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Acer C720-2844 (NX.SHEAA.004) Chromebook Intel Celeron 2955U (1.40 GHz) 4 GB Memory 16 GB SSD 11.6
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Snappy 64 Bit Intel dual core CPU allows this laptop to run any software you would want (even Windows, although not recommended). It's miles better than any Chromebooks with ARM SoC.
- It uses an SSD, meaning very fast boot and app launching times. (MUCH faster than typical Hard Drives). My Manjaro install boots up in about 7-8 seconds.
- The 4GB is plenty and allows for great multitasking.
- Excellent Battery Life. it charges very quickly too. (~2 hours)
- It's very quiet, even though it has active cooling.
- The display, although only 1368x768 in resolution, looks great in the 11.6' screen. I find colors to be fairly accurate and good looking. It's Matte too, so you won't have any glare.
- Usable Keyboard and track-pad, not amazing but I use them well.
- Chrome OS, although not meant for everything, can still power 90% of what you daily do with your computer. It's lightweight and very simple to use. It's perfect for elderly people, or anyone who has no knowledge in computers.
- It has an option for Coreboot with SeaBIOS, so you can boot Legacy storage through it. A MUST for anyone wanting to run Linux. I was able to boot a Manjaro live USB and install it.
- Price is unbeatable for these specs

Cons: - It has only 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 ports, which can be lacking if you use them up (I use the 3.0 port for additional storage and the 2.0 for a mouse occasionally).
- The screen isn't very bright, viewing in direct sunlight can be hard without cranking brightness to max. The viewing angles are pretty bad too.
- The whole Chromebook is made of plastic, giving it a cheap feeling. The touch-pad took getting used to and is a pain to get working in Linux.
- The webcam, although capable of HD video, shoots it in only 10 FPS which is disappointing. You can sacrifice resolution for FPS if you want to (in Linux at least). The quality is good enough for Google Hangouts/Skype.
- Only 16GB of internal storage means no real space for alot of video or music. You can upgrade to a bigger SSD (up to 256GB!) but you need to first buy one, and then open up the Chromebook to replace it with the old one. I personally use a 64GB USB 3.0 Flash disk for that.

Other Thoughts: I followed some guides on the internet for installing Linux distros on this Chroembook. The easy way is to use Crouton or Chrubuntu, while the slightly more technical way is to use the SeaBIOS (Although for both you need to turn your Chromebook into developer mode). I used the SeaBIOS method to install Manjaro 0.8.10 64bit (Note: I couldn't boot the 64bit 0.8.11 installer for some reason, 0.8.10 works though). Then, I updated the system, the kernel to 3.17.4 and added the standby and touch-pad fixes. Works like a charm now! Now I got the power of Linux to do anything, with the great hardware of the C720. Definitely recommend trying Manjaro out on your Chromebook.

GELID Solutions FN-PX12-15 120mm Case cooler
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Pretty Good! 01/14/2014

This review is from: GELID Solutions FN-PX12-15 120mm Case cooler

Pros: - The fans are well made. Sturdy and spin with ease. Covered wire so no fear of scratching it.
- They are really quiet at low RPMs. Even at max they are more quiet than most fans.
- Deliver great amount of airflow.
- The PWN function is nice, they work silently when idling and spin faster when your CPU gets hot.
- Cheaper than other 120 mm fans that offer these functions.

Cons: - The rubber mounting is really confusing to install. I honestly didn't like it all. Had to use some spare screws to keep it in.
-No quick guide on how to install it or even use those rubber things... What a shame, I actually thought they can be nice.

Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these to try and connect them together - too bad I forgot I have only 1 FAN plug on my MB. I have no idea how to daisy chain them, so had to leave one unused (4 fans is plenty enough, although the other 3 suck)

GELID Solutions GC-VGA02-02 Ball VGA Cooler
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Runs Great! 01/10/2014

This review is from: GELID Solutions GC-VGA02-02 Ball VGA Cooler

Pros: - Great cooling, Reduced the temps of my R9 290 from 83C average to 53C average on Battlefield 4 @ 1080p Ultra.(30C difference!!!). My card now idles at around 33C.
- Quiet, much more quiet than any stock cooler, even at 100% fan speed!. My PC is now a peaceful paradise once more.
- Much cheaper than alternatives like Arctic Xtreme 3, and performs just slightly worse. Can't get anything better for the buck.
- Looks cool.
- Packaging was very compact and had everything you ever need - thermal liquid, lots of ram heat sinks - enough for any card, a lot of screws and a nice fan adapter. The only thing that was lacking is thermal stickers for the RAM heat sinks - very crucial in cases when you need to use all of it ( Like with the R9 290 and it's 16 RAM chips). Try not to waste them (Or just buy thermal glue).

Cons: - The installation is long and exhausting. Putting on the RAM heat-sinks was annoying, but not as much as most people make it to be. Make sure you have spare two hours. Don't rush, follow instructions word by word and use common logic, or else you WILL screw things up (Both meanings).
- No PWN fan control - 100% fan speed. It's quiet but still audible.
- It's quite big, and takes 3 slots so keep it in mind if your'e going to Crossfire or SLI.

Other Thoughts: Something important to note - if you have a R9 290/290x like me, there will be a "lonely" RAM chip that won't be fully covered since the plate that connects the board with the cooler gets in the way. Take care of it only after you've installed the cooling body. I put a heat sink over half of it - hope that's enough.
The instructions are OK. I honestly didn't use them at all - only once to see which screws I was suppose to use. Worked out wonderfully from first try. I highly suggest you watch videos before installing, since they visualize the process better.


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Display Name: Yaroslav F.

Date Joined: 09/28/13

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  • First Review: 10/19/13
  • Last Review: 12/17/14
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