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Pros: Good quality IPS screen, colors and viewing angles are excellent
Screen touch responsiveness is good
Cons: Power button is a tiny button on the side of the laptop
Touching the screen a bit too hard gives ripples of colors
Screen hinges are weak and for such a small screen, it sure flops around a lot
Design is sort of awkward, when the laptop is closed, it doesn't seem flush with the rest of the laptop, almost looks broken even though it's just the design
No ethernet port
And here is the one that ruined the laptop for me:
The SATA interface is only SATA II and not SATA III.
I bought this laptop with the intentions of putting in a Samsung SSD to make it blazing fast and the max speeds that the laptop could get was 250mb/s read and write, which is less than half what the drive is capable of.
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Great UEFI BIOS
Supports high speed memory at high voltages
Cons: Color scheme, but once you have your stuff installed it's not very visible
PCB is not black like it appears in the picture, it is in fact dark brown
Only 2 fan headers, one CPU and one case fan, though both are 4-Pin, and was enough for my situation.
Other Thoughts: I bought this motherboard as part of a budget computer build made for light gaming and some audio production work. The case of choice was EVGA's Hadron Air. Paired with an i3-4150 and a GTX 750ti, along with Corsair Vengeance Pro memory and a Samsung 840 Evo SSD, the build came together nicely. ASRock has one of my favorite UEFI BIOS layouts; Everything is simple and organized, and it gives you the options you want and ones you didn't even know you needed, such as a dehumidifier option which allows the fans to spin up periodically to keep moisture out even when the computer is off.
So far I have found the board to be very stable. Setting the XMP profile for the Corsair memory was extremely easy and is now running at 2400MHz with a Cas9. I understand that the i3-4150 is not overclockable but with this board in particular, I am able to set a custom turbo frequency of 4.5GHz and the CPU runs at that frequency the entire time.
Overall if it wasn't for the dark brown PCB and the early 2000's looking blue color scheme, this would be the perfect motherboard. I have not tested out the onboard audio or the AC wifi capability but I'm positive I won't be disappointed.
Cons: Slower than acclaimed speed
Other Thoughts: I was excited to buy this for my brand new notebook to replace the existing hard drive. Installing was as easy as can be, very similar to installing RAM in notebooks, and then removing the hard drive. After installing a fresh version of Windows 8.1 and installing all updates and drivers, I did a speed test with AS SSD Benchmark and here were my results...
So what is going on? It's advertised to have read and write speeds in the lower 500s. This is just very disappointing, and future buyers beware that this SSD does not run at the speeds that it is advertised, it is very noticeable over using a Samsung Evo SSD...
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