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Lenovo ThinkPad T430 Notebook Intel Core i5 3320M (2.60GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD NVS 5400M 14.0
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Not quite to the standard I was expecting, but still good 11/14/2013

This review is from: Lenovo ThinkPad T430 Notebook Intel Core i5 3320M (2.60GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD NVS 5400M 14.0" Windows 7 Professional-64-bit

Pros: -Trackpoint, precise touchpad, best mousing you can get without an actual mouse
-Looks sexy
-Perfect size/weight
-Good battery life(~6h on lowest brightness performing normal computing tasks like web browsing and running office)
-Quality webcam, with a light that tells you when it's on
-Plenty fast for my desktop apps(MATLAB is a little sluggish but I was not really expecting better)
-Sturdy hinges
-Nutty wireless range, I can use the wi-fi from the bar across the street from my work in a pinch, with two bars
-Headphones have their own volume/mute! So you can mute the speakers and when you plug in headphones the output will come back on, and vice versa.
-Wi-fi switch is nice and far from anywhere I will bump it, and takes a fair amount of force to switch
-It's a Thinkpad, and touching it makes me feel randy

Cons: Minor issues, most of them with workarounds, but still that's time spent messing around with setting up the computer that I don't want to spend:
-Wireless is buggy, it might just not play nice with my router at home though, as it seems to work well enough at work and school
-Color balance is off(too blue)
-Webcam auto white balance doesn't work(too blue, which makes you look bad/ill)
-Button for DVD eject is exactly where I hold the laptop when I grab it by the base, so it pops out any time I move the computer
-Fan is too loud at normal operating temp(45-50C). I was able to fix this myself through software however. It also doesn't run fast enough when the computer gets hot, so if it gets over 60(which it will at full load) it doesn't cool itself enough. Also anything above the lowest level(2600rpm) on the fan sounds like a jet.
-Trackpoint goes out of calibration periodically
-Center scroll button stops working randomly
-Only comes with windows 8 DVD
-Lenovo junk software
-Installing Windows 8.1 takes an entire day with the lenovo scripts taking about half the time
-Weird texturing on touchpad that makes it kinda hard to use
-Speakers take up a ton of space on the front but don't sound good
-Fn is where I expect Ctrl to be, so I am constantly hitting Fn-C instead of Ctrl-C. You can flip them in the keyboard options, but Ctrl is a much bigger button, so you still end up hitting Fn(now mapped to the larger Ctrl button) on accident.
-Sleep and wi-fi turn off on the F keys, so you have to be careful trying to adjust the brightness in the dark
-Finish collects grease like crazy and seems impossible to clean, so the lid always looks messy

Overall it feels a little cheap or rough around the edges compared to older models of thinkpads

Other Thoughts: I'm picky, but overall I'm pleased after tweaking with it.

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Kensington Ci73 K64397US Black 103 Normal Keys 5 Function Keys USB Wired Slim Keyboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Keys have much better response than most slim keyboards. Construction is solid. Low profile is more comfortable than other keyboards. Worked right out of the box on Win7x64, media keys and all. Types much faster than my old keyboard(was also laptop style, but had "mushy" keys)

Cons: Keys don't seem to come off, so crumbs could be troublesome if you got any stuck in it. I thought the blue lettering was LED, but it's just paint, worried about how quickly the letters might wear off. With the feet down, it kind of rattles against the desk.

Other Thoughts: Great keyboard for the price, stylish too. You won't regret getting it unless you prefer the big 80's style keyboards.

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Thermaltake V9 Black Edition ATX Computer Gaming Chassis with Dual Oversized 230mm Ultra-Silent Cooling Fans VJ400G1N2Z Mid Tower
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Came with all the fans you need
-Fans move a lot of air
-Quiet(assuming the fans are working)
-Black
-Fan filter in front

Cons: -Toolless design needs some work(5.25" bays it works great on, 3.5" and the PCI slots not so much.)
-Top fan is only held in by top of case, which it bangs against if you get a fan that's not in tight enough tolerances. I was able to fix it with a little sanding and shimming the fan away from the case though. Thermaltake will tell you to RMA the fan but I didn't want to bother.
-Side fan was noisy. Fixed by removing. CPU temp went down after removing since the air flow is going the wrong way(side fan is an intake, not exhaust, I suppose you could just turn it around, though the mounts would be on the wrong side).
-No isolation of hard drive from case, so it could potentially vibrate, especially with the tool-less clips.
-Have to take off the front of the case and front fan to screw down HDD, since the cage is non-removeable.
-Cost

Other Thoughts: I have mixed feelings about this case. I managed to get it working well enough for me but when you buy a case you kind of expect it to work without modification.

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Display Name: Keegan L.

Date Joined: 03/05/07

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 01/09/10
  • Last Review: 11/14/13
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