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1 out of 5 eggs Mediocre write speed, failed after a year 10/23/2016

This review is from: Samsung 128GB EVO microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter (MB-MP128DA/AM)

Pros: Good capacity for cost
Good read speed
Good warranty?

Cons: Failed after a year- write corruption and cannot be formatted
Poor write speed - about 20 mb/s

Other Thoughts: On paper, this card has a good warranty, but so far it has proven nearly impossible to get hold of support... still in process. I've had issues with Lexar 128 GB cards also, starting to think these early-gen 128s are all poor endurance.

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Pros: Very powerful and fast even in stock configuration
Lightweight
Nice case design
Nice matte display
Nice keyboard (red backlit) and large trackpad
Good assortment of ports

Cons: Power brick is bulky
Some edges get very hot during gaming (esp around the vents)
Fans get pretty loud while under load
Mediocre battery life (~ 3 hrs general tasks, 1 hr gaming)

Other Thoughts: On default settings, the internal speakers sounded really weird, tinny, scratchy and bad in general- found out it was the mixer settings.

Swapped out the spinner with an old 840 EVO 1 TB, works great. Installation was very straightforward- just unscrew the bottom plate, remove, and everything is clearly accessible.

While it does get noisy and hot under load, this is typical for gaming laptops of this size. The GS43VR is about the same in this regard as the Gigabyte P34Gv2 that it's replacing as my main machine. You'll want to plug in if running any serious games, as not only does the battery life take a dive but you'll be throttled.

The case is mostly plastic, parts of which have a brushed metal finish but appear to just be plastic. I actually prefer this as it won't get dented. Plastic may crack, but that's a lot less ugly than a smashed aluminum chassis.

The stock PSU is the same brand and appears to be the same connector as the P34- and is a pretty standard Lenovo-style plug. I've heard it's also the same plug and voltage as the Razer Blade- might try getting a Razer PSU as it's a lot smaller and lighter (the stock Delta one is tough, but a pain to lug around).

Use a lapdesk for gaming. You will scald yourself otherwise- it gets that hot on the underside and rear. The top right edge gets pretty toasty as well, though thankfully there's nothing there you'd need to touch anyway. Palmrest and keyboard temps are fine. On the bright side, if you live in a cold area this makes a great portable heater :-)

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Falcon Zero F170HD+ Full-HD 1080p Dashcam 32GB Memory Card Included
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5 out of 5 eggs Reliable, very sharp picture 10/18/2015

This review is from: Falcon Zero F170HD+ Full-HD 1080p Dashcam 32GB Memory Card Included

Pros: Very clear picture, can read license plates at moderate range.
Minimal interaction needed.
Many features and modes.
Good quality build.
Great night vision
Comes with SD card.

Cons: GPS is finicky.

Other Thoughts: Use this in both my vehicles. A few weeks ago, a pickup clipped a sedan, which then lost control and rear-ended me. I didn't need any evidence for insurance, but it was fascinating to be able to replay what happened and see all the car parts flying past. You could read the license plate on the pickup, which ended up disabled about 30 feet away in the middle of the intersection.

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Yu-Jin C.'s Profile

Display Name: Yu-Jin C.

Date Joined: 04/15/06

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 04/02/13
  • Last Review: 01/16/17
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