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This review is from: BYTECC BRACKET - 125 HDD / SSD 1 x 2.5" Drive to 3.5" Bay Metal Mounting Kit – OEM
Pros: Holds the SSD at the proper offset to match the location of SATA connectors- critical in an iMac transplant
Holds the SSD securely
Provides a heat sink for the SSD
Cons: Screw holes for the 3.5" OEM drive mounting hardware are too small (at least for the WD drive I was replacing in an iMac)
Is shorter than a 3.5" drive so the back mounting hardware might not line up (didn't in the iMac- had to improvise)
Other Thoughts: It's cheap and does the job, but have a drill standing by if your original drive is not mounted in a universal enclosureREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Battery Life- 13 hours is better than most Chromebooks
Light weight and compact dimensions
Upgradeable to 16 GB RAM
Excellent Wifi receiver
Windows 7 Pro- assuming Msft doesn't abandon it to make owners 'upgrade' to Win 8
Quiet- streaming Netflix the fan barely spins up and it is a quiet fan. I can't hear the HD at all.
Cons: No optical drive- but needed rarely these days
Intel I3 with integrated graphics is not exactly a screamer
Usual PC bloat, but less than HP
Doesn't come with a recovery disc- need to burn your own with an external burner- can't use thumb drive for recovery.
That's about it
Other Thoughts: Since there aren't many reviews for this yet thought I'd add my 2 cents. I agree with another reviewer that they must have upgraded several components of this laptop, because the keyboard is not at all mushy (it is slightly loud, but most keyboards are), the mouse pad is responsive and has three finger touch ability and the screen is more than adequate; it's not a high output IPS screen but at this price you can't expect that.
What you do get is a responsive, easily transportable machine big and powerful enough to do real work. Plus you can add the Acer Pro Dock and use this with a full size monitor and keyboard/mouse at home and pop it out to take on the road with one button. Feels really solid, and the lid has a brushed look that adds a little eye candy (a little- it is basically a business/school tool after all).
Bought an LG external DVD burner for the rare times I need that capability, and will be upgrading the RAM to 8 GB. Otherwise,
I am very happy with this machine, and as this is the higher end Acer designed for business use, am hopeful that it will last quite a while.
This review is from: LUXA2 Black LHA0049-A BT-X3 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones
Pros: Great sound!
Easily paired to a relatively older phone (LG Octane)
Light weight- comfortable
Small earcup still blocks outside sounds effectively
Controls on headset worked with older phone's Bluetooth profile
Bluetooth range better than any other set I've tried
Cons: Talk quality is terrible
Other Thoughts: If you are going to use this primarily to listen to music with only the occasional phone call, then I'd rate this 4-5 stars. But I wanted to use this at work so I could leave it sitting on my desk and pick it up and put it on for calls (and muffle the loud voice of my coworker in the next cubicle). Also wanted to use it for listening to music, but that was secondary. Listening to Mahler Symphony #1 as I write this, and detail and instrument spacing is excellent, especially for Bluetooth. Bass is solid and not 'Beats' excessive. Treble is a bit suppressed- but still there. Triangle was clearly audible over full orchestra. Range is excellent- at 20' through two walls reception was still solid. I was starting to LOVE these phones. Then made a phone call to my wife. ARRGH! She could understand me- but said no way would these be acceptable for a business call. My speech was quite muffled and fuzzy. I tried taking the phones off and speaking directly into the Mic hole in the bottom of the right earcup- she said that sounded fine. Put them back on my head- awful. Not sure what 'CVC' is supposed to accomplish, but clear speech is not it.
So, again, if you want them for listening to music and not making calls, I highly recommend them. But for serious office work- fail. I may keep them anyway- at this price the sound quality is amazing. But they were SO close to being perfect.
Thermaltake- if you monitor these reviews, and you believe I got a defective pair, please let me know. I would love to be proven wrong. But the fact that these sound clear when the mic is spoken into directly makes me believe that what I am experiencing is normal.