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SAMSUNG ATIV Book 9 Plus Intel Core i5 4GB Memory 128GB SSD 13.3
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Slim, Light, Rugged, Powerful. Wonderful high resolution screen, that is very bright. Firm keyboard, with good key layout - feels natural. Large responsive touchpad (I haven't had any of the issues that others here have mentioned). Long battery life (8+ hours).

Cons: OK, one minor quibble: the SD card slot isn't deep enough - a card will stick out from it when inserted, so can't be left in there semi-permanently for fear of it breaking off. But given the size of this machine this is forgivable.

Other Thoughts: I bought this last month at the Microsoft Store on special offer: $1000 for a Core i5, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and 3200x1800 screen referenced here . This is absolutely the MacBook Air killer - same size and weight, but with a touch screen that is higher resolution. In the 4 weeks I've had this laptop I haven't found a thing wrong with it. The screen is beautiful and bright. The keyboard is firm and easy to use. The touchpad is large and responsive. The size and weight are superb, especially for a machine of this caliber. Everything feels like high-end quality on this machine. The "special function" keys are nicely laid out. I've had no problems with the WiFi around the house (both 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz). I spent a few hours upgrading to Windows 8.1 (it was supplied with 8.0), adding other Microsoft updates, installing other software (Google products, MS Office, many utilities, software development tools, and more) and personalizing it to my liking (screen resolutions, themes/backgrounds, power settings etc.). Also added Classic Shell to put the "Start" button (and menu) back where it should be. For general purpose portable use this machine is perfect.

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Intel DC3217IYE Intel QS77 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics 4000 Integrated by CPU Chassis: Aluminum and Plastic Black Next Unit of Computing Kit
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: + Small size
+ Good power CPU for this size
+ Decent memory expansion

Cons: - Expensive, especially compared to similarly specified laptops
- only 3 USB ports, and they're not USB 3
- no discrete audio out - only available through HDMI

Other Thoughts: Given that it's necessary to add memory, a hard drive, and an operating system (typically a free Linux or Windows 7) to this unit, the final cost will be in the $500-$600 range, which is expensive, especially compared to similarly specified laptops (e.g. Core i3, 8GB RAM, 500GB drive) that also come with an LCD display and a battery. Although of course a laptop will have a larger footprint.

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ZyXEL 3-in-1 Wireless N150 Pocket Travel Router, Access Point, and Ethernet Client (MWR102)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small size - about 2/3 the size of a deck of playing cards. Terrific for traveling, especially since it comes with the travel bag.
USB powered.
Easy to use - I used it straight out of the box with no configuration/setup required. I left the default password in place, which is secure enough for now (8 alpha-numerics), and is included on a label on the bottom of the unit.
WiFi is powerful enough for use throughout our 2200 SqFt house. We've used this with 3rd, 4th & 5th generation iPod Touch units, a Samsung tablet, a Kindle Fire HD tablet and a couple of HP laptops, and although it's not as powerful as our regular full-size router, it's good enough, and will certainly be powerful enough for any hotel room we're ever likely to stay in.
Although it only comes with a 2-page quick start guide (which is good enough to get started), there is a 180 page comprehensive PDF manual available at ZyXel's site.

Cons: The travel bag is a nice touch, but it's not quite big enough to hold all 4 items: the router, the power adapter, the USB cable and the ethernet cable. I've kept the power adapter separate.

Other Thoughts: Great value - I got it on sale.

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Display Name: Robert S.

Date Joined: 10/05/04

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 12/09/12
  • Last Review: 04/29/14
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