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This review is from: HGST 0F10453 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Cons: None. They do their job.
Other Thoughts: I bought 24 of these for a colo server from newegg. 20 of the 24 disks arrived in a normal OEM disk box with slots for each disk keeping them firm and secure. Four of the disks were shipped with just a little bubble wrap in a huge box where they could move around all over the place and get banged up despite newegg saying they dont do this anymore. I stress tested the disks for 3 days and unsurprisingly I had a disk fail on me on me the next day after the server was colo'd. I put the four disks that had bad shipping in slots 1-4 of the server and the disk that failed was slot 1....
With how much the colo will charge me to ship the disk back its not even worth trying to get a refund so I am just out the cash :(
GTX 970M (fast for gaming)
Cons: 48Hz (huge negative)
No way to disable Optimus.
Gold in color.
Other Thoughts: I have been waiting and waiting for a 15 inch 4k upgrade that wasn't significantly heavier/bigger than my macbook pro retina.
The first surprise was that the thing is a very odd/non-normal color being gold despite newegg showing black images.
That in-itself was bad enough but the main issue is that upon getting the laptop configured I found that the display is only 48Hz. This is not mentioned anywhere in the specs and is a pretty significant issue especially in something marketed as a 'gaming' notebook. I believe part of the reason for this is due to the optimus graphics which by the way is impossible to disable and get the GPU to drive the display directly.
The 48Hz and/or optimus causes issues for those of us who want to run linux but also in windows as I find dragging windows around is often laggy (low frame rate) or a huge delay (likely due to the non-60Hz refresh rate).
Needless to say this laptop was a huge disappointment.
I was pretty happy with the gaming performance but the 48hz and desktop use just ruined it for me.
IMHO any laptop or display that can not do industry standard 60Hz should be advertised as that being the case in big bolded/colord letters. They don't mention it on this one even in the detailed specifications.
Pros: Good range
Batteries last a long time (1+ year)
Good keyboard layout.
Trackball works good.
Cons: Nothing. Yup nothing.
Other Thoughts: I have owned 4 or 5 of these over the years for my various HTPC setups. So far they have worked great. These usually go for $40-50 and outperform even $80 ones I have bought. Out multiple years and muptiples one I can honestly say none have died on me and i rarely have to replace batteries. I am overall very happy with these.
I would recommend these over more expensive/heavier models which didn't last as long.
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