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ASUS Q501LA-BBI5T03 Notebook Intel Core i5 4200U (1.60GHz) 6GB Memory 750GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: *Metal
*Sleek
*Lit Keyboard
*Keyboard is nicely laid out
*Responsive Touch pad
*Decent specs for the money & can be upgraded

Cons: Some of the short cut keys stopped working. Key board back light only turns on for a second after turning laptop on. It did work when I first got the laptop. The short cut key is unresponsive. Mute key, unresponsive. Volume key, unresponsive. Screen key, unresponsive. Screen brightness key, unresponsive. Touchpad key, unresponsive. Snooz key, unresponsive. I looked in the bios to see if everything was enabled but couldn't find anything specific for the keyboard or shortcut keys. Don't know what else to do since the firmware is the most recent update.

Upgrading to an Sammy ssd is a pain because of AMD not playing well with Samsung but it's not impossible.

Other Thoughts: I've been trying to find out why the back light, volume and mute buttons would quit working by reading forums but except for problems with the keyboard back light adjustment being an issue, I have yet to find an explanation or fix. If an operable keyboard back light is an important feature to you, you might want to consider a different lap top. I took a chance on a refurb and came up short unfortunately.

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ASUS Xonar Op-amp Upgrade Kit
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Op Amp Rolling 10/06/2013

This review is from: ASUS Xonar Op-amp Upgrade Kit

Pros: The kit is easy if you can still find it. But you don't need to. These chips and other flavors can be found online and sometimes less expensive. Totally worth doing the op amp up grade if you own the asus cards that support swapping out op amps.

Cons: Not available any more. Removing chip takes a little bit of care. They do make a tool specifically for removing this type of chip from pcb boards. Looks a bit like tweezers but the legs have a tiny 'L' foot at the bottoms for grabbing the chip from its underside. Otherwise, you can very gently pry the chip out.

Other Thoughts: I tried several different op-amps before settling on the sound I liked. Was well worth it for not so much money

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OCZ Z Series 850W Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Haswell Core i3/i5/i7 and AMD Phenom
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Four years and still working. Single rail.

Cons: Not 100% silent? Only time the fan cooling it annoys me is when I'm sleeping but if I'm not putting a load on it, it goes to sleep.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this supply back in '09. That's like four years ago. Though it is not silent, it's not that loud and it goes to sleep after about 15min of no load which I like. No, it is not being used in a gaming rig but it's been left running nearly 24/7 for four years and is still going strong. No hic-ups.

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Date Joined: 11/01/03

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  • First Review: 02/11/12
  • Last Review: 06/14/14
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