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Acer Laptop Aspire E 15 E5-575G-52RJ Intel Core i5 6th Gen 6200U (2.30 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 15.6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: good battery life, huge 1 terabyte hard drive, light, big enough to watch movies on. full sized number pad. And, it's actually pretty good at playing games. It's not a top tier gaming laptop, but it can absolutely game. Upgrade-able! (see below)

Cons: Two cons; First, the screen. Not sure what the technical terms are, but basically, it sucks. It is 1080 resolution, but that's the end of anything positive about it. Colors seems a bit washed out. Fonts that are not optimized for clear type are all fuzzy. My 2 year old LG G3 cell phone has a better screen. it's sad.

Second, it's plastic. All of it. And not even good plastic. The touch-pad and keyboard feel cheap. The touch-pad actually moves around when I use it. Not that I use it often. The plastics around the screen are particularly bad. Just opening and closing the lid feels like a strain on the bezel and the screen can actually be seen to deform a little. I'm worried that I might crack the screen just opening the thing.

Other Thoughts: I bought this laptop with the understanding that I would basically be upgrading it out of the box. Other people have reviewed this machine and noted just how slow the hard drive is. I can vouch for that. It may be huge, but it runs at a snails pace. This particular model has lots of space inside (for a laptop) for upgrades.

First: There are 2 memory slots. Of which only one is used. Upgrade to 16 GB of RAM easily with $30 and a screwdriver.
Second: There is a mSATA connector for a SSD right next to the RAM. mSATA length isn't an issue because there are screw holes to hold down the 3 most common sizes. Drop a SSD in, copy over your drive and use that 1TB monster for non critical storage.
Last: There is no CDROM drive. Leaving you with the option to either a) add your own CDROM drive OR b) purchase a CDROM drive to HDD caddy and install another hard drive.
Yes, a 3rd hard drive! Using this method you could easily install a SSD into the mSATA connector. And then install 2 additional drives (HDD or SSD) and have plenty of space.

Also of note is an issue I ran into with the Nvidia card not recognizing when I run a GPU accelerated video game. The fix is easy though. Go to the Nvidia control panel (Not the Geforce experience) select manage 3D settings, and under the programs tab select the program you're having trouble with. Then under the 2nd option tell it what video card to use.

Mine got stuck trying to play Skyrim using the Intel chip.... it was not successful. But once I told it to use the Nvidia card, it ran like a champ!

Great gift idea. I highly recommend.

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Samsung USB 2.0 (3.0 Compatible) 8X Ultra Slim External  DVD Writer Model SE-218GP/RSBN
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Does what it says on the tin 04/30/2016

This review is from: Samsung USB 2.0 (3.0 Compatible) 8X Ultra Slim External DVD Writer Model SE-218GP/RSBN

Pros: Small, lightweight, usb 3.0 compatible, cheap, plug and play with no drivers.

Cons: Umm... It doesn't make coffee.

Other Thoughts: It does exactly what you'd expect.

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Western Digital 2TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: HUGE drive for an awesome price!

Cons: Died 4 months in.... just dead. No clicking. No spin up. Just went kaput!

Other Thoughts: Waiting for goHardDrive to get back with me about an RMA. might update with a better (or worse) review once I speak with customer service.

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Display Name: Joseph G.

Date Joined: 12/01/06

  • Reviews: 33
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  • First Review: 02/01/08
  • Last Review: 11/21/16
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