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MSI 17.3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The base hardware specifications are excellent. I ended up trashing the MSI installed Windows 10 installation. As expected, the boot SSD (PCIE x4 NVMe) is much faster than a sata SSD (3 times the read rate and better write as well).

Cons: First off, the keyboard is broken and I am told that MSI will not replace the laptop. They will repair it, but it may take up to 25 days. I spent a lot of time trying to upgrade this to Windows 10 Pro. I was getting blue screens. Do yourself a favor and upgrade all the drivers before trying to upgrade the OS, because the drivers (In particular the nvidia driver) will cause you a lot of pain. I had to restore the factory settings twice. That solved the blue screen issue, but the upgrade failed nonetheless (but maybe not an MSI issue). I ended up doing a clean install and discarding the existing OS and misc. It was a good thing anyway because they install a 30 day version of pkzip. pkzip is not needed with windows 10 for most folks and when they install it it messes up windows ability to open zipped files by itself. there were only a few bloatwares, but I will also say this laptop was CRAZYs slow until I completely threw out the factory build. After all that, I am back up and happy with WIndows 10 Enterprise edition. Now the laptop boots crazy fast and is more responsive. The thing I will say bad about the hardware is that they did not have separate buttons for the track pad for mouse clicks. It takes a precision click on the bottom of the trackpad and maybe several retries to hit the right mouse function. I wish I could swap out the trackpad for one with buttonz

Other Thoughts: Thoroughly verify that the laptop is completely working before turning any rebates or discarding the packing materials. Newegg will not help if these items are not available and you are at the mercy of MSI customer service . I would recommend if you are staying with windows home, or comfortable reloading the OS if you want enterprise edition. If you decide to upgrade to pro, Install ever single update to get W10 home up to current and UPDATE ALL drivers as well before trying to upgrade to W10 pro, (You would have to update anyway, this make it more likely that the upgrade will not blue screen)

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ASUS RT-AC66W Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs After struggling with 2 other ac routers, one that works and is easy to set up. 06/03/2016

This review is from: ASUS RT-AC66W Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router

Pros: I tried 2 other AC routers, First a TRiver cheap router form another site, which came with basically no documentation and took hours of trial and error to set up as an access point. After all that it could not work at all on the 5Ghz side. I then went with a more expensive (than this one) AFOUNDRY AC router, which was better, and setup in only 30 minutes (Again some trial and error since doc was scant), but connections on the 5Ghz side constantly disconnected. I then came back to this one, which I had seen but avoided. I bought it partially based on price, but I was significantly surprised at the ease of configuration. Instead of having to set maybe 6 to 12 settings to get it to work, just one setting and the router software pretty much took care of everything else. I have had maybe a dozen routers thus far and this was the best interface thus far. Ok, the benchmark. The best I got our of the other AFOUNDRY AC side was bouncing between 22 and 35 Megabytes per second transfer rate. (I could not bench the TRiver since it was inoperable). This router held a constant 52-56 Megabytes per second and had greater range, so it was significantly faster. I don't know what other routers bench, but I was satisfied with this.

Cons: Noe at this time, but I am hard to please, so I may update this later.

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1 out of 5 eggs I have this product from another seller. I am returning it and buying a different unit, this time from newegg. 05/27/2016

This review is from: Wavlink AC1200 Wireless AC Dual Band Gigabit Smart Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps + 5GHz 876Mbps Network Signal Receiver & Sender, Share Gigabit Ethernet LAN / WAN Ports and USB 2.0 for Guest Network- Black

Pros: Cheap

Cons: I worked with this for a few hours, but never could get the AC side working. The N side does work. Documentation is very poor.

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Kyle F.'s Profile

Display Name: Kyle F.

Date Joined: 05/05/05

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  • First Review: 10/22/05
  • Last Review: 07/02/16
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