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Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition VN7-791G-77JJ Gaming Laptop 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4710HQ (2.50GHz) 16 GB DDR3L Memory 1TB HDD 256GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB 17.3
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very thin
Very sexy
Exterior texture is nice
Lots of horse
Backlight works good
Keybaord is nice
Screen ins great

Cons: Acer Bloatware
Don't like how the trackpad feels
Don't like how the trackpad is off center
BOX WAS OPENED previously - The box has clearly been opened previously. The 2 Acer sticks that keep thier box sealed had been cut and new stickers placed over the top.

Very difficult to upgrade. While it is possible to access the hard drives and RAM, it is very difficult compared to many laptops. I do plan on upgrading to 16gb DIMMS at some point but won't be in a rush due to the difficult of getting to the RAM.

Other Thoughts: I've had this laptop for 2 days and so far I'm happy with it. I'm moving to this from a Dell XPS 1645 with a first gen i7. It sounded like a jet and felt like a nuclear reactor in my lap.

I was looking for a laptop that had gaming internals but didn't look like a monster gaming laptop. This fits the bill.

It's very thing is looks professions but has the power to play games if needed. I was trying to pick between this and the MSI GS70 Stealth.

The exterior is very pleasing to looking at. The screen it just as nice

Out of the box Windows has a bunch of Acer's bloat on it. First thing I did was load my own Windows image and setup a Ubuntu Dual boot.

Currently I have the 240gb SSD slit 160gb/80gb between Windows and Ubuntu respectively. The 1tb drives is split down the middle.

It's been almost 10 years since I've owned an Acer computer. I was little sheepish about getting on. However, I'm very happy I did. I've had a few random questions since getting the machine. I hopped on their live chat and got quality answers within a few minutes. I was extremely impress.

I have only had it for 2 days so my views may change. I have not had a chance to play any games yet but I'm sure it will do good. I'm not expecting to shelf perrformance If that happens I will update my review. However, as of now I suggest getting this laptop.

If you are looking for a sleek laptop with lots of horsepower pull the trigger on this. I think Acer has the perfect laptop here.

A note for Ubunut Users: The trackpad did not work out of the box. I had to install the newest mainline kernel before it would work.

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Antec GX500 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Meh 08/26/2014

This review is from: Antec GX500 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Nice Looking
Painted Inside
Decent Layout

Cons: Pretty flimsy construction. When lifting the case it tends to warp.

However, my biggest gripe is with the IO shield punch out;. The top right corner (when looking from inside case) was detached and pushed back into the case. This caused this corner to be pushed into the case about a 1/2 inch. This messed up the geometry preventing me from snapping the IO shield back in.

To work around this I had to slide 2 zip ties through a whole in the back, cut them off and melt them to hold this piece in alignment. This allowed me to seat the motherboard properly but it is very tight. The MB doesn't line up just right so I had to push it very hard to get the scripts into the standoffs.

I can't be bothered to return it because it cost so little. However, I'm not thrilled about it.

I would not buy the case again

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SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Pretty easy to setup
-Works with a large variety of DVR software
-Small foot print

Cons: Not with the device
Crippled By Time Warner

Other Thoughts: If you have Time Warner and plan on using this for HD channels with ANYTHING except Windows Media Center don't bother spending the money.

I have come to find out that Time Warner flags almost all content with the copy-once protection flag. Due to this the only way to watch and record the content is via Windows Media Center.

My original plan was to use a MythTV backend to manage all of my recording. I would then use a Roku/Plex front end to consume content on all of my TVs.

However, I didn't do enough research ahead of time. After spending a whole day getting everything setup I realize I wasn't able to record or watch any of the channels I wanted.

These channels include:

CNN
History 1 & 2
Science 1 & 2
Discovery
Bravo
AMC
FX
Some Others

All of these channels are "Blocked" by Time Warner. The protected flag is set so they can only be watched on their DVR boxes or via Windows Media Center. I don't plan on adding a PC to every TV so the HDHomeRun Prime is almost useless to me. (NOT the fault of the product, it's entirely time warner).

After doing some reading I have come to find out that Time Warner is not required to copy protect the vast majority of channels. Instead, they do it of their own choice in what can only be assumed as an attempt to force people into purchasing their DVR boxes.

==== RANT =====

Due to limited space on my current TWC DVR , only being able to record 2 shows at once and having to pay per box for each TV I found myself using "Other" means to get content. I would then use my ROKUs and Plex to watch this content on all TVs in my home.

My intention was to build a system that would allow me to record and consume as much content as possible on all TVs in my home in a legal manner. The goal was to stop paying TWC $25 a month for DVR service and to gain much more flexibility.

Due to the fact TWC is voluntarily crippling great alternatives, such as the HDHomeRun Prime, I am cutting off the cable TV portion of my account. I plan to switch to Netflix and continue with "other" means of content acquisition .

I greatly disliked TWC prior to this experience but this was the last straw for me. This type of technology allows paying customers to consume the content they are paying for in a different way. But since this removes the requirement for their equipment lease they find it necessary to take steps to block it.

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Display Name: Matthew C.

Date Joined: 02/23/10

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  • First Review: 05/01/10
  • Last Review: 10/23/14
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