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AOC e1649Fwu Black 16
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Price for what you get is pretty good
-Simple dual-monitor setup after you install software
-no obvious color/contrast issues
-no need for power cords, just takes up 2 USB slots
-lightweight
-collapsible stand

Cons: -Driver software has no settings UI that I could find, but as I don't have a CD drive I got the newest driver software from the company's website, disc might be different
-Company driver page is a mess, hard to find what you need
-Driver software is very fickle with some programs, won't play VLC video unless you're hovering over a menu for some reason (I tried changing to directx output at forum suggestion, still didn't work)
-It's advertised as portable but the extremely glossy, delicate finish of the plastic means you'd have to wrap it in a padded microfiber case, otherwise it'll look like trash after 5 minutes in a backpack.
-You'll need to connect another monitor to install the software before you can use this, it's not plug and play.

Other Thoughts: I returned it after using it once, it may be okay if you need to present slideshows at some sort of conference or expo where outlet space is limited, but I was incorrect in thinking I could use this as my everyday monitor.

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ASUS Laptop X550LA-DH71 Intel Core i7 4500U (1.80 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 5000 15.6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Everything's peachy once you install windows 8.1 and classic shell (windows 8 should be reserved for tablets and and phones, completely counter-intuitive for people that have been using windows for any amount of time). I like the location of the power button (no accidental on/off like with some sony models). Very long battery life, lightweight and slim. USB 3.0 is great, Speakers are the best I've had on a laptop, and extremely powerful. Doesn't get hot at all even running games on high settings.

Cons: The matte screen is awful, collects any dirt or oil directly from the keyboard when closed (rubber stoppers aren't high enough). Screen is easily scratched and difficult to clean, and it becomes obvious on the exterior as well as the entire case is highly textured plastic (doesn't show fingerprints, but who cares when any abrasion permanently damages it?). The touchpad is by far the worst part. Under-touch buttons to try to be more Mac-ish, leading to lots of mis-clicks. Touchpad occasionally snaps into the frame making it click at the lightest touch, need knife to pop it back up. They also tried to make the power cord Mac-i-fied, with a heavy brick plugging directly into sockets (so it always falls out). caps lock/etc indicator lights are nearly invisible except in complete darkness. Intel HD sucks, barely any customization options, but I knew what i was getting when I bought it, so can't really complain there.

Other Thoughts: This is my 5th laptop, and for the price I think it's great, and i plan on using it for years to come, but the touchpad is causing me major issues that I foresee only getting worse, and the matte plastic screen gets scratches even though I carry it in its own soft drawstring bag and only touch it with microfiber (probably dirt on keys which touch the screen directly)

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Austin A.'s Profile

Display Name: Austin A.

Date Joined: 03/04/11

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 02/17/14
  • Last Review: 12/12/15
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