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Pros: You get a nice big 23-inch screen and a capable Intel Core i5 processor. These two features alone would have cost you hundreds of dollars more a couple of years ago.
Powerful enough for all everyday computing tasks including watching movies, HD video, Microsoft Office, email, internet, casual games and more.
Comes with Windows 7 which is a good operating system and the optional free upgrade to Windows 10 might be even better.
The all-in-one design saves space and avoids a lot of wires and clutter.
Lenovo is a solid brand that makes reliable computers and, again, this model comes with a 1-year warranty.
Cons: None at the price.
Other Thoughts: If you want to upgrade the performance of this machine even further (it's already good) there's a couple of things you could do. First, to speed up nearly everything, you can replace the hard drive with an SSD (solid state drive). SSDs have come way down in price; for $60 to $80 you can get a good quality 240GB SSD. $110 to $130 buys a 480GB SSD. I would go with a 240GB, add a $5 mounting bracket so the SSD fits perfectly in the hard drive slot, and an external hard drive case. The external case allows you to use the included standard hard drive as an external drive plugged into a USB port on the back of the Lenovo, and that gives you a lot of extra storage space. The other possible upgrade is to increase the amount of RAM memory from the included 4GB up to 8GB. This is mainly beneficial if you multi-task and do a lot of office work or other productivity jobs. Otherwise, the included 4GB of memory is enough. Adding an SSD, however, is the upgrade that makes the whole system feel really fast and responsive.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ANNKE SP1 Black HD 1280x720P Cloud Network IP Camera - H.264 Wireless/Wired Day/Night Pan/Tilt Security Monitor, IR-Cut Filter, Plug & Play, Two-Way Audio, Night Vision, Motion Detect
Pros: This model has 720p resolution plus Pan & Tilt feature that's controlled from your phone.
Most 720p ip cameras for $60 or less don't include pan & tilt. When placed in or near a corner in a room the you probably don't need pan & tilt because the camera's field of view covers the whole room. BUT, if you need to view a wider (or higher) area then pan & tilt is what you need.
Cons: 720p is a useful resolution compared to older/cheaper designs with only 640x480 resolution, but there's still a shortcoming you should know about. They usually have a fixed focus lens with digital zoom. If you zoom in on something across the room from the camera it will look fuzzy.
Other Thoughts: The general view of the room overall is satisfactory for use as a baby-cam, pet-cam or just basic surveillance and the night vision + motion-sensing recording features are certainly worthwhile. As for two-way audio, well .... you can startle your pets or maybe a burglar ....READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SanDisk Extreme 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDX-240G-G25
Pros: UPDATE 4-26-2016:
I know this model is discontinued, yet it merits an update because it has done such a great job for several years. It's in use every day and, over time, many games and programs have been installed and uninstalled. Also, have editied a lot of home video clips which involves Write-intensive work for the SSD. The successor to this model is now the Extreme Pro, a top-of-the-line SATA III SSD with high performance and a 10-year warranty. These guys own their own NAND factory so they first quality chips for their drives.
Firmware update (called R211 i think) addressed some shortcomings of original controller software.
My unit is approx. 48% full and still has its original performance.
Cons: They are still too expensive. Where have all the lower-price deals gone for SSDs?
Other Thoughts: There was a lot of talk on tech forums about TRIM not working properly on SSDs using Sandforce 22xx series controller software. This apparently caused slower performance over time and as the drive filled up with data and programs. My bootup time, program launch times and game loading times did not seem to suffer; however, I used the free downloadable Sandisk toolkit to do a firmware update. A month later, have just run Crystal Diskmark. The SSD is about 48% full and is about 7 months old. Like many users, my SATA III drive is limited by being connected to a SATA II motherboard. Bearing that in mind I can report that the Sandisk Extreme 240GB has maintained it's original performance very closely. The results (using incompressible data on a SATA II connection) are: Sequential Read/Write - 271MB / 218MB. 512K Read/Write - 256MB / 208MB. 4K Read/Write- 26MB / 71MB. 4K-QD32 Read/Write - 173MB / 167MB. That's every bit as good as it was brand new and only 10% full. Remember this is only SATA II so these are very good results, all things considered. Sandisk rocks !READ FULL REVIEW