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TOSHIBA Satellite C855-S5231 Notebook Intel Pentium B970 (2.3GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It runs Windows7 without issue, it hasn't set me on fire, it hasn't locked the pod bay doors, its fairly energy efficient, very nice large screen.

Cons: They keyboard is just terrible (the middle keys are constantly locking up), the trackpad is atrocious and changes sensitivities on a whim, the monitor can't be turned to black while it's running, the DVD player is in a fairly inconvenient spot and doesn't like to open, one of the USB ports doesn't connect properly, can't physically lock the laptop closed.

Other Thoughts: I bought this as a cheap replacement for a dying, very old laptop. I use it mainly for reading, studying, and writing papers in college. Which is why the poorly designed keyboard drives me insane. I have to press harder on specific keys to get them to register because of how poorly the keys are seated (this is something that cannot be fixed without redesigning and rebuilding the laptop from the ground up), and I really wish I had known that before I got this laptop. I would much rather have a less powerful laptop with an amazing keyboard than a more powerful laptop with a bad keyboard.

It's decent. For the price it's fairly good. But if you need to do a lot of typing beware, this beast is a pain and constantly noticing that your Ls, Ps, Os, and Ms just are registering when you type may drive you batty.

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TP-LINK TL-WR740N Wireless N150 Home Router, 150Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Plugged in and worked briefly

Cons: Failed after five months. Can't hide SSID, would randomly lose signal and would lose packets fairly frequently toward the end.

Other Thoughts: Bought it to replace another failed wireless router (that one failed after five years), expected it to last at least two years. Should have spent money on a trusted brand instead of the cheapest.

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ViewSonic VA1931WA-LED Black 19
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Pros: it worked for long enough to go just past warranty.

Cons: Cons:

This monitor ALWAYS makes a high pitched squealing sound (was told by customer service that this is 'sometimes normal'), and lasted just long enough to be beyond standard warranty... and then completely died in a hideous way. I really wish I had followed my gut and returned it the instant I thought something was wrong when I got it and saved myself the headache of dealing with a dead monitor now.

Other Thoughts: This monitor will work. But it will give out on your fairly early. In twenty years of owning computers I've never had a monitor die on me in less than ten years. The only reason I got this monitor was because I moved and left my old monitor at my dad's so he could have a desktop computer of his own, and that monitor is still working just fine, ten years later. I really regret that decision now, three years and three months into owning this one.

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Kimberly O.'s Profile

Display Name: Kimberly O.

Date Joined: 08/02/08

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 06/07/12
  • Last Review: 12/22/12
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