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ASUS Zenbook UX303LB-DS74T Ultrabook Intel Core i7 5th Gen 5500U (2.40 GHz) 512 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce 940M 2 GB 13.3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: * Light weight
* Fast SSD (4-5 second cold boot times)
* Aesthetically beautiful
* Feels Solid
* Fast CPU
* Decent GPU that can actually play games on med-high settings at 1600X900 at 50-60FPS (I tried SC2, GW2, and Diablo 3)
* Scaling issues in Windows are mostly fixed with Windows 10
* Fan is pretty silent (still quiet under load)
* GPU didn't go above 86C maxed out with a overclock of +100 core, +135 memory during a Valley Benchmark run.
* Screen resolution and brightness are both pretty good
* Enough I/O to satisfy most users
* 4-5 hours of battery life with half brightness doing web/office work. Expect 2-3 with moderate-high brightness.
* More than enough RAM
* Keyboard is satisfying to type on and the back lighting looks great
* ASUS quality as always
* Touchscreen is surprisingly useful when I'm not using a mouse.
* Lid is like a silver color with a purple hue. Not sure why this is listed as smokey brown. The concentric circles look as great as they do on other Zenbooks.

Cons: The yellows - you will notice that they are off. However, it is not enough to bother me as the rest of the screen's color reproduction and sharpness are great. Definitely stay away from this model if you do serious photo work unless you are planning to hook this up to an external monitor for when you edit. Also there is the issue of the screen hinge. It felt sturdy and fine to me right now, but time will tell if it holds up. Sound from speaks is OK, it's definitely serviceable imo, but don't expect to be wowed. Touch pad is also OK, but I typically use a mouse so it isn't much of an issue.

Other Thoughts: I've had this laptop for a few weeks and it definitely continues to impress me. Taking it into the office attracts attention and it just feels great to type on during meetings. Every time i hold it, i get a sense of premium quality that makes me happy with the purchase. If you want something professional, portable (especially for work on the go in the office) and need something with enough grunt for some casual gaming, this is pretty much it.

SeaSonic SS-1050XP3 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: > Very high quality PSU, cables, and packaging
> Runs silent (fanless) most of the time on Hybrid mode.
> No coil whine
> The specs are insane for what I paid ($134.99)
> 80 Plus Platinum is pretty much the best you can get in terms of energy savings
> Modular
> Cables were plenty long enough for my system (in a Fractal R4)
> 7 Years of piece of mind that I never have to get another PSU
> Powerful PSU from a top tier brand

Cons: Absolutely nothing other than the MSRP of this PSU is insane. I'm glad I got it on sale or else i'm not sure it would be worth what SeaSonic is asking for it. The PSU itself is solid and I have no reservations on the unit itself.

Other Thoughts: Upgraded from a Rosewill Xtreme 850 that had some coil whine. To put it bluntly, I am so relieved to not hear that irritating sound anymore while gaming.

Although my old Rosewill delivered pretty solid performance, I am planning to add another R9 290X to my build and having a more powerful and energy efficient PSU would be a boon to my system. 5/5, I highly recommend this SeaSonic if you can get it under $150, any higher than that and I would be less inclined to do so.

WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD10EZEX
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: *Quiet
*Fast enough to be used as a games/media drive
*Great value for the performance (I paid around $60)
*Initialized fine after configured through disk manager
*Runs at a cool 24C in my Antec 300 case

Cons: *A longer warranty would be nice, but I have owned many WD blue and black series drives in the past and all still function well after many years of service with no failures, so I hopefully won't succumb to this device failing in the foreseeable future.

Other Thoughts: Great, solid HDD from a very reliable product line and very good value for what you're paying for it. I went with this over the (usually) cheaper Seagate drive and have no regrets.


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Display Name: Dan L.

Date Joined: 11/18/03

  • Reviews: 30
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  • First Review: 11/24/03
  • Last Review: 08/22/15
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