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SAMSUNG Series 3 NP350U2A-W01UB Notebook Intel Core i5 2467M (1.60GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 12.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Over the past 3 years, this machine has been rock-solid reliable through dozens of trips, stickers, curious kids, rough treatment, and software and hardware upgrades. It was easy to pull out the original RAM and HD and put in an 8GB stick and a new 2.5"/7mm SSD (and Fedora Linux)---which I recommend because the machine is basically silent now, and the battery life is even better!

Cons: The metal top keyboard plate has become separated from the frame on one of the corners. It's a little annoying, but it's the only thing I've found wrong with the machine in almost 3 years.

Other Thoughts: I know it won't make much difference to folks looking for laptops in 2015, but for posterity, I'd like teh internetz to know that this machine was one of the good ones. This is hands-down my favorite laptop ever. I just did a search, and to get something now as good as this machine was 3 years ago will cost $1000. What happened?!?

Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E 8-Core 3.0GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor BX80648I75960X
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This CPU represents the best performance per dollar (total system cost) for any computer under $4k for my purposes: intense physics simulations and rendering. (If you count your lifetime system maintenance and power costs, it beats the i7-4790K and most server chips.) Plus, it overclocks like mad: 4.5GHz with the Corsair H100 cooler with 16 threads full-bore. My simulation codes can pull 280 GFlop/s of useful math out of the CPU alone---that's GPU-performance territory!

Cons: It's simply mad expensive. That one minute when you're holding this thousand-dollar, delicate, heavy chip over the tiny 1150v3 socket is nerve-wracking. And then you have to gingerly crank down the CPU cooler! It made me much more tense than with previous $300 chips.
Plus, when you overclock (and you should, and you will), if you're like me, you'll hit the point when it faults. It took 5 tries to re-find the BIOS settings that made it stable, and I was sweating.

Other Thoughts: I fully expect this machine to be one of the fastest around a full five years from now, like my AMD Phenom II 1090T had been. If this machine were on EC2, it's cost a spot user $87,000 to run it for 5 years. $1000 seems like a bargain now, eh?

Changhong 50
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggs Just not a good screen 01/08/2014

This review is from: Changhong 50" 1080p LED HDTV - LED50YC2000UA

Pros: It's inexpensive, and when it works, it gives you a real 1080p screen.

Cons: If you intend to use this with a computer, or care very much about recreating 1080p data, don't cheap out: don't buy this screen. You can't get a good black level, and you can't get rid of the hideous unsharp mask sharpening processing. This is unusable as a computer monitor or for any serious display purposes. The white halos around *every* detail were annoying after 2 seconds, and there's no way to get rid of them. Plus, the only way to get dark blacks is to turn down the LED backlight until nothing is bright at all---this is not a solution. This is just an overly-cheap TV. Save yourself some disappointment and spend $200 more for something real.

Other Thoughts: First one that I received was DOA (annoying and a waste of my time). Second one arrived a week later and works. But it's just a crummy screen. It lacks any control whatsoever over the auto-sharpening, which is very annoying and also makes it a deal-breaker for serious work.

If you plan to use this for TV-watching, it's probably going to be fine. The price is right, and it can't get much lower. So just ignore the ramblings of this critical (but apparently very cheap) video artist and get it.

I gave it 2 eggs instead of 1 because it works, and it actually shows you all 1920x1080 pixels, which is more than I can say for the UHD Seiki screens at 1080p.


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Display Name: Mark S.

Date Joined: 04/09/03

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