Joined on 09/03/12
I'd wait for it to be 700
Pros: This laptop is a pretty good deal (when on sale for $699) all things considered. It has a few short coming, but ultimately lives up to its price tag. It looks like it should be heavier than it is but only weights 4lbs 13ozs. Very comfortable lightness to it but also feels very durable. The whole thing is a plastic designed in a brushed metal way. It helps a lot to resist fingerprints and look pretty slick, while also not being too aggressive in its style. The bezel around the monitor is a bit thick. The bezel measures ¾” on both sides. Maybe I have just been spoiled with thinner bezels on different laptops but it makes the screen look a bit dated to have such a large border all the way around. The display is an LG IPS panel – The D0570 panel. It is a 1080p 60Hz screen and boasts 300 nits. Nothing too mind blowing here but it looks nice and gets the job done well. Colors and contrast all look great, no complaints from real world enjoyment. The D0570 is 72% NTSC rated for those of you wondering. The track pad is nice and almost perfectly emulates the screen. If you start in the center and go up/down/left/right, the cursor almost makes it there perfectly each time. I like to point this out as I have had laptops in the past that failed here without cursor adjustments. The trackpad also has a satisfying click on depression, it’s not overly sensitive. The keyboard is very nice. I like the raised braced chiclet style. It offers a satisfying experience when typing, and the keys are on point. The backlighting is all in red, and WASD is emboldened in red. For it being a full 10-key keyboard, the 10-key side is a little cramped. If you base your typing on muscle memory, be prepared to hit the wrong numbers and num lock yourself a lot. All inputs are on the left side, and a little lack-luster. DC input, ethernet, 1 HDMI, 1 USB 2.0 (for some reason), 2 USB 3.0, and a 3.5mm Aux jack. Nothing super fancy here. The speakers are ‘okay.’ They get the job done and are located at both the front left, and right locations. The coolest thing tech wise is the support of Bluetooth 5. If you’re interested in what the BT standard is, it’s 5. Looking forward to a lot more BT 5 devices in the future Okay, this is the fun part for me. I took a look under the hood to check out what we had going on. The RAM used is SK Hynix, if you haven’t heard of them it’s likely because they aren’t typically a brand that targets consumers direct. They target big companies to use them in pre-builts. I almost always see their stuff in Dell products. The RAM is 2666 DDR4 SO-DIMM. It’s a single 8gig stick with room to expand. If you want to match it and operate in dual channel (yes, you do), look for SK Hynix 8GB 2666 and you should be good to go. Or just replace the RAM altogether. Included is a M.2 SATA III 6gbs SSD (Kingston 256gb). Read write speeds were in the 540’s/460’s (Crystaldisk) respectively. Nothing stellar here, but any SSD is better than an HDD when you want a little zippy-ness. NVMe not supported. There is additional expansion for 2.5” SSD/SSHD/HDD inside. The bay is unpopulated and ready to go. I will always appreciate the offering of expansion from any company. It's not often bloatware gets a 'pro' mention but ASUS offers a nice bundled bit of it without being super annoying. There isn't a lot to clean and it's all in a tidy package including the ASUS Gift app. They are insistent you try DropBox but, besides that really clean Windows 10 setup, without a lot of headache from random extras.
Cons: It is made for gaming primarily, but the 1050 2Gb iGPU is not the most stellar. You will be able to play, and enjoy playing on this laptop but limit your settings expectations depending on your games. It’s okay to have to dial back a bit. I know people who go with lower tier cards and then end up frustrated over not playing at maximum quality on games like Witcher III. Does it get hot? Yes, most laptops do in my experience. I have not encountered thermal throttling while using it for several hours. I will say the fans in this thing are ridiculously loud. When they ramp up it irritates me. Be prepared for that. They ramped up doing a Windows update and it made me pause and go ‘really?’ The lackluster inputs take an egg away too for me.
Overall Review: I benched with Superposition: Settings Medium 1080P On battery with battery boost on in Nvidia (more on this in a sec) it scored a choppy 2184. Plugged in direct battery boost auto off – It scored a smooth 4108 Here is a two parter: Why medium? Simple – High and Extreme require more VRAM than the 2gb 1050 iGPU has to offer. It will attempt to run but it will be choppy and look like garbage or stop. This is a setback of a lower end GPU. Why was one score so much more different from the other? Nvidia has an option that’s automatic. When it’s plugged in you are not limited for power consumption reasons. You need to go disable the battery option in GeForce experience. Your battery life will plummet, but you’ll yield same/similar results as the plugged-in test. I hope this was somewhat helpful. Great bargain budget gaming laptop, but not for everyone looking to play latest triple A titles. For casual MMO players (like WoW) or MOBA players, RTS players, casual racing players… great option. Just limit expectations on visually intense rendering. The 1050 iGPU is the only real hang-up here.
Problems, right out of the box.
Pros: It has a nice box.
Cons: I love budget stuff, it’s what I do… Good names, with a good price to match, but sometimes even when we expected the best deal we are left disappointed even with a trusted company like Corsair. Let’s start this downhill review from the unboxing process. I received this item, wrapped in plastic, sealed as if plucked off of the shelf. I removed the wrap myself and pulled it out of the box. As I was examining I saw something that looked wrong immediately. The Corsair label on the shroud of the PSU that advises ‘Warranty Void If Removed’ was clearly cut and not intact as if the PSU shroud had been reopened after the warranty label had been affixed and prior to the PSU being sealed in the consumer packaging… I was making notes about the three year warranty among other things before opening, how great is that? That’s a pretty decent warranty…but here comes the kick in the pants moment, when you realize your warranty is void right out of a sealed box because that (mentioned above) happened. And how are you to prove it wasn’t you? That is unacceptable, especially from a brand that carries itself on the back of the fans and consumers who love Corsair. A slip in quality assurance can be damaging to even a strong reputation like that of Corsairs. Upon further inspection I peered in to find a UL number to attempt to identify the origin of this PSU. All I could find was one on the PCB (E88653) which is a Chinese company that manufactures PCB (printed circuit boards) Dongguan Wannienfu Electronic. I don’t believe them to be the assembler of this unit but it is all I could find. I’m also not familiar with this OEM myself but they have been in business a while according to what I could find. So while I was looking for that number I noticed the inductor coils on one inductor was horribly damaged in appearance… What is going on with this? What garbage did they wrap up, slap a label on and start selling to people? This isn’t the company I know. So let’s test it!! Nothing, failed to power on. Hopefully this is an isolated issue with the one I received to review. Maybe someone was placing it aside at the factory and it accidentally made its way in to box, journeyed its way to COI California, and was offered (unfortunately for Corsair) as an item to review.
Overall Review: I will use it as an experiment to educate myself further on PSU’s by dissecting it… so it will serve a purpose to me just not the one it was intended for. (By the way, unless you know what you are doing never open a PSU you could hurt/kill yourself. And I’m sure some Corsair fanboys reading a condemning review hope that of me ;) ) Sometimes I wish Newegg allowed pictures in the reviews so I could share these issues with you in pictures. It is less than what I expected, I would not recommend this model based off of my experience with it. This is likely one of the shortest reviews I’ve written in a long time…
Awesome, as expected.
Pros: It works, it works well, as expected, and feels like the quality I have come to expect from Corsair.
Cons: Some personal opinions listed that aren't true overall negatives... Just something I wish would change over time in PSUs in general.
Overall Review: Corsair wins again, for me, for now. No issues with this sleek beautiful power supply and all of its abilities to meet my needs. One boring thing Corsair still does that most still do, are uninspired glossy cables, but that can be remedied with a trusted aftermarket brand of extensions that you trust. Power supplies are often uninspired in general but the more compact size of this 850 and the rounded sides set it apart aesthetically. Unfortunately, we dont often see the PSU in towers as they are stashed away in a basement sleeve. If you do have it exposed, and you have it configured so the fan is visible it may be off putting when the fan doesnt spin. An aspect of this gets me only in an OCD kind of way. Its an efficient design that under low load the fan stays still... Its sort of like turning on your case to realize a random intake fan isnt spinning. Its completely acceptable in this case but weirdly off putting, as if something is wrong (even though it is not). This is not a new thing, in fact its been around for a while, and is a very accepted and appreciated design feature. Its just always going to be odd to me. When the PSU is under load however, it is incredibly quiet. Modular power supplies have become a must for me since they became a lot more common and standard. When you build, cleanliness and space matters. Use what you need and hold on to the extras. I have been buying Corsair for years, and as long as they dont start exploding (you know what I am referring to...) I see no reason for me personally to veer from a company that is priced fairly, for a steady, sturdy product. Corsair is infrequently the cheapest option, but they (at least to me) are always the consistent quality that is worth it. Current Main Build: Ryzen 9 3900X G.Skill 64GB 3600 AMD 5700XT Sabrent Rocket Q x2 1TB Seagate Ironwolf Mechanical 8TB (Storage/Non gaming) ASUS TUF X570-PLUS Corsair 4000D Air Flow Corsair RM850x PSU
A contender for the house brand.
Pros: Sleek design - modular -quiet -more than adequate.
Cons: If anything, some longer cables - but this can be solved with after market extensions to match your build.
Overall Review: This power supply ticks the boxes for me. If you want something straight forward that doesnt pull punches here it is. Modular power supplies are just the future. A lot of more affordable affixed cable PSUs are slowly phasing out for the more preferential modular design. I have gotten to a point where I often skip over companies if its not at least semi modular, so this to me is a nice affordable option that covers the bases. 85-87% under load is about the average with idle sitting closer to the 90s. Its a simplistic design and no ketchup and mustard colored cables. Cable extensions to customize the look are easy enough to put with it if you prefer the not shiny black glossy cables. It supports SLI but as this stands now; youd have to have a pretty big wallet and know when stock is available for the GPU crisis. If you are unaware what I am talking about 2021 has been a tough year for the GPU market on both sides. It currently (no pun intended) is powering a 3900x and 5700XT, and while other components draw power those are the real hogs. I am perfectly satisfied with the PMG750. What it is, is what I am looking for. The PMG750 being relatively affordable and being modular are my top two priorities. The quietness is a nice factor also. I dont know who the OEM is but if Newegg had Rosewill go with Super Flower for these PSUs Id say they made a great choice. The overall quality seems to be Super Flower to me but if not, whoever the OEM is has hit satisfactory marks in my book.
Good, not great
Pros: The first thing that should be mentioned is that this tower is much smaller than it appears. The PSU is a vertical front mount in order to maximize space but not the easiest to build in. Thanks to the tiny window you can hide most of the mess towards the front. There is a slim-line CD/Blueray drive bay in the front with a well implemented slit on the side of the tower. You don’t see this implemented much these days. The drive is low profile and out of the way. The build quality is surprisingly pretty solid using a brushed aluminum pretty much all of the way around. In retrospect I could do with out the little plexi-window. It serves no real purpose and the more I look at it the more it feels odd to even have it there. It’s not large enough to really enjoy. The way I am directing airflow is using to the top as an intake – but I have consider swapping this and using the rear as intake and the top as exhaust to prevent some dust build up on the top. A tower this small that can fit mATX is a win just for that fact. It’s not the most perfect tower to work in but it easily fits in to its weight class.
Cons: I don’t have any major cons other than the window is pretty useless on this design. If you’re running a setup that gets hot, you will contend with heat inside of the tower with limited cooling options. The PSU will be recycling hot air inside as the tower struggles to cool itself with limited options.
Overall Review: Swapping to low profile fans is a sad recommendation I would make for space saving reasons in the tower. Works best as an HTPC tower for a small home/business purposes – but it’s a pretty slick little tower even being out for as long as it has now. I’m glad I picked one up – but it does have some odd shortcomings. A lot of compromises were clearly made to keep it as small as it is.
Pros: This is a tower I didn’t expect. It almost feels like a prank. I have never heard of Montech before this. The Air 900 Mesh is a sleek well-machined tower that offers the basic amenities I expect from higher-end brands, at a considerably low cost. There are flush magnetic sliding dust filters on the bottom, the front (between mounting brackets and grill), and on the top. Getting to the dust filters is relatively easy and a huge bonus for easy cleaning. The tempered glass side panel is super easy to remove and reaffix using four hand tighten screws. Inside the tower, the edges are all (where it matters) rounded off and smooth. The PSU shroud is a must for me so I am glad it has one. The book that comes with the Air 900 Mesh is the most useful book of any tower to date for me. Simple pictures and verbiage made it easy to understand all mounting points without just guessing ‘where can I put this....maybe here?’ I know I have had that problem in the past...just guessing what looked like a good spot (speaking about SSD mainly). Three easy spaces to mount 2.5” drives, and one 2 bay cage for 3.5” drives offers a pretty optimal amount of room and options for this tower. All cut out and standoff locations are great. Only two cut outs to the right of the mobo have rubber grommets all other cut outs are just exposed cut outs. The protruding mesh front is excellent for airflow and looks nice on this tower. No complaints here. The top of the tower can accommodate either 2 140mm fans or 2 120mm fans. (1 280 rad or 1 240 rad). If you rad the top be mindful of your clearance because it becomes very cramped/difficult. The front supports 3 120mm fans and the rear 1 120mm fan. Adding to a bit of luxury is the rear bracket bar. Instead of being tear-away-throw-away they are quality brackets the are held in to place with a screw in slider. A small but awesome design feature that kept the end user in mind. The front IO is pretty straight forward with one added benefit. 2 USB 2.0 2 USB 3.0, power, reset, audio, AND an additional switch for RGB control. If you have the RGB version of this case it’s for the built in controller. If not it’s an extra –repurposeable- switch to control whatever you connect to.
Cons: It feels half-complete by only putting grommets on two of the cutouts. I’d like to see grommets on all of the cut outs. The dust filters are nice, but I have seen this style of dust filter rip over time and worry that it’s a matter of time before degradation sets in and they become a problem. One downside is the overly large honeycomb design on the PSU shroud that’s made for both airflow and for displaying a pretty RGB PSU. I think it was a bit over exposed and I personally like to be able to hide some mess down there.
Overall Review: This is a budget spender's dream. Everything about this tower was a bit of a surprise and the brand has my attention. Just sort of had that subtle ‘wow’ factor for what the price is, and all it has to offer. The quality and attention to detail based around a consumer definitely stick out. It made me feel as though Montech cared about what they put out there for us and it really earned a level of appreciation from me. To ask for more would be asking to spend more, so for everything we have here, it’s more than fair in my assessment.
I've done a lot of business with GoHardDrive
Like the title says "I've done a lot of business with GoHardDrive " Always on point, faster than expected shipping every time. Always well packaged, always handled with care. always works, no problems. Prices are incredibly competitive and comparable. This company is a shining example of what a market place seller should be. I actually come here, and sort for their HDD's specifically for the dependable service, and products I have come to expect.
Beware of Innovate PC, spent a little extra on a laptop I specifically filtered, and checked to have backlit keyboard. Was shipped the promise model, just not backlit, and I am slightly disappointed. The only reason I wouldn't give this seller one star is because the one thing they did right was shipping. It was packaged well with memory foam packaging, and the laptop appeared in near excellent condition, shipping was quick. They loaded it with an ISO of a bunch of garbage pre-loaded stuff - while I clean installed Windows 10 on it myself this didnt effect me, however it may bother some people. Windows 7 Professional, should be just that, not all the garbage they put on it to bog it down, and what a tacky advertisement wallpaper... it looks like it was made in paint. I contacted them about my issue with the backlighting, no response. If I wanted this model no backlight, I would have purchased it cheaper from Newegg themselves, for almost $20 less. This is a Vegas style market place seller, you're rolling the dice. I'll attempt to seek resolution via Newegg and let them know about this situation.