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Jon H.

Jon H.

Joined on 01/06/05

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Great bang for the buck

HP EliteBook 840 G3 Laptop Intel Core i5 6th Gen 6300U (2.40 GHz) 16 GB Memory 256 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 520 14.0" Windows 10 Pro 64-bit A Grade
HP EliteBook 840 G3 Laptop Intel Core i5 6th Gen 6300U (2.40 GHz) 16 GB Memory 256 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 520 14.0" Windows 10 Pro 64-bit A Grade

Pros: Very respectable hardware, even if not quite the latest and greatest. It features a clean install of Win 10, without all the bloatware typically installed on a retail PC. This improves performance, and saved me the hassle of turning off or uninstalling useless junk. The backlit keyboard is very nice in low light.

Cons: The 14" screen is smaller than I'm used to, but works well enough for what I use it for. The smaller size also means no dedicated number pad on the keyboard.

Overall Review: This is a versatile little machine, a pretty impressive workhorse for the modest price. It's a nice looking machine, and seems a little sturdier than the last two laptops I've owned. If you're a power user looking for a desktop replacement or a gaming machine, it's not for you. But anyone who just wants to websurf, run basic office apps or play casual games will probably find it plenty good enough.

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Comments: Overall, a good case. Second-easiest motherboard install I've ever done. (Easiest featured a removable MB tray.) Since this case is designed to hold an E-ATX server-type board, there's plenty of space to work with a standard-size ATX board. (Compatibility with future BTX standard is a nice plus.) It also features more room for HD's, optical drives, etc. than most people will ever need. Styling is very attractive, overall. I could have done without the silly flaps on the front, but they don't really cause any problems. The blue LED's on the fans make for a very nice effect, especially since I added a Saitek Eclipse keyboard. (Black with blue back-lighting.) My biggest complaint is the tool-free mounting features. They simply don't work very well. I ended up using screws to mount all of my drives, since the tool-free clamps let them rattle around a lot more than I liked. (Good news is, Thermaltake included plenty of screws and other hardware.) The expansion card retainer is just plain evil. It doesn't hold the cards very securely, and it does get in the way of mounting them in the first place. On the upside, loosen four screws and it pops out easily, letting you mount expansion cards more conventionally. My other complaint here is that the covers for the expansion slots are very difficult to remove. The latches for the left side panel are another nice touch. They hold the panel securely, but make removal quick and easy. Since this case will probably be bought mostly by hobbyists who spend a lot of time tinkering with their systems, this is a very useful feature.