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Targus Pewter 15.4
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs excellent backpack! 08/26/2009

This review is from: Targus Pewter 15.4" Gravity Backpack Model RG0318

Pros: my backpack been on a plane more than twenty times and thrown around and shoved (when there's no laptop in it) more than I can remember in its three year (and counting) life. it's been rained on and spilled on, and then washed several times. I've taken it on over 1000 miles on foot through the university and city... and despite all of this, the only sign of its abuse is moderate fraying around the edges, and very slight discoloration in some areas.

It's extremely spacious, fits a Sager NP3880 (15.4") with room to spare. Padding on both sides of the laptop compartment, and two more large compartments for any other things you may need to carry. It fit my physics book and laptop at the same time (1300 page hardcover).

Zippers have yet to fail on me, and the netting pockets on the sides haven't torn yet (the stitching on the elastic partially came off on one side though). Very well built backpack that lasted me longer than I would have guessed.

Cons: padding and ventilation on the back is a bit less than I'd like, walking around with it for more than fifteen minutes or so results in a sweaty back. Over the years the foam on the back has sort of bunched up, but not nearly as much as I would have thought.

Also, not really a con but since it's a soft backpack, there's not much localized impact protection. My laptop's screen was facing out, and got cracked when the backpack hit a corner (thanks, TSA...) and had to replace a $250 WUXGA out of warranty.

The only other thing I'd add is that since the pockets are so big, putting lots of little things in them results in the backpack looking swollen on the bottom.

Other Thoughts: Net pockets were a good idea, but I can't figure out any use for them except rubbish (gum wrappers, etc.)...

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EVERCOOL RHS-F117 VGA Cooling Heatsink
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs great product 01/11/2009

This review is from: EVERCOOL RHS-F117 VGA Cooling Heatsink

Pros: Pure copper, very small profile for use in small places. Fits great with no clearance issues in the Xbox 360 (southbridge, RAM) for those of you who did the RRoD DIY fix and want to add heatsinks for those.

Cons: A little heavy, due to being pure copper. The adhesive didn't work well for some people apparently, but for me it did (used Arcticlean before applying, it worked well). Just make sure the surface is clean before sticking them on, and apply pressure for some time afterwards. That said, I wouldn't recommend it on a vertical installation using the stock adhesive.

Other Thoughts: Awesome packaging. If I saw this in a local store I would've bought it just cause of that.

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Seagate Momentus 5400.3 ST9160821A 160GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 / ATA-6 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's a Seagate! Very quiet, I cannot hear anything when reading/seeking unlike my last laptop internal hdd (Hitachi). Nearly as fast as old 7200rpm drive, except when unraring a huge file or defragging (those are stuff that you do overnight anyway). Runs cooler than old Hitachi, but my Sager NP3880's graphics card makes so much heat it's not that noticeable...oh, and best cost/gb in this class.

Cons: why doesn't Newegg carry 7200rpm ATA6 laptop drives anymore? what's wrong with them? had to settle on 5400rpm for my replacement hdd...not that it's a bad thing, since I ended up with this awesome product, but I'd prefer a faster one. Oh, and a minor con is that it doesn't come with a jumper to set CS/Slave for people with laptop RAIDs.

Other Thoughts: A great replacement for my old 60gb 7200rpm Deathstar, although unfortunately it was a replacement that came out of necessity...will be looking into a data recovery service soon...

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Display Name: Jamie Y.

Date Joined: 02/19/05

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  • First Review: 01/08/06
  • Last Review: 08/26/09
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