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Lenovo Laptop ThinkPad E560 (20EV002JUS) Intel Core i7 6th Gen 6500U (2.5 GHz) 8 GB Memory 500 GB HDD AMD Radeon R7 M370 15.6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Highly compatible
-Easily upgradable
-No bloatware
-Windows 7 preloaded, but can go online to get Windows 10 or have it shipped on a USB drive
-No silly gimmicks or gadgets
-Dedicated GPU
-USB 3.0 ports all around with one being a charging USB port

Cons: -Feels cheap compared to some higher end laptops
-Battery life is average at best
-Keyboard is a little awkward
-Display is below average, but sufficient

Other Thoughts: I picked this up because it was in my price range and almost exactly what I was looking for. Primarily, I needed a laptop that was highly compatible with all distros of Linux, including TAILS. I'm happy to report that it is. So far, I haven't had any problems with Kali or Ubuntu and TAILS 2.6 loads without any startup modifications! Also, 8GB of RAM was a little weak so I upgraded it to 16GB with a single 8GB DDR3 1600 PC-12800 module from G.Skill that matched the timings, which by the way, are 11-11-11-28 1T. Not satisfied with a mechanical hard drive, I opted to upgrade to a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD. Works great in this ThinkPad. For only about $200 I upgraded this laptop to a $1200-1400 price range equivalent. xD

Oh and ordering the USB drive with Windows 10 was simple. Lenovo has a pamphlet inside on how to do it. Basically you go to a website, create an account, input your serial number and they'll mail you a free USB drive preloaded with Windows 10 via UPS. Shipping time is about 2 weeks. Or you can opt for a download of Windows 10 to your hard drive. I opted for the USB drive.

ASRock A88M-ITX/ac FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great board, but the wireless antennas were a problem during install 09/28/2016

This review is from: ASRock A88M-ITX/ac FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: -Great performance and stability
-Sufficient number of ports
-Would recommend for mini-ITX build
-Great BIOS interface

Cons: The antennas, WiFi module and I/O shield. If you look closely at the images of the board, you'll see the Wifi/BT module in the M.2 slot. At the very edge of the module there are two tiny gold connectors for the antennas (5Ghz and 2.4Ghz). Now look at the picture with the antennas attached to the I/O shield. Notice how the wires are NOT connected to the WiFi/BT module. Want to know why that is? Continue reading...

Problem number 1: the antenna connections are not labeled anywhere in the documentation, so it is impossible to determine which connector is for the 2.4Ghz antenna and which is for the 5Ghz. Why does this matter? If you're not already aware, 5Ghz has poor penetrating power through solid objects. Knowing this, I bought an external 5Ghz antenna to connect to the 5Ghz antenna port, except I didn't know which one was which. So I had to experiment and figure it out.

Problem number 2: the wires for the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz connectors are about 1/2 an inch too short. I had great difficulty keeping the wires connected to the module while I was connecting them to the I/O shield. I would suggest that in the future you make the wires slightly longer or use a module that has a different orientation of antenna connections.

Other Thoughts: Aside from the wireless LAN mess, I'm very happy with this board.

Samsung HW-HM45C 2.1 Channel 290-Watt Soundbar & Wireless Subwoofer Speaker System w/ Bluetooth and HDMI Cable
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Loud (if you need it to be)
-High quality sound
-No distortion at medium to medium high levels
-Great remote
-Wireless sub that sounds great
-Great mounting accessories (very easy to do)
-Outstanding Bluetooth range.

Cons: -Audio gets out of sync with video because of DSP delay (it can be disabled and wasn't observed with all of my equipment, just my AppleTV)

Other Thoughts: I bought this soundbar for my garage so I can listen to music while I work on projects. I'm 99% happy with my purchase and would recommend to others looking for an inexpensive, high quality soundbar.


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Display Name: Jesse S.

Date Joined: 12/16/04

  • Reviews: 33
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  • First Review: 12/31/10
  • Last Review: 09/29/16
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