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HP ENVY 14 14-3010NR Ultrabook Intel Core i5 2nd Gen 2467M (1.60 GHz) 128 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 3000 Shared memory 14
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: SSD is very fast, screen is nice and bright with a high res for a 14", fast cpu, good battery life (I get about 6-7 hours doing basic stuff, 5-5.5 doing programming work or watching videos) Pretty light weight. Little things like the power adapter breaking down into the brick and 2 cables makes it really convenient for travel. Nice choice of ports, hdmi, mini display port, usb, ethernet, nothing more nothing less.

Cons: Power cable where it connects to the dc jack is way too long, it's like 2 inches long, should really only be an inch or so. Mouse pad tends to hold onto grease and gets 'sticky' after a while. Not a fan of beats audio, I've found that it likes to auto adjust volume (through headphones) which throws off the music.

Other Thoughts: Great laptop for what it is, nice 14" screen with a higher res than most 15" laptops, the ssd is really snappy (was expecting a lower quality ssd) processor is also very nice for a mobile one. Also the battery life is quite good compared to other laptops with similar specs. Beats audio and some smaller points of personal annoyance with their 'higher end' series keeps me from giving 5 stars, but if you can pick it up on sale, it's worth every penny.

Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Case is solidly built, tons of space, best wire management I've had in any case (raidmax scorpio, apevia discovery, nzxt tempest) also the the best thought out. It's super easy to install stuff in, most things just pop out like you'd think (easy to over think though). Stock fans are quiet enough and seem to move air well, nothing overly exciting, but they're nice. Hot swappable drives are a huge plus, a cool feature if you plan on using it, other wise the cover panel is tastefully done and doesn't distract at all. front I/O panel is nicely done, I hate when panels pop out of the top and look wierd, this is just a very simple door cover looks good closed up, looks good open, doesn't block drives below. Toolless panels are a godsend, press a button to pop them out, super easy if you forgot to do something while you were in there. Also comes with lots of goodies like cable extenders, sata cables, zip ties, rubber fan surround. Great case for the money.

Cons: As far as the case build quality I have no problems with it, the instructions that come with it suck. I was trying to unscrew the front panel when I looked online and it just pops out, the motherboard tray looks like it should slide out, but it's rivetted in on the back side, not a bad thing, I don't really care, but seems like a waste to get it all nicely configured to slide out and then rivet it in there. The rest of my cons are dealing with nit-picky things that aren't related to the physical case, but more the idea that you're spending $300 on a chunk of steel. They include some great things, but it seems to me like they skimped. They threw in a 4/8 pin extender, but not a 24 pin one (my atx cable barely fit), the sata cables aren't locking, the zip ties are few and way too small for anything concerning large or clumps of cables, they only include 1 rubber fan surround as well as only including 3 fans in the case.

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend this case, it has every quality I want in the 'last case I'll ever buy' category. I feel like for $300 they could have squeezed out a few more amenities. It's a 'luxury' case and I would liken it to staying in the ritz carlton and they give you hand towels, and shampoo, but no regular sized towels or body soap. The case does the basic requirement of housing your components in a phenomenal way, but if they're going to include some assortment of accessories, they should give you everything you'd possibly want rather then just a taster.

But since it is a massive case that's extrodinarily engineered and made of straight steel, it does what I want so I can't give it less then 5 stars.

Western Digital Scorpio Black WD5000BEKT 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 7,200 RPM, 500gb, 5 year warranty. Nice and speedy upgrade from my old MBP hard drive. $75 for 500GB or storage and 16mb cache, can't really go wrong.

Cons: None for the price.

Other Thoughts: Good drive, I went with this one over some of the cheaper ones (only $10 at most) because of the 5 year warranty. Otherwise if you're looking for a 500gb 7200rpm 2.5" drive this one doesn't jump out as being light years faster than any others, but you can't go wrong with this drive


peter c.'s Profile

Display Name: peter c.

Date Joined: 03/05/06

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 05/16/07
  • Last Review: 12/30/12
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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