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Pros: - awesome price for the hardware
- no touch screen (i don't like touch screens)
- iris graphics
- 802.11 a/c wireless
- pcie SSD (which is even faster than non-raid sata)
- highest build quality
- great keyboard (which is backlit)
- IPS retina display with phenomenal color accuracy and full sRGB range
- amazing battery life
- pretty seamless integration of hardware/software with good HiDPI font rendering
- decent speakers for the size of the machine
Cons: - some people have had major problems with the wireless connections on these laptops. however, i am not one of those people. mine works very well and without issue. for those who ARE having problems, i suspect a driver or firmware update will resolve the issue. i purchased my macbook at a local brick-and-mortar, solely because i wanted to make sure i could exchange it immediately if i had wireless problems. it would have been a bit cheaper (i.e. no tax) had i purchased it through newegg.
- memory, cpu, and battery are non-upgradeable/non-replaceable. this is kind of a big deal. particularly with the battery. batteries should be replaceable, period.
- glossy display (though almost all ultrabooks currently use glossy displays)
Other Thoughts: macs are known for running a bit hot. some people think that 80'C to 90'C is just fine but if you investigate the overclocking community - a demographic with substantial understanding/experience of thermals and longevity - you will discover those temperatures are considered less than optimal. however, i was able to reduce my max temps by about 10'C through the use of third party fan control software.
the speakers are okay, but most people don't buy notebooks this size for their speakers. still, playing with the equalizer in itunes can make the audio quite pleasant.
i am neither a fanboy nor hater of apple or microsoft. i do find some apple users a bit too smug given their general lack of tech-prowess (though this could be said for some windows and linux users, as well). regardless of your preference, this laptop is the best bang for your buck. hate OSX? no problem - even after the additional costs of a windows OS purchase, this laptop is still cheaper than the competition and well worth the price.
Pros: fastest ultrabook currently on the market (2.8GHz processor, intel HD 5100). screen is AMAZING -- not just resolution, but contrast ratio (over 2000:1 is entirely insane), and color accuracy is extremely high. chassis is very well built and this ultrabook is beautiful to look at.
Cons: during benchmarks at notebookcheck the core temp hit 90'C. most users won't hit those temps, but the fact that it got that high at all is bad. also, because of the way the screen moves back behind the base of the computer, the heat exhaust is pointed at the bottom of the monitor. this design flaw breaks my heart, because the UX301LA is otherwise (to date) the most spectacular ultrabook ever made. for those that don't understand why the heat build-up and exhaust port are a big deal: it means the UX301LA will most likely not last. this is, of course, educated speculation on my part and i could be wrong. but i have a lot of tech experience and heat is a serious factor in the lifespan of a computer. that is the only reason i gave this laptop 4 eggs vs 5.
this has already been stated by others, but the way windows implements the whole touch screen interface and high DPI graphics scaling is beyond horrific. this isn't asus' fault, so i didn't drop an egg for that.
Other Thoughts: unfortunately, i was simply not comfortable with the manner in which this laptop manages heat. as much as it saddened me to do so, i returned mine. again, i could be wrong about the heat thing (and only time will tell), but i just wasn't willing to risk it at this price point.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: very fast speeds. rock solid connections. this router is a beast.
runs dd-wrt with minimal installation headache. anyone with moderate to high tech savvy should absolutely try it. it may seem a bit daunting at first, but it is an extremely rewarding experience. using this router's 5ghz radio in client bridge mode connected to my n56u router, transfer speeds between my desktop and file server downstairs are 22MBs!! torrents, games, and streaming HD media are silky smooth and perfectly stable.
i love this router.
Cons: nothing comes to mind.
Other Thoughts: for those interested in dd-wrt (and on this router, it's a relatively simple procedure) do a google search for "charleswilkinson n66u dd-wrt". he has a fairly consolidated and (at the time of this review) up to date walkthrough for installing dd-wrt on this specific router.
running dd-wrt on this beast will allow you to do things you never thought possible. and some very useful things, at that.
i have my primary desktop (the one i use for gaming and torrents and watching movies) connected to my n66u via ethernet. the n66u connects as a client bridge to my main router (n56u) downstairs via the 5ghz wireless, on the same subnet (meaning my desktop can see all the devices on my network) seamlessly with no additional configuration of my main (n56u) router! i can host games (like borderlands2 in co-op, minecrafter servers, etc) flawlessly! and moving files at 22MBs between my desktop and file server just makes happy!!!
if you don't want to (or can't) run gigabit wire to connect some of your devices to your network, this is the very next best thing!