Joined on 06/10/21
Good computer, but there a few things you need to know before you buy.
Overall Review: You should know: - The speakers are laughably quiet. Get some speakers... - The computer itself gets decently warm and loud doing some complicated tasks. Predictable, sure, but it's a bit too much for my comfort. Get a laptop cooler for home use... - Why does a computer released in 2020 have an ancient USB 2.0 port? Beats me, just know that it's there and it's kinda useless for your modern accessories... -There are a few pre-downloaded softwares, namely Norton Antivirus and ExpressVPN. I'd prefer to shop for these services myself, Microsoft, thank you... - The RAM and SSD is upgradeable, but initially, it isn't very easy. The plastic cover under the system is VERY difficult to remove without the proper tools. I tried doing this, and succeeded, but not without a few scratches from a myriad of instruments. Took me about half an hour to negotiate... - If you are prospecting a 12gb RAM version, know that it comes from the combination of a 8gb DDR4 and an on-board 4gb. This would have been okay if Newegg's specs description mentioned this, but it does not. I purchased an extra 8gb DDR4 hoping to upgrade to 20gb, only to discover that the 8gb DDR4 already occupies the ONLY RAM port. Get a 16gb DDR4 to replace the 8gb to upgrade... Otherwise, this is a fine computer. I've been able to work with Adobe Illustrator effectively, then switch over to Steam and play a game or two (although you'll need something beefier if you're using Premiere Pro or Lightroom, among some others) The build is nice for the cost, and it performs circles around the ten-year-old iMac it's replacing. I'm satisfied with my purchase, no remorse to speak of. Just be prepared to buy a few more things to optimize it. Cheers.