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Pros: Large Capacity, firmware designed for use in NAS
Cons: As many others haev experienced, these 4TB drives (from many manufacturers) have a high DOA rate. I think it's because the manufacturers are pushing the tech a bit.
I bought 3 of these and had them shipped overnight and one was DOA.
Other Thoughts: Frustrated with RMA. I paid to have 3 drives shipped overnight. The RMA shipping label was a ground label, so I have to wait a week for the drive to get back to NewEgg. My return label should be of the same type as my original shipping choice.
Furthermore, I was charged to ship my DOA drive back. It's not MY fault the drive was DOA. Why should I be responsible for the cost to ship it back?
Pros: The only positive things I can say about this unit is that it has great battery life and that due to its size and weight, it's very portable.
(See "other thoughts") It makes a very nice paperweight.
Cons: The Atom Processor may be great for the battery, but Windows H8 running on it makes for a frustrating experience. Seemingly out of nowhere, the machine will just slow to a crawl for 5-10 seconds, and then resume as if nothing is happening. In my research to find a cause, I discovered that this is somewhat common with Windows on the Atom.
I tried repeatedly to create the rescue disks. No dice. I wound up having to reload the OS on this device so I did it from a DVD. Oh, but wait! When you plug a DVD drive into the dock's USB port, it's unreadable by the standard Windows H8 installer because there are no drivers. So I have this fancy dock that I can't use (no keyboard or mouse either) until I have Windows running. Since there is only one USB port on the side of the unit, it's hard to plug a DVD, keyboard AND a mouse in.. Gotta bust out the USB hub.
I then decided that I wanted to get the factory restore disks from Acer. I was annoyed that I had to pay for them, but that's the way of things these days. After I waited a few weeks for the disks to come, they didn't work - they were burned discs, not factory stamped, so it must've been a bad burn. I wish I could have just paid for them and downloaded the ISOs, but that was not an option.
I upgraded to Windows H8.1, and that fixed a few of my issues with Windows H8, but not all. The machine still seems to randomly fail to wake from sleep, although much less frequently than it did before H8.1.
The touch interface has an annoying problem that I have not encountered on other Windows H8.1 tablets. When I have a desktop app maximized and try to tap the X to close it in the upper right corner, the touchscreen will go into a strange state as though I had selected something by dragging. There is some magic spot in the extreme corner that causes this, and since I have sausage fingers, I almost always manage to hit it. If I tap the X very carefully on the extreme left edge of the button, I can make it close properly. I have only seen this happen on this unit. The Dell tablets we have at work don't have this problem.
This unit has a 32-bit processor, but only a UEFI firmware. What this means is that you're stuck with Windows H8. Since there are no UEFI 32-Bit Windows 7 available, I couldn't address my absolute despise of Windows H8 by just putting 7 on it.
Other Thoughts: I bought this unit to replace an old (2008) Macbook pro. I am typing this on the Macbook because I can't stand this unit. I bought it in September of '13 and stopped using it by November. It now sits on a shelf unused - a paper weight. I spent a little over $600 on it.. Nice paperweight, right?
Don't buy this. Please. Don't. If you really want a Windows Tablet, get one of the new 11" Dell units that are 64 bit and have quad core processors.
I would GLADLY sell this to someone for $400 just to be rid of it, WITH the 64GB SD card still inside.
Display Name: Chad D.
Date Joined: 12/11/12
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