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Robert B.

Robert B.

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Most Favorable Review

Good deal

D-Link DGE-530T Gigabit Desktop PCI Adapter
D-Link DGE-530T Gigabit Desktop PCI Adapter

Pros: 9k Jumbo frame support. Supports full gigabit bandwidth over PCI.

Cons: The card locks up if you play with flow control settings too much.

Overall Review: Standard 32-bit 33MHz PCI barely handles 1000Mbps. PCI bandwidth is shared with all PCI components. If you have a PCI-Express port free, it's probably best to go that route.

12/19/2006
Most Critical Review

Terrible keyboard

Fujitsu Laptop LifeBook SPFC-E744-001 Intel Core i5 4th Gen 4200M (2.50GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 8 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 4600 14.0" Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
Fujitsu Laptop LifeBook SPFC-E744-001 Intel Core i5 4th Gen 4200M (2.50GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 8 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 4600 14.0" Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

Pros: Nice quality case material, good form factor.

Cons: The keyboard. It was not well attached to and hovered slightly above the case in places. It requires a very high keystroke pressure when typing quickly. Despite very deliberate effort, and using firm pressure, I still can't get it to register keystrokes reliably above approximately 50 WPM. I've never had this issue with a keyboard before. I compared it to three others back to back with drastic difference.

Great notebook

HP Laptop EliteBook 725 G1 (J8U68UT#ABA) AMD A8-Series A8 Pro-7150B (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 180 GB SSD AMD Radeon R5 Series 12.5" Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit with Windows 8.1 Pro License
HP Laptop EliteBook 725 G1 (J8U68UT#ABA) AMD A8-Series A8 Pro-7150B (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 180 GB SSD AMD Radeon R5 Series 12.5" Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit with Windows 8.1 Pro License

Pros: Reasonably quick, SSD speed, 12.5" form factor is great for 1366x768, slim and light, good keyboard (backlight is adjustable hi/low/off). Great access to components "under the hood." Units without 4G data cards still have cables and a slot for a "WWAN" card, so presumably has antennas too. According to HP, this part number J8U68UT is for the G2, not G1 as listed. Cool low profile RJ-45 jack. Touchpad disable button on touchpad. Touchpad is great except for Synaptics driver caveat below. Power, wifi and speakers on/off buttons are easily accessible and there's a minimum of other "stuff" on the case.

Cons: Synaptics driver (both HP bundled and vanilla) doesn't allow the use of PalmCheck without a non-adjustable keystroke deactivation timer. I've used PalmCheck for a long time and have never experienced this. Oily fingers will leave fingerprints everywhere. HP Connection Manager is required for screen brightness hotkeys to work, and the app is slow to respond. No eSATA port. No 3.5mm microphone jack. No optical drive. Up and down arrows are much smaller than left/right. Bezel is a bit tall on the screen, but leaves room for a great touchpad and touchstick buttons. Have to pop off entire back cover to install battery.

Overall Review: This worked out much better for me than the Fujitsu E744 (although it's more directly comparable to the E734), due to the Fujitsu's lousy keyboard. Fingerprint scanner and included endpoint management software (including full disk encryption) are great, if the fingerprint scanner isn't a bit slow.

Reliable and fast

ASUS M5A97 EVO AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS M5A97 EVO AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Mine has been running solid for 10 months with Phenom II X4 740 and Crucial ECC RAM. Not a single issue.. fast, efficient, reliable board.

Cons: None

Worked great for a while

RiDATA Lightning Series 16GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model RDSDHC16G-LIG6
RiDATA Lightning Series 16GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model RDSDHC16G-LIG6

Pros: Class 6, cheap

Cons: Hasn't proven reliable. Corruption was repeatable in a GoPro HD on a warm day.

A really nice mix

Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad Y550p(324158U) Intel Core i3 1st Gen 330M (2.13GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad Y550p(324158U) Intel Core i3 1st Gen 330M (2.13GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Pros: Good keyboard layout, Bluetooth actually works with phone and headset. Dual-layer DVD recorder. Hard drive seems responsive. Fast, runs cool, fan doesn't run all the time, battery life seems decent (still breaking in the battery, but 3+ hours seems like it'd be pretty attainable with sedate use. Excellent, considering my concern with the GPU's wattage rating and other reviews). Plays games very well; Nvidia 240M is one of the better graphics chipsets in this price range, and it sips on power when working in 2D. As deep as a 15" 4:3 laptop, so the extra screen size won't interfere with fitting in an airline seat.

Cons: Touchpad buttons are recessed, which causes thumb to touch the touchpad. Fine tuning of "PalmCheck" sensitivity makes it usable, but not ideal. Screen is 768 pixels tall. A Sony with 1080 lines was pretty tempting, but was $160 more, and had a funky keyboard/touchpad layout, and had an ATI graphics chipset (I find ATI drivers lead to headaches reliably). Comes with too much bloatware. Removed nearly all of the Lenovo software, including the slidebar driver and power management suite (Win7's built-in power management seems to make full use of SpeedStep, etc).

Overall Review: Windows 7 isn't awful.. Surprisingly, it's quite good. One of the reasons I bought this laptop was that Lenovo actually publishes XP drivers.. I won't be using them. No 1394 port I (or Windows) can see, despite a review and listed specifications to the contrary. This machine with a 1080 screen would be perfect.