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Pros: 10 ports. USB3. Just read the description, I can't really do more than rattle off the features.
Total bargain if you catch it on sale.
Cons: USB cable it comes with is annoyingly short, and it's one of those weird new USB3 alternate connector ones that nobody has any extras of. If you want the switch on your desk and the computer under, you should simultaneously purchase a longer cable.
No high power ports.
Doesn't charge without computer connection.
Other Thoughts: I honestly cannot comprehend why nobody makes a USB hub that charges devices. There are literally zero of them available on newegg. There are sometimes ones available on other sites, but they're OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive ($300 for a 10 ipad charger? seriously? there aren't even any electronics in it, it's a 5 volt busbar wired to some USB ports). It boggles the mind that every smartphone and ipad and whatever else these days comes with a single-port wall-to-USB charger, technology that compared to the intricacies of involving a computer is basically bronze age, and NOBODY has thought to mash 8 of them together into a high-power USB plugbar and sell it for the $25 piece of inert plastic and metal it is.
I bought this exclusively hoping to use it as a charger, and it looks like it's going to be bad at it. Oh well, I guess I needed a USB3 hub anyway. This is a great example of the ineptitude of capitalism. Everyone in the world who has more than 2 mobile devices wants one of these, and for some reason nobody sells them. But I digress. Knocked it one egg for the short cable and the lack of charging whilst disconnected from a computer.
Pros: - Reasonable sensitivity
- Reasonable price
- Decent sensor (low jitter)
- Specs say long battery life (only had it for a few days)
- On-mouse sensitivity adjustor button
- Plastered with blue LEDs (the most awesome color)
- 3 position switch: OFF, ON, ON+LEDs
Cons: - Scroll wheel is kinda iffy. No horizontal scroll, but it has enough freedom to wobble back and forth and touch the sides of its little slot, which makes for some irritating resistance while scrolling. It's also pretty large which can make for slow scrolling. I knocked an egg for this.
- Positioning of pinky is a little awkward. I'm sure ill get used to it. it's better than the old one anyway
Other Thoughts: Looks pretty cool. Bigger and heavier duty than my last mouse.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Every single thing about this laptop is better than my old laptop. It has:
- more than twice as much ram
- about 15x the CPU performance
- wireless N and AC
- thunderbolt/DP video out
- bigger screen
- longer battery life
- bigger hard drive
- more/better USB ports
- backlit keyboard
- no stupid nub mouse thing
- current-gen nvidia graphics card
Seriously. I could go on and on. My old laptop was a Dell Latitute D620, a speed demon of a laptop back when it came out, sometime in like 2003.
This laptop will probably be good at everything. I don't expect the GPU to stand up to modern games on the highest available settings, but I didn't buy it to get twelve thousand frames per second while playing quake and it will probably handle everything OK on most medium and high settings. I will be using it largely for software development, but I'll probably game on it if my desktop is otherwise occupied for some reason. It's nice to have the option.
Comes with GPT-formatted drive.
I've tested this instant-resume-from-standby too, it's pretty instant. A second maybe? Perhaps a bit longer. Boots and runs through setup quickly too.
- a moderately dedicated gamer looking to game on the go
- someone looking for a high-power laptop on a reasonable budget
- a power user who hates slow computers
- a developer who spends a lot of time compiling
This may be exactly the sort of laptop you're looking for. I got this one refurbished because the new ones were out of stock, but there's no reason not to save a buck or two - Even if you get 3 DOA units in a row and pay for return shipping for each of them, it will still be cheaper than it would be to buy a new one.
Cons: - I like turtles
Other Thoughts: Newegg's description of the USB connectivity is INCORRECT. This model features 4 USB3.0 ports, not 4 USB2.0 ports. The device manager reports a USB3 controller, so they are definitely proper 3.0 ports. You can also tell from the picture - the ports are noticeably blue.
I wish you could order laptops that had all of the replaceable parts not included. I plan to buy a SSD (one of the 1TB Samsung 840 ones that are less than $600 at the time of this review) but that leaves me this extra 1TB 5400rpm hdd that I probably won't ever do anything with. I might also have upgraded the ram, but in order to put 32 gigs in here I'd end up in the same scenario with the pair of 4GB sticks it came with.
It also comes with this weird, ASUS branded version of windows 8. Not sure how I feel about that. Whatever, if the other reviewers are right then I can reinstall windows 8 from any image, as long as it's the version that originally came with the laptop (the license hocus pocus is squirreled away in the BIOS somewhere).