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Apple iMac 17
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs A little disappointing... 09/05/2014

This review is from: Apple iMac 17" Intel Core 2 Duo 1GB Ram 160GB HDD

Pros: Price. It was a great deal (Daily Deal), considering it's an all-in-one (i.e., you get a monitor). Plus, it's an Apple, and I've always wanted one (but would never shell out the big bucks for a new one).

Cons: The computer I received is not as advertised. Graphics are Intel GMA 950, not Nvidia 7300GT. THERE IS NO BLUETOOTH MODULE, which stinks. My AirPort connection is flaky, requiring frequent troubleshooting/restarting/re-entering of my network password to re-establish an internet connection. OS X 10.5 is out of date (can't use Chrome or Firefox with this OS). No keyboard or mouse included. Lucite shell was pretty banged up and scuffed - I've bought a number of refurbs from Newegg, and this one was among the most visibly "used." Heavier and boxier than newer Apple products. Hard drive/settings not completely cleared of old data.

Other Thoughts: I'm a Windows guy - but I won an iPod 5 last summer, loved it, and wanted to try an Apple. But I'm also cheap, so... anyway, after just a few hours of poking around it became apparent that having OS X 10.5 (Leopard) was going to be limiting. (No Adobe Flash support, for instance.) Maybe I will be able to work around some of these problems when I learn more about Apple's OS (I hope). There are still a lot of the slick Apple apps to play with, and it does have the feel I was looking for. But the lack of Bluetooth is a big minus (I had planned to splurge on a nice bluetooth keyboard/mouse), and the hardware & software limitations on web browsing mean that this computer is going to be of limited day-to-day use.

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Lenovo A1000 8GB MTK 1G LPDDR2 Memory 8G EMMC 7.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The sound, for a tablet, is terrific. No bass, of course, but the speakers are front-firing, which is far better than a couple of pinholes on the back where the sound leaks out, like some other tablets. Since the speakers are in the front and there is no camera in the back, you can snap it into a nice, streamlined book cover without all of the access holes.

Power cord is a standard micro USB, and that plugs into a 110v plug (included). Don't underestimate the benefit of a standard plug - I have a Dell Streak, and the proprietary plug was not only delicate, but replacement cords were expensive. It was the source of many headaches. But most of us probably have some micro USB cords and USB chargers already.

In short, no surprises (no bad ones, anyway). The sound may surprise you though, in a good way.

Cons: No rear camera, and the front camera is pitiful. But who takes meaningful pictures with a tablet, anyway?

Other Thoughts: My refurb came in perfect condition - no blemishes at all. So for me, this refurb was a far better deal than spending the same amount or more on a no-name brand (which I have experience with). This is a brand-name tablet, and it shows. No hiccups, no rough edges, no touchscreen weirdness - it just works well.

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HP DC7100 Desktop PC Pentium 4 2.8GHz 2GB 40GB HDD Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Solid construction, price, CLEAN WINDOWS INSTALL! Not a speck of junkware to be found. Bonus 3.5" drive. Lots of USB ports.

Cons: Case is very heavy. Nonstandard 240W power supply. Cramped case.

Other Thoughts: Computer came as advertised, with a copy of Win 7 (for refurbs) on a disk, and a power cord. Packed well. The case is solid, and the top comes off with little trouble. Takes some fitting to get it back, though. DVD drive is IDE. HDD is buried underneath the power supply. Power supply and drives are packed in like sardines on one side. Fan in front right, upright CPU fan and PS fan in the back right make for good airflow. Quiet.

Windows experience numbers: CPU 3.9, mem 4.7, HD 5.1, aero graphics 1.9, gaming graphics 1.0. 24GB free on the HD with Windows installed.

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John B.'s Profile

Display Name: John B.

Date Joined: 10/19/10

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 11/25/10
  • Last Review: 09/05/14
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