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Pros: Well what can I say.. It's all around a decent gaming mouse. Smooth input, and the blue lighting matches pretty well with my desktop's old NZXT Guardian 921's lights. also, it's slender and comfy to use.
Cons: I don't really notice much of a change when I use the DPI button to toggle between the 3 different modes, but that's no issue to me.
The plastic used on it has some sort of smooth surface coating which I'm not much of a fan of as it seems to hold on to skin oils fairly well and over time as it's used it'll wear it off and make a visible dull spot right in the middle of the mouse button. Sometimes when traveling I'll pull it out of my bag and the mouse button will be stuck down and I have to pop it back up again.
Mouse is a bit on the light side so players who are used to heavier precision mice might feel a little awkward when using this one.
Other Thoughts: I bought two of these so I could have one for my desktop and one for my laptop, so far both work perfectly fine still. At the price I got mine for on here I'll say they are worth it, and not much of a risk if you end up not liking it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: (4 starred because I really do like this thing. it looks pretty and runs well, despite the nit picky points portrayed in the cons section.)
Lightweight, decent power. Slim design, very quiet fan, integrated webcam and microphone, HDMI A/V output and a nicely sized hard drive. Has bluetooth compatibility and the AMD Vision setup allows for better graphical power than intel HD graphics.
Battery life lasts about 3 or 4 hours depending on your power settings and the OS you're running / however many programs you have on at the time.
On the note of the GPU, I bought this for playing some PC games on my lunch hour at work. It'll handle ID tech, Source and Unreal engine games decently on mid details at 720p resolution. I also tried playing Far-Cry 3 and Syndicate on it but they were stuttering a lot so they were unplayable.
Cons: Screen resolution isn't particularly impressive for a 15 inch, but it does have decent colors and brightness for how thin it is. Hinges on the screen seem like they're a bit cheaply made though so I'd advise being careful when opening / closing it.
The original version of this laptop is supposed to come with Windows 8 so you might have a tough time finding certain drivers.. I'm running Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and still haven't gotten the USB hub on the right hand side of the laptop to work. Everything else is running fine though.
Doesn't have a Cardbus or ExpressCard slot.
No optical drive installed so OS installation will have to be done by an external DVD/CD rom drive, USB bootable flash drive or PXE boot.
Construction of this laptop also limits your ability to upgrade it.. this thing is impossible to take apart without destroying it, so if you buy this you'll likely be stuck with the hardware it includes.
Other Thoughts: When installing your OS, use a flash drive set up with Rufus on FAT32 format with MBR partition file for UEFI. NTFS bootable drives won't work for some odd reason.
Whomever refurbished this laptop went to the lengths of covering up the HP logos and such with sharpie marker and black pieces of tape. No idea why. The exact model of the laptop I received is the HP Pavilion 15-b123nr, but this might change seeing how it's sold as a "generic" laptop.
This review is from: Thermaltake A4022 92mm CPU Cooler
Pros: Not too expensive, easy to install and keeps an AM2 Phenom X3 8400 2.1ghz running cool and quiet at 45C.
Cons: only 3 pin power plug so you won't get fan speed control. Metal fastener clips are a little dinky and I don't like how far down the lever goes on it, Could pose a concern to certain motherboards with components placed close to the CPU enclosure.
Also, it's rather large and the fan sticks out so be careful with your wiring especially if you're on a bottom mounted PSU case.
Other Thoughts: I transferred my CPU and this heatsink to another motherboard, and the CPU started running at 105C (220F) which is absolutely ridiculous, I'm guessing it was because I had this plugged into a Molex-3pin fan power connector. regardless, I applied a lot of Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound to it and plugged it into the 4 pin CPU fan plug (before this I didn't know you could use the 3 pin plug on the 4 pin port, but you won't get manual fan speed control due to this.) now its back to running at 45C so that's good.READ FULL REVIEW