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This review is from: Rosewill RNG-406Uv2 - Ethernet Adapter, 10 / 100 / 1000 Mbps, USB 3.0, 1 x RJ4
Pros: USB 3.0, Realtek RTL8153 Chipset, Works with Sophos UTM 9.3
Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace a burned out Rosewill ethernet PCI-E NIC in my Sophos UTM 9.3. This this works like a charm. The UTM didn't detect it until after the OS was installed but it picked it up with no problems afterward.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M. 17.3" Screen. It's very good quality. I'm very happy with the color. 8GB of RAM in a single stick with an open slot just above it. (You won't need to remove the keyboard to get to these ones!) It's Kingston brand RAM by the way. I bought Newegg item number N82E16820239697 and it's compatible. This also has an open full mSATA slot just above the wireless card.
Cons: And here are the cons...
The Bluetooth doesn't work. I don't know why, I've tried driver after driver but after installing Windows 8.1 on a HDD I put in I've gotten nothing out of it. Even before I install the new HDD the Bluetooth would cut out on me. I've read online that there are a lot of problems with the Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 3160 this comes with. The wireless works fine though so that's good enough for me.
The only other problem I've had with this laptop is where they positioned the full mSATA port. I'm a little leery of putting a mSATA SSD right above the wireless card... I'm sure there's a lot of heat generated in that region.
Other Thoughts: A warning to everyone out there. If you buy this laptop and leave it as is you will probably be disappointed. I know I was when I first fired it up. The bottle neck in the system is the 1TB HDD they have with it. I put another 8GB stick of RAM in bringing it up to a grand total of 16GB and installed a Samsung 850 EVO mSATA SSD and it brought my boot time from a sluggish 20 seconds after bios POST to a snappy 3 seconds! Keep in mind that you void your warranty by opening up the laptop to do these upgrades. Hope this helps!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SABRENT EC-UEIS7 Aluminum 3.5" IDE / SATA USB & eSATA External Enclosure
Pros: Solid design
Built in fan
Cons: No usb 3.0 (but I guess that's why the price is halfway decent)
The fan rubs on the case a bit with the slightest bit of pressure
Other Thoughts: All in all this enclosure has done it job for me. The case was a real pain in the rear to pull apart but that's not really a bad thing. Maybe I'll actually leave the HDD in the enclosure this time! The built in fan is really nice to have. It keeps the hard drive nice and cool. I can't help but wonder if they would have done better by providing more ventilation though as the air flow in the case is a little weak.READ FULL REVIEW