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This review is from: Lenovo Laptop ThinkPad E560 (20EV002JUS) Intel Core i7 6500U (2.50 GHz) 8 GB Memory 500 GB HDD AMD Radeon R7 M370 15.6" Pre-install Windows 7 Professional with right to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro
Pros: -Highly compatible
-Windows 7 preloaded, but can go online to get Windows 10 or have it shipped on a USB drive
-No silly gimmicks or gadgets
-USB 3.0 ports all around with one being a charging USB port
Cons: -Feels cheap compared to some higher end laptops
-Battery life is average at best
-Keyboard is a little awkward
-Display is below average, but sufficient
Other Thoughts: I picked this up because it was in my price range and almost exactly what I was looking for. Primarily, I needed a laptop that was highly compatible with all distros of Linux, including TAILS. I'm happy to report that it is. So far, I haven't had any problems with Kali or Ubuntu and TAILS 2.6 loads without any startup modifications! Also, 8GB of RAM was a little weak so I upgraded it to 16GB with a single 8GB DDR3 1600 PC-12800 module from G.Skill that matched the timings, which by the way, are 11-11-11-28 1T. Not satisfied with a mechanical hard drive, I opted to upgrade to a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD. Works great in this ThinkPad. For only about $200 I upgraded this laptop to a $1200-1400 price range equivalent. xD
Oh and ordering the USB drive with Windows 10 was simple. Lenovo has a pamphlet inside on how to do it. Basically you go to a website, create an account, input your serial number and they'll mail you a free USB drive preloaded with Windows 10 via UPS. Shipping time is about 2 weeks. Or you can opt for a download of Windows 10 to your hard drive. I opted for the USB drive.
Pros: -Great performance and stability
-Sufficient number of ports
-Would recommend for mini-ITX build
-Great BIOS interface
Cons: The antennas, WiFi module and I/O shield. If you look closely at the images of the board, you'll see the Wifi/BT module in the M.2 slot. At the very edge of the module there are two tiny gold connectors for the antennas (5Ghz and 2.4Ghz). Now look at the picture with the antennas attached to the I/O shield. Notice how the wires are NOT connected to the WiFi/BT module. Want to know why that is? Continue reading...
Problem number 1: the antenna connections are not labeled anywhere in the documentation, so it is impossible to determine which connector is for the 2.4Ghz antenna and which is for the 5Ghz. Why does this matter? If you're not already aware, 5Ghz has poor penetrating power through solid objects. Knowing this, I bought an external 5Ghz antenna to connect to the 5Ghz antenna port, except I didn't know which one was which. So I had to experiment and figure it out.
Problem number 2: the wires for the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz connectors are about 1/2 an inch too short. I had great difficulty keeping the wires connected to the module while I was connecting them to the I/O shield. I would suggest that in the future you make the wires slightly longer or use a module that has a different orientation of antenna connections.
Other Thoughts: Aside from the wireless LAN mess, I'm very happy with this board.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Loud (if you need it to be)
-High quality sound
-No distortion at medium to medium high levels
-Wireless sub that sounds great
-Great mounting accessories (very easy to do)
-Outstanding Bluetooth range.
Cons: -Audio gets out of sync with video because of DSP delay (it can be disabled and wasn't observed with all of my equipment, just my AppleTV)
Other Thoughts: I bought this soundbar for my garage so I can listen to music while I work on projects. I'm 99% happy with my purchase and would recommend to others looking for an inexpensive, high quality soundbar.READ FULL REVIEW