ASUS Essentio,characterized by its Intel H61 Express Chipset,USB3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s interface, suits your computing needs perfectly. With HDMI for Hi-def enjoyment, EPU for saving up to 40% energy, and an online entertainment store asus@vibe, it deservedly should be given priority in your choice!
VERY nice PC!
Pros: Good HD space, runs very well, nice on-board graphics, good amount of RAM, easy to use, can reinstall windows without disk by using a start-up command which makes it easy if you need to reinstall, the wireless antennae are very nice
Cons: Rather annoying trying to get into safe-mode, ASUS changed the default way
Other Thoughts: A friend gifted me this PC when mine went on the fritz and died. I wasn't looking for a high-volume gaming PC but I do game. This has worked VERY well for my purposes and does not take a hard hit. I have run Sims 3 on full settings, windowed and multitasking and it's fine. I have done the same with WoW, Star Trek Online, and even now, Guild Wars 2.
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A piece of high-tech garbabe
Pros: It arrived in a nice box.
Cons: This computer is without a doubt the worst piece of high-tech garbage I have ever owned. It only operates at the same speed as the 5 year old Dell it replaced. It is advertised as a great platform for HD, 3D, gaming and multimedia. That is FALSE. The graphics system needs to be upgraded since the on board one can't handle even basic mouse movements without jerking. I don't run games, but this computer won't even scroll through a short webpage without problems so you can forget about anything that is graphics intensive.
Other Thoughts: ASUS is more concerned about their image than whether they sell computers that work as advertised. When I tried to return the computer for repairs, the tech department refused to pay for return shipping. Only after a marketing guy stepped in again did they agree to pay. When I finally did return it, I taped specific instructions directly to the computer covering the problems the computer was having. About two weeks later, the computer returned. The tech department ignored my instructions and just replaced the hard drive with a new one. They did nothing else. None of the problems were addressed, and the computer was clearly never tested to see if any of the problems that caused it to be returned in the first place were fixed since they remain to this day.
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No Chassis Fans?!
Pros: Decent price for the system, includes wireless, and USB 3 as well optical audio.
Cons: CPU fan is constantly revving at highest speed when processing things not even intense at all. Already tried usual driver/bios fixes from their website and configured EFI bios settings accordingly.
Other Thoughts: Maybe 1 or 2 chassis fans???
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“Good HD space, runs very well, nice on-board graphics, good amount of RAM, easy to use, can reinstall windows without disk ...”— Nick H. 9/18/2012
“Decent price for the system, includes wireless, and USB 3 as well optical audio.”— Anthony 4/5/2012