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Lenovo Y40 14” Full HD Gaming Laptop with Intel Core i7-4510U 2.0Ghz (3.10Ghz Turbo), 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Radeon R9 M275 2GB, JBL Speakers, Windows 8.1 64 Bit
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Really good gaming performance for the referb price, but not sure it would stand out at full price

Really good gaming performance for the size. I think this is the biggest strength.

Heat goes out the back.

Palm rest does stay cooler than most laptops while gaming.

Full 1080p screen in a smaller package. Windows 8 compensates for the very high pixel density pretty well by default by increasing the size of scroll bars and such.

I don't think it is mentioned, but the HDD is actually a SSHDD. It has 8 GB of flash being used as a sort of cache. A bonus I guess, but I installed a real SSD anyway.

Only one ram slot populated. You could throw in a second 8 gb stick and double the capacity without wasting the existing chip. You would also gain dual-channel mode.

Integrated graphics are noting to laugh at. It seems to default to the IGP unless you specify otherwise, and for a few games I didn't even notice at first. Of course things got a lot prettier when I enabled the discreet gpu, but things were certainly playable withthe integrated gpu.

Individual programs (games) can be set to use either the integrated gpu or the more powerful gpu, and that setting can be adjusted based on if the power adapter is connected or not.

Cons: Thespacebardoesn'tworkunlessyouhititinthemiddle50%ofthebutton. Hitting it toward either side will cause the button to press, but the space is not recognized by the OS.

Palmrest stays cool, but the chassis does heat up under the keyboard. I would rather have had the option of turning up the fan speed to keep the thing cooler.

Had to take the entire bottom off to swap out RAM or HDD. The process was not obvious. It felt like I was going to break something when I was trying to pop off the bottom. Reinstalling the cover was not easy either. You have to sort of insert the back first, pull forward, and then put the rest in.

typical bloatware. clean install on a new ssd took care of that though.

Other Thoughts: This was exactly what i wanted, minus the flaws. It's a capable gaming laptop with a 1080 screen (need this for work more than gaming), yet it's small enough to fit on an airplane tray table in coach.

The first laptop I received was DOA. Windows blue-screened on first boot, and then it wouldn't turn on after that. Newegg replaced it, but it took about 2 weeks before I had the replacement in hand.

The space bar problem is really aggravating. I almost considered RMA'ing, but I wasn't about to wait another 2 weeks, and possibly get something with a different defect. I've already adjusted my typing to use the spacebar more towards the middle.

When connecting the power cable, I get a message that the cable is not good enough to let the laptop run at full speed. It then gives me a link to where I can buy a better one from Lenovo. I really hope the software is wrong. Including a power cable with a laptop that is not strong enough is a really shady practice.

Overall happy, but it still feels like I received a slightly defective product. It plays Killing Floor 2 on medium settings without a hiccup while still fitting in my small laptop backpack.

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TP-LINK TL-WA860RE V2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, Wall Plug Design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Crazy easy setup with our without WPS

led indicators make it really easy to find a good location to place it

Signal strength is good, but nothing spectacular

The basic setup is simple, but there are more advanced settings such as setting a static lan IP address, changing the name of the SSID that is being advertised, etc.

Cons: Ethernet port is only 100mbps.

Only one radio, so in repeater mode your speed is halved

Pass-through port works well enough, but it will interfere with the adjacent plug if it is 3 prong. You couldn't have designed it just a little bit shorter?

If your outlets are upside-down (this is becomming more common, as is it safer to install the grounding pin on top) then the antennas are not going to stick up above the unit.

No option to select the exact AP to repeat. If you have multiple AP's using the same SSID, it will grab the strongest signal. It would be nice to specify

Other Thoughts: easy, easy, easy. That is the name of the game with this device. Easy to setup, easy to find the optimal location, even easy to factory reset and start over. Using the WPS option it takes all of a minute or two. If WPS is not an option, the setup is still really easy. It can be done with a desktop, laptop, or even a wifi enabled tablet or smartphone. The directions actually make sense.

wifi speed claims in general are usually way off, but in this case, there is no way it's going to come anywhere near the advertised 300mbps. If it's being used as a repeater, the speed is going to be halved because the radio needs to alternate between receiving the data, and then sending it back out again. If it is being used as a wired to wifi adapter, the wired port is only rated to 100mbps, so that's only 1/3 of the advertised speed. This seems misleading to me, but this is the standard across all competing products.

Overall, if you need to increase the wifi coverage in your home or small office and you don't really understand how all this stuff works, this is a good option to resolve that problem. Power users may find the unit lacking in advanced options.

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Plustek eScan A150 Sheet Fed Document Scanner
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Why you gotta lock us out 05/02/2015

This review is from: Plustek eScan A150 Sheet Fed Document Scanner

Pros: Simple, easy to use network scanner.
Scan quality is acceptable for documents.
No jams doing various household scans jobs. No more than like 16 pages, but some were folded in an envelope.
Android 4.2.2 with a fully functional usb port. I tried everything from wireless keyboards, mice, usb drives, all work as expected on an android device. Plug in your desktop keyboard and do windows key + B to bring up a web browser, then Google the appstore named after a rainforest
1 Gb storage for apps, 5.5 gb storage for data. I’m assuming this is where the temporary scanned images go.
Hardware powerful enough to stream video using plex, pandora, youtube, etc, although the internal speaker is sort of lacking.

Cons: Scan speed in color is kinda slow
No support for pages beyond legal sized. It just cuts off the rest of the page
The app the runs the scanner could use some updates. I’ve gotten it to lock up a few times which required a powercycle.
I’d really like to see a one-button scan feature. It takes way too many button presses to do one scan job.
No SMB support for scanning directly to a network share. You need to run a program on a PC somewhere to send files to it.
configuring scan to email via Microsoft Exchange 2010 using anonymous authentication throws an error, but yet it still works fine.
Physical keyboard required to break out of the scanning app

Other Thoughts: I really like this device. For it’s intended purpose it works pretty well. I can digitize my snail mail without booting my laptop. It would work equally as well in a small workgroup setting. Each user would just run the software on thier desktop, and when they scan they can select their pc from the list using the touch screen.

Breaking out of the intended purpose, it could really be sort of like a stationary android tablet. I’ve installed plex, pandora, and several other apps from the alternate app store, and they all work great. I don’t understand why plustek prevents you from exiting the scanning app to access the rest of the system. Give the community a SDK even so apps can use the scanner.

You could buy an android tablet and connect a USB scanner to it for less than the price of the scanner, and it would be basically the same thing. You’re paying probably $300 premium for their software, which really isn’t that great.

The nature of the default GUI being a captive portal and the small bugs that I’ve encountered along with the lack of 1-touch scanning are the only reasons I don’t give it 5 eggs. Overall, if you are looking for a simple scanner that doesn't require a PC, this will do it's job quite nicely.

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