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This review is from: MSI GT72S Dominator Pro G-220 Gaming Laptop 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6820HK (2.7 GHz) 32 GB Memory 1 TB HDD 256 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 8 GB GDDR5 17.3" IPS Windows 10 Home
Pros: - Well, what can I say: it's loaded with premium features. So long as they work, it's hard not to love all of that.
- Build quality is OK...It certainly doesn't feel like it's going to fall apart. I have nothing to compare it to except a way older ASUS that did seem a little more solid even at a lower price-point
- Screen is great...gives my DLP projector a run for its money
- Sound is way above average for a laptop.
- RAIDed SSDs are blistering fast
- Customizable LED colors
- Best keyboard I've personally used on a laptop
Cons: - It's huge and heavy, but you knew that and that's not a problem for you so it's not really a con
- Right after Windows initial setup, I had to reinstall a bunch of drivers off the included disk (because they're not provided on MSI's website, evidently). This could have been related to buying open-box, so I'm not taking an egg away for it.
- A bit of bloatware, but I've seen far worse. The most annoying things were WinZip and Norton...I uninstalled those straight away. Then there's some MSI stuff that appeared to be useless and was also removed.
- The SSDs make me deeply long for 4gb worth of it!
Other Thoughts: All in all, I'm very pleased with this purchase. I would have gone for the next model down, if not for lucking-out on a great open-box discount. It's akin to owning a Lotus: elegant, well made, high performance...not quite a Ferrari, but you certainly wont be embarrassed to be seen in it :)
Should my opinion change significantly between now and when it's no longer relevant, I shall post again.
EDIT: I've owned this for about 4 months now, and it has not let me down once. I've taken it on one holiday, a business trip (typing this update on it from a hotel in California), and it goes to work with me daily for gaming on my down time (my job comes with a lot of it during the winter months). I have to say, the experience and convenience of taking your main "desktop" with you wherever you go is indescribably awesome.... I don't feel nearly so far away from home. I have a great keyboard, great screen, and great sound with me always now. The only thing I haven't really used much is the optical drive, but what little I have used it, it has performed well (someone in another review mentioned it failing). I'm a little disappointed with the software - I wish it was an "all-in-one" deal, but to make all the buttons work, requires at least 3 tray apps. Build quality hasn't proved to be any issue, even taking it on long flights, but still it could be better.
Also, the open-box deal turned out to be not so great...The first owner not only voided the warranty, but also left a screw loose. I had to open it up, find the screw, and then find where it came from....Still, I saved $500, so it's whatever. Just be aware...
Pros: Purchased a while back to brand match with my case, and it was great for a while...
The USB port still (sorta) works!
Cons: It died after a few months. Windows could only intermittently see it at first, then eventually just stopped altogether.
Also, the USB port has always thrown a "power surge on hub" error, when waking the computer from sleep mode, which is disconcerting...It seems like a BIOS update helped, but I had to roll back b/c the new BIOS caused more problems than it solved. All that to say: maybe there's hope for this device, but I don't have time or energy to spend on troubleshooting it further.
Other Thoughts: I love rosewill cases. They're cheap, decently built, attractive, and I have yet to get a lemon. This card reader, however, is a disappointment.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Logitech Z506 75 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers
Pros: - Easy setup
- Acceptable sound quality for the price
Cons: - I don't like the design - kinda ugly
- They lack a little high end initially...see Other Thoughts
Other Thoughts: Please read this... It's a little long, but you wont be disappointed! TL;DR? At least check the last paragraph.
With a little thought and effort, these are not bad at all for the money! Out of the box the system was a little lacking in the high frequencies. I just used the EQ in my sound card's software (on-board Realtek) to roll up a little between 8- and 16-khz. I also trimmed down a little at 31hz, because my room has a nasty resonance around that area. Now they sound just fine to my ears!!
The other major note I would make is that I kept turning the sub down and down. Started at around 75% on the knob which was /way/ too much, but I think it's around 40% now. The sub isn't anything special but it gets the job done. Being a cheap ported design w/ a small driver, you're going to get a "one note bass" issue and a lot of distortion, if you don't do a little EQ work. Even then, you're only going to get so much out of it. This is not a room shaking design - but it /can/ sound good!
I have a lot of experience in music production and audio engineering, so these adjustments are all fine/expected for me...Just maybe not so welcomed for average users. It's going to vary a lot from room to room, too.... You have to understand that even a >$1000 hi-fi system will never sound its best (and maybe even terrible) without proper setup.
With all of that: don't buy any system at any price, if you're not prepared to set it up properly. Either hire someone or use the internet to learn! My method was just simply listening to estimate a very light EQ adjustment and they're going to work out just fine! I did not need any high end audio measuring tools - was just armed with a little knowledge!
Money well spent!