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ASUS ROG G751JT-CH71 17.3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Two bays multiple drive options (mSATA or 2.5inch form factor.) Two user accessible open ram slots. (The other two are on the other side of the motherboard and require disassembly to access.) Excellent cooling and quite operation, no need for additional cooling pads. Bright screen visible from all angles. Decent webcam for chatting and pretty rich sound for a laptop. Plays games very well, I was thinking of ditching my 8 core desktop and slapping the 3 port display port adapter onto this baby and running it as my main machine from now until It's obsolete.

Cons: Laptop hinges are positioned near the center of the screen not on the sides which makes me worry about long term durability and snapping them if something pushes against the frame of the lid while it's closed up in a bag. The disk drive pops open every time I grip the side of the laptop because the button protrudes enough for my palm to activate it. The charger that comes with the laptop has a 90 degree angle bend and tends to slip out frequently when moving around or getting comfortable. The touchpad is so big that the edges of my palms frequently activate the windows 8.1 gestures and bring up the side bar or put me into the start screen while i'm typing. Internal battery non user replaceable of course and in high performance mode or when gaming it only lasts two hours. That said it lasts nearly six hours when placed in power saving and when doing usual browsing and watching netflix. I've taken this thing on a plane from DC to LA on a single charge.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from 16 gigs of ram to 24 with two sticks of DDR3 I had laying around. In addition to that I added a Samsung EVO 840 and windows allowed me to use the restore partition on the original drive to then install a new copy of windows onto the new SSD. (I now use the 1TB it came with as a data drive, it also houses the original restore partition in case I ever need to revert back or if my C drive fails and needs replacement.) It has worked flawlessly so far, the only problem I had was with a bluetooth driver but that's more the fault of Windows 8.1 than it is with the laptop. For all its minor flaws it's still a good laptop, I don't think I'll need to replace the battery till it's out of warranty anyway and by then i'm sure there'll be a tutorial and parts for that sort of thing somewhere on the net.

Tek Republic TUE-300 Aluminum Brash 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's a pretty sleek looking drive and I liked it at first.

Cons: Didn't work with my 64GB SSD so when I went to remove it I discovered it was impossible to do so without destroying the case. I was gently working my spudger along the edges and even with that all the tabs that lock into place snapped off which makes it impossible to put another drive in without the sides falling off the cheap plastic bezel.

Other Thoughts: Only buy if you're sure that the drive works in this case and only if you never want to remove it afterward.

SYBA SD-PEX40054 PCI-Express 2.0 x2 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) HyperDuo 4-port RAID Controller Card
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Easy to use interface, works fine in raid 10, cheap.

Cons: Takes forever to rebuild a failed disk, doesn't like rebuilding encrypted disks.

Other Thoughts: Using a raid 10 with four 4tb Seagate drives. Recently started to encrypt the array. One of the drives failed or lost its partition data and as such the array became degraded. Tried to rebuild and it kept failing, past rebuilds have taken forever which is typical. I'm probably going to get a card that does raid 6 since my array is limping right now. I may use this card in my main desktop to raid 4 SSDs together. Otherwise I wouldn't use it for a serious application.


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Display Name: Paul T.

Date Joined: 10/04/06

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 04/02/07
  • Last Review: 05/25/15
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