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ASUS Essentio CS5111-AP007 Desktop PC Pentium dual-core E2200 (2.20GHz) 4GB DDR2 640GB HDD Windows Vista Home Premium

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  • Pentium dual-core E2200 2.2G
  • 4GB DDR2 640GB
  • DVD±RW
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 90 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 90 days


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  • John C.
  • 2/19/2011 3:55:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsWorse experience ever on a brand named desktop

Pros: Compact with nice specs.

Cons: Total ownership = 3 days. Ship back for RMA = 4 times. Nothing is good on this recertified Asus desktop. Had too many computers in my lifetime, this is the worse ever made....

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  • Phil B.
  • 10/18/2010 4:53:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsI like mine, but it is far from perfect.

Pros: Worked well out of the box for a day. It is a nice looking computer, I like the form factor and it is peppy enough to do what I need it to do in my garage.

Cons: System requires modification to work well due to overheating issues. The 1403 bios limits fan speed to under 2krpm on fans capable of running at 4800rpm each flowing ~13.39cfm.

System started getting unstable when used with 1080p monitor over VGA cable. I did the initial system setup on a 1280x1024 VGA cable with a 19" LCD.

System could attain stability when I connected my Panasonic vacuum cleaner to the cooling fan outlet. This increased fan speed to ~2200rpm. Without the vacuum enhanced cooling in a 72*F room the system would slow and eventually become non responsive even with a 1280x1024 video display.

I believe that Asus opted to reduce the cooling fan RPM to reduce system operation noise level for NVH sensitive users (htpc) however this leads to insufficient cooling as the two cooling fans are operating at less than 50% of their maximum RPM. I do not care about the noise as this is my garage computer.

Other Thoughts: My system has been reliable as a garage computer in 60-70*F temperatures for some weeks now. I replaced the thermal paste with some fancy Antec stuff from the office supply store also here on Newegg. I did this for both the CPU and chipset, each has a small heat pipe leading from the processor and culminating in a series of cooling fins by the fans at the top rear of the computer. To disable the bios from limiting fan speed I clipped the power wires from the fans to the mainboard and wired them to an external 12v DC power supply. I exect that one can also use the HDD power connection. The fans are of good quality IMO Delta afb0512md. Separately powering the fans and operating them well above the expected RPM does displease the bios and it prompts me at startup regarding the unusual fan speed. I simply press F1 and ignore the prompt. Total cost to me for this little hack, $10.00. Less than the return shipping on the computer.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/1/2010 8:37:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I ordered this but received the CS5111-AP008 model, which seems to be the same but w/ a E5200 (2.5GHz) cpu instead of the E2200 (2.2GHz). I've already opened it up and replaced the CPU w/ an E8400 that I had lying around.

FYI: For those concerned about heat - I lowered my overall system temp by 10C and CPU temp by 8-9C by setting this thing upright on a laptop cooling pad.

Mine is strange in that the Wi-Fi light flashes when I have HDD activity. I thought it would be pretty straightforward and simple to just move a connector inside to fix this, but the LED connector block is one big 7 pin (8 pin with one blocked off) style connector block that attaches one way only. The other end of the cables are soldered to the lights on the front of the case. I decided it wasn't worth it to me to try to correct this.

Cons: - This PC has a strange PC/laptop hybrid mobo.
- There are no PCI expansion slots. You cannot add any cards into this system.
- There's no power supply to speak of - the components for that are all on the mobo.
- There's one power connection for the HDD that uses a standard 4-pin molex connector on the HDD side, but the other end connects to the motherboard directly via a 5-pin fan-type connector.
- The DVD drive is like those you would stick in a laptop. However, it has a proprietary adapter attached onto the back of it. I'm not sure if this can be unscrewed to reveal a standard drive, or if the whole drive is proprietary. This is important to people who may be looking to stick a Blu-ray drive in this. The data cable for the drive is a small, white ribbon-type cable that you normally see attaching keyboards or displays on laptops. It is not a standard IDE or SATA connection. The drive itself shows as being a standard ATA drive in BIOS.

Other Thoughts: - The HDD is a full size 3 1/2" Seagate 640GB 7200.11 drive. It is connected via a SATA cable to the sole SATA connector on the motherboard. It looks like it would be fairly easy to replace the drive with something larger or an SSD to improve speed and cut down on heat, but you will probably need to use a 4-pin molex to SATA power adapter cable.
- The CPU is a LGA 775 socket CPU that is passively cooled by the two 40mm fans on the back of the case. There is a heatpipe attached to the heatsink that also helps to cool the Northbridge chip. The fans appear to blow air out of the back of the case, thus pulling the cooler air from other case openings. The top of the case is vented well, so heat should be manageable as long as this PC is kept standing upright.
- There are 2 RAM slots that are both filled. It uses laptop-style RAM. I believe the max for this board is 4GB, which is what it comes with.

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  • David P.
  • 10/1/2010 8:24:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPROBLEM

Pros: Compact

Cons: NO SOUND,have tried everything,<If it does not have internal speakers,the copy should say so,if external speakers are req'd ,it should be inclided in the specs.

Other Thoughts: runs very hot!

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  • John M.
  • 9/27/2010 5:24:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Price. Small form factor.

Cons: It is refurbished, so you may end up with a computer with cosmetic damage/missing parts. It is a risk you take.

Other Thoughts: I was slightly concerned with some of the reviews I had read, but I haven't had any issues with it yet. Am now triple booting with windows 7 and ubuntu. Will post back if there are any issues.

I got lucky, my computer game with a free keyboard and mouse (and everything it needed)

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  • Paul S.
  • 9/24/2010 3:02:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat bang for the buck

Pros: Reasonable power for the price.

Cons: Vista

Other Thoughts: I have two of these. One I bought elsewhere for slightly less and the second came from NewEgg. I am not a gamer. I use one as front end for my home theater, the other on my desk.
I upgraded both to Windows 7 using a 3 pack license I bought last year. When I think of all of the $$ I have spent on PCs over the years, including manufactured units as well as my own builds, I am amazed at the power and quality I have in these refurbs at amazing prices.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/17/2010 10:47:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsBargain if you tech savy...

Pros: Cheap, fast dual core processor, small form factor.

Cons: Windows Vista
Ships with outdated Bios
Runs Hot
Special AC Adaptor

Other Thoughts: Wiped the unit clear of vista when I first reicved it.
Now running very well on win 7.
This system runs hot due to the small form factor so make sure you upgrade the bios.

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  • Michael S.
  • 9/14/2010 11:54:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice

Pros: Just set this up for my wife. Really nice size and speed, especially considering the low price. We got everything we needed, the computer, the power adapter, keyboard, and mouse.

Cons: Not a big fan of Vista, but so far it is running nicely. It has a lot of software preloaded that is not needed or for which there is no registration key. I'll just uninstall this stuff to clean it up.

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  • PETER F.
  • 8/24/2010 3:31:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSmall noisy fans

Pros: None for me, I sold it right away as this item can't be returned back to newegg.

Cons: It has small fans that are by design running full throttle. Not suitable to be placed on the desk as the small format would suggest.

Other Thoughts: Other report other issues on the ASUS forum and consider too how ASUS handle them. I would carefully review those before buying.

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  • Yansong C.
  • 10/19/2009 9:48:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAmazing tiny box

Pros: Amazing tiny little box, runs quite, plenty of memory and hard disk space, bargain price.

Cons: There is some thermal design issue that can lead to overheat if you are not careful. 1) think, shining case good for appearance but bad for heat dissipation. 2) not enough vent - tine air inlet at the base can be blocked easily. The case is somewhat scratched, for a re certified box it is accetable.

Other Thoughts: I heard horrible story regarding overheat, crash and hardware failure. But it turns out to be good for me. No issue so far. Just be care not blocking the cool air inlet at rear base. T

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