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Acer Laptop Aspire E5-573G-56RG Intel Core i5 5200U (2.20 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 940M 4 GB 15.6
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Sub-par budget laptop suffering increasingly severe problems after 16 months 01/14/2017

This review is from: Acer Laptop Aspire E5-573G-56RG Intel Core i5 5200U (2.20 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 940M 4 GB 15.6" Windows 10 Home

Pros: cheap shell shocker price
dedicated GPU
Snappy and responsive most of the time despite 5400rpm hard drive. But does buckle under certain loads.

Cons: cheap material quality (look and feel of disposable plastic for body/cover)
cheap build quality (loose mouse pad rattles at every key strike, small piece of plastic fell out of laptop's interior upon unboxing)
Battery completely encased inside laptop and not replaceable.
Product was not designed to be user-serviceable at all.
Lasting a lot shorter than I expected.

Other Thoughts: Acer has a mediocre brand reputation for their laptops. At this point, my experience fully attest to THIS particular product at least as deserving of that assessment.
As originally purchased, I was deeply disappointed to learn that the shipped BIOS isn't compatible with Linux, ruining my plans for a dual boot machine. It was several months before a discretely released BIOS update resolved that problem.

In all the time I've owned it, this machine has never been particularly enjoyable to use. The keyboard doesn't feel as comfortable as my last entry level AMD Compaq/HP Presario. And the aforementioned loose mouse pad is annoying as hell.

At the moment, I'm trying to chase down the cause of an error message declaring a "Power Surge on the USB Port" when I have nothing plugged in. As this is my first Win 10 machine, I'm reluctant to be too critical as I'm not sure which problems I'm experiencing are genuinely hardware related and which are Windows' fault. I do recall some talk a while ago of Windows 10 having serious (battery draining) mobile power management issues.

But a more serious issue I am certain IS hardware related has me concerned. After a few weeks of non-use, I am discovering that it now hangs on boot and require multiple hard resets. As I am no longer under warranty, I am a bit upset at considering a new laptop purchase so soon. Rest assured it won't be another Acer.

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ASUS VX238H-W White 23
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It was purchased at a discounted price
integrated speaker

Cons: deceptive/confusing advertised specifications
shipped without the right cables
inadequate customer care/support
resolution is bad enough at 1920x1080 that images/text on screen has noticeable aliasing effects
bad rebate

Other Thoughts: The product specs alternately say DVI is and isn't a feature. It doesn't actually have DVI connection in the back but comes packed with a DVI-HDMI cable. I asked if they would replace it with a HDMI-HDMI cable I could actually use on my HDMI system. They refused, saying I should contact newegg instead.

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GIGABYTE GB-BXBT-1900 (rev. 1.0) 1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: price, size, reputation(?)

Cons: -trying to get it working but troubleshooting is difficult.
-dodgy documentation
-no user friendly diagnostic of any kind.

Other Thoughts: I bought this item primarily on the basis of support for 204Pin SO-DIMM, of which I already have 2 sticks. First boot and no response. Blank screen, no diagnostic beeps, no LED code... No instructions beyond a minimalist quick start guide. I suspect the memory I'm using is incompatible. Some documentation says that DDR3L hosts operates at dual voltage while others say that DDR3 and DDR3L are NOT compatible. Additionally, I've always assumed that when different memory speeds are involved, the hardware will always default to operating at the slower speed. But maybe that is no longer true either. I may have shot myself in the foot trying to save some money by recycling some RAM. Hopefully, other than some time wasted, this review will be revisited with happier news.

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Display Name: Renhao Z.

Date Joined: 06/26/06

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  • First Review: 08/07/11
  • Last Review: 01/14/17
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