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Jason S.

Jason S.

Joined on 08/22/02

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Acer Laptop Aspire E5-571-53S1 Intel Core i5 5th Gen 5200U (2.20GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 5500 15.6" Windows 8.1
Acer Laptop Aspire E5-571-53S1 Intel Core i5 5th Gen 5200U (2.20GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 5500 15.6" Windows 8.1

Pros: Excellent laptop for the money. The i5 boogies (outruns my older i7), the screen is bright and clear (though low res), wifi is snappy, and it's relatively portable (lightweight and lasts on battery). The slow hard drive is a crippler. Watching the different stats in Task Manager, you'll notice the hard drive is the hang up for most activities. I added a matched pair of 2x4GB GSkill sticks (didn't want t risk buying a single 4GB stick that didn't match specs of the stocker) and a 256GB SSD. The other reviewers are spot on - upgrading this little fellow takes care and patience. I found a YouTube video of a guy from Germany who performed similar upgrades, and I just followed along. It wasn't this same model, but the guts were in the same spots under the keyboard. Unless you're tech savvy and fearless when it comes to this stuff, I would leave it alone or buy one that's easier to crack open. The laptop comes full of Acer bloatware that I removed one-by-one until only the core apps were left. After Windows updates and miscellaneous tweaking was done, I could tell a difference in response times even with the OEM HDD. With the RAM and SSD installed, this thing flies. We'll see if this passes the test of time. My first Acer laptop. So far so good.

Cons: Details added in PROS. Low res screen isn't ideal for everyone, pre-loaded software was resource hoggy, and the 5400RPM hard drive was a crutch. Again, this laptop was not designed to be upgrade friendly.

D-Link DP-300U Multi-Port Print Server RJ45 Two IEEE 1284 Parallel Ports USB 2.0 Port
D-Link DP-300U Multi-Port Print Server RJ45 Two IEEE 1284 Parallel Ports USB 2.0 Port

Comments: Just received and installed this little feller on 5 PCs in about 15 minutes. The instructions that came in the package (which are very clear) include setting up the print server on an XP box only, but you can download instructions for other versions of Windows off D-Link's website. Printing speeds have improved tremendously over file and print sharing of my multifunction printer through a Windows XP Pro box. Before, it took about 30 seconds to a minute to get the printer properties to pop up on a PC that was not directly connected to the printer; with the print server, it's almost instant. The only quarrels I have after installation are the following: 1) I lost the printer status program in the system tray (but this was expected), 2) I lost the ability to tell the printer to reverse order and collate printed pages, and 3) the web-based interface doesn't show an option to upgrade the firmware <font>-</font>- maybe I missed it?! The link will send you to D-Link's support page to download firmware or quick installation guides. No need to venerate NewEgg any more than other customers. Great job guys.