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Pros: Thin, light, well-constructed (despite extensive use of plastic), matte screen, 1080p resolution, backlit keyboard, keyboard is amongst the best I've used on a consumer-grade notebook.
Cons: Bloatware, bloatware, bloatware...took nearly 30 minutes to remove all of the bloatware.
Other Thoughts: Battery life is OK (neither all-day nor noticeably short). I bought this for my wife, a casual user who will do basic photo, music, office tasks on it. It will perform these tasks with aplomb at a reasonable price. Upgrading the 1TB HDD to a 250GB SSD was very straightforward.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I am using this as my primary genomic dataset decompression/analysis/recompression drive. It replaced the competitor’s highest-end consumer-grade performance hard drive, which also has a five year warranty. Sustained writes of 170MB/s are amongst the highest I’ve seen from a single (mechanical/platter-based) hard drive. For comparison, the drive it replaced topped out at 150MB/s according to my testing. This Seagate drive also has slightly lower latencies than the drive it replaced. At idle it pulls a few watts less than the drive it replaced. Finally, it is noticeably quieter (though in an enterprise setting this is irrelevant).
Cons: It runs a few degrees warmer than its predecessor (it’s in the same spot in the same case so I am confident in that assessment). The system also pulls 2-3 watts more under sustained use as measured from the wall controlling for the addition of the SAS controller card I installed.
Other Thoughts: Moving from a high-end consumer drive to this enterprise drive yielded minor performance increases given my usage scenario; I am most pleased that it is quieter than the drive it replaced though as alluded to most purchasers likely will not put this in an mATX case that’s sitting on a workstation desk. Of course, I unfortunately can’t yet comment on one important aspect of a hard drive, reliability.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: eFun Touch 8 XN800 Black USB 2.0 IR Wireless Touch Pen
Pros: The included instruction manual is clear and setup/installation of the device is a breeze (took less than a couple minutes). I tested this on two non-touch screen laptops and a desktop PC, all with Windows 8 installed. I have not noticed any input lag, and the included stylus and sensing device are accurate. It's supposed to work with laptop monitors up to 17", and it also works on my old school 19" 4:3 monitor. (It does not work with a 24" 16:9 monitor, but the manufacturer doesn't claim it will so obviously that's not worth docking an egg over - just providing information.) It's nice to be able to use a touch interface on Windows 8.
Cons: None, really. It works as advertised.
Other Thoughts: Even if you have a touch-enabled W8 device, if you're a bit compulsive about keeping your electronics extremely clean & tidy like me, you could use this and not get your screen dirty with fingerprints.
Note, this also works with Windows 7. I tested it on a W7 laptop and functionality was fine; it worked just as well as it did with W8. The manual indicates it will work with Windows XP but as I no longer have any XP devices, I can't verify that claim.