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Pros: Very powerful and fast even in stock configuration
Lightweight
Nice case design
Nice matte display
Nice keyboard (red backlit) and large trackpad
Good assortment of ports

Cons: Power brick is bulky
Some edges get very hot during gaming (esp around the vents)
Fans get pretty loud while under load
Mediocre battery life (~ 3 hrs general tasks, 1 hr gaming)

Other Thoughts: On default settings, the internal speakers sounded really weird, tinny, scratchy and bad in general- found out it was the mixer settings.

Swapped out the spinner with an old 840 EVO 1 TB, works great. Installation was very straightforward- just unscrew the bottom plate, remove, and everything is clearly accessible.

While it does get noisy and hot under load, this is typical for gaming laptops of this size. The GS43VR is about the same in this regard as the Gigabyte P34Gv2 that it's replacing as my main machine. You'll want to plug in if running any serious games, as not only does the battery life take a dive but you'll be throttled.

The case is mostly plastic, parts of which have a brushed metal finish but appear to just be plastic. I actually prefer this as it won't get dented. Plastic may crack, but that's a lot less ugly than a smashed aluminum chassis.

The stock PSU is the same brand and appears to be the same connector as the P34- and is a pretty standard Lenovo-style plug. I've heard it's also the same plug and voltage as the Razer Blade- might try getting a Razer PSU as it's a lot smaller and lighter (the stock Delta one is tough, but a pain to lug around).

Use a lapdesk for gaming. You will scald yourself otherwise- it gets that hot on the underside and rear. The top right edge gets pretty toasty as well, though thankfully there's nothing there you'd need to touch anyway. Palmrest and keyboard temps are fine. On the bright side, if you live in a cold area this makes a great portable heater :-)

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Falcon Zero F170HD+ Full-HD 1080p Dashcam 32GB Memory Card Included
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Reliable, very sharp picture 10/18/2015

This review is from: Falcon Zero F170HD+ Full-HD 1080p Dashcam 32GB Memory Card Included

Pros: Very clear picture, can read license plates at moderate range.
Minimal interaction needed.
Many features and modes.
Good quality build.
Great night vision
Comes with SD card.

Cons: GPS is finicky.

Other Thoughts: Use this in both my vehicles. A few weeks ago, a pickup clipped a sedan, which then lost control and rear-ended me. I didn't need any evidence for insurance, but it was fascinating to be able to replay what happened and see all the car parts flying past. You could read the license plate on the pickup, which ended up disabled about 30 feet away in the middle of the intersection.

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ASUS VivoTab M80TA-B1-BK Intel Atom Z3740 2GB DDR3 Memory 32GB 8.0
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Responsive for size
Good battery life
Nice screen
Full Windows 8.1
Comes with Office 2013
Wacom digitizer/stylus

Cons: No SD port cover

Other Thoughts: The Office key alone is almost worth this alone; Office 2013 is in all likelihood the last non-subscription version of the product. Get it while the getting's good.

The digitizer and stylus are great for taking notes and drawing, OneNote 2013 works well with it, as does other programs like Evernote, Photoshop/Paintshop, etc. Some other tablets have digitizers, but no built in stylus.

I did go for the 64 GB version, but you can live with 32 if you aren't trying to load tons of programs and games. The tablet can actually run some older games quite well. You just need a BT mouse/keyboard.

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Yu-Jin C.'s Profile

Display Name: Yu-Jin C.

Date Joined: 04/15/06

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 04/02/13
  • Last Review: 09/10/16
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