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Jason B.

Jason B.

Joined on 06/29/03

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Most Favorable Review

Very satisfied

Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad Intel Core i7 1st Gen 740QM (1.73GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Y560(0646-54U)
Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad Intel Core i7 1st Gen 740QM (1.73GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Y560(0646-54U)

Pros: Screen is great. Very fast and very quiet, even when under load. Excellent speakers for a laptop. Great keyboard. Not a lot of bloatware (and what there is was extremely easy to uninstall). Excellent value for the money.

Cons: I really would have liked Windows 7 Professional, but honestly, for what I use it for, Home is more than satisfactory. The touchpad is always up in my grill when I type. I usually have to turn it off for extremely long typing sessions. I thought this thing had Bluetooth, but it doesn't. It's not like I really need it for anything, but it's a bit of a bummer. The power brick is pretty big (but it doesn't get very hot, which is a plus). My biggest complaint is hibernation mode. Once this thing goes into hibernation, you cannot get the screen to do ANYTHING. It comes on, and then turns back off, and stays that way. It was very frustrating. For a while, I was waking it from hibernation, intentionally putting it back to sleep with keyboard shortcuts, and then waking it back up again. Ugh. The automatic screen brightness adjustment in accordance with ambient light is also really annoying -- thankfully, it's easy to disable.

Overall Review: I needed something for school, and am not really much of a laptop person, and spent a long time researching before ultimately settled on this one. I'm very impressed with it, seeing as it's a sub-$1000 laptop. I installed 8 gigs of RAM in it, but honestly, it wasn't really necessary. It's very fast even with the stock 4 gigs. To fix the hibernation issue where the screen would not turn back on, I just disabled hibernation entirely. Now it works perfectly.

Most Critical Review
ORICO PHB-25 Portable 2.5-Inch External Hard Drive Protect Bag Carrying Case - Pink
ORICO PHB-25 Portable 2.5-Inch External Hard Drive Protect Bag Carrying Case - Pink

Pros: Exactly the right size for storing my SSDs. The case is pretty sturdy and protects the drive against impacts very well. The bright color makes the case easy to locate. As far as carrying cases go, there is absolutely nothing wrong with its form or function. The elastic bit to hold the drive in place and the little inside pocket are nice touches.

Cons: When it arrived, the case absolutely reeked of cigarette smoke. I ended up having to put an air freshener in it and leave it in a well-ventilated area for over a week before the smell dissipated enough that the case could be carried around without leaving an odor on everything it came in contact with.

No problems, good buy!

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Laptop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BC1067
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Laptop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BC1067

Pros: Good price, no problems whatsoever!

Cons: None!

Overall Review: This is my first time buying Crucial, but I have absolutely no complaints. I'd recommend it!

Happy so far

CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply & New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply & New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Pros: Extremely well packaged. Has a very 'weapons grade' look to it. Dead silent. Good price. Cables are long so there's no trouble reaching far-away components.

Cons: The cables are messy due to a combination of their non-modular nature and being so long. I really wish this power supply was modular (or alternatively, that I had a case where the PSU fits in the bottom)!

Overall Review: This is my first experience with using a Corsair PSU, but I like it a lot. My only major complaint is that in a smaller system, the cables can be a real handful to manage.

Pleased thus far

ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I know it's stupid, but I think the board looks really slick. I also really like all the odd angles and the color scheme. Good price. No issues with setting it up whatsoever. The BIOS is laid out really well, and easy to navigate.

Cons: I really am not a fan of the ExpressGate software whatsoever. I've tried it both on and off, and I just really could not care less about it. No complaints about any of the other software that came with it though.

Overall Review: Definitely a good bang-for-buck board if you don't need anything really fancy.

Awesome chip

Intel Core i7-860 - Core i7 Lynnfield Quad-Core 2.8 GHz LGA 1156 95W Processor - BX80605I7860
Intel Core i7-860 - Core i7 Lynnfield Quad-Core 2.8 GHz LGA 1156 95W Processor - BX80605I7860

Pros: A great processor in every way with absolutely stellar performance!

Cons: The stock cooler was tiny and noisy. It has since been replaced with something much more effective. C'mon Intel -- if you're going to make me drop such serious cash for this thing, the least you could do is give me a serious cooling unit I'd actually want to use.

Overall Review: Definitely a great buy!