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FSP Group AURUM GOLD 500W (AU-500) ATX12V /EPS 12V 80PLUS GOLD Certified Power Supply  with Intel Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Aside from the obvious - this is a very small power supply (fits very well in the bitfenix prodigy micro itx case, for instance), with adequate length cables (longer than I needed but again it's a small case), and it's very quiet.

Cons: No cable to power a case fan - you'll have to spend a buck or two to get an adapter if you have more fans than your motherboard has fan headers (this is common)

Acer Laptop Aspire AS7741G-6426 Intel Core i5 480M (2.66GHz) 4GB Memory 640GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 6550M 17.3
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Already reviewed once - see other post for numerous pros.

Cons: Touchpad sucks ... but this can be partially resolved. Symptoms: Noticable response delay, frequently missed 'touch-clicks' AND excessive sensitivity, terrible scrolling gesture support. I've never used a touchpad this terrible - you move your finger to do something and it doesn't register instantly like others ... you try to move the mouse across a page and end up a. not where you wanted and b. clicking 3 links along the way - without making any sort of clicking motion once in the process. Then when you want to click on something it doesn't register always - double clicks are especially bad.

Other Thoughts: Solution! I tried fiddling with the settings and tried updating/downgrading the Alps touchpad driver. It doesn't help. What did help ... ironically ... was downloading a Synaptecs generic touchpad driver. After installing a driver from the competitor to the company that makes this touchpad, the device is responsive and efficient. All the problems are gone, with one bad side effect - you cannot configure anything fancy using the synaptecs generic driver, ie: no 'tap-zones', no disable-touchpad-when-typing feature, no extra sensitivity options. I think you might be able to find a synaptecs driver that gives you everything though .... I'll keep looking. Post here if you find a good driver as numerous owners of this notebook are cursing this terrible touchpad (it's the driver, though).

Acer Laptop Aspire AS7741G-6426 Intel Core i5 480M (2.66GHz) 4GB Memory 640GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 6550M 17.3
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent specs for the price range, very attractive appearance, cooling/noise appear to be superior to the average. Generally very good performance, both in typical apps, bootup times, and games (what you'd expect based upon gpu/cpu/memory/hdd).

Cons: Touchpad - it's ok but doesn't seem as precise as others I have used. Screen - truly subpar ... I would say passable at best, due to the poor viewing angles, poor contrast, and mediocre color (subjective). Audio is mediocre.

Other Thoughts: At current prices & given current competition, this is a great buy. The only aspect with which I was disappointed was the screen. It is truly subpar. Compared to a 7 year old laptop it replaces (admittedly a nice one), the contrast is laughable, colors don't look that vibrant, text is uncomfortable to read (relatively - it is quite usable), and worst of all the viewing angles are below average.


Matthew C.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew C.

Date Joined: 09/08/04

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 09/11/04
  • Last Review: 02/16/13
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