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ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T 11.6
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Everything works out the box on Ubuntu. The keyboard feels pretty good and touchpad gestures are well supported. This laptop can be found for around $400 on sales (I got it double open box for $350 elsewhere). The construction is nice and looks better than most cheap low end laptops.

Cons: There are a few things to watch out for buying this:
The cooling is mediocre so it runs a consistent 40-60c, and video rendering and gaming can make the CPU go to 80c (it seems to stabilize at 85c, before thermal shutdown).
Don't expect to game on it, which should be obvious since it's an i3 with integrated graphics
The panel is separating slightly from the hinge, not in a threatening way but it is annoying. This could also be from me opening it up.

Other Thoughts: I got this for mainly web browsing and coding and have had it around half a year. I put Ubuntu on it which trumps 8 on this laptop. Touchscreen, fn keys, and touchpad gestures work out the box in Ubuntu 13.04 and 13.10. You can also easily capture and modify all the touchpad and fn keys (like rebind the webcam button on the 'v' key).

The touchscreen is annoying, but can be disabled on Linux with (change 0 to 1 to enable):

/usr/bin/xinput set-prop 'Atmel Atmel maXTouch Digitizer' 'Device Enabled' 0

I put a cheap early gen SSD in and everything is blazing fast. The system boots in seconds and applications open pretty much instantly (except FF, but that always takes forever to open).

** Be careful if you install a SSD, first keep track of what screw goes where because they are different sizes and they can damage the keyboard side. Second, you will need either a 7mm high SSD or (voiding the warranty) remove the circuit board from the casing and wrap it in something to protect it.

Summary: If you can find this on sale and just need a step up from a tablet, this laptop works well. Had to give it 4 stars because of the cooling, but otherwise it's a nice low end laptop. Ubuntu works very well on it.

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Razer Mamba Rechargable Wireless PC Gaming Mouse
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Disappointed and not worth the money 11/06/2013

This review is from: Razer Mamba Rechargable Wireless PC Gaming Mouse

Pros: Looks very clean and nice. Fits my large hand okay. Ambidextrous (good for lefties). The sensor tracks pretty well (the dual sensor seems over the top though). L/R clicking feels pretty solid.

Cons: The software SUCKS. Synapse 2.0 REQUIRES you to create an account and sign a privacy policy to get the drivers. The program also has a very annoying overlay when you change DPI. After removing the software, it removed the drivers, and installing the legacy drivers or using PnP did not bring back DPI functionality (which worked with PnP previously).

The buttons/wheel feel very cheap. The side buttons have a bit of lift and rattle. The scroll wheel rattles when in some positions and feels very loose and on par with a $10 generic mouse. Logitech buttons wear out fast but feel significantly better.

Receiver is bulky and no dongle alternative.

Other Thoughts: Dealt with support a bit and got little help which was expected. Basically this is how it's going to be. If Razer decides to stop doing things their way and listen to the numerous complaints out on the web, I might revisit the idea of buying their products. For now I'm going to just find a cheap Logitech and replace it as the buttons wear out.

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In Win BP655 mini ITX case with IP-S300FF1-0 H Haswell Ready power supply, 8cm Fan, Black, TAC 2.0, Front USB 3.0X2, HD audio
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's cheap and okay size. Comes with a PSU.

Cons: PSU is only 300watt and died within a year (just now actually). The chassis is laid out very weird and is noisy. The auxiliary input fan is 90 degrees to the natural airflow and basically blows across the HD into the chassis side. Cooling isn't bad since there is a grille above the CPU fan, but not optimal.

Other Thoughts: The size is not too bad. It's got a pretty clean design (aside from the super bright LED) that blends in with consoles (xbox/playstation). The chassis is pretty spacious as well, but the layout could be improved on. It works if you just need a cheap case for an ITX layout, but Silverstone looks to be a much better deal.

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William N.'s Profile

Display Name: William N.

Date Joined: 08/10/09

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 02/13/11
  • Last Review: 12/11/13
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