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This review is from: RAZER Goliathus CONTROL Edition Soft Mouse Pad - Small
Pros: Excellent mousing surface. Very response. Nice low profile.
Cons: The surface is a little rougher than I would prefer--hence 4 instead of 5 stars.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master NotePal ErgoStand - Adjustable Laptop Cooling Stand with 140 mm Fan
Pros: Fairly sturdy.
Cons: Extremely weak airflow. Even using the adaptor option to power it did not make a difference. My notebook feels no cooler than it did before and still overheats.
Other Thoughts: Don't waste your money.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Well-built (though not what I would call a road-warrior), runs cool, vibrant screen that can go a couple notches of brightness above comfortable (this is a good thing). Windows 7 64 cooks right along on this notebook, and the Nvidia 320 M graphics run better than I expect. I don't game much, but found Burnout: Paradise City and Devil May Cry 4 run fluidly on this system. Having 5 Word documents, 4 Dreamweaver projects, 2 Photoshop files, and over 20 tabs open in both Chrome and Firefox open at the same time didn't cause any noticeable lag once I blew out the drive and put a clean install of Windows 7 on the machine to get rid of ASUS's crapware. All external ports are situated on the sides with the memory card reader under the front lip. I'm not a fan of ports in the back on notebooks, so this was a plus. Multi-touch on the mouse pad works well as does tapping the pad instead of the buttons, but you'll want to crank the palm detection all the way up.
Cons: Out-of-the-box, this was one of the worst factory installations of an OS and third-party speed-sucking bloatware I've ever seen. The main drive was oddly partitioned with drive C: being labeled 'data' and given something like 70 gigs of space with the rest of the space made drive D:. Drive C: wasn't even a backup partition, so I'm not sure why it was setup that way. The sound was initially horrible until I discovered that the post-processing SRS sound software was distorting and killing the signal. Once off, the sound is just fine through my Grados. I wish the USB port on the right side was located more towards the hinge as it interferes a bit too much when a wired mouse is plugged into that side.
Technical documentation like system schematics and even hardware specs are completely absent. ASUS does not provide anything better on their website, either (Newegg provide more complete specs than ASUS O.o). Divining the correct drivers for the incorrectly installed camera was a pain.
Other Thoughts: Bottom line:
Definitely worth the money if you don't mind formatting the drive and putting a fresh install of Windows 7 on it.
The camera initially had the wrong driver installed, causing the frame to be displayed inverted. I had to look up the hardware PID number, then sort through the 7 available drivers to get the camera working correctly.
So, yeah--it runs quite nicely after doing away with the default software install.