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Acer Aspire E1-532P-4819 Notebook - Intel Dual-Core Pentium 3556U 4GB RAM / 500GB HDD 15.6
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs One of the least expensive 15.6" laptops with a touchscreen. Fine for very basic computing only because the CPU has the power of a budget Core 2 Duo from 8 years ago. 05/14/2014

This review is from: Acer Aspire E1-532P-4819 Notebook - Intel Dual-Core Pentium 3556U 4GB RAM / 500GB HDD 15.6" Touchscreen Windows 8

Pros: The Acer Aspire E1-532P-4819A is a large 15.6" touchscreen laptop with Windows 8 at a killer price. It will be acceptable to those having very basic needs. Others will be disappointed in performance since to offer such a large touchscreen laptop so cheaply Asus uses a processor intended only for small ultrabooks to power it. (See details in the Cons section).

Cons: This is a case of you getting what you pay for. In the Acer Aspire E1-532P-4819 you're paying very little for a full sized laptop with Windows 8 and a touchscreen. On sale, this is the cheapest 15.6" Windows 8 laptop with a touchscreen. A large touchscreen, even the very low-res one used here, is pricey. To give you this large touchscreen laptop Asus had to save the money elsewhere and so decided to use a Pentium 3556U which was intended for budget ultrabooks. The Acer Aspire E1-532P-4819 can serve your needs if all you require is browsing, watching basic video, running some apps, and using very simple applications. However the Intel Dual-Core Pentium 3556U simply isn't powerful enough to run anything that's demanding. It's barely capable of running OS8 effectively because it was never intended to run that OS and a 15.6" touchscreen, even one at only 1366x768. To put it in perspective, the Intel Dual-Core Pentium 3556U performs comparably to an Intel Core 2 Duo T7400, a mid-range mobile dual core processor released 8 years ago, way back in 2006. If you look at Intel's release notes you'll see that the Pentium 3556U was never intended to be used in a full sized laptop with a touchscreen. It's comparable to an Atom processor; low in voltage and in power, and created by Intel for small ultrabooks which use little power but require very long battery life. I understand the appeal of Asus offering a laptop big enough to be desktop replacement with a touchscreen at such a low price, but for most people the trade-off in performance won't be worth it.

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Team 32GB microSDHC Flash Card With Card Reader Model TUSDH32GCL433
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Cheap card, so far better than the awful Team 32GB Class 10 MicroSDHC in that it hasn't yet failed, but warranty is just as worthless 03/06/2014

This review is from: Team 32GB microSDHC Flash Card With Card Reader Model TUSDH32GCL433

Pros: The card is very cheap and comes with a card reader (superfluous for most people, but still a nice touch). It offers decent, though by no means good write speeds. The speeds are quite slow even for a class 4 MicroSDHC card and the company is incredibly unreliable and quality control nonexistent.

Cons: I've owned 3 Team cards, 2 were a disaster, and this one is just so-so. The other 2 consisted of 32gb standard size SDHC card which I tried to use with my Nikon D7100. It was easily the most flimsy card I've owned, it would literally bend if a breeze touched it. It was so flimsy it was very difficult to fit into the card slot properly. It stopped working after 2 days and I couldn't retrieve any of my photos. The 2nd was the nearly identical card to this 32GB micro SDHC, it even comes with the same card reader, but it's class 10, not class 4, like this one. Read the reviews and you'll see how many people have had terrible problems with it. Like many people, mine failed just after the return date. The only way to get the company to honor the warranty is to ship the defective card to China on your dime and then wait forever of a replacement. The same exact thing applies to this card, so realize that the warranty is virtually worthless.

Other Thoughts: This card hasn't failed me yet. I'm hoping it will be more This card hasn't failed me yet, but I haven't owned it very long and I've barely used it. I'm hoping it will be more stable and durable as a class 4 card, but I still expect it to prematurely fail as I've found Team memory cards to be the worst I've ever used and will never buy one again. I reiterate, you'll need to pay to send it to China if you have any problems, and then wait forever for a replacement of equally poor quality which will also has a very high chance of failing, so for most people it's like not having any warranty at all.

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ADATA Premier Pro SP600 ASP600S3-256GM-C 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Caveat Emptor - Newegg is a 5 star/5 egg company, but seriously consider buying another brand of SSD from them 02/18/2014

This review is from: ADATA Premier Pro SP600 ASP600S3-256GM-C 2.5" 256GB SATA 6Gb/s MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: A very inexpensive 256GB SSD with very good specifications, especially considering the low price. This is a very fast drive, even by current SSD standards, both benchmarks and performance are routinely excellent for the period that the drive works, though I consider the failure rates to be unacceptably high. You are buying from Newegg, which is an excellent company with a 30 day return policy for this SSD. This is huge plus with any drive, but you'll definitely want it if buying an ADATA SSD.

Cons: Performance and Price are the reasons you'd buy this drive. When you first install an ADATA SP600 you'll think you're the luckiest person around; you've gotten an incredibly fast 256GB SSD at a remarkably low price (this 256GB SSD is selling for under 120 at the time of this review, which is crazy cheap for a very fast SSD of this capacity). However, what's performance without reliability? Reliability issues consistently plague ADATA SSD, and when I speak of reliability I'm referring to the very high probability of catastrophic failure, the loss of all data, and the inability to retrieve any of that data, (in contrast to a standard HDD where most, if not all, data can usually be retrieved if the drive fails). ADATA, knowing it has serious problems with its drives failing, has issued a series of firmware updates to try to address the problem, but I've yet to see any positive results. I purchased 3 ADATA SP600 SSD at the same time and all 3 failed in less than 6 months. The 1st failed within hours, (I'd just finished installing Windows 7 when it died), the 2nd died after a month of light use, while the 3rd died after only 4 months of light use. No matter how inexpensive these drives may be and how excellent performance is while they work, the failure rate is by any standard unacceptable. I replaced the ADATA drives with 2 Samsung SSD and a Crucial SSD and haven't had a single issue with any of them. When buying an SSD I'd strongly suggest you stick with Samsung or Crucial; Intel is also a fine choice if you can afford it.

Other Thoughts: I have no choice but to strongly recommend not purchasing an ADATA SSD. A Samsung SSD in the same class with the same capacity as an ADATA SP600 definitely costs substantially more than the ADATA drive, while a Crucial SSD in the same class is only negligibly higher in price but is slightly lower in capacity (240GB for the Crucial vs. 256GB for the ADATA). Nonetheless, I'd recommend either the Samsung or Crucial over the ADATA.

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