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Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad 500S 80Q3002XUS Intel Core i5 6200U (2.30 GHz) 4 GB Memory 1 TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 520 14.0
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Pros: - I like the keyboard a lot. Backlit, feels decent for the price, and Lenovo finally built a laptop where the Fn and Ctrl keys aren't backward. :-)
- Nice, clean, attractive design
- Thin and light
- Solid performance once you replace the spinny disk with an SSD
- 1920x1080 resolution is nice and smooth on a 14" display.
- Matte display. Glossy screens on laptops make no sense to me. Because it's mobile, I'm almost certainly going to use it in a place where reflections would be a problem at least some of the time.

Cons: - The screen colors and viewing angles suck. To be expected at this price point, but something to be aware of. It's fine for web browsing, email, and such, but don't expect to be doing any meaningful graphic work on this.
- Performance is underwhelming with the included hard drive. Just order an SSD too when you order the laptop.

Other Thoughts: - I'm running Fedora 23, and even with only 4 GB I haven't felt limited. In KDE with a couple of LibreOffice docs, a few Firefox windows and Thunderbird open all at once I'm using less than half of the available memory. I thought I might need to upgrade the memory, but at this point I'm not planning to.
- Suspending works pretty well in Fedora. I've had it lock up a couple of times, but only when I did something like plug in an SD card in while it was resuming. Other than that I've suspended and resumed dozens, maybe even hundreds of times with no trouble. I'm pleased with how well it works.
- Battery life is fine for me, but it's not going to break any records. I wouldn't call it either a pro or a con.
- Touchpad is okay. I miss having separate physical buttons, but the multi-touch capability makes up for a lot of that. The ability to click the pad itself is also handy sometimes. There may be nicer touchpads, but I have no major complaints about this one.
- Build quality is good for the price. You're not going to get a super rigid metal body or anything for under $500, but it's a pretty solid chunk of plastic that feels decent in the hand.
- No touch screen. I don't consider this a con because I hate fingerprints on my screen, but some people might want one.
- Seriously, upgrade to an SSD. I picked up a 240 GB Mushkin Eco3 for about $60 to go with this. Not the fastest around, but it does the job.

I've had this laptop for 2 or 3 months now and couldn't be happier. I've already used it more than I had used my aging previous laptop (a Thinkpad SL500) in the last 2 or 3 _years_ that I had it. I wanted something more portable and this fits the bill while also performing better (mostly thanks to the SSD, granted).

As long as you keep in mind that this isn't a $1000+ ultrabook and upgrade to an SSD right away, I think most people will be happy with it.

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GIGABYTE GA-F2A68HM-H FM2+ AMD A68H SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Doesn't seem to like Mushkin memory 01/26/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-F2A68HM-H FM2+ AMD A68H SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Works fine with compatible memory. Nice compact form factor that was easy to work with in the case.

Cons: I'm not docking it any eggs because it's my fault for not checking the compatibility list, but I wanted to note here that this board doesn't seem to like Mushkin memory. I made the mistake of buying some for it, and the system was horribly unstable (could not even boot consistently to the BIOS screen). I swapped in an 8 GB stick of ADATA RAM from my desktop system and it works fine. Looking now at the compatibility list, I see there is almost no Mushkin memory listed, and given my experience I would avoid that combination if at all possible.

Other Thoughts: Bought this to go with an A8-7670K in my DVR system. Very happy with it aside from the memory issue (which, again, was my fault). Over HDMI it outputs 4k to my new TV no problem.

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Rosewill RDCR-11003 - 3.5
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3 out of 5 eggs Cheap, but works...mostly 02/18/2015

This review is from: Rosewill RDCR-11003 - 3.5" 74-in-1 Internal Card Reader with USB 3.0 Port

Pros: Not terribly expensive, provides a bunch of different card reader slots, although I only used the SD and MicroSD ones. Works fine for transferring photos off my digital camera card and to my phone and tablet cards. Added a USB 3 port to my old case that didn't have one.

Cons: The same stuff everyone else has complained about. Not very well built, which probably explains a lot of the early deaths of these readers. Uses up the only USB 3 header on my motherboard, which is unfortunate now that I have a case with USB 3 ports on the front. I have an adapter on the way to allow it to connect to a USB 2 header instead though, so that's not the end of the world.

Other Thoughts: There's no point spending a lot of time talking about this reader. The other reviews pretty much cover what you need to know. The main reason I'm even bothering with this review is to share what I had to do to get mine working again when I swapped it to a new case and it stopped reading cards.

Basically what I think happened is that in the course of doing cable management I jiggled the cord too much and it loosened the connection inside. Note that the cord for the card readers is not soldered down - it's just a male USB plug that connects to a slot on the circuit board. And a very cheap slot at that, which I think was the source of my trouble.

To fix it, I pulled apart the case, breaking the left tab on the face plate like everyone else (as long as you're not pulling on the face it stays in place fine anyway), and pulled the plug out of the board. Fortunately the glue holding it in wasn't especially robust either. I then took a small screwdriver and pressed in on all of the little connection tabs around the slot that make contact with the outside of the plug. After that I carefully put it back together, reinstalled it, and as of this writing it's still working. I'm crossing my fingers that it stays that way.

Hope this helps someone else out there.

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Display Name: Ben N.

Date Joined: 12/30/03

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