Joined on 02/25/08
Clearly 5 stars
Pros: Firstly, the difference in technical expertise dictates how you review a technical product. I knew what this was before I bought it, I understood it, and, much like you, I read the reviews before I bought it. I am here to say that this laptop is as advertised and, in fact, better than the negative reviews. Some reviews are written by people who downloaded the wrong drivers (why? the ones installed work fine.). Other reviews are written by people who tried improving their laptop by using device manager and disabling hardware that is crucial to the function only to write a review in a fit of rage and confusion (ridiculous, right?). The fact is, this machine is solid. It runs the games I play on high settings without a problem. I play modern games like League of Legends, Diablo 3, Planetside 2 Beta, and Battlefield 3. The keyboard and speakers are great, better than expected. The case feels sturdy and solid, not cheap like some. Definitely "looks expensive" when you feel and see
Cons: I was expecting bloatware, there was none. What are these people talking about? The machine ships with the following software: -Google Chrome (I use this anyways) -McAfee (I removed it, but probably 90% of users need this, so I don't consider it bloatware) -Lenovo specific driver software -Microsoft Office trial version (again, I removed it, but probably 90% of users need this, so I don't consider it bloatware) This "cons" section is really an extended pros section. There are no cons. This laptop doesn't have the sort of bloatware you get with a dell or an HP -- you know, where you start your PC and have the CPU at 80% load with all the little programs and toolbars and extra interface addons they've installed and set to auto-start. Really, buying an HP or a Dell requires a 2 hour software-removal process. This one just required I swap mcafee for avast and Microsoft Office for OpenOffice. Neither of which is bloatware, and is entirely just user preference in my case.
Overall Review: If it is still listed at a cheap price, this laptop is an absolute steal. You will not find anything better in this price range anywhere on the internet. This is a 700$ laptop priced at 499. It should be sold out.
Well, this things a scam.
Cons: I opened it and read the instructions, the instructions say this thing requires a full 24 hours of charge before using it. It also claims that when charging there will be an LED saying charging. I can't even tell if there are electronics inside the device or if it is just a replica because this thing has no electronic activity when I plug it in and charge it. I left it "charging" for two days and still nothing. This has been my experience with any product on newegg thats not sold by newegg (notice this is a "partner" ?). Last time I bought a product on here that wasn't directly sold by newegg it was a fake knockoff, this seems no better in quality because it simply does not work. Waste of 80$. So mad.
Overall Review: Pretty mad. Probably going to stop buying from any newegg partner site from now on. Thats 2 for 2 where I get fake or broken merchandise on here.
Red flag! AOC support is VERY toxic
Pros: I have bought several AOC 144hz monitors online this year. I was very satisfied until now. I run an office with several of these monitors set up. They all use the USB hub functionality. We love the hub because we have USB headsets, mice, keyboards, and are constantly using thumb drives. Its super convenient and slick to have four USB ports right on your monitor.
Cons: Cautionary tale, their company is toxic toward customers. Be very careful... One of the monitors shipped without the required USB cable. Having had pleasant experiences with various companies in the past that are quick to remedy situations like this, especially for repeat customers who, when satisfied, will buy and recommend their products for years to come, I figured I would just contact their support team within a day or two of receiving the monitor. What happened next blew my mind! In my very first email, I included a PDF of the invoices from newegg and explained the monitor shipped without a USB cable and asked if they could just send me a replacement. Their response was, "Hey, we're glad you like our monitors :D" ... I respond and ask, "Did you read the email? The product arrived without a cable." They replied, "Oh, we don't ship these monitors with cables. Thats not the policy. Look, it says here it ships with a CD and a user manual. All is well!" ... The idiot outright lied to me, a repeat customer, who only bought this monitor so that it matches the other 5 in my office which are all the same make and model. Word to the wise, avoid AOC like the plague. This is a huge red flag... If they are treating repeat customers this badly over something that would have cost them less than a dollar to remedy, oh man. I can't even imagine how much email tag they'd play with you if the products you receive have bigger issues.
Overall Review: I guess this just earned them several 0 star reviews on the various websites from which I've bought these things. Each review is going to be marked, "Verified owner". I'd post the emails if I could. You guys would be shocked if you saw how their customer support talked to customers. I can't believe they'd just straight up lie. Blows my mind.
Skip the HP / Cannon
Pros: Does everything, wirelessly, effortlessly, without scamming you on ink barcodes like HP does. Drivers also worked flawlessly on windows 8 after simply downloading them online (didn't bother with the CD).
Overall Review: After being scammed and conned by HP and Cannon for years and years, I bought this in a package deal that contained a toner cartridge in addition to the starter cartridge. Altogether, I received the printer, a starter toner cartridge, and a second toner cartridge for the price of 170$. This seems like a lot of money when you compare it to Cannon and HP printers selling for 50$. Factor in, the cannon and HP printers use ink that costs 30 to 70 dollars a cartridge and their ink comes with computerized expiration dates (that is, you the machine reads a barcode on the ink, and then artificially gives you time to use the ink before it forces you to replace it, despite the ink still being available. Read: Scam). They hook you in with low printer prices and scam you with high ink prices and a beautiful machine that refuses to work.
Good for budget gaming laptop
Pros: CPU: 4th Generation Core i5 Uses almost no power, thus won't get hot Although clocked at 1.6 GHZ, it is comparable to the older generation of 2.6ghz Core i5's (I did the research so you don't have to) It will run games well. I look to be playing Planetside 2 and League of Legends on this machine. PS2 runs exceptional on any intel Core i5. GPU: Latest generation AMD R7 Comparable to an AMD HD Radeon 8750M, but better. A dedicated 2GB current generation GPU that will rock on almost any game thrown at it. Price: Under 600$. Dedicated, current generation GPU. Current generation Core i5 that is ultra-low-watt and doesn't create much heat. Incredible speakers. This machine simply defies the general rule that you cannot find a gaming laptop with a dedicated GPU under 600$. If you're looking for that specific deal on new egg where you can game comfortably HD, Ram:
Cons: For the price you cannot claim there exists a con. I'll say that the HD is only 500 GB which means I'll be swapping it out immediately and replacing it with a 1 TB drive.
Overall Review: Recommended for gamers on a budget. Will play Planetside 2, Diablo 3, Hearthstone, League of Legends all fine.