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ASUS Laptop X550ZA-WB11 AMD A10-Series A10-7400P (2.50 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD AMD Radeon R6 Series 15.6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Got this as an entry level laptop, something cheap, yet powerful enough to play a few games while I'm away from home. This was perfect. while some may complain, I for one prefer matte screens over glossy and I'm quite happy with the 1366x768 resolution screen (you can force 1920x1080 though Catalyst Control Center but since the screen isn't meant for that so it's a bit blurry for fine text)

The processor is more than powerful enough for most tasks, with 4 cores, and integrated R6 and 8GB of RAM, most things aren't a problem for it, although the laptop will get a little warm even with mild use.

Instantly upgraded to Windows 10 and haven't had an issue.

Cons: If you're used to using a much higher resolution monitor (2560x1440 for myself) this laptops screen is a bit tricky to get used to, there just isn't a whole lot of desktop real estate, however most webpages show up just fine, so that's never been an issue for me.

The biggest con I have however is how difficult it is to trade out that hard drive. The whole laptop has to be taken apart to get at the slow 5400RPM drive if you want to upgrade to, say a SSD, which is perfect for this computer as this isn't something I'd rely on to store everything with, but if you'd want faster boot times from shutdown and a lower power device, a SSD is perfect.

Other Thoughts: Wish it shipped with Win10 pre-installed and without all the bloatware but i get that this is an older model, just grab the free upgrade while it's available.

I also wouldn't pick up up unless you can find it for $450 or less as I did. You can get something much better for $500 and above.

Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Let me just start with this case is extremely massive, I knew it was going to be big but I was still suprized. The case is very easy to work in and is very sturdy, you certainly get what you pay for. You can also fit an EATX board in it without a problem.

Cons: Well it is extremely heavy. Some people may have problems with power cables being long enough and I ran into a problem with the cover for the front USB ports not opening fully because the space between my blu-ray drive and it was too close, though I just ended up moving the drive to the slot below it. It's also too long to fit on top of any desk that I own.

Other Thoughts: I absolutly love this case, I feel like all my parts are safe in it, it looks good, and I can use it as a small table since it's so tall but if you don't want or have room for a huge case, I can't suggest it and when it comes time for me to replace the case, I'll probably end up getting something smaller like the Carbide 400R or the Vengeance C70 since, from all the cases I've built with, I personally do like Corsair's cases the best.


Kyle H.'s Profile

Display Name: Kyle H.

Date Joined: 09/26/10

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 10/08/13
  • Last Review: 10/19/15
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