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LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet -  Quad-Core 2GB RAM 16GB Flash 8.3
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Nice display that is very sharp obviously with this resolution. It is fast. For me the test was browsing with Google Chrome and it does scream along fine. The LG apps are a little different but add some very interesting functionality.

Build quality is excellent. The tablet is light and is narrow enough to hold it with one hand upside down while reading in bed. Even my wife can grasp the width of it. Not much wider then the Nexus 7 and only slightly taller because of the narrow bezel space.

Cons: The way LG shipped it in the box is questionable as mentioned in a previous review. The back side on the edges showed some abrasion from riding in the box. The screen was fine but is only protected by the shipping film and a single layer of cardboard.

The LG skin/Q apps are a bit funky to get used to. But there is come really cool features once you get used to it. They do add a bit of flab.

Other Thoughts: I looked at several other tablets and almost bought the Nexus 7 2013 to replace a 2012 model that is now having massive slowdown issues. The extra screen on this is a huge improvement over the Nexus 7 (both). For those that hate the LG bling CyanogenMod will address that issue as there is already cm11 available now. Otherwise pony up a few more bucks and get the Google Play edition.

I was able to get this as an open box at an amazingly low price on New Years day. I have not found anything wrong with it other than the light and very small abrasion mark on the back from the shipping box which one must really scrutinize it to find it otherwise the tablet is near perfect. The power supply and cable have not been opened.

I put it in a Voia G Pad case which is the closest I could find to the Asus travel case for the Nexus 7s. Overall it is a fine device and if you can get it on sale it is a really nice tablet that is very build high quality. For those that are used to the Samsung devices the LG skin is more conservative towards raw Android.

It took Newegg a couple extra days as they did mention inventory was taking place over the New Years holiday, otherwise once in the hand of the shipper it arrived in due time.

I really was close to getting another Nexus 7 which are very low cost. But the slow down problem with my 2012 which I have done everything to it sort of made me shy away from the current one. I did put cm10.2 which helped.

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LG ME20CR-BF Black 20
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I knew it was a refurbish unit when I purchased it. Commercial grade monitor and the stand is excellent. Very good view angles.

Cons: I have had difficult getting the contrast and brightness right. Not sure if it is just the monitor or due to age. The white is certainly white without the pale yellow or blue tint.

Other Thoughts: Works good for what I need it for and the money spent. Came in a heavy cardboard box that had the factory refurbish sticker on it. The packing was not done very well. The monitor was in a heavy plastic bag, and they used the mold foam injection to make the padding. I think they probably could have added more foam as the monitor could move around in the box. But it was good and without blemishes on the case.

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Prolimatech PRO-MK-26 Multi VGA Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs GTX 470 04/11/2013

This review is from: Prolimatech PRO-MK-26 Multi VGA Cooler

Pros: Cools the GTX 470 extremely well.
Ubuntu 13.04 Unity desktop would run upwards of 85c and the OEM fan would become annoying. With this it is now running the desktop at around 45-48c doing the same thing. Ran Unique Heaven demo at extreme settings for 30 minutes and the maximum temp went up to 67c with the fan adjusted to a very low setting for no noise. With the fan set to max, the temp pulled back to 55c running the demo.

Was considering a passive cooled video card to use in Linux, but the performance of them is so low compared to the GTX470. This has been a great solution.

Cons: Big and heavy, especially when fan or fans are mounted to the cooler per the instructions.

Makes it almost impossible for SLI/Crossfire. Read the pro reviews and they all say that. Make sure your case is big enough.

Other Thoughts: When installing, make sure to use a the cleaner called out in the instructions to prepare for the application of the heat sinks on the the vram chips.

I did not have the ethanol that was prescribed in the instructions and tried some isopropyl alcohol which did not clean the residue at all. Used automotive brake cleaner on a clean rag. Clean each component multiple times.


Without the fans attached on the face of the cooler, I do believe a second video card would fit in the second SLI PCIe slot on the motherboard which is the lowest position. Then the problem is that cooler is in the way of the path for the SLI cable to pass to the second card. There would be a very small gap between the PCB of the lower card and the cooler. I am considering trying it and cutting a small slot in the cooling fins (the heat pipes are clear) for the SLI cable to pass. Then figure out a way to get enough air flow to pass over the cooler. My second 470 is stock configured at the moment.

If the case is not an issue, I do believe a person could get both cards configured with a cooler. It would take some modification of one cooler for the SLI cable. The old GTX 470 is a real gas hog and generates gobs of heat so two of them together makes mega hot air. But this cooler is amazing at dissipating the heat away if you can find the room.

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James S.'s Profile

Display Name: James S.

Date Joined: 05/03/08

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 12/29/11
  • Last Review: 01/07/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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