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ThinkPad T Series T530 (23594LU) Notebook Intel Core i5 3230M (2.60GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast boot time. Runs cool. Can be considered a true laptop because the airflow does not come from the bottom. Used for 6 hours with a pillow under it and still ran cool. Great battery life. On stock settings you get about 5 hours off the cord. You can enable a battery stretch feature that will get you over 9 hours but reduces the performance of the computer by 30%. Good graphics and the Intel WiDi software has no trouble connecting with my 60" LG smart TV.
Love the feel of the keyboard and the LED light that illuminates the keys from above.
Very plain but durable design. Love the fact that the hinges allow the screen to open up to lay flat to the keyboard.
Great WiFi antenna. Pulls in signal where my other laptops could not.

Cons: Would recommend adding 4GB more ram when you buy this. Onboard video uses shared system ram. Seems to run good with the 4GB it comes with but I think it will be much better with 8GB.
Set aside about 2 hours when you first use this computer. It had almost 1GB of Windows updates and newer Lenovo drivers to download and install.

Other Thoughts: I have read reviews that claim tons of bloatware but I find this has less bloatware than any box store computer. You can always uninstall what you don't want.

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BIOSTAR A880GZ AM3+ AMD 880G + SB850 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs small price but big performance 01/02/2013

This review is from: BIOSTAR A880GZ AM3+ AMD 880G + SB850 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Micro ATX form fits in any case. Coupled with AMD FX4100 processor and had an AMD 6850 HD laying around that I put in. 8gig G-skill ram and a few tweaks in the bios clocks and voltage and was up and running in no time. Running stable 24/7 at 4.4Ghz overclock on stock cooler that came with chip. Windows 7 64 ratings 7.3 processor, 7.4 mem 7.7 desktop and 7.7 game. Seems like a great little board so far. Running at under 50c at full load. I am happy.

Cons: It seems as if the clear cmos jumper diagram in the instructions is shown backward. Board was shipped with jumper on two lower pins but that shows clear cmos in the diagram. Shows jumper to be on upper two pins for normal. I put the jumper where the diagram showed for normal and board would not post. Put it back to where it was when board was shipped and she fired right up. Just something to take note of.

Other Thoughts: Computer has not been shut down since I built it over a week ago. Strong and stable so far. Running Linux Mint 14 on a dual boot and I have to say that I am A Linux fan, Windows 7 runs better on this setup for some reason. I think it is driver issues.

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Display Name: Michael M.

Date Joined: 09/25/11

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 01/02/13
  • Last Review: 12/25/13
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