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Pros: I got a refurb at an amazing price. Having said that I'd have paid full price considering what I got. We all know the spces I5, 8GB RAM, 2GB GeForce 840m with a 1TB HDD etc.
The I5 is nice, it's fast, efficent and more than gets the job done. This thing plays new games at decent quality (e.g. Far Cry 4) at a decent rate. You will have to tweak settings a bit but it's worth it. Screen is nice for what it is. However the HDMI port allows you to connect to a nice 1080p monitor/TV. The aluminum look is well done. The keyboard is nice, spacious and well laid out. The laptop is very light and easy to carry it feels solid. The unit I've got runs cool approx 25c - 35c with the GPU at 45c+ at full load. The WiFi has presented no issues what soever in the month+ that I've had it.
Cons: It has to be said the one major con is the mechanical hard drive. It's slow, it's big (which is good) but it's so horribly slow. It's pegged at 100% for the first 10 or so minutes after it starts. No updates being downloaded/installed. The likely cause are services running in the background. I dumped it for an SSD and the problem was solved.
If you plan to upgrade the HDD or the RAM be prepared. There's no panels under the laptop to remove for easy access. You have to remove all the screws on the underside of the laptop then very gently pry the plastic keyboard/upper case away from the lower case. Once done gently open the case and carefully disconnect the three ribbon cables. Now you can access the HDD. If you want at the RAM, remove the motherboard and you'll find it on the other side. Yes you have to tear your laptop apart to upgrade the RAM you better be happy with 8GB or skilled with electronics.
Other Thoughts: I dumped the mechanical drive in favor of an SSD that was on sale here at NewEgg. 240GB of SSD later and I'm on my desktop in approx 10 seconds. My programs and games are loading at light speed. That empty optical drive bay has been filled with a HDD caddy carrying the slow mechanical drive as additional storage. I really couldn't be happier with this computer.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I maybe a lucky one.. the card I got works perfectly. So far so good, it's running Far Cry 3 maxed out, GTA IV 45+ fps, (misc) CODs, MW 3 etc without any issues at 720p and 1080p. Per GPU ID the maximum temperature the GPU has hit so far is 64c load at idle low of 27c. I do however have reasonable cooling and decent airflow plus an exhaust fan for the GPU. 3D Mark 11 6800 and 3D Mark 4900.
In the box you get the card obviously, a driver CD and a quick start manual.. that's all and at this price that's all I need.
Cons: So far there are none, I'm hoping that won't change :-)
Other Thoughts: This card is attached to a Core2Quad O/C@3200Mhz (since 2009) with 6GB DDR2 800, 128GB SSD, 2TB Mechanical HDD with a BFG 650w PSU on Win 7 64 Ultimate.
The card is quite large and requires some space in your case plus at least a 500w (higher is better) PSU.
Pros: Got it on sale, installed easily did a clean install of Windows 7 in no time at all on my desktop. Shows as having only a few hours on the drive. Looks and appears new.
Sold as and rated at 120GB on the box.. reality is... not true.
Cons: Run the OCZ Tool from the OCZ website and you'll see it's rated at 115GB not 120GB as sold. Ok it's only 5GB but still not exactly what's stated on the box. You'll also find you as expected less space once it's formatted. Expect to get in about 107GB of usable space once formatted. My other SSD rated at 120GB delivered 111GB formatted.
Drive is slower vs my other SSD (new 120GB drive) although. To be fair my my other SSD is a newer model rated at SATA6, however my motherboard only supports SATA2. This drive seems to top out at 180mb write speed vs 280mb write for the new SSD. Both where tested with a clean install of Windows 7 and the same basic drivers. Same SATA cable plugged into the same port. It isn't a major con when compared to my mechanical drive.
Other Thoughts: I really can't complain for the price paid I've got a 4 year old (then high end) desktop that boots up extremely fast. Any programs loaded on the drive start in an instant. Well worth the money and assuming it doesn't die anytime soon I'd not think twice about getting another one.READ FULL REVIEW