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ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B Notebook Intel Baytrail-M Dual-Core N2830 (2.16GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 15.6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: You do get a lot for the money, but there are better choices - several other brands offer $250 laptops with the same specs. Another brand that also starts with A has one that is thinner

and the plastic spacer where the optical drive goes can be easily removed with 1 screw on the bottom on the unit.

One advantage of this one is that it has the numeric keypad on the keyboard, and some of the $250 models from other brands do not.

Cons: Does not come with an optical drive - looks like they're making that pretty clear now, but when I bought one the specs listed one and there were pictures of an optical drive with a disc.

This has since been changed, but that was the whole reason I bought one of these - the competing ones made it clear they did NOT come with an optical drive, and when I ordered it this one said that it did.

There is just a plastic space where the optical drive would be - but to remove this spacer and install a DVD-RW drive, or a caddy to hold a hard drive or SSD (there is a SATA port under there) you have to take the whole laptop apart. The screw to remove it is internal. Very annoying and a bad design.

The battery is also internal and you have to take the whole thing apart to get to that too.

It comes with Windows 8.1 but no sticker with a key, so if you need to re-install the OS, be sure to use a software tool to find your Windows key number first.

Screen is fairly low resolution - the standard inexpensive notebook screen. No surprise at this price though, it's reasonable.

Other Thoughts: I'd like the optical drive that was listed when I placed my order, or a credit.

It's not a bad laptop, particularly for the price, but there are better designs for the same money.

Acer Laptop Aspire ES1-511-C59V Intel Celeron N2830 (2.16 GHz) 4 GB Memory 500 GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 15.6
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very good for the price. 4GB of RAM, plenty for day-to-day tasks - everything but high-end gaming or video editing really. Well built, slim. Good trackpad.

Cons: No removable battery - not unless you disasemble the whole thing anyway. Lots of manufacturers do this now and it's very annoying. This should NOT be a disposable item, the battery

should be easy to replace.

Screen is fairly low resolution - the standard inexpensive notebook screen.

RAM is not expandable.

Other Thoughts: Hey ACER - if it's possible to offer this for $250, could you offer the same thing for $350 but add:

A 1920x1080 (or higher) screen. Anywhere from 13 to 15.6 inches.

An M-SATA port to add a mini SSD.

8GB of RAM - or at least 4GB + an open DIMM slot so users could expand it?

If you could do that for $350 I think you'd have a real winner on your hands. I'd buy one.

One other note - there's no optical drive (I think they make this pretty clear) - but there is a bay for one. So a DVD-RW can be added, or an additional hard drive or SSD with an adapter

caddy (though I haven't tried this yet). The SATA port is present in the bay.

Rosewill RC-219 - eSATA x 2 PCI Express NCQ Non-RAID Controller Card - Silicon Image, SATA II
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Not compatible with Intel D77BH-55K motherboard? 08/18/2012

This review is from: Rosewill RC-219 - eSATA x 2 PCI Express NCQ Non-RAID Controller Card - Silicon Image, SATA II

Pros: Don't know, never got it to work - the card is small though. Great customer service from Newegg.

Cons: Ordered one of these cards because it's on the list of reccomended cards for the Drobo S - got it, installed it in PCIe slot 1, not seen in BIOS or Windows. Sigh... Newegg kindly sent me a new one without requiring the old one be sent back - great customer service there! - but the new one does the same thing - slot 1, not seen, slot 7 (which I know is good because I use my PCIe wifi card in it), not seen, tried it in my 2nd PCIe x16 slot and the PC won't boot, just beeps

Other Thoughts: If anyone from Rosewill reads this, has this card been tested on an Intel D77BH-55K motherboard? I suspect the problem is the mobo, and if it's not then there may be a bad batch of these RC-219 cards because I got two in a row that don't work are aren't even recognized in BIOS. I'll try a different brand of ESATA card and see, but I suspect the results may be the same - they all appear to use the same chipset. My Rosewill PCIe wifi card works great in the same PCIe slot I tested this card in, so I know it's not that.


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Display Name: Colin K.

Date Joined: 10/09/02

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  • First Review: 02/09/06
  • Last Review: 07/24/14
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