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Pros: I just upgraded from an old lenovo T400 so this thing is comparatively blazing fast . it comes stock with 16gb of ddr4 ram so plenty of headroom there. the 1080 screen is sharp so if you have a lower resolution laptop you will instantly see the difference especially in video. the network card gave me plenty of bandwidth at hotels where i previously struggled to get online during meetings. i dropped an m.2 500gb ssd in it and burned the usb recovery disk to flash. it took me longer to physically install the m.2 drive than it took to reload windows. maybe 11 minutes to install windows 10.
the most challenging task i had for the laptop was to process 24mb raw files. this laptop barely blinked at processing these files. my old laptop could take 30 seconds for some layers. even my fully loaded i7 930 desktop with ssd and 16gb ram takes longer. this laptop could easily outpace a cheap desktop.
i like the keyboard. my neighbor commented on how silent it was. yes, you cna adjust the back lighting on the keyboard to a solid color and increase or decrease the back-light with the hot keys.
Cons: relative to other laptops i have used it is very difficult to access the motherboard (and easy to damage the laptop in the process). For this reason i would never recommend this laptop for corporate deployment where it would be faster for IT to fix something than to send it back. you have to remove the cd rom first to get to 3 hidden screws and then punch through a sticker that says the warranty is void if the sticker is damaged to get to the final screw (14 total screws). MSI says on their forum that they will still honor the warranty if you didn't break anything and the laptop fails for other reasons but that is not the type of support i want to rely on. the whole underside is one large piece of plastic that has to be carefully pried off. the slightest wrong move and you either crack the plastic or pop loose one the side connectors (usb, audio, video, etc). once that is over everything else is easy. the hard drive is held in by a simple bracket and two screws. there is one pci/m.2 slot so adding ssd is easy. previous version of this laptop had three m.2 slots so no more m.2 raids thought one new pci ssd is supposed to be more than fast enough. i took 1.5 stars off for the poor of the case and lack of quick access.
the sd card reader was not that fast. i suspect it is connected to a usb 2 header. i use the sandisk extreme pro was getting close to 30mbps on the laptop. on my pc i can get twice that through a usb 3 card reader. i took a half star off for not putting the sd card reader on a usb 3 header.
the touch-pad has brushed metal texture with a vertical pattern so as your finger naturally rides the grooves making it sometimes hard to get the mouse to move in the horizontal.
Other Thoughts: i am not sure there is much difference between the i7 6700 and the older i7 4700 so i wouldn't jump at the 2 generation difference. the real advantage is in the motherboard. you go from ddr3 to ddr4, vga to mini-display port which is needed for 4k (you still have hdmi). there is a usb 3.1 type c connection though no devices to plug into at time of writing.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: StarTech DMSVGAVGA1 Black 8" LFH 59 Male to Dual Female VGA DMS 59 Cable
Pros: it works. it is cheap. you can split an LFH 59 funky side connection and get two VGA monitors out. i am currently running two 19" 1280*1024 monitors at full resolution.
Cons: my sorry work computer is still a sorry computer, it just has two monitors now.
Other Thoughts: this is for a work computer so i have no idea how it would do for gaming or video.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: it is faster than my last 300/300 wireless adapter. it works in either a usb 2 or usb 3 slot (my last adapter would not work in a usb 3 slot). i haven't lost a connection yet and i transfer some large files such as 4gb movies.
Cons: it is much larger than my flush mount logitech usb mini connector for my mouse. if you are mounting this sucker in a tight space consider one of those 6 inch usb cords to get it out of your way. it is slower than a hardwired gb connection.
Other Thoughts: i am seeing 7 to 9 mb/s on large files that take over a minute to transfer. it doesnt crash if you try to send multiple files to multiple locations. it just takes longer. it has a blinky light to show it is working. it can be slightly annoying at night but then everything seems to have blinky lights these days.READ FULL REVIEW