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This review is from: SYBA SY-KVM20050 2-port USB KVM switch w/ Audio and LED, Plug and Play
Pros: Has audio ability, is a kvm
Cons: Audio is extremely quiet when through kvm. The device randomly decides it can't tell which computer to view, and repeatedly switches between them, requiring everything to be unplugged, let it sit,then plug it back in after a few seconds. Extremely frustrating and annoying when it does this. The switch key is a ctrl key, which I didn't think would be a problem, but it turns out to be a major issue. If you are using copy/paste or any other ctrl+combinations, you have to be very careful or you're going to end up swithing when you don't want to. The scroll key would have been a far better choice, like most of the other kvm's out there. When you plug in the speakers, the volume levels all have to be turned drastically high, so then when you unplug things, you get your ears blasted if you happen to forget to turn the volume on the computer down first.
Other Thoughts: The only reason that I purchased this one was because it had the ability to switch the audio. I will be purchasing a new one and next time, won't worry about the audio this time.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Everki Black 18.4" Titan Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack Model EKP120
Pros: Everything! Lots of pockets, appears to be built well, heady duty metal zippers, actually does hold the laptop! I searched for a long time trying to find a decent bag that would hold my last 17.3" laptop, and was stuck with a messenger/bridf case style bag. I didn't mind, but all the weight on one part of my shoulder like that got painful really quick.
Being a backpack style, and extremely well designed to boot, when I am wearing it it doesn't feel like I have 20 lbs of electronics! (laptop, cords, external drives, paperwork, etc..)
Cons: None that I've found so far!
Other Thoughts: The price was phenomenal! To be honest, if I'd seen the $177 price tag, I doubt I would have purchased it. (Wouldn't hesitate now that I've actually owned it and used it!) but since it came as a bundle with the laptop, totally worth it! The laptop was $1399.99, and the bundle was $1400.00, so I literally paid $0.01 for this bag! Unbelievable! Wish I could buy more at that price! haha But as I said, now that I've owned it, and used it, seen the construction, padding, zippers, etc.. If I have to I would buy another without a second thought! It's actually worth the $177 price tag on it, and I will recommend it to everybody!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Backlit keyboard is freaking awesome, screen quality is amazing, ports are layed out well and functionally. CPU, GPU and RAM are all up there, and while I've only tested Guild Wars 2 so far, it plays on High settings with an average of 64 FPS, so I'm super happy with that!
Cons: The warranty if needed, is absolutely worthless. The screen came with a dead pixel (bright) and they are telling me they won't do anything about it unless it has 7. They then claim "it's an industry standard". If that's the case then why did all of my previous laptops have warranties that were 1 bright, or 5 dark pixels for replacement? Whatever.
The keyboard layout is leaving a LOT to be desired. Why are there two \| keys? There isn't a context menu key if you use it. The 0 key on the numpad is almost 1/2 normal size, and thus requires you to completely move your thumb underneath your hand while using the 10key. The typing keys feel somehow shifted to me, and that's taking getting used to, but by far the worst is the Home/PgUp and End/PgDn disaster. To save space they have combined those 4 keys into 2, and you are required to use the FN+PgUp for Home, and FN+PgDn for End. This is most of the reason for dropping the two eggs. The keyboard layout was designed by a moron. If you do any type of word processing, or data entry, this is NOT the computer for you, sadly. According to their tech-support "there is nothing you can do about the keys except to use the function combination." Well that's not entirely true, I can either return the computer to newegg, or install a key-mapping program. Will do the second, but am drastically considering the first option.
Other Thoughts: When I asked about the warranty sticker over the HDD bay plate, mentioning that because this is a work computer, and I must have the second HDD installed for the additional space needed while working, the tech support response was "That sticker doesn't apply in the US. You can break the sticker, and upgrade whatever you need to, without breaking the warranty, as long as you don't break something while doing so. Breaking anything would void the warranty." While it's not so much that I don't trust him, but I'm going to call back from a land line and record the conversation so I have documentation of it before I actually install that drive. Just in case.
It also came with a LOT of bloatware. There were several reviews that stated it didn't come with a lot of junk, but it does. When I first booted, it had 68 programs installed. I've spent the time trying to get it narrowed down, but have decided against it. I will be upgrading from the Home Premium to Professional, so I'm just going to wipe the HDD and start fresh. They did send a driver disk, but like evverybody have chosen to force you to burn your own install DVD's, which aren't worth burning because it takes 3 discs, and thus will install all of the bloatware right back onto the computer. There was an option for not installing the Magix sweet of programs, but that's only 5 of the 68 programs..
The gyst of this, is that I'm not sure I would recommend this or buy another. I gave MSI a chance after massive issues with my Dell XPS17 L702X, (owned it 7 months, 2 replacement computers, 3x in their shop, 5 technicians to my house, and they still couldn't fix the heat issue. Worst fan/heat sink design ever. And that's not counting the issues with the touch screen that was eventually just replaced with a higher quality non-touch because they couldn't fix that either.) So far I love the laptop itself, except for the huge issue with the keyboard layout, but the lack-luster response from their Tech support, and the feeling that I'm going to get ripped off regarding the warranty if I install my second drive have left a very nasty aftertaste from the purchase.
It did come with the Everki bag which I'm surprised is an excellent bag! Holds the laptop extremely well (except the power brick, that's an inconvenience no matter what..) as well as my two full size WD externals, all of my paperwork, notepads and still has room for more!