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50 Pack Smartbuy 8X DVD+R DL 8.5GB Dual Layer Logo Top Blank Media Recordable Disc
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: So far no coasters.

Cons: None

Crucial BX100 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Went from Windows 7 Ult load in 45 seconds to 12 seconds; I set my BIOS to AHCI and it took off. And....I am running only SATA2 and DDR2 system. I am looking for even more performance with my next SATA3 build!

Cons: None, especially for the price.

Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition VN7-791G-74SH Gaming Laptop 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4720HQ (2.60 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 4 GB GDDR5 17.3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: >Beautiful machine, excellent screen and color.
>Very fast after cleanup of junkware-15 seconds to boot W8.1 including internet access loaded. This is before programs are added, of course.
>One of the best, easily controlled touchpads I have used (although I prefer a mouse).
>Two USB3 ports
>Backlit keyboard, very nice.
>Sound quality is good, but remember it's a laptop.
>1 TB HDD is really great.
>8gig DDR3 RAM (memory) is totally fine for the majority of uses.

Cons: I got this model Lap for my son 5 yrs ago when he was in college. It worked great and he ran ProTools (pro audio recording/editing software) for his band to record/playback plus other programs and they worked great. He would still be using it but it was stolen, so I got this one. The only problem we had was the socket broke that the barrel jack plugged in to, so I opened it up and replaced it. By that time I had to find a part on the internet because Acer is totally useless about customer service or parts for their older machines. They simply don't stock them. This is typical of most retail manufacturers so I am not just targeting Acer.
Make sure that there is no tension of any kind on the barrel jack when you plug the power brick into a wall socket; many people don't think about it and have the jack straining under a tight or crooked cord for hours. The receiving socket inside the laptop body is only soldered to a tiny plastic circuit board that is held in place by being slid into grooves on each side of the body and one tiny sheet metal screw to hold it in place. That's all. It's real pet peeve of mine; these manufacturers could easily "beef it up" to take the tension, but that would cost another 40 cents. So...Be Gentle!

Other Thoughts: I can't predict what will happen a year from now, but as of this writing I feel this is an excellent unit. I might mention that, if a person is constantly carrying his laptop around all the time, this might not be ideal. It can be transported, or course, but it is intended for those who need a larger screen for whatever work they are doing. Movies are really great on this!


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Display Name: Robert P.

Date Joined: 01/14/03

  • Reviews: 51
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  • First Review: 05/20/09
  • Last Review: 12/22/15
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