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Pros: -Fast booting times, thanks to the SSD.
-Chromebook overall makes complete use of its resources, thank you Chrome OS.
-HDMI, USB 3.0, and the SD card slot makes this a feature-full budget laptop.
-Ability to prolong the life of the battery to about 7 hours!
-Google Drive gives you gigabytes (not sure how many GBs) of storage when registering the chromebook for a year.
-The track-pad, I believe, is great; see other thoughts.
-The overall feel for the laptop is sturdy enough for regular use. In other words it doesn't feel flimsy.
-Keyboard is easy to work with.
-Picked this up for $222, CHEAP.
Cons: -No Adobe Flash Support, but perhaps there's an app that enables it.
-Screen is cheap but, you get what you pay for.
-Doesn't come in different colors.
Other Thoughts: -I understand some people might use more than 16GB but you have to make some compromises; the SSD really attracts me more than a larger mechanical drive at this price, it helps tremendously with boot speeds.
-The track-pad is amazing (or I might be easily amazed), it doesn't have two extra buttons like a traditional track-pad does but what the chromebook does instead is allows the user to use two fingers and by either tapping or clicking on the track-pad it is translated to a right-click. Same with a single finger that translates to a left-click. Similar to tablet configs.
Pros: -ACX cooler is efficient.
-Plays almost every game on 1080p, maxed, smoothly.
-The card itself looks sleek.
-4GB of vram.
Cons: -Can get a bit noisy, not hair-dryer loud, but a weak hair-dryer breeze. I expected the card to be quieter.
-When I received my card, I noticed a few bent fins on the cooler, I decided to leave them be since it didn't affect performance but, it is worth noting shipping or manufacturing damage.
-Very cool, temps don't go over 77C.
-The 256-bit bus.
-A bit overpriced...
Other Thoughts: -I was disappointed to know that running Skyrim whilst running many mods (including an ENB) consumed a maximum of 1.97 GB of vram [on 1080p]. Which leaves me to believe that 4GB of vram is unnecessary, at least for today's games. Since games like BF4 and SC:Blacklist only use about 1.7-1.8GB of vram on 1080p.
-If you are playing on 1080p, this isn't the card for you; the reason I got this card was for the bigger memory (for modding purposes) which isn't getting used :(
-It's debatable whether the card will actually use 4GB of vram with only 256-bit bus, this card would benefit from using a higher bus interface.
-Also note that the card can't max everything out, especially the AMD titles such as Tomb Raider; TressFX really takes a big hit. Nonetheless, it will still give solid performance at med-high settings.
-My card OC [on top of the factory OC] for a 1% increase:
Core Clock: +36Mhz
Memory Clock: +230MHz
I didn't expect much since it was a FTW ed, but it was my first time OC'ing a card and I did see some improvements running Skyrim (with many mods) at a more stable 30FPS.
-Final Thought: I wished that the card would see a price drop since the r9 series was released.
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version)
Pros: -It's newer
-boot times are crazy fast
-Win8's "Refresh PC" option
Cons: -Unstable OS for Radeon HD 7k series, the most stable drivers for this series is 12.6 (for Windows 7), which is the last driver before the unstable-fest that comes with COMPATIBLE Windows 8 drivers (12.8 drivers and above.
-"Apps" are useless
-When clicking on links, it uses IE unless you disable it
-It's overpriced for the headaches this OS gives
Other Thoughts: -I also blame AMD for having BAD drivers but also Windows 8 for not releasing any type of patch to fix ANY of the 3d application bugs
-I bought the Home Premium version
-If you're planning to game a lot and you want to TRY Windows 8, buy the Pro version or above because this OS is very buggy with many 3d applications and at the moment, there isn't much support to fix these bugs leaving Windows 8 in a bug-fest for any game.
-I really wish I could roll back to Windows 7
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