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Xiaomi Notebook Air 13 Win10 i5-7200U Dual Core 8G/256GB specs

Full specifications and features of the 13 inch ultrabook Xiaomi Notebook Air 13 Win10 i5-7200U Dual Core 8G/256GB

I've said it before and I still think that the future of computing is in reliable and well equipped ultrabooks, rather than in tablets. Today I will be taking a closer look at the specifications of a very popular Chinese ultra-portable laptop by Xiaomi - the Notebook Air 13 with Win10 i5-7200U Dual Core 8G/256GB. Here are they:
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eBay UK offers cheap 11 inch "back to school" laptop - Lenovo IdeaPad 120S

Very good deal for the 11 inch laptop Lenovo IdeaPad 120S 81A4005PUK at eBay UK - price info, specifications, features and my opinion about this compact computer

Lenovo IdeaPad 120S 81A4005PUK review

Lenovo IdeaPad 120S 81A4005PUK

It is this time of the year when parents are eager to buy new "equipment" for their kids for the beginning of the new school year. Retailers take this moment seriously and offer variety of good deals from different categories. Today at our consumer blog I will be taking a closer look at the compact 11 inch laptop Lenovo IdeaPad 120S 81A4005PUK. Currently it is offered for just £110 at eBay UK, which I believe is a pretty good price. Here are its main features:
  • 11.6 HD display with resolution of 1366 x 768
  • 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron n3350 dual-core processor
  • Intel HD 500 graphics card
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • 4 GB DDR4 RAM
  • 32 GB eMMC storage space
  • Micro SD media card reader.
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 USB Type-C port
  • 1 HDMI port
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi connection
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HP ProBook 450 G5 2RS03EA laptop review

Consumer review of the 15.6 inch Intel powered laptop HP ProBook 450 G5 2RS03EA

The business oriented HP ProBook 450 G5 2RS03EA is very popular in Eastern Europe and Asia and thanks to its good specifications and value for money ration it is considered one of HP's successful stories in the laptop market.

You have probably heard that HP struggled a bit in this market due to bad reputation and quality issues in many of their mid-priced laptops. Meanwhile the competition from Dell, Lenovo and Asus had a very aggressive approach in this segment and made it quite difficult for HP to achieve top sales in global markets. Today we will be taking a look at a very balanced laptop from HP, combining modern technology, good specs and relatively affordable price tag. The HP ProBook 450 G5 2RS03EA is a 15.6 inch laptop, powered by Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM (offered with 16GB as well).
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HP 15-bs013dx - great 15.6-inch laptop deal at BestBuy

HP 15-bs013dx is a very capable 15-inch touch screen laptop with good features, specs and affordable price

Our US readers will be very happy with the laptop that we are going to review today - the 15.6-inch touch screen and Intel processor HP 15-bs013dx. This laptop received a very good score from BestBuy reviewers - 4.5 which is pretty good for a mid-range computer from a brand that doesn't do very well in the consumer laptop segment in the last couple of years.

HP 15-bs013dx - laptop features

Windows 10 operating system
Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. Learn more ›

15.6" touch screen
BrightView glossy screen maintains the vivid colors in your photos and videos. Typical 1366 x 768 HD resolution. WLED backlight.

7th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-7100U mobile processor
Smart dual-core, four-way processing performance for HD-quality computing.

8GB system memory (RAM)
Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.

1TB HDD - more than enough storage space, unfortunately no SSD
Holds a sizeable collection of digital photos, music, HD videos and DVD-quality movies. 5400 rpm spindle speed for standard read/write times.

Cloud support - Dropbox
Store your photos, videos, documents and other files on Dropbox for secure access across multiple devices. Fees may apply.

Intel® HD Graphics 620
On-processor graphics with shared video memory provide everyday image quality for Internet use, basic photo editing and casual gaming.

Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the desktop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.

2x SuperSpeed 10Gbs USB 3.1 ports
Ultra-fast data connections to transfer large files rapidly.

USB 2.0 port
Quick plug-and-play connectivity for your devices and accessories.

Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.

Built-in media reader
Supports SD memory card formats.

Wireless network connectivity
High-speed wireless LAN built into the screen, so it connects to your network or hotspots on the most common Wi-Fi standards in both laptop and tablet modes.

Additional ports
Headphone/microphone combo jack.

Weighs 4.52 lbs. and measures 0.9" thin
Balances portability and screen size, so you get a respectable amount of viewing space without the laptop being too cumbersome for practical portability - 3-cell lithium-ion battery.

Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Core, Atom, Ultrabook, Intel Inside and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

HP laptops with Intel’s fifth-generation Core i processors

Price - the HP 15-bs013dx can be found online for as low as $370.

My opinion

The 15-bs013dx is pretty good laptop for the money - it is fast enough for all daily tasks and small business thanks to the Intel i3 processor. As a downside I would mention the lack of SSD, not even a smaller one for start up and cache operations. I am also not big fan of the glossy BrightView displays but there is some advantage for having a touch screen laptop.
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Microsoft Surface Laptop 8GB + 256GB

Microsoft Surface Laptop 8GB + 256GB - GRAY 13.5 inch Windows 10 IntelCore i5-7300U

Today, at our consumer's blog Test and Review we are taking a closer look at the popular Microsoft Surface Laptop. The model we review is equipped with a 13.5 inch 10-point touch PixelSense display, brings your photos and videos to life. Powered by Intel Core i5-7300U processor, ensures high performance. Dolby Audio technology supported, makes sounds come from different angles in movies, TV and live events to enhance your entertainment experience.
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Lenovo Thinkpad T460 ultrabook - problems and issues

Hardware and software problems and issues with the Lenovo Thinkpad T460 ultrabook

Lenovo Thinkpad T460 is one of the most popular ultrabooks in 2017 but unfortunately it gained its popularity thanks to the problems and issues it can cause to its users.

High-end ultrabook unreliability

Ultrabooks are usually quite expensive because of their quality parts and extreme productivity. Businesses usually spend a lot of money on such laptops in order to trust them for most daily computing activities. And here is where the Lenovo Thinkpad T460 really fails - it is unreliable.

On paper the T460 is really a good computer with top of the line components but in reality it is million miles away from its direct competitors like Dell.

Problems and issues

When I first tested the Thinkpad T460 couple of months ago I instantly noticed that it does't offer the smoothest experience taken right out of the box. Of course later on a lot of software need to be installed on this brand new machine and that made things really bad for the T460. It constantly lags and crashes without any obvious reason and that is a huge reliability problem, especially if this is your primary work machine. Connectivity issues is a constant and connecting to VPN through WiFi sometimes may take couple of resets before things even get going (slowly).

No matter the fact that the Lenovo I tested had more than enough RAM and processing power sometimes it surprises me how hard it is to manage simple daily tasks.

The battery performance is one of its strong characteristics but it really can't make it up for the overall bad impressions leaves most of the time.

The trackpad is another thing that frustrates many of the T460's users - it is far from accurate and it is not rare that it would miss a click.

I can keep on going and tell you about how bad and ridiculous the its display looks for $2000 laptop but I don't want to take more of your time and share my problems and issues with the Thinkpad T460. If you need good performing laptop you should definitely check something like the Dell XPS or Latitude 7450 which both I think are just amazing. My old Dell Latitude e7240 also does a great job but it is not for sale in computer stores anymore.
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Lenovo Thinkpad Ultrabook T460 user review and experience

Lenovo Thinkpad Ultrabook T460 is good but far from what Dell ultrabooks deliver these days

After using the business laptop Lenovo Thinkpad Ultrabook T460 for almost a year, I would like to share my experience with you - the good, bad and the ugly.

I’ve received this ultrabook as a business laptop last year and since then, I have used it heavily almost every day. Below you can see the exact specifications of the laptop I am using:

Lenovo Ultrabook T460 specifications


339 mm x 232.5 mm x 21 mm


~ 1.7 kg


Intel Core i5 - 6300 U CPU @ 2.40 GHz


8 GB


512 GB Samsung SSD


Intel Integrated


14 inch HD anti-glare (1366 x 768)


Up to 14 Hours (23 WHr + 72 WHr)


720 p HD camera

Looks and Appearance

The ultrabook features the signature old IBM sturdy look, which may be a bit spartan for most users, me included. The sharp edges and simple design may not be very impressive, but the build quality is good, the laptop does not bend or feel unstable. It is a bit on the heavy side though, and not very slim, which is not unusual for Lenovo laptops.

The key travel is not very slim for a laptop, but it feels very convenient on my fingers. The keyboard is well spaced for comfortable writing. As I use it for business purposes, I often type a lot on a daily basis and have not yet had any inconveniences with the keyboard. The touchpad is the weak point here as usual with Lenovo - it’s not as responsive as other laptops and the touchpad buttons are difficult to press so you may as well just give up on it and use a mouse all the time as I do.


Overall the performance of this laptop is not bad, but honestly, for its price (currently sold at around US$1,100 - 1,200) I would have expected more. I have to run multiple applications (between 9 and 12) on this machine every day and for the most part, the Ultrabook fares well and replies quickly. However, I’ve had slowness in response times on several occasions, as well as everyone’s favorite blue screen of death, hurray Windows users. I alsways have issues with maintaining multiple browser tabs open for a longer period of time, which is a bit unnerving.

Battery life

If there’s a single thing I can praise this laptop on, it’s the battery life. As I described above, my daily use of this laptop includes numerous heavy applications and with all of them running and maximum brightness the Lenovo ultrabook can stay on battery for around 3 hrs 30 mins, or even 4 hrs on occasions. If left on idle with minimum brightness, this laptop can stay alive on battery for over 14 hrs.

If you are looking for a cheap Lenovo laptop you should definitely check the Lenovo G500

Display, video and audio

Lenovo have opted for an anti-glare display, which I particularly like. The viewing angle is also very good and the ultrabook performs well under bright daylight as well as in dim environments.

In video and audio aspect, there is nothing impressive to say, the ultrabook performs averagely and the audio especially is quite mediocre.

Final verdict

This is a decent laptop for business purposes with long battery life, middle to very good performance depending on load and sturdy build. Maybe I would have recommended it if it wasn’t for the price - this Lenovo ultrabook should definitely not cost the US$1,200 it’s currently sold for.

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HP Stream 11 Windows Notebook

HP Stream 11 Windows Notebook - full review

The HP Stream 11 is a laptop aimed predominantly at students that’s currently sold at under $180. For that you get a portable 11-inch laptop that even includes an Office 365 subscription – it’s one of the key things that makes it perfect for students.

While undoubtedly a basic machine, the HP Stream 11 isn’t as plain as you might expect. The speakers and battery life are excellent for the price, and it’s not bad-looking either. However, the 11.6-inch, 1,366 x 768 display is a weak point.
Key Features
·        11.6-inch, 1,366 x 768 display
·        1.28kg
·        2GB RAM
·        32GB built-in storage
·        SD card slot
·        USB 2.0
·        USB 3.0
·        HDMI
The HP Stream 11 is a cute little thing. It’s available in 2 colors – blue and magenta and it definitely stands out. The plastic is soft to the touch and the HP logo cut in silver metal sits in the center of the lid, just as usual.

To be honest, this notebook lacks the elegance of, let’s say, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015 or MacBook Air, but the Stream is fun and visually pleasing. Too many budget laptops come wrapped up in dull silver or grey – a bit of variety is a very welcome change.
As you can expect, the build quality isn’t sublime. The plastic frame that surrounds the keyboard is sharp and feels rough on palms and wrists when typing. The screen feels a little flimsy, and is easy to bend with your fingers. The hinge also allows you to force the screen several degrees further back than it should go, which isn’t reassuring. That said, the design and build quality is still above average for a laptop this price.

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The Stream is 1.28 kg but it ‘feels’ heavy because this is essentially an 11-inch laptop in the body of a 13-inch one. A lot of its 11-inch rivals are around 200 g lighter (at a higher price, of course) so the weight is nothing to be impressed of. Still, it’s easy to transport as it’s 19.7 mm thick and 300 mm wide so it fits comfortably in a backpack or a smaller messenger bag.
A good selection of ports is available on the base. USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and HDMI slots sit on the right side, while the charging port, SD card slot and Kensington security lock are on the left.
Screen and Sound
The screen of the Stream 11 is nothing special. It’s 11.6-inch, 1,366 x 768, and it’s not impressive in terms of brightness, vibrancy, or picture quality. It’s a little grainy when looked at closely – certainly compared to most mobile phones – but it’s typical of laptops this price.
Brightness is also an issue, though. It’s a bit difficult to use the Stream outdoors during the day despite the non-glossy screen with anti-glare coating. The colors are washed out and not entirely true to life. Viewing angles however are very good and you can share the screen while watching movies with a person or two without a problem (besides the small size of the screen, of course).
The audio is DTS, which is delivered through a pair of stereo speakers that sit on the bottom of the base, towards the front edge of the Stream. They’re impressively loud too, making the Stream 11 good for listening to music.
Performance and Connectivity
The HP stream is not designed to deal with heavy workload, that’s why it’s primarily built for students with light activities – word processing, browsing, video content (it can cope with HD content too).
Powering the Stream 11 is a 2.16GHz (2.58GHz with burst) Intel Celeron N2840 processor, which is combined with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, around 13GB of which is actually available.
The Stream also has Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, both of which work fine.
Windows 8.1 is the operating system of choice for the Stream, and while it’s better on non-touchscreen devices than plain old Windows 8, it’s still not great. Gesture controls just don’t work as well as they should without a touchscreen, with trackpad swipes frequently failing to register. That’s more a criticism of the operating system than the Stream 11 itself, but it’s still worth mentioning.
Since only 13GB of free storage space is available out of the box, HP includes a generous 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, where you can store all your files and photos.
A one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal also comes with the laptop, which is part of what makes the Stream 11 an ideal choice for students. The service would usually ne expensive, so you’d be making a very tidy saving.
Battery Life
HP claims that the three-cell Lithium-ion battery inside the Stream 11 will deliver up to 8hrs 15 mins of life before it requires charging again. It just about delivered, too, as it managed just over eight hours of web browsing and YouTube viewing. It’s also a fast charger, going from flat to 24% in just 30 minutes.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The keyboard of the Stream is very cool, keys are spaced apart nicely and look crisp and clean, with the white of the individual buttons standing out nicely from the blue dock. The four corner keys (Escape, Delete, Control and the right-pointing arrow) are pleasantly curved and easy on the eye. Our unit’s Escape key didn’t sit completely straight in its groove, looking a little wonky, but it worked fine.
It’s a good keyboard to type on, too. All the buttons offer a nice amount of travel, which allows for speedy, accurate typing. The only niggles are that it’s not backlit and the Shift key on the left-hand side is quite small, so it’s easy to accidentally hit back slash () instead. On the whole, it’s a quality offering.
HP’s ImagePad trackpad is not quite as likeable. While it’s well-sized and offers a good level of resistance when you click, it feels cheap and flimsy. When you push down on it with any force, the plastic around it flexed too.
Camera quality may not be as crucial to a laptop as it is to a smartphone, but it’s still an important feature, especially if you’re a keen user of Skype. The Stream 11 makes use of a front-facing HP Truevision HD webcam, which delivers pleasantly surprising results.
While colours look fairly washed out and pictures lack fine detail (possibly a blessing in disguise, since pockmarks pass under the radar), the camera is more than good enough for video calls. It struggles in low light settings, but so do the webcams on far more expensive laptops.
Overall impressions
The HP stream is a great choice if you have to stick to a tight budget. It’s ridiculously good value for money for a Windows laptop, particularly considering you get an Office 365 subscription with it.
Key features like battery life, speaker quality and design all leave really good impressions and ensure the Stream 11 will serve almost any student well. The only area of genuine concern is the screen – it’s a little dull and hard to use outdoors.
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HP - ENVY x360 2-in-1 15.6 Touch-Screen laptop, one different notebook

2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 12GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive – Silver

The HP ENVY x360 Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop can bring versatility to your computing. In case you need a laptop for your work or a tablet for leisure, you can use this HP convertible laptop. The Intel Core i5 processor provides powerful performance when using your favorite programs and apps, and the 1TB hard drive lets you store plenty of digital files. This HP convertible laptop rotates a full 360 degrees for customized viewing of the 15.6-inch screen.

Product Features:
The laptop comes with Windows 10 which reminds a bit of the old Windows 7 – at least the familiar Start Menu is here.

The most interesting feature of the laptop is by far the multi-touch screen – 15.6’’ Full HD for hands-on control with 1920 x 1080 resolution, IPS technology and WLED backlight. You can touch, tap and glide on the screen – basically use it as a fully functional tablet. It’s also 360 deg flip-and-fold.

The 7thGen Intel Core i5 gives you the performing power you need on a ultra-low-voltage platform. The laptop comes with 12 GB RAM for full-power multitasking. You can smoothly run games or heavy photo or video-editing applications.

This option also comes with 1TB of hard storage space to save your files. If you’re not looking into lots of storage and would prefer the faster performance of an SSD, the laptop is also offered with 128 GB / 256 GB of SSD, which, of course, is taken into consideration in the price as well.

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You get Intel HD Graphics 620 (on-processor graphics) which provides good everyday image quality for the casual user, but not good enough for heavy games or image editing applications.

This laptop weighs barely 2.17 kg and is less than 18 mm thin to make it ultraportable with its smaller screen and no DVD drive.

As far as connectivity goes, you get Bluetooth interface, 3 x USB 3.0 (backward compatible with 2.0), HDMI output, media reader, and, of course, Wi-Fi.

The laptop has a built-in webcam with two microphones, a backlit keyboard and a headphone / microphone combo jack.

HP - ENVY x360 Specifications

Key specifications

HDD capacity

1 TB

HDD type



Windows 10

Processor speed

2.5 GHz

Processor model

Intel 7th Generation core i5


12 GB

Graphics card

Intel HD Graphics 620 (on-processor graphics)

Battery life

10 hrs

Screen size


Touch screen



Graphics type



Intel HD Graphics 620

Video memory type

Total available


Type of RAM


Number of memory slots







Port type

HDMI, Headphone, Microphone, USB Type C

Bluetooth enabled


NFC enabled


Embedded mobile broadband



Wireless networking



Screen resolution

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Display type

Full HD Widescreen LED


Optical drive


Built-in webcam


Numerical keyboard


Touchpad type


2-in-1 Design


Backlit keyboard


Speaker type


Battery type


Battery cells

4 cells





17.78 mm


381 mm


249 mm


2.17 kg

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XOTIC Asus GL502VM-DB71 – 15.6 gaming laptop

XOTIC Asus GL502VM-DB71 –  15.6" gaming laptop - my review

XOTIC Asus GL502VM-DB71 gaming laptop

In today’s review we will take a look at an Asus model for a very well executed gaming laptop with target mid to high range budget clientele. This is the XOTIC Asus GL502VM-DB71 – a FHD G-Sync Gaming Laptop with Intel I7 6700HQ, Nvidia GTX 1060, 16GB Ram, 1TB SSD and a 1TB HDD. The laptop sells at around $1750 and you’re about to understand why.

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Acer Aspire ES1-512 - cheap but reliable 15 inch laptop

Product review of the cheap 15.6 inch laptop Acer Aspire ES1-512 powered by Intel Celeron processor

Acer Aspire ES1-512 cheap laptop
Acer Aspire ES1-512

The Acer laptop we are reviewing in this article – Acer Aspire ES1-512 is a hot seller at Amazon and Argos recently. It tops the leader board at both retailers and this is why we decided it’s worth to take a look.

Acer decided to stick to a tried and trusted formula with this model and to pack in as many features as they can for as low of a price as possible. The laptop is currently selling between $230 - $280.

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Lenovo Flex 4 (15") - affordable 2-in-1 laptop

Lenovo Flex 4 is powerful machine for the average user


The Lenovo Flex 4 (15”) is equipped with Intel® 7th Gen Core™ processor. The processor performs fast and makes the 2-in-1 suitable for daily work, heavy image-processing applications, browsing and gaming as well. The machine itself feels more expensive, with a diamond-cut beveled edge around the aluminum palm rest. The keyboard is improved with larger keys for speed typing.

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The battery is said to provide up to 7 hours of life on a single charge according to Lenovo’s tests. In reality, you can expect 6 hours of battery life when doing regular work + browsing or around 3,5 hours if watching video. The laptop recharges quite quickly, in around an hour.

The storage offered is up to 1 TB HDD or 512 GB SSD, which means you can enjoy the extra space and say goodbye to external hard drives.

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The vibrant 15.6” FHD (1920 x 1080) display with 10-point multitouch yields bright, detailed visuals. Choose optional discrete graphics for outstanding performance in gaming and multimedia. In-plane switching (IPS) technology means the display can be viewed clearly over a wide angle – perfect for sharing content with friends

The stereo speakers featuring Audio by Harman technology deliver crisp, clear sound.

The laptop’s weight is in the middle range, starting at 4.58 lbs (2.08 kg) and measures 0.84" (21.3 mm) thin. The Flex 4 is noticeably sleeker, however given the powerful specs, the weight is not in the lighter range as could be expected. You can use the Flex in four different modes: Laptop, Stand, Tent, or Tablet. The unique hinge design allows the screen to flip around 360 degrees, so you can select the mode based on what you choose to do. However, most users prefer it as a table machine / laptop since 15,6 inches is a bit too big and awkward to be used as a tablet.




Up to 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor

Up to Intel® Pentium® 4405U Processor

Operating System

Windows 10 Home


Up to Intel® HD Graphics 620

Up to AMD Radeon R7 M460 2GB

Webcam / Microphone

1 MP Fixed Focus CMOS Camera (720p)


Up to 16GB DDR4 2133 MHz


Up to 1TB 5400 RPM

Up to 256GB SSD


Stereo Speakers with Harman Audio Certification


52.5 WHr; Up to 8.5 Hours Local HD Video Playback at 150 nits


15.6" FHD IPS AntiGlare Multitouch (1920x1080) with integrated camera


(W x D x H)

(inches) : 14.88" x 9.96" x 0.84"

(mm) : 378 x 253 x 21.4


Starting at 4.58 lbs (2.08 kg)


802.11 AC(2x2)




Bluetooth® 4.0


2 x USB 3.0

1 x USB 2.0 (always-on)


4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)

Audio Combo Jack


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