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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good hardware package.Specs met my requirements at a good price. 8 GB RAM in single stick = one open slot (see cons). Room for 2 HDD and one mSATA. I generally like the keyboard (not yet used to the layout, especially of Delete and arrow keys) and the backlighting. Screen is satisfactory - I have not measured color fidelity et c., but no defective pixels and viewing angles are quite usable and it is vastly better than the 4 year-old laptop it replaces.

Cons: Painfully skimpy documentation. Almost everything on this machine is undocumented, and the few pages they do provide are readable but not professionally edited.
The memory is Transcend, but I cannot find any dealer with an 8GB item with this brand, so I don't know how or when I can upgrade. Comparable memory sticks are about $120 each, but I would not mix them.
Difficult touchpad, and it is undocumented, so it may have features I don't know about.
Occasional weirdness with naming files to be saved, where, after typing some characters, the whole string gets highlighted and then the next keystroke replaces and deletes everything highlighted. (This error can be reversed with Ctrl-Z)
In the corner by the heatsink the bottom cover is difficult to remove and to replace -- it is thin in that spot and feels fragile, and the tabs don't release or connect nicely. When I reassemble the bottom plate, I put the screws back and leave the corner misaligned and it settles in after a while.

Other Thoughts: It took incredibly long for manufacturers to ship laptops with Windows 8.1, and I waited so as to avoid upgrade hassles. When this one finally came out, it looked like a relatively good deal.
I am not too sure about comparisons: today fails to show this computer under my search criteria. (This is not unusual for Newegg, unfortunately.)
Gigabyte tech support answers emails in about one day and is fairly responsive on telephone.
I put an Apple logo on the cover and saved $1500.

iolo System Mechanic - Download
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Useless 01/13/2014

This review is from: iolo System Mechanic - Download

Pros: None. I do not know what it is supposed to do; I got bundled with some other software I wanted. But it cannot be made to work.

Cons: It absolutely does not work unless your Internet Explorer is version 9 or older.
First I installed it from my regular user account in Windows and used my admin password to authorize installation. Then it did not work, and it took me several days to get an email response from tech support telling me to remove and re-install it.
Second, after re-installation, it did nothing. Occasionally it displayed a horizontal bar in the lower right corner of the desktop, but no message and no interactivity. When the program was started manually, the program's window showed several error messages, and there was no way to resolve them or to get the program to do anything. Tech support replied after two days telling me to roll Internet Explorer back to version 9. I rejected this advice and posted more questions on my ticket. After a few more days, finally, they tell me that the program cannot work unless Internet Explorer is 9 or older. IE 10 was released in October 2012 and IE 11 in December 2013. Apparently this company is not doing any development for at least 15 months.

Olympus PEN E-PL3 Black 12.3MP Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a very good camera; it has the same specs as the E-PM1 (which I also have), but has a tilt screen and more control buttons, so it is more versatile and much easier to use. Olympus has newer models with higher specs, so this one has been deeply discounted by various vendors for months. I guess that it is no longer manufactured and is a clearance item, while the E-PM1 (whose only relative virtue is slightly smaller size) remains at a higher price. The lens itself has a retail price of about $300. This camera takes great photos and beautiful video, even in rather low light. The Micro 4/3 system is a design shared by Olympus and Panasonic; there are lots of very good lenses and accessories available and essentially all of them are interchangeable throughout both lines. Olympus tech support has been fairly good. Unless you already know that you need higher performance, you will probably find that this camera serves you well.

Cons: Micro 4/3 lenses and accessories are not cheap. (You might think of buying some if you get this camera.) I really miss having a viewfinder; it is an optional module that I have not bought yet. The video is beautiful, but it is choppy if the camera is moving quickly or too much of the background is moving.


Jesse M.'s Profile

Display Name: Jesse M.

Date Joined: 05/07/05

  • Reviews: 28
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  • First Review: 08/11/06
  • Last Review: 04/21/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 2 out of 5 eggs
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