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ASUS D550MA-DS01 Intel Baytrail-M N2815 (1.86GHz) Turbo 2.13GHz 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 15.6
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Disclaimer: I do NOT own this laptop; however...
Good features for short money - HDMI port, one USB 3.0 port, webcam and optical drive included; also 1 year damage protection and 3 GB asus online storage are nice extras, especially at this price point

Cons: Only 2 total USB ports, so careful not to break'em!
Look at photo of underside - there are no easy access panels for RAM or Hard drive; The chassis must be disassembled to upgrade or replace memory and hard drive, and this VOIDS THE ASUS WARRANTY! - YES - I confirmed this online and on the phone with ASUS support

Other Thoughts: If you were thinking of supercharging this with a memory and Solid State drive upgrade, you might want to wait until the warranty period has expired. Various Asus and other brands are handcuffed by this problem ( model specific). If you're shopping at a retail brick and mortar, you can look at the bottom, but Newegg is one of the only sites i know of with such thorough Photos you can peruse ahead of purchase. Good luck

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MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great feature set, Nice board 03/27/2013

This review is from: MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Rare to find a mobo with such consistently good user reviews, I agree. Install was flawless, new build w/ Win7 64 and A10-5800K APU. All the ports and slots the average user needs; solid caps; Did not Add dedicated graphics card for this build, but very happy with results

Cons: none at this time. Build completed just over a month ago, so hope i'm not jumping the gun with a five egger, but confident in MSI's 3 yr warranty.

Other Thoughts: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Intel 330 Series SSDSC2CT180A3K5 2.5" 180GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Installed in new build March 2012. Initial performance was very fast, though did not compare to similar 120/128 GB models i have installed from Samsung830, CrucialM4, Kingston(HyperX). WEI rating in build was 7.8, Win7 HP 64bit, mobo: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Cons: Customer came in about three months after delivery and explained her new PC seemed to be taking a long time to boot. I asked her to bring in tower so i could check/diagnose. This prompted me to go back and look at newegg user reviews on this item. At the time of purchase, the SSD met my criteria for selecting products from Newegg's website (SEE COMMENTS BELOW). However, at that 3 month mark, the negative comments on this drive had increased to a point where I would NOT have selected it for this build. The client then returned shortly afterward and explained that everything seemed fine, and feels that a program she installed was causing the problem, and things returned to normal when she uninstalled it. Fast forward to November2012, I see the drive again listed on a newegg email special and decide to look at reviews again; not only does the drive not meet my criteria, but i see the negatives compounding exponentially. (NOTE: click on the review link for just the last 6 months and compare the numbers to the "ALL REVIEWS"; You'll see the trend I'm talking about. ) I will have the client come in for a one year checkup, and if the drive doesn't perform within a reasonable range of specifications, will likely RMA and replace client's SSD with a different brand and model, taking full advantage of the 3 year warranty. I would not, at this time, purchase this particular drive again.

Other Thoughts: I follow certain criteria when selecting components for my or my customers' builds, based on Newegg's user reviews: 1), at least 80% of all reviews for a given product must be four or five "golden eggs"; 2), of those, two thirds or more must be five eggs; 3), any product with 10% or more one egg reviews, i avoid; 4), I try only to use products that have a significant number of reviews for an accurate gauge of the product's performance and reliability. Items with dozens, preferably hundreds or thousands of reviews are the ones i lean toward- as you can surmise, I am not an early adopter of new components; 5), I also kick out reviews that complain about rebates, shipping times or damage, details that are explained in product description, duplicate or multiple reviews from an angry bird bashing a product, or senseless comments from know-it-nots who bloat their expertise; also preferring reviews from verified buyers ( love that little green checkmark. Lots of "people" leave reviews for the wrong product ) Also avoid overblown praise without accurate descriptions of the real world use of the product. This formula has helped me to virtually avoid warranty issues with my client builds, and has resulted in some very happy customers over the past approx. 9 years and some 200+ builds..

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Display Name: John D.

Date Joined: 12/04/03

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 07/20/04
  • Last Review: 05/29/14
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