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Good performance (after upgrading RAM)
Lots of peripherals. Not mentioned in the description are: SD card, DSub, DisplayPort, eSATA, fingerprint reader, and (for me) modem. The image has a cover where the modem is, so mine seems to be a bonus, not that I'd know where to use it anymore
Everything that I've tried works
No screwdriver required to upgrade RAM! Best case design I can recall seeing in a laptop
Windows 7 Professional (not Home, not pretty-bad 8 or abominable 10)
Cons: Screen seems dim at brightest setting
Heavy and bulky
Numeric keypad is wonky. With Num Lock on, pressing the keys types numbers. To get letters, you have to use the Fn key. Without Num Lock, Fn + key acts as "scroll" keys (Page Up, Down, Home, etc.)
Other Thoughts: Had to install HP Quick Launch Buttons for functions keys to work
Has a single speaker, on the bottom. It's very loud for its size, but don't expect much else
Virtualization extensions disabled in BIOS
I bought this with 16 GB of 1.35V RAM.
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (Full Version) - Download
Pros: If you can somehow access a machine running Windows 7, you can eventually get what you think that you're buying
Cons: This download isn't an installable copy of Windows 8. It's an executable that can only be run on Windows 7, runs a downloader, and can eventually produce a bootable image. This isn't mentioned anywhere on this site, and I couldn't find it on Microsoft's, either.
Other Thoughts: It's hard not to feel deceived by this product, and if that's not bad enough, there are no refunds. Use Linux.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Quiet, lower power consumption, Western Digital drives have rarely failed on me
Cons: 50% failure rate, having to pay to ship WD's faulty equipment back to them
Other Thoughts: I bought 4 of these less than a year ago. I've used them in different configurations in the same machine. 1 started seeing errors early on, but WD Diagnostics said it was good, so I thought that it must have been something with ntfs-3g. It died about 4 months later. The second drive lasted 10 months.
Equipment fails, so it's always a good idea to keep backups, and I can't fault WD for the extra array I had to build (using Seagate drives). Even so, I've spent more time in the past year trying to recover data from these drives than I have using them.