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This review is from: Transcend TS-RDP5K USB 2.0 Card Reader
Pros: None currently
Cons: Write protected, no way to turn it off without some other adapter
Other Thoughts: Whoever's smart idea it was to write protect this without providing an adapter.... just wow.... last time I buy from Samsung.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Got an open box version for $480
- Has absolutely one of the best keyboards I've ever used. I even prefer it over my desktop keyboard. Very nice feel, not too clicky and backlit is a nice touch
- Speakers are very loud and crisp. Surprised by the quality of them.
- Build quality in general is very nice. Sturdy and looks slick and clean as well.
- Decent dedicated card for non-hardcore gamers. Able to play Borderlands 2 with high FPS on medium settings.
- Has NVIDIA Optimus so it switches between the intel and nvidia graphics when needed to conserve battery life.
- Generally get about 4-5 hours of battery life researching on the web and programming for school.
- It's fast! The dual core ivy bridge coupled with 6gb of RAM is plenty for what standard users will be using this machine for.
Cons: - Hard drive. 5400 rpm is really slowing this thing down. Noticed mainly in Borderlands 2 when I load new areas it lags to the point where it is unplayable for maybe a minute and then is fine. Boot times with the default Windows 7 it came with took about 60 seconds. I put Windows 8 on this right away which cut that time about in half. I plan on getting an SSD in the future to bring this thing up to speed where it should be.
- Driver support for Windows 8 is pretty low as I'm writing this. The Synaptics touchpad driver Lenovo has on their website refuses to install, so I'm stuck with no multi-touch for now :(. I'm sure this will get better as time goes on. Especially considering Windows 8 doesn't release for another 15 days.... I just got it early as a student.
- The 640m LE it comes with only has 96 cuda cores. It's an ok card, but wish it were at least the regular 640m. Like I said in my pros, it plays Borderlands 2 on medium, but I haven't tried anything else more intensive yet (like BF3).
- A little heavier and bulkier than I was hoping for, but this is a minor con for me. It fits in my backpack and isn't a burden to walk around campus with, so it doesn't bother me.
- Mine was open box so maybe that's the reason for this, but the headphone jack has a glowing red light shooting out of it at all times, unless the machine is off. Still is fully functional though. The DVD drive is also quite flimsy when pushed all the way in.
Other Thoughts: Overall I'm very happy with this laptop and would recommend it to anyone not looking for a desktop or gaming laptop replacement. It is nice and portable and the build quality is great so you don't have to worry about it getting dinged up easily. Performs great so far for my programming applications. The harddrive is just a little disappointing and I wish the video card was a bit more powerful, but for a budget machine, you can't go wrong with this one!READ FULL REVIEW