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iView SupraPad i700QW Intel Atom 1GB Memory 16GB 7.0
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP! I've never seen anything cheaper! You can't beat it! The Quad Atom is as fast as some desktop CPU from 5 or 6 years ago and it runs Windows 8.1 without much trouble. Some of the included features are Realtek Wifi, Bluetooth which get's an OK signal. Also this has been able to read a 64GB micro SDXC card so I'm almost sure a 128GB would work as well.

Cons: (Although for $60 I can't complain) Most probably this was originally designed to run Android and doesn't have a Windows Start button. The screen is mediocre quality and 1024 x 600 scaled up to 1280 x 720 to meet the minimum Win 8.1 requirements, so fonts get crushed and is a bit difficult to read letters, Photos and Movies are fine. The 16GB eMMC (or SSD) is roughly 1/3 filled with a recovery partition and wish they've given me a way to use the space without seriously getting in to the EFI and stuff. Instructions or some info on how to install a different OS might've been great.

Other Thoughts: If this were more than say like $130 or something, I'm sure I'd be posting a mediocre review. But being in the PC business for 20 years, I can say with certainty that this is THE CHEAPEST New retail "PC" with a screen running full Windows that I've ever come across EVER. Sure the 1GB memory is just barely enough and the 16GB SSD (eMMC) is very tight, the screen is relatively difficult to view... but for $60? I'm not complaining. If you need a grouch free good Win 8.1 tab you should consider forking out more cash with at least 2GB of RAM a bare minimum 32GB of primary storage space.

As note: I've been able to get to the UEFI (either ESC or DEL keys on boot) but there isn't the regular drive boot order screen. It does however have a command line EFI shell and recognizes a CD/DVD USB device thus probably will be able to EFI boot this to some other OS, although I've never done this and without a way to recover it's too risky at this point.

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StarTech USB3S2SAT3CB USB 3.0 to 2.5” SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs An extreamly simple solution! 10/26/2014

This review is from: StarTech USB3S2SAT3CB USB 3.0 to 2.5” SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP

Pros: One cable one drive! The simplest solutions to connect your 2.5" HDD or SSD to your laptop or desktop. No AC adapters no extra cables no more need for a external case. Confirmed that it will read off SMART info and am getting about 300mb/s read and 150mb/s write off a Plextor M5. Two small LED indicators (although I can't figure out what one of them is for)

Cons: I've confirmed that it will not power a 3.5" harddrive (needs more power). Also as mentioned above there is a bit of slow down and although the USB 3.0 standard is capable it will not get full speed out of you modern SSD.

Other Thoughts: It's simple and a fool proof solution. Not sure why no one came up with one of these in the past. The only thing that came close was Power eSATA which not too many motherboards or laptops support. I'll probably get a couple of these for diagnostic work or to use with an SSD for fast and large file transfers.

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TOSHIBA Portege R30-A (PT343U-0JV07E) Notebook Intel Core i5 4200M (2.50GHz) 8GB Memory 500GB HDD HD Graphics 4600 13.3
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: At a little less than $800 this is a great old school 13.3" laptop with Windows 7 Pro and a DVD drive. It's a physically light weight machine loaded with features such as Giga Lan, Wifi, Bluetooth, SDXC compat card reader, 3x USB 3.0 ports and an express card slot. The TPM chip and fingerprint reader was also an essential feature for password security.

The Intel i5-4200M clocked at 2.5Ghz + 8gb of memory is fast enough on a HD 4600 chipset that's easily capable of Hardware 1080p video and Full HD Youtube playback. Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver CS4 for light web development + office work is a breeze.

The thing also runs pretty quietly and I can only hear it running hot when I ran a benchmark on it.

Cons: I'm unable to get Win7 64bit OEM DVD to see the harddrive under Sata in UEFI mode (for a clean install). It's working in compat SATA which is fine with a Harddrive, but has been a slight slow down when I swapped the it out with an SSD.

It's missing a touch screen.

I also really wish the AC adapter plug was on the back and not the side (or at least it should've come with a 90 degree angled plug)

Other Thoughts: Not too many manufactures build a good 13.3" laptop anymore and this was the perfect balance of features, size and portability. I also absolutely needed a fingerprint reader to secure my passwords as I literally have a list of hundreds for all the servers and web sites I maintain and didn't want to rely solely on my web browser. This was the only Laptop in it's price range to have one.

One grouch (which isn't the laptops fault) is that the new Microsoft DRM policy sucks. This didn't come with a Win7 COA sticker and ended up needing to call Microsoft support just to do a clean install. I guess it's OK with Win8 but for Win7 Pro downgrade rights it was a pain.

a few numbers...

Windows experience index was:
CPU 7.2
RAM 7.2
AERO 5.3
GAME 6.5
HDD 7.2 (upgraded with a Plextor M5 pro)

I was also amazed that the meager internal HD 4600 even ran 3Dmark:

Ice Storm 40226
Cloud Gate 4829
Sky Diver 2717
Fire Strike 559

CPU temps maxed at about 81 Celsius under benchmark at 23 watts.

Other than the few grouches I have, this was perfect and will be my work horse for the next 3 or 4 years.

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