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Pros: * I bought the Acer E5 for a client--who had a very limited budget--to play light video games on, primarily Indie Steam games and Minecraft. To this end, the Acer E5 excels. *
- The price for this PC ($509) cannot be beaten if you're looking for a light gaming laptop. There's a lack of selection available for laptops that have a discrete GPU and are budget-friendly. For example, jumping just to a 950M is an average increase of $400; hence, why I always recommend a Desktop for gaming, as price differential is astronomical, but some people need the mobility and that's understandable (I once owned an Alienware, but that's a purchase I still regret). However, the Acer E5 strikes a great balance for light gamers with light wallets. Its 940M provides enough horsepower for indie Steam games, Minecraft and most MOBAs to run smoothly, and on a striking 1080p screen. The fact that you can now purchase a laptop featuring a 1080 screen for this price is very satisfying. Movies look great also.
- Speaking of the screen, it is pretty nice. It isn't an IPS or anything, but it's fine for straight on viewing, and its color production is more than adequate. The bezels aren't small, but overall, the E5's aesthetics are pleasing. Its top has a brushed aluminum look, while the inside panels are a smoky gray color with a beaded feel. Combined together, it doesn't clash but instead looks rather sleek.
- There are no cardinal sins when it comes to the keyboard layout, yet I've never been a fan of the combined up and down arrow. It also features a numpad and the keys react responsively.
- It has a well-rounded Intel i5 processor, which should be more than enough for the gaming you can expect at a 940M. Apps run quickly and boot is about as fast as it can be without an SSD.
- Acer (or more like to Nvidia's and Intel's credit) has incorporated a smooth transition between the Integrated Intel HD 5500 and Discrete Nvidia 940M GPU. I didn't need to tweak any settings for the GPU to kick in when running games or to back off when browsing. Speaking of which, the GPU ran nice and cool under stress, maxing out at a luke-warm 69 degrees in Unigine. I'll provide a snippet of benchmark results in Other Thoughts.
Cons: - The viewing angles aren't too impressive. When moving a few degrees, color is nearly completely washed out. However, this is to be expected when purchasing any laptop in this budget range.
- I do not like the power button being a key on the keyboard. It just feels like too much can go wrong positioned there.
- This is a personal preference (even on my own Aspire S7), I do not like the flush, flat touchpad. I prefer dedicated left and right buttons, especially for a laptop like this that can arguably be meant for light gaming. Obviously, I recommend a gaming mouse though. Still...
- There is a good amount of bloatware on here. Just take the time to uninstall the programs. Yeah, it's a pain, but nearly every manufacturer nowadays includes copious amounts of bloatware apps; it's a way for them to make more money, I suppose.
- I don't know why Acer has been doing this lately, but the space for a DVD drive is present, but non-functional. I really don't understand it. If anything, use that space to put more IO, or to make the chassis a little thinner. It's confusing.
- This may be an isolated event, but the right side USB port is extremely tight. When putting a USB connector in, you really have to wiggle it in. For some reason it's really tight and difficult, but the others are fine.
Other Thoughts: - Do not expect the E5 to run Major titles, besides maybe some less-demanding games at Very Low settings.
Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven: Medium Quality _ Everything else disabled. FPS: 16.9 - Score 425 - Min/Max FPS: 7.7 / 32.7
Low Quality _ Everything else disabled. FPS: 35 - Score: 580 - Min/Max FPS: 9.5 / 50.5
* Overall, this PC is a great bang for your buck. You get a dedicated GPU, a well-rounded processor, plenty of storage, right amount of RAM, and a 1080p screen for about $500. *
Pros: * I made fun of Smart Watches when they first debuted. Who was the genius that said, “I know! Let’s inject Tech into one of the oldest devices ever made!” I just thought the implementation was unnecessary, and my time with iRULU’s GT08 has pretty much solidified my belief. *
- Me being a younger person, I’ve never been a watch guy. In terms of both comfortability and fashion (which I know nothing about), I don’t mind wearing the GT08. I guess it doesn’t look bad on my thin arm? The wrist band feels fine against my skin, and having never worn a watch really in my life, I got used to it rather quickly (see Cons).
- The display on the GT08 is rather clear, but at 240x240 resolution, compared to other—though admittedly astronomically more expensive—smart watches, some text and images appear pixely. At the price point, the display is good enough and bright. The haptic response is great. I came in thinking the touch response would be flighty and a nightmare to type on (the hard part is how small the keys are, and if you have fat fingers, forget about it!), but it turned out quick and responsive.
- Most of the use I get out of the GT08 is the ability to screen calls, declining them on the watch or reaching for my phone to pick it up. Another use is to quickly read texts and determine if I should reach for my phone. Also I can see Calendar Events. Most of these conveniences just lead to me grabbing my phone in the end. My point is more clearly laid out in the Other Thoughts section.
- Apple Watch and Samsung Gear are only compatible with their corresponding smartphone devices, while the GT08 can connect to a gamut of Android phones. The flexibility of multi-compatible devices may make these non-flagship watches more attractive.
- The last and least cool thing about the GT08 is entirely arbitrary. People notice that you have a Smart Watch and it can be a conversation piece.
Cons: - Admittedly, I have a thin arm, but no matter how I physically adjust the watch, it has some flex to it and it will slide around a little. If I do manage to situate the watch in one place by moving it farther up my arm, it leaves indentation marks on my skin. Not a huge deal, but possibly worth mentioning. It’ll likely be different for each user.
- The GT08’s Achilles heel is its built-in software on the watch and its software integration on the phone (its corresponding App). I could outline every feature that is lacking or simply doesn’t work but doing so will easily exceed Newegg’s character limit. The following paragraphs will mention a few specific instances that bothered me the most, but there are a few “apps” on the watch’s four pages that don’t even work. Since—from what I can tell—the watch doesn’t have an option to update its firmware or software, I fear it’ll never improve.
- In the horrible instruction manual, which inevitably led to a horrible and frustrating setup, the barely eligible setup guide tells you to simply scan a QR code in order to sync the watch to your phone. Of course, neither the QR code in the smallest manual ever printed nor the code on the watch worked. They both led to broken URLs. If you purchase the GT08, you will struggle setting it up, so refer to Other Thoughts on how to more easily.
- Once the watch is properly connected to the phone, it’ll ask every time whether you want to sync the Date and Time. When you select “Yes,” the watch’s time jumps ahead an hour, and then needs to be manually reconfigured. Naturally, I gave up syncing it.
- The automatic “Schedule Power On” and “Off” feature simply does not work. It’s strangely configured with two time slots per option and no matter what I set this to, it doesn’t behave properly.
- When replying to a text on the watch itself (the small keyboard will discourage you from doing this ever again), the watch will annoyingly send four duplicate texts to whomever you are texting.
- The GT08 doesn’t display the Analog Clock perpetually. Instead you have to press the single physical button to bring up the Analog face and again to bring up the GUI. This negates the most important function of a watch. The least it could do is constantly display the clock dimly—thereby still preserving battery.
- When using a basic function like the Radio, it says “Please plug in earphone.” Well there is no 3.5mm jack on the watch. I believe the lack of an audio jack instantly makes this or any Smart Watch less useful.
- The Sleep Monitoring feature just doesn't provide anything useful and the app doesn't work at all.
- One cool feature I found on the watch was its ability to find your phone by making it ring and vibrate. However, no matter what, when pressing “Looking Phone” (I think it should be “Find Phone” not “Looking Phone”; again, another horrid Chinese to English translation), you are inevitably greeted with “Cannot Find the Phone”—even if the phone is a m
Other Thoughts: - I did not have a SIM card to put into the GT08, but all that essentially allows, as I understand it, is to make and receive calls from your watch independently of your phone. Since this watch lacks a 3.5mm jack, I think it would look ridiculous and be pretty difficult to take a phone call on this watch—or any watch, for that matter.
- I already mentioned the rather obfuscating and disappointing process that was the setup of the GT08. Now for any current or would-be owners of this device, I want to outline a quick setup guide because Zeus knows the manual won’t help you.
1. Use NFC by touching your phone to the top of the watch’s band. The manual alternative: turn on the watch’s and your phone’s Bluetooth and connect them accordingly.
2. Go to Google Play store, type in BTNotification. Download and install the BTNotification App by rwatch. Open BTNotification, click Registration, and create an account. When logged in, scroll left to right to open the sidebar on the App. Go to About and click Updates. An APK download will start for version 7.1.9. Install it and then you can uninstall the previous App version; otherwise, you’re going to have overlap.
3. Restart your watch and reconnect Bluetooth. You’ll be prompted on the watch to sync time and settings. This only needs to be done once and now you should be set to use SMS and other features that are otherwise disabled.
- Despite all the GT08's shortfalls--and there are more than I could list in the Cons section--I still may use it daily. Mostly because I don’t have another Smart Watch and it has made my life a infinitesimally easier as a small business owner. By easier I mean: I can see who’s calling and screen calls without reaching for my phone; I can read a text to determine whether it’s worth reaching for my phone; I can see Calendar events without reaching for my phone. See the pattern here? Smart Watches are not useless, they just aren’t that useful. There are certain unique uses for them—such as fitness, weight watching, and sleep monitoring—but in this scenario, rather than the GT08, you’d be better off dishing out more money to buy a FitBit. If you want a cheap addition to your Android Smartphone then maybe the GT08 is for you, but like I’ve outlined, it and other Smart Watches, are by no way groundbreaking or a must-have. If you’re a gadget-geek, they’re pretty cool. Maybe in the future they will be more deeply integrated and hence more useful, but for now, the GT08 and maybe all Smart Watches are just that, a gadget.
Pros: - I've purchased two of these at different times for clients. The second time I purchased it for a client was based on my good experience with the first time. My first client has nothing but good to say about the PC and I spent enough time with both to give my own opinion as well.
- The G50-70's aesthetics are really sleek. It has a beaded top panel and a brushed-aluminum look on the inside. It's relatively light, and rather thin--if not comparing to Ultrabooks. Overall, it's a really nice looking laptop.
- The keyboard feel and layout is preferable. The only part of the keyboard that I dislike is the enter key; otherwise, Lenovo doesn't commit any cardinal sins some manufacturers do with keyboard layout. The keys are also responsive, smooth, and have a slight curve to the bottom, which at first I didn't like and thought strange, but you get used to them quickly and in the end are not a con but a pro. The touchpad is also nice, smooth and has two dedicated, thin left and right click buttons, which I prefer.
- I immediately upgraded this Lenovo to Windows 10 and, in both instances, it upgraded without a hitch. The touchpad was unaffected by driver issues, and Lenovo has relatively all proper Windows 10 drivers available for download off their website. All the drivers and integrated hardware worked without a hitch.
Cons: - The screen bezel is a little thicker than it should be. Nowadays bezels are shrinking more and more, mostly on IPS panels which this is obviously not, but the G50's aesthetics are slightly hurt by the thick bezels. Speaking of the screen; though not terrible, it's viewing angles suffer from quick color drain and fade. Again, though, on a budget PC like this, expecting an IPS or great screen is reasonableness.
- Lenovo includes some Bloatware, like all manufacturers, so if you'd like you can uninstall them. However, the Bloatware isn't nearly as bad as some other manufacturers with their third-party apps.
- There are some PCs in the same price range that have slightly better specs like an i5 or higher storage space or even 8GB RAM.
Other Thoughts: - In conclusion: The Lenovo G50-70 is a respectable bang-for-the-buck PC; good for college or school students or home users that don't want to spend too much but want a PC with enough chops to do most any basic/mediate tasks-except for gaming or workstation apps.READ FULL REVIEW