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Pros: 1) Keyboard feel
2) Bright display
3) Long-lasting battery -- says seven hours, I ran it for six and a half hours with the original hard disk while running backups and Windows Updates; enough for what I'll need.
4) Touchpad is responsive but hasn't jumped unpredictably or ran off without control
5) Beautiful aluminum body
6) Modern Wifi
7) Dedicated memory in a capable graphics adapter
8) Real HD by a real company -- WD WD10JPVX in this one
9) All the screws at the bottom of the case are the same size -- no need to keep track of which ones go where.
10) Light. Really quite a nice laptop to carry wherever you want to be.
11) So far, quiet. I haven't had a need to kill the CPU or GPU yet to tell you how the fans are, but the fact is, I haven't heard them and I am extremely sensitive to these things.
Cons: 1) First thing is obvious -- no CD/DVD/BD.
2) Replacing the HD with an SSD (priority #1 for me) was a small chore. Here's the trick: Unscrew the screws at the bottom, take the battery out (put a hard tip like a tiny screwdriver tip into the designated position, slide it, and hold while you remove the battery), then flip the laptop back and carefully separate the aluminum portion (with the keyboard) from the bottom.
3) The manual is sadly for the technically-deficient user, with no indication of how to properly remove the case to replace the hard drive.
4) The empty slot for the CD ROM is just a hair too slim for my 12mm BD drive. Keep that in mind if you want to add one.
Other Thoughts: Clearly, you know the specs already for the i5 and NVIDIA geForce 840M, so you know already whether this laptop will play whatever game it is that you're after. Don't belly-ache if it isn't fast enough for your game, and you won't hear complaints from me regarding it, either.
Would I get another one, or recommend it? Yes, absolutely.
This review is from: Cuisinart DCG-12BC Stainless Steel Grind Central Coffee Grinder
Pros: Grinds coffee. That's it's job.
We have had three of these coffee grinders over ten years. We've only had two real problems with them all this time. First, I managed to burn out a motor on one of them by overfilling the bowl with beans. The other one is that the blades cannot easily be sharpened and dull blades heat the coffee grounds.
Two of our grinders have a tall bowl and a smaller rim in the lid. This makes it easier to overfill the bowl and burn out the motor. The one that I like better has a smaller grind bowl and a larger inside rim, giving the beans some room while grinding and less of a chance of burn-out.
All in all, we really like this grinder and will only change to a different grinder if we can find one that grinds to a desired size and isn't expensive. Since that probably will never happen, we're going to use these grinders forever.
Cons: There is no way to grind the coffee to a consistent size. I listen for the motor to spin to a certain pitch, and watch the grounds as they spin, to determine when the coffee has finished being ground. I stop when the grinds rise and fall in place around the edge -- I like the grounds to be fine. Unfortunately, the grounds under the blades are always finely ground but slightly overheated, but the grounds above the blades are always just a little larger than I prefer. If you like big grounds, i.e., for a french press, or medium-sized grounds, i.e., for a conventional coffee maker, you won't have this problem. If you like tiny grounds or powder, this gets close, but won't get you espresso grounds or Turkish coffee powder.
Oh yes, it is noisy, but all of these grinders are. It's higher-pitched than the grinders you'll find in supermarkets but otherwise about the same amount of noise.
Other Thoughts: We've had a few other coffee grinders besides this one, too. None of them are as durable or attractive as this one, and this one has the best motor by far. As I wrote, we're going to continue to buy and use this model grinder until Cuisinart stops making them.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill High-Back Artificial Leather Executive Chair Black (RCT03BP)
Pros: It's a chair. The padding is firm, which I really like -- I don't feel like I'm being swallowed by a cushion. It goes pretty high for the height adjustment.
The chair came with extra bolts. I didn't need them, but it's a pleasant consideration.
Cons: The arm rests are not padded and cause a bit of irritation to my skin due to the texture of the plastic.
I'd prefer it to go lower rather than higher, so at it's lowest height setting I'm not as comfortable as I'd like to be.
Other Thoughts: This chair is OK. If I had thought about it, Staples had a better chair with padding on the arm rests for less than the ninety I paid for this one on a promotional e-mail, although the free shipping Newegg offers is pretty handy.READ FULL REVIEW