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Pros: -PC Card/PCMCIA slot: I was in dire need of a modern-ish laptop that still had a PC Card/PCMCIA slot on it. In my research, this is the best spec'd laptop I could find. Everything (including some options of this very laptop) has moved toward ExpressCard slots over PC Card slots.
-YMMV on this one, but this laptop shipped with 4 GB of RAM and ~250GB hard drive. I think the specs for the RAM, Processor, and Hard drive that are listed are a minimum since these are refurbished items, probably from a lease. You can expect at a minimum what is listed, but might end up with better specs like I did (double memory and a larger hard drive).
-Battery tested fine, but I've only been using it for one day.
-The power supply is the 90 watt Dell OEM (slim). Works fine.
-Looks practically brand new. I bought a e6400 a couple weeks ago, and it was a little worse for wear. But it looks like this machine has all new rubber feet, new keyboard, possibly new bezels.
Cons: Couple minor things, easily fixed...
1. System bios was A03, which was like 13 versions ago. The latest version is A16, which installing it was a little tricky. You actually need to install A09 first before it will allow going to A16. Head over to dell and do this, it will solve any instabilities you might have, and probably increase system performance.
-Couple of drivers out of date, but that's standard for any new laptop that's been sitting on a shelf. Head over to Intel's website and install "Intel Driver Update Utility". You'll probably find that there is a newer driver for the graphics and RAID software.
-Windows 7 Home Premium. I was hoping I would end up with Pro but I did not. It's not a huge issue, but you can not host remote desktop. What did bother me is the original COA was Windows 7 Pro. I guess there is something if the refurbishers don't have the original install media, they have to install their Windows 7 refurbisher's license. You could probably use the original COA license with the Upgrade Anytime Feature to get to Pro... but you would probably have to call in to activate it... and I'm sure there are some legalities associated with it.
-Came with ITunes (outdated) installed. This is going in a business environment, so I uninstalled, and the 4 or 5 other Apple applications that installed with it (Bonjour, Update service, etc). It also came with an older version of Adobe Reader. Uninstall that and install the latest version.
Other Thoughts: -32 Bit Windows 7: the PC card device I need to work with the laptop only has 32 bit drivers. A 64 bit Windows 7 needs 64 bit drivers. So this is a plus for me. However, 32 bit Windows can only use ~3.5 GB of Ram natively. Along with some other 64 bit instructions, this might be a drawback to someone else.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Sturdy stand
Excellent picture quality
Decent Viewing Angle
Other Thoughts: I had originally bought this monitor: Acer g246HLDAbd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009422 around Christmas on sale. The stand was wobbly and it worked between 5 seconds to 2 minutes at a given time (it was a lemon). I bought this monitor to replace it because the other was out of stock. It was technically $40 more, but it has a sturdy stand, HDMI, and speakers. Why this one has an average of 4 eggs over the other one (all other specs are the same) having 5 I do not know. I can only attribute that to the poor speakers on the monitor. The speakers are rear facing and worse quality than those on an ACER netbook. The speakers for me are a frivolous extra that I don't need, much like the additional video cables the box comes with. If built-in speaker quality is the selling point of a monitor for you, you need to reevaluate your purchasing criteria. I'll attribute the price difference to the better stand and HDMI, which is more than worth it for me.READ FULL REVIEW