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GeIL 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Laptop Memory Model GS38GB1333C9SC
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Worked Flawlessly in new ACER timeline 08/06/2012

This review is from: GeIL 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Laptop Memory Model GS38GB1333C9SC

Pros: No issues in adding this to pre-existing, integrated 2gbs onboard. Worked like a charm, moved my WES for RAM to 6.9. Might be the onboard RAM holding it back, but IDK. No issues so far, will be amended if anything arises.

Cons: None so far.

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Acer TimelineU M5-481TG-6814 14
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Very Fine Acer PC 08/06/2012

This review is from: Acer TimelineU M5-481TG-6814 14" Ultrabook

Pros: Great Hardware. GPU plays SC2 on high settings fluidly @70+ FPS. No overheating what so ever. 20 GB SSD is a perk, but that will be elaborated on later, in the cons. Strong processor w/ 6.8-9 Windows experience rating. Sleek design, lighter than expected. Not an Mac Air, but lighter than a book of the same width (it is thin). Nice screen, though the borders of the screen itself (not the trim) are a little took large for my liking (not a serious flaw, by any means). This is my first PC with an LED backlit keyboard, and I find it rather handy for nighttime typing.

Cons: Loud Hard-drive. This irks me, since I will be leaving the country shortly for 9 months and any returns for faulty hardware will be tedious. The 20 gb SSD doesnt show up in "My COmputer" I would really have appreciated if it was dedicated for Windows, and was visible. Maybe it is, but I'm still in the early days of tweaking this machine.
The RAM was 4gb, with only one slot accessible, so in the interest of adding a few minutes of productivity, I added a 8gb GEIL 1066 mhz stick to the mix by removing the one slot's 2gb stick. Having to take apart the computer to do so was cumbersome and proved more difficult on either of the ASUS laptops I have had. Keep in mind that this is deemed an ultrabook, so the design isn't meant to be user-friendly in terms of serviceability for the end-user. After removing almost a dozen screws, the touchpad and keyboard had to be removed from their ribbon sockets (please message me if you have an answer for why they are so pervasive- they seem flimsy).

Other Thoughts: BLOATWARE ALERT. Acer packs a lot of junk into its computers, but it's to be expected (~30 min for removal of all bloaters, including IE and WMP). RAM upgrade worked flawlessly after struggling with screws and ribbons. Review will be amended in a week or so. Lost one star due to difficulty in RAM upgrade, lack of clarity in SSD use/location, NO DRIVER CD(??, going to recheck all the boxes and manuals). I would have really liked to have replzced the 500gb 5400 RPM HDD and put in my momentus XT, but I'm scared of conflicts between the invisible SSD and the integrated SSD in the Momentus (seagate). Other than those nerdy issues, this computer is a welcome upgrade from my ASUS N81 Vg. Cheers to Acer for putting together some very nice components into an affordable case.

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Seagate Momentus ST905003N1A1AS-RK 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Drive doesn't fail. 5 year warranty. Not excessively loud, or power thirsty.

Cons: Not superficially faster than the previous generation of Seagates. Firmware from 2006! Thanks Seagate

Other Thoughts: I went from a 320gb third generation seagate to this guy here and the difference was truly disappointing. I was initially under the assumption that this was a fifth generation seagate, when in fact its only the fourth with an extended warranty (if this is wrong, please reply to me).
Boot time went up (even with a clean install), shut-down time went up. Obnoxious stuttering in video play that I hoped this drive would help remedy stayed the same, if not got worse. Nothing about this drive was is worth the money I put down. I'd recommend the 7200.5 seagate 750 (?) gb over this. Tom's Hardware did a really nice review for it. And its basically the same price.
I will probably return this if i cannot tweak my system to be atleast as fast as it was prior to this HDD.

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Display Name: Peter R.

Date Joined: 12/11/07

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  • Last Review: 08/06/12
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