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MSI 17.3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: ****

Cons: ****

Other Thoughts: As I said in another review, this thing sometimes just freeze and refuses to boot, saying there's no booting device. Being too lazy to file an RMA, I did some search and find out that windows power configuration (I'm using win7) has one option: turn off hard drive after xxxxxx. the default is 20mins. I am almost sure that this is the reason why when I wake it from sleep, it will freeze, and doesn't even recognize it's OWN hdd while the system reboots. Change that setting to never turn HDD off, and there should be no problem. Maybe this is not a Win 7 compatible hard drive.

Yeah, I still hate where the warranty sticker is. I want dual channel mem......One egg off

MSI 17.3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great performance/price ratio. At this price this might be the best rig you can get.. 8G DDR3 1600 mem taking only one slot provides the option to upgrade to 16G dual channel, unlike some model out there having 12G (8+4) installed (why??) Compared to GT70 which is the intel version, this has a VGA port which you will need if you are going to connect this to a projector and give a talk or presentation (GT70 doesn't have it). Also a BD drive could be useful. Good audio quality for a notebook.

Cons: Win 8 problem has been discussed in other comments. While you could install Win 7 on it, the screen brightness won't change after drivers are installed. Copy everything in other thoughts and past into txt, rename it as a .bat file (eg, brightness.bat). Run this file as administrator. Acknowledgement goes to filippo333 from UK on MSI forum.

Another BIG con is that the warranty sticker. There is no way you can upgrade HDD or mem without breaking it. My laptop had a bluescreen last week and refused to boot. After booting from CD there is NO hdd found. Hours later it can boot but do you expect me to trust that HDD? But I can not change it though I am aware that it might be faulty because that would void the warranty. I think at lease the hard drive should be easily accessible, preferably also are the mem slots. Most users would want to upgrade this single channel mem, and in my case, it is just a problematic hdd but I can not replace it, and I can not even send it back, since it still works now. This great limitation on upgrading cost one egg, and the faulty hard drive cost another. Is the manufacture around? How do I cope with this dilemma?

Also too heavy compare to GT70. But that wouldn't cost an egg, since weight is already listed here, buyers should know that.

HOT. AMD, you know.

Other Thoughts: @echo off
color C
echo This will enable brightness control for AMD A4/A6/A8/A10 series chipsets
echo -----------------------------------------------------------------------
echo -----------------------------------------------------------------------
echo [v1.01 - Fix implemented for onboard display adapter]
REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Class\{4D36E968-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0000" /v "KMD_EnableBrightnessInterface1" /t REG_DWORD /d 1
REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Class\{4D36E968-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0000" /v "KMD_EnableBrightnessInterface2" /t REG_DWORD /d 1
REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Class\{4D36E968-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0001" /v "KMD_EnableBrightnessInterface1" /t REG_DWORD /d 1
REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Class\{4D36E968-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0001" /v "KMD_EnableBrightnessInterface2" /t REG_DWORD /d 1
echo A reboot is necessary, press any key to reboot your system.
shutdown -r -t 0

Targus Black 17
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Big, solid and with a reasonable price. Well build, comfortable to carry, many pockets.

Cons: Not quite good looking? I like it though, some of my friends thinks otherwise. Maybe offering more colors (black/red, all grey etc) would be a good idea. And not checkpoint friendly, I mean the 180 degree flipping open function. But seriously, how many times do average geeks like I am travel a year?

Other Thoughts: Good bag, it will last.


Boshen G.'s Profile

Display Name: Boshen G.

Date Joined: 06/16/10

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 06/30/11
  • Last Review: 12/10/13
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