HOME or BACK before an app is fully loaded usually causes it to freeze
* Music skips if you try to play it in the background
* Have to turn all of the GPS options on to get it to work

Other Thoughts: The Android ICS 4.0.5 firmware update doesn't fix the cons listed above. You still have to recalibrate the touchscreen after it's been sleeping or charging for a while. You still need to have the 3 GPS options checked off in the settings for the GPS to actually work (the 3 options are something like "let android track you anonymously", "use GPS", and "location aware searches"). You can't do anything (switch between apps, have more than ~3 apps loaded at once) too quickly on it or it will freeze/crash.

The tablet isn't awful, but how can you give it to someone as a gift and tell them, "this is how you have to recalibrate the screen when it start messing up, which it will" or "make sure you close apps in the app slider when your done, because if they are still running in the background you'll probably crash or freeze".

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Display Name: Louis R.

Date Joined: 02/12/06

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 09/24/10
  • Last Review: 07/18/14
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