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This review is from: Lenovo Laptop ThinkPad E560 (20EV002JUS) Intel Core i7 6500U (2.50 GHz) 8 GB Memory 500 GB HDD AMD Radeon R7 M370 15.6" Pre-install Windows 7 Professional with right to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro
Pros: Excellent battery life for basic tasks like online activities (meter showed two hours left when I shut down after five hours); the system will apparently only use the 370M when needed (I've not tried any games other than PvZ yet). Sturdy. I like the rubberized feel; won't slip. Minimal bloatware (none I've felt compelled to remove yet). Easy to add RAM and replace HDD with SSD. Very nice, bright 1920x1080 display. Included HDD is 7200RPM. Sorry no Speedtest numbers, but the wireless /feels/ fast. It hasn't gotten even warm under constant non-gaming use. I'm not sure I can hear the fan. Separate numeric keypad. Lenovo seems to have retained its near-legendary quality even years after IBM sold them.
Cons: No HDD or DVD activity LEDs. No charging indicator when it is powered off. OSD for CAPSlock, but no LED for that or for Numlock. USB ports not color coded as to type (they're all black). HDD is GPT even though it's only 500GB; see other thoughts. Battery life is good, but there is plenty of room for an even bigger battery. Included RAM is only CAS11. Bizarre: power plug is rectangular with a center pin rather than the more typical round with center pin, so even though it's the same 20V, I can't use any of my other Lenovo adapters with it (including a car adapter).
Other Thoughts: I replaced the HDD with a SSD primarily for power saving as the original drive isn't a 5400RPM slug. I could not use my preferred tool (Acronis) to clone it, as it isn't compatible with GPT, but another free utility (Easus) took care of it. I also upgraded the RAM by replacing the single 8GB CAS11 stick with a pair of 8GB CAS9 sticks. I anticipated doing these things (had the SSD just waiting for a laptop), but many people won't feel a need to do these upgrades, so not taking an egg off. I let it upgrade to WIn10, and that went well too.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very fast for general use / productivity tasks. Low power consumption. Runs cool, so doesn't need an expensive cooler.
Cons: I'm not going to list "doesn't overclock" just as I wouldn't complain that my car doesn't run on nitrous; I didn't buy it for that.
Other Thoughts: My Mom's Phenom II 720BE was finally getting flaky after some 6-8 years, so it was time for an upgrade. This CPU blows the old one out of the the water. She does a lot of surfing, corresponding, FB, and maintains a grandmother-sized photo collection, using PhotoShop Elements. This CPU breezes through all that.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Portable Mini Pocket Card Lamp Warm White 3 LED Keychain USB Light
Pros: Very small and very bright. Sips power. Good for turning a battery pack into an area light.
Cons: Has a hole, but not likely to fit on a keychain unless you tie a loop of cord for that purpose. Unprotected with a cover or coating; maybe some clear epoxy would be a good idea. I think this is a sufficient weakness to potential users (preppers / outdoorsmen) that it should lose one egg, but no more.
Other Thoughts: Exposure to damage seems a valid concern for likely users of this little item, but many won't care (or will fix it with clear epoxy or other method). I'm going to add this one to my "prepper gift pack." It's too small not to include in an emergency kit.READ FULL REVIEW