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This review is from: Lenovo Y70 Touch (80DU006TUS) Gaming Laptop 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4710HQ (2.50 GHz) 16 GB Memory 1 TB HDD 8 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 4 GB GDDR5 17.3" Touchscreen Windows 8.1
Pros: Great screen. Very fast. Chiclet keyboard keeps food from getting under keys. Please reasonable games well.
Cons: Some keys not big enough. Too much crapware.
Other Thoughts: I'm not a gamer, though I might play one to pass the time. I really need a good laptop and screen as my desktop replacement. My 5-year-old Dell Inspiron 1763 was falling apart. I'm accustomed to a 17" screen. I've also gotten used to my Windows tablet and thought it would be good to a touch screen also. Touchscreen 17" laptops are pretty rare.
I happened across a Y50 15 inch model and was impressed. Finally go to see this model in person and was almost sold. Then Newegg had this on sale with an Intel Gamepack, so I pulled the trigger. Not disappointed. As I said, I'm not a gamer, but Xcom works very well.
The screen is full HD and very bright.
About the only complaint is that a few of the keys are little small but I'm getting used to those. There was no need for smaller keys since there is plenty of space for a bigger keyboard, but it looks like they reused the one from the Y50. Keyboard feels good and it looks pretty hard for crumbs to get under the keys.
The only other complain is the large amount of crapware. One problem is that it's hard to tell which might be useful and which to uninstall. After a month I don't think any of it is worthwhile other than the system utilities.
I recommend this highly.
This review is from: Vantec Black 5200 mAh Power Cube 5200 mAh Power Bank VAN-520BB-BK
Pros: Charges quickly using my Nokia Lumia charger.
Charges the phone quicker than the charger.
Holds about 2 charges of my rather small Lumia 710 phone battery.
Cons: Doesn't come with a charger but that's fine.
A little chunky.
Other Thoughts: You know how you are in the airport and realize your phone battery is low and either can't find an outlet or they are all taken? This solves that problem.
I got this for slightly more than 1/2 regular price through one of the Newegg promotional emails. Dithered between this one and a competing brand. I've had good luck with other Vantec products like drive cases and drive cables so I decided to try it and am very satisfied. They don't give you a charger with it, but that's fine; my Lumia charger works well. I suspect all of these draw a good bit of current. They supply a standard usb - micro usb cable. Just remember to push the button when you plug your phone into the charger.
Pros: 5GHZ signal not affected by microwave oven.
Lots of features.
Plenty of SSID's available to keep kids and guests off your personal network.
Despite a few bad reviews, I decided to give this a try as we've been having severe problems with WiFI connections dropping on our several-year-old Encore 2.4GHZ router. I think it's a combination of everyone in the neighborhood getting Wifi (my laptop can see more than a dozen) and my son's fondness for microwave snacks.
Hooking up to Comcast wasn't too bad. You do have to reset the modem. Also, it seemed a little balky until I set the router ip to something other than the default, which has been my practice for years.
WiFi speeds are very good in both bands. Unfortunately, only my 3 year old Dell can use 5GHZ. My chair is about 30 feet and several walls from the router so it shows only 2 out of six bars on 5GHZ but the speed is pretty decent. Using the speakeasy.net speed test, I get 15-20Mbps on 2.4GHZ and 12Mbps or so on 5GHZ.
No drops so far. The router offers one main SSID on each band, plus 3 guest networks on 2.4 and 2 guest networks on 5GHZ. As far as I can tell, the guest networks are as functional as the main networks. Haven’t tried QOS yet.
Cons: On the negative side:
Only my old Dell laptop does 5GHZ. Was surprised to find that two other Toshiba laptops only a bit over a year old do not. I’m looking for usb dongles but the ones for 5GHZ are a bit long and could get damaged on a laptop.
Plenty of features. So many you could get lost. I did not try the automatic setup since after the initial hooking up to the cable modem it incorrectly said we had a static ip address.
Some things like VPN passthrough are disabled by default.
Other Thoughts: Get the firmware upgrade and install it before you configure the router.READ FULL REVIEW