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Acer 15.6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This thing comes packed with features that are hard to find an equal to at this price (under $600). Full 1080p (matte), 1TB hdd and a 128GB ssd (not either/or), 8GB of ddr4 (not ddr3), an i3 CPU, USB 3.1 and a real video card (gtx950). I couldn't find anything with specs like that for less than $700.

It runs great. It loads into windows quite fast and comes with minimal bloatware. I didn't even bother removing it as some of it may prove useful. I just deleted the icons off the desktop.

The keyboard is a membrane, chiclet style board. It's not the best laptop board I've used (for feel) but I'd say it's about average. The lower tray holding the board is made of metal (unlike the outer case shell) so it has a nice, premium feel while using it. The touchpad is pretty good. It is very responsive and has a nice feel to it. It has integrated buttons on the bottom (part of pad itself).

The laptop feels nice and light for a 15" laptop. It is plastic but has a nice look and feel to it. The power brick is your standard variety for this size laptop with a decent length on the cord. It's relatively thin for a full size laptop. It's very easy to carry around.

Gaming: I don't game much on laptops. I build desktops for that. Regardless, this little guy is impressive for gaming. Firestrike @1080p is about 3000-3200. The unit does not get loud or hot while gaming (compared to other units I've used in the past). The card seems about equivalent to a desktop GTX570. Not bad for a fairly cheap laptop.

Cons: No backlit keyboard.
Not a touchscreen.
Not a metal case.
Screen feels a bit flimsy. (whole span flexes, not the joints, those are solid)
No CD/DVD/BD drive

Other Thoughts: I was initially looking to buy a nice, metal, smaller everyday laptop for about $400-500 but the specs on this were hard to pass up. It doesn't have a premium feel but it also doesn't feel cheap. It performs quite well and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a gaming laptop without breaking the bank.

Arctic Cooling S111 USB Powered Portable Speaker-Gray
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs They actually sound pretty good 04/25/2016

This review is from: Arctic Cooling S111 USB Powered Portable Speaker-Gray

Pros: Big sound for such a little speaker. Pretty decent range. Seem to be silent at idle. Small size and footprint allows for easy placement on a desk or shelf .

Cons: Cables are a bit short. The cable between the two speakers only allows you to stretch them out about 2 feet apart. The 2 wires to connect to source are also kind of short (3'). The "off" position on the volume dial is truly just zero volume. There is no actual on/off switch.

Other Thoughts: I only bought these because they were on sale for $7. Had I paid closer to $20, these would still be satisfactory. I mostly use fairly high end speakers (bose, etc) and these little guys still impress.

NZXT Source Source 210 Elite Black Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Solid. They painted the inside. Fairly roomy.

Cons: So I presume I was supposed to receive an accessory box with this case? (screws, motherboard stand-offs, etc) I didn't get one and this isn't the 1st time NZXT has messed up the little things. It will most likely be my last time as there are plenty of other options. I had to hunt down an old case in my garage to steal motherboard stand-offs from so I could even use this case. What fun, thanks for that.

The labeled 2.5 HDD spot at bottom is completely worthless as it's orientated wrong.

All the front panels have a funny look to them like the finishing process didn't come out quite right. The sheen has a dead spot in all the same areas and really makes this case look cheap.

No filters (I knew this but it's still a con for any case without them)
Limited options for front fan sizes.

Other Thoughts: This is probably about build 40 for me (past 10 years). 4th NZXT case. Looking like the last.

SSD Tip: I was able to vertically mount the 2.5 SSD on the rear of the HDD cage (faces back panel), plugs facing down, two screws holding the top from within the HDD cage, top row. They line up just close enough and it mounts at a slightly misaligned angle but solid.


Gerald N.'s Profile

Display Name: Gerald N.

Date Joined: 01/13/06

  • Reviews: 62
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  • First Review: 01/16/06
  • Last Review: 09/20/16
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