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This review is from: Nippon Labs Model DP-15-MM High-quality DisplayPort Cable M-M
Pros: It's 15 feet and is better than having no video cable whatsoever.
Cons: I move my monitor around a lot on a daily basis and this cable quickly degrades and will lose signal forcing me to wait once every 30 seconds to few minutes (tops) for the monitor to resync with the signal from the video card.
Other Thoughts: Don't buy this item! Yes I need a ten foot wire though now that I realized that it's this video cable and not the video card or monitor in a way I'm relieved though I still have to spend money to replace this junk. I hardly ever come down this hard on a product but it had one job!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The screenshots make the characters look fully opaque though when the light is dimmed you CAN see the characters backlit, not just the edges of the characters.
Full right shift key in a combo with backlit keyboard is HUGE as 80% of the market uses those dinky right-shift keys and I kept hitting up instead of shift.
Unlike my Lenovo the alternative function keys (volume, brightness, etc) aren't poorly placed (I no longer increase the volume and instead unload 50+ tabs).
HD screen is a LOT better than my Lenovo's 1366x768 screen.
F2 for bios though you must MANUALLY enable the boot menu (F12 I think) in the bios. Remember to enable "legacy" mode to boot from a DVD if you're installing Windows 7/optical drive.
Doesn't force alternative functions as primary functions, GOOD! I loathe pressing ALT+F4 and having the calculator appear on other laptops. >__>
No pointless auxiliary keys; the only way to improve the keyboard would be the 4x4x4 macro keys from the Logitech G110 which is THE power-user keyboard because of it's superior physical layout.
Not Asus which TEN YEARS later others are dealing with refurbished replacements for brand new overpriced products (did two RMAs in 2005 and will NEVER buy from them again).
The quad core (is this still 2008?!?!) does have hyper-threading so there are eight threads total.
The drivers on Acer's website ARE Windows 7 64 bit compatible for the most part (except the bluetooth though there are several).
With the TB Samsung Evo (not pro) the system boots Windows 7 by the end of the logo animation (roughly 15 seconds).
The power cord doesn't wrap around the wide power brick so that is a bit of a pain but we are talking a 47 watt CPU.
Cons: About 30% of the nightmare of upgrading [insert your worst Mac client SSD upgrade instead of paying 400% margins], way too many screws, difficult to access the hard drive (I only popped the plastic TOP (keyboard, NOT the bottom like most laptops) except the back as I didn't want to deal with figuring out what cable ribbons plugged in to etc. The ONLY disassemble video is in Dutch or German; you start by removing the optical-drive and carefully popping off the plastic-TOP and work your way counter-clockwise.
Mechanical hard drive with Windows 8 so slow and as anti-user as it gets; replaced it with a TB Samsung SSD and my highly cleaned up/customized Windows 7.
Non-American tech support; while they were friendly and identifying themselves for call recordings they were simply unable to answer any questions like Windows 7 drivers.
Fedex decided to deliver on a Friday instead of Thursday so I blew through an extra $150 to buy the SSD locally as I need this for work on Monday, not Newegg's fault but I'd lose a lot more than 150 if I skip a day of work.
Acer doesn't think anyone is going to dump 8 for 7 so it was a waste of time talking with their support. My last laptop becomes my backup and since I can't afford too much down-time I bought the third-party American-based support which answered the phone in 57 seconds FLAT!
If you want (?mSata or Ms2?) I think you'll have to buy the more expensive version and dump the measly 256GB SSD; that was a big though not dealing-breaking disappointment, leave the IO in place!
I have done one repair on an LCD screen about nine months ago, some punk claimed I dropped it though the product was fragile, called back and they DID competently replace it though said my warranty then expired so again I'd recommend going third party; laptops aren't like other parts that just COME with 3-5-7-10 year warranties (very very rarely a 2 at best) so while I don't like gambling I will bet on Murphy's law by default until I don't HAVE to work.
Lenovo provides a program to switch between low power, balanced and high performance which force-overrides the clocks; no such utility seemed to be provided when I tested the default mech drive for basically just blue screens and base functionality (yes, loaded with lots of pre-installed software).
1.35 watt RAM running at 1,600...hm. Intel provides HD 4600 for the curious, the 860 only sports a 128 bit memory interface though reviews seem to say it'll do 1920x1080 at medium-high for most games.
No cover provided for web cam (does have indicator light) though I don't trust it so it's covered with black electrical tape.
Other Thoughts: I'm a power-user and I PHYSICALLY needed the laptop to have a competent keyboard layout and wasn't going to get another $500 range laptop for web development work for my clients (it will double for some LAN games on the side). Decided to buy it as I lost more money not having a second laptop to work on while waiting on some putz who ordered a part for my previous laptop via 5-day shipping (I can still use it as a backup system). This does NOT replace my desktop.
Just not enough time to benchmark anything (though the Windows 7 performance index WITH Samsung SSD: 7.7, 7.7, 7.3, 7.3 and 7.9 might help) because they threw my/this EXACT model on the Shell Shocker less then a week after I purchased it so at least there is A review versus none. The next cheapest laptop that I physically liked after searching for a week was an Asus and again if it breaks you're out of luck because Asus cares about flooding the market.
Acer should be offering this model with Windows 7 though I know some people absolutely must have the latest version, completely ignore the OS and just open a desktop icon for a game.
After Crucial SSDs would not non-boot RAID 1 in my desktop and a single-boot in a client's Toshiba laptop I decided to go Samsung and it just works.
If you want benchmarks just look up the CPU/GPU combo since they're extremely common.
Bottom line: I'm a very selective power user / web developer / gamer and I was able to mod (albeit with some hassle) the laptop in to something usable. I'd recommend it mostly on the physically keyboard layout especially if you've never bought a laptop before. Performance is great and I'm fairly happy.
This review is from: Maglite M2A016 Black Mini Flashlights
Pros: It shoots highly concentrated amounts of photons in the form of an adjustable beam.
Cons: It doesn't have that double/triple click feature that you can use to give people seizures.
Other Thoughts: Someone I know has a Maglite flashlight with the triple click bit, this one you twist the front. The original batteries still work so it's not some cheap flashlight that is horribly inefficient. I use it for working on my computer and taking the dog out at night.READ FULL REVIEW