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Pros: + Nice speakers
+ Slick design
+ Small and lightweight
+ Fan vents up into the screen, which is brilliant
Cons: - No part of the computer supports the 1080p screen:
- Everything is either too small to read or blown up by Windows in a way that makes it completely blurry
- Most apps run poorly, even browsers, because they run on the integrated Intel HD Graphics
- Apps that can be run on the dedicated chip run poorly, in part because graphics memory seems to be shared
- Battery dies in roughly one hour of basic use, twenty minutes of gaming, at least until...
- Battery died completely after just more than one year, went from functional to totally broken in a week, and cannot be replaced without entirely disassembling the laptop; rear panel, cooling loop, speakers, motherboard, keyboard, everything. It's insane, even if it didn't cost ~$100 for a new battery.
- Motherboard shorted out after two months of use (was replaced under warranty after about two weeks)
- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi cannot be used simultaneously thanks to a terrible, awful hybrid chip from Intel, with extremely buggy drivers, that will crash and corrupt themselves if you ever try to use virtually any Bluetooth device
- Lenovo bloatware is not just bad, but actually a huge security concern
- Touchpad with integrated "buttons" is a hassle
- Graphics drivers were never updated, ever
- 3-D Lenovo sticker on the back of the screen started peeling off almost instantly
- Lenovo updated the utilities which granted access to features like the fan cleaning cycle and the long term battery storage mode in such a way that they were disabled completely
Other Thoughts: Compared to a Toshiba Satellite I bought something like eight years ago now, this machine was a blistering disappointment. That Toshiba kept kicking until the plastic started to decay from heat and light damage, and the keyboard became literally filled with unremovable grit and dust. If I had bothered to buy a new keyboard, it would've outlasted this stupid thing.
Still, it's not got the most miserable specs in the world, it still does things, just not smoothly or easily. It's a huge hassle, and the general quality of the experience has been so painful partly because it is almost, but not quite, capable. Plus, the fan exhausts directly up, which is really the best possible option. Doesn't burn my legs, arms, or chest like almost any other laptop.
I won't be buying Lenovo again, I don't think.
This review is from: 100% Free Mobile Phone Service w/ Samsung Galaxy S4 (Certified pre-owned)
Pros: -Excellent phone, very popular for good reason.
-The (almost) completely free Freedompop plan is plenty enough for my needs.
Cons: -Phone received with battery in very poor condition. Holds about two hours of charge with Wi-Fi on without any apps running.
-Freedompop does not receive or make calls or texts without a data connection.
Other Thoughts: Considering that the phone is in used condition, I expected some wear and tear; impressively, there was no visible damage whatsoever! The original factory protective stickers were still in place for the most part. Unfortunately, the battery is in just terrible condition; you can actually watch the battery indicator tick down. Nonetheless, well worth the price, considering how inexpensive replacement batteries are for this model. Freedompop seems to be the real deal; their unlimited talk/text plans are cheap, and while their data doesn't seem as cheap, I'm never away from WiFi for long, so it's not an issue.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: +Fast sequential operations, nearly on par with basic SSD speeds
Cons: -Still has spinning disks
-Ticks pretty loud during sequential read/writes, titters and buzzes during random read/writes
Other Thoughts: For a 4TB drive, it's fairly cheap, considering how fast it is. You pay for that in noise: it reminds me, very slightly, of floppy disk behavior. It isn't loud enough to be indicative of a failing drive, but it is noticeable in a quiet room. Less so when the fans all spin up under load, but it's something to consider. Longevity might be an issue later. As it stands, though, I might buy more to replace my 2TB Seagates.READ FULL REVIEW