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ASUS Zenbook UX31E-DH52 Intel Core i5 2557M (1.70GHz) 4GB Memory 128GB SSD 13.3
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Beautiful design, no screen flex or body flex this Ultrabook is very rigid.
-Li-Poly battery(lighter, and can last longer than typical Li-Ion)
-Great performance, and appearance.
-Good processor speed, nice size SSD.
-Wonderful packaging(safe & secure).
-All metal design for protection, and security.
-Accessories! You get a nice little pouch to carry the laptop in along with a velcro style cable tie, and a little bag for the Adapters.
-Power supply can be easily adapted for other countries with its interchangeable adapters.

Somehow, this design seems to slip under your arm perfectly for carrying around, even versus some slightly thinner, lighter UltraBooks.

Again, with the 2nd generation due in a few months, if you really have something for Ivy Bridge you will want to wait, however it seems that you may only get 100Mhz more speed in the mobile Ivy's, GPU performance is where they will really differ.

Cons: -No backlit keyboard!
So, I've read that the 2nd generation of ZenBooks with Ivy Bridge processors will have backlit keyboards. If you are patient enough to wait a few months (unlike me) then you may get one this summer.

-USB adapter needed for Wired LAN connections (this could limit bandwidth in some cases)

I understand why, as a big-ol RJ port would have messed with the nice look of the outside of the laptop case, but if you have any doubt about moving your music collection in minutes over gigabit, remember this.

Other Thoughts: For starters, this is a simply beautiful machine. From the packaging to the "Tags", ASUS thought of almost everything when building this. When you first open the box (+1 for Newegg and ASUS) the laptop is suspended by all corners by foam, and contained within yet another box for safety. The outside of the laptop is completely free of any branding stickers, which can be a problem for some laptops. I've read that ASUS got approval from both Microsoft and Intel to change the coloring of the tags to a monochrome, and it really adds to the "sleek" look. You will find merely 2 stickers on the inside, and one on the power brick and that is it.

IT does come with some of ASUS' software, such as standby widgets and "performance mode" but these are not very annoying, and of course easy to get rid of if you don't like them. This is fast, has a great screen, is lightweight and gets good battery life. If they manage to get a lit keyboard on this, it will be a total Mac Killer.

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Hitachi GST Deskstar 5K3000 HDS5C3020ALA632 (0F12117) 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Price(I nabbed these at a GREAT price 69.99ea)
-Performance, Sata II speeds on a 5400(5000?) rpm drive
-Write speeds of 110 MB/s in a 4 disk RAID 5
-Quiet(honestly I havent run into a modern drive that isn't)

Cons: 2 of 5 were DOA, one had an internal issue (wouldn't get recognized by BIOS) the second look as if it had been drop kicked by someone.

Beware if you plan on building a large RAID array with these disks and want to use a Windows OS. After plenty of research, it turns out you simply CANNOT install Windows (Even server 2008) on a RAID partition larger than 2 TB without a motherboard supporting UEFI.

Other Thoughts: I gave these a 4/5 simply because Newegg RMA'd my two DOA's without issue. Without that, I would say 3/5 is fair because I bought 5 drives, and only 3 worked. I've got 5 working drives, 4 of which are in a RAID 5 running Server 2008 on a virtualized environment. These don't seem to have any issue with access rates, I'm running 8 virtualized instances of various OS including XP, Linux (Ubuntu, SUSE) from a web server to several game servers.

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Display Name: Brad B.

Date Joined: 06/30/08

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  • First Review: 11/17/11
  • Last Review: 03/29/12
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