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GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Cheap
Reliable
Dual Bios
Quality
mSata

Cons: Not for gamers
Poor OC's
Only 2 Sata 6 ports
Only 2 USB 3.0 ports on back of board
No voltage control VCORE

Other Thoughts: All in all this is a pretty decent board, but I would not recommend that anyone who is trying to make a decent gaming PC buy it purely because of the poor OC's. My 3570K can only OC to 4.2, which is a shame because I have plenty of thermal headway to spare. And yes, this is a limitation of the board not the CPU. Just don't have access to the Vcore to give it any more voltage.

If you aren't a gamer or just aren't interested in wild OC's then buy it. It will serve you well. It's definitely a quality built board just not suited to what I would've preferred.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great board for the price. Not for hardcore overclockers 06/21/2013

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Solid build quality
Reliable
Onboard MSata Cache

Cons: No real voltage control options
Can't sustain high overclocks

Other Thoughts: Definitely is a great board for the price. Has been a very solid and reliable board for myself and all those i know who has one, but the downside is that it can't get high overclocks. On an i5-3570k I can get a 4.2ghz overclock, but 4.3 is unstable and 4.4 is BSOD. Not too big of an issue, but may be a deal breaker for some.

I'll just knock one egg for that, but for most this will be an excellent board for the price. Would definitely recommend it.

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HP ENVY 4-1117NR Intel Core i5 3317U (1.70GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 32GB SSD 14
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Great Price
Decent Specs
Quality finish

Cons: Horrible touchpad
Feels slow and laggy

Other Thoughts: I have been looking for decent ultrabook to take to grad school with me this fall, and after I found all the 5 star reviews for the Envy brand I was fully expecting to throw 5 eggs this way as well. Just to dive into it the biggest problem with this laptop is the touchpad. It may seem harsh to dock it 3 eggs for a touchpad issue, but honestly a bad touchpad can completely destroy your experience with a laptop.

I saw a comment before about the touchpad having too much friction and kind of laughed at the comment before brushing it off. Well I am not laughing now. Instead of sliding across the touchpad, your finger drags across it. Now I could get used to that, but the worst part is that the touchpad pretty much chooses when it wants to work. Two finger scrolling turns off mid-scroll and will turn back on a couple of minutes later for no apparent reason, along with all other multitouch gestures. The touchpad will also just stop responding to touch-- all the time. Its almost reliable that when I open a webpage or need to move the cursor that the mouse will cease moving. Whats weird though is that the pad will still respond to physical clicks and two finger clicks when it does this, which makes me wonder if it is a driver or hardware issue... Although reinstalling the drivers hasn't helped at all as of yet.

Now I'm usually not one to write bad reviews- I usually pick the best product, which is what I pegged this laptop to be, but a bad touchpad just gives you a horrible experience and I wanted others to be aware of this issue. After some searching, it seems to be a fairly common issue with the Envy line. Take it for what you will.

Other than that the laptop generally appears to be slow and laggy. Keep in mind I'm not doing anything serious with this-- I have a desktop for the intensive stuff. Opening new windows or starting iTunes really makes me wonder about these low-voltage i5's. Although I'm suspicious that the real culprit is the single channel of ram. Pop another DIMM in there and the performance boost should clear it up-- although I will probably not have this computer long enough to find out.

The good for this laptop generally seems to be everything else you may have read about. Build finish look outstanding and the keyboard feels great on the fingers. Small, light, affordable. The speakers are loud, but I certainly wouldn't call the audio quality great. It will manage for an on-the-go laptop though. The specs leave out what kind of screen this is, but I'm definitely certain its an LCD display. Sitting in a decently lit room inside my apartment the brightness is at 90%. My old Mac's LED display would normally be at 40 or 50% as a comparison.

Should anything change for me in the next couple of days in regards to the touchpad issues, I will update this post and add any solutions I may have found.

Hopes this helps someone else. Best of luck!

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Spencer S.'s Profile

Display Name: Spencer S.

Date Joined: 11/22/12

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 02/24/13
  • Last Review: 08/17/13
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