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Lenovo IdeaPad U510 (59RF0511) Notebook Intel Core i5 3337U (1.80GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD 24GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 4000 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast shipping. I received it two days after I ordered it.

Cons: Where do I start.

I flipped this laptop open after unpacking it and noticed the keyboard was just laying there inside the laptop. The two cables where still connected, so I popped it back in place.

I plugged it in and powered it on. Great I thought. 2 minutes later the screen went dark. This happened gradually. I assumed that it may have something to do with the screen brightness Fn buttons. Pressing the buttons while holding down the Fn key did nothing, but strangely they work when not holding the Fn key. The screen still goes completely dark randomly.

The "Fn" key is stuck on permanently. It doesn't work when holding it down, but works when not touching it. Until I figured this out, it was problematic getting into the BIOS menu by pressing F1 or the boot menu by pressing F12. So now I was able to access those two menus by holding down "Fn" along with the other keys.

The touchpad is terrible. I'm in the middle of moving my cursor and the cursor just seems to jump to the other side of the screen. I know this is normally caused by having another finger or part of the hand resting on the pad while moving, but this wasn't the case. Also, why would they make the surface over the right and left click buttons touch sensitive? It's bad design when you're trying to click on an icon only to have the pointer move somewhere else while clicking.

Windows 8 that it shipped with is not activated. And guess what? It won't let me activate online because it's "Not an authorized copy" and can't activate by phone because I don't have the activation key. The machine was refurbished. There are no labels affixed to the shell with an activation key. There is no booklet included with an activation key.

The keyboard bezel is cracked near the top. Possibly the reason it wasn't installed properly when I unpacked it?

The Caps Lock button decides to randomly turn itself on, even when you aren't touching the keyboard.

Worst of all, Newegg will not let me do an RMA request for it. I'm guessing because it's a refurb. I have no information on how to return this hunk of junk to Lenovo for a refund or replacement.

Other Thoughts: I have never really had any problems with refurbished items I have purchased before. This Lenovo looks like it was just thrown in a box and shipped out again after the last person returned it. I am extremely upset with this purchase, and to make matters worse, it's a birthday present for a family member. I don't have time to deal with getting a replacement now.

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EVGA 512-P3-1311-KR GeForce 210 512MB 32-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a great video card for a low powered media server. For a card that offers HDMI, DVI, and VGA outputs, you just can't beat the price.

Cons: None

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EVGA 512-P3-1301-RX GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 32-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cheap

Cons: From the time I installed this card in the system, I have had nothing but problems. It starts with graphical glitches during the POST process and memory tests. When the "Starting Windows" animation starts, the video cuts out 75% of the time and I lose video signal, even though I can see there is still hard drive activity. During the few times I was able to successfully login to Windows 7, I have had various things happen. The display sometimes displays at 640x480 and I am able to view the device manager. It shows the card isn't initialized properly. So much for the refurbished card.

Other Thoughts: Hopefully I can RMA this for a working card.

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Display Name: Christopher B.

Date Joined: 10/20/04

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 03/29/08
  • Last Review: 02/14/14
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