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Pros: It works. Screen is not half as bad as many online mag reviews made me think it was. At normal viewing distance it seems pretty clear to me. Seems fast enough (now that I got it unscrewed, see notes). Think this is exactly the type of product my wife was looking for.
Cons: Bugs probably due to refurb process made me almost scream for RMA a few times. Needed a complete windows reset to work properly. Seems to only accept 64gb max microSDXC cards (couldn't find details online anywhere).
Other Thoughts: When I first booted this thing up, it appeared to register multiple random touch-inputs all over the screen constantly. Perhaps was due to low battery from shipping even though I had it plugged in, as after letting it sit plugged in for a few hours it opened up and started setup without any random clicking.
After getting setup the first time, all programs opened extremely slow. Could not open Word or Excel. Edge and Firefox both opened some 20+ seconds after clicking on them. I finally realized there was a problem when I got errors opening Windows Store, and without that I could not install certain other programs I specifically bought this unit for.
I then did a windows reinstall from the hidden partition (F8/F10 on boot. Instruction Manual file installed on computer is wrong, telling you to select boot option is BIOS except there is no such option in the BIOS. Hold F8 or F10 (i did both, one of them worked) to enable the hidden partition boot. Proceeded to reset Windows and format drive. Took a LONG while, almost 3 hours. After it finally let me start doing the Win10 setup, get my Microsoft Account set up and get to my desktop, it now open Store no problem, is installing Office '16 no problem, is opening anything I click quite fast and doesn't seem to have a thing wrong with it now.
Was quite scared when I first started messing with this machine some 8 hours ago, what with having to deal with third-party RMA due to being a Refurb. A little persistence and patience paid off and this seems to be a very good machine for the price paid!
EDIT: After about a month's ownership, I learned just how cheap the components in this device are. All it took was a half-full 20oz soda bottle being tipped over to crack the screen and render the touch-functions useless. Wasn't even a hard strike, just reaching past and having a coat-sleeve brush the bottle causing it to tip from a rest, so there was no increased force or even that much weight in the upper part of the bottle as it was only half full. Just the rim at top of bottle just below the cap struck the outside edge of the screen creating a 1/2" diameter semicircle right at the edge, but sending 3 straight running cracks out radially across the screen's shorter dimension.
It does still work as a laptop only, or if I start something with the touchpad and then remove the keyboard for viewing only, but using any touchscreen function is completely out of the picture. Oh well. I guess you get what you pay for, though I am in general a fan of Acer screen products. Don't think I have have the screen replaced for much less than the purchase price.
This review is from: RAIJINTEK THEMIS, 3pcs 8mm Heat-Pipe, 12025 PWM Fan, Option To Install Dual Fans, Slim Type 120mm Heat-Sink(D:50mm), Multiple Mounting Kits for Intel & AMD, Easy installtion and User friendly design
Pros: -Very quiet.
-Very cool. (see Other for details)
-Looks cool when my case door is open although I lack a windowed case.
-Fan wires are plenty long enough and in braided shield to fit any board layout I can imagine.
Cons: -A few bent fins from packaging, though not harmful to product in any way and easy to bend back into place.
-Rubber "standoffs" for screw-less mounting of the fan: only comes with enough for the one included fan, so you'll need to acquire more if you want to add a second fan for push-pull operation. Mine came with 5 standoffs and I destroyed two of them trying to get them into place when assembling. I would prefer screws in the future.
-AMD mounts can only face the fan/heatsink up or down, not forward/back. I did research prior to purchase and maybe I missed this point or just misread it. Would really have liked to have my CPD fan pulling from over my RAM, but this beast moves so much air that even being mounted as it is it still helped cool my ram just from increased airflow in that area of my case.
Other Thoughts: -I would DEFINITELY recommend this product to others (have already, in fact), so long as I make clear the AMD mounting restrictions and RAM clearance.
-It is clearly stated in others posts about how much clearance is needed when mounting up/down for AMD that the RAM is a VERY tight fit. Even using RAM without integral heat sinks on my closest slot the THEMIS still touches my closest memory slot. RAM with a heat sink is not an option in that closest slot. Because I was aware of this prior to purchase, I will not remove any eggs.
-Going from a stock fan on an AMD FX6120 that would routinely hit 65*C or higher while playing certain games (Civ:BE, Skyrim with mods) and occasionally shutdown from overheat protection, I have not been able to make my CPU go higher than 40*C since installation of this Cooler. Not even increasing my settings from previous overheat levels, or multitasking intensive office software while also gaming can bring my CPU over that 40* threshold.
- My happiness with this product has led me to research other products from RAIJINTEK for my cooling needs on my soon-to-happen updating of my gaming rig.
Edit: Since writing the above review I have upgraded to an FX8350 processor on an MSI 990FX GAMING motherboard. Have a mild overclock to ~4370mhz and still cannot make my processor go over 40*C while running Fallout w/ mild mods, Skyrim heavily modded, Elite: Dangerous, Civ5 & Civ:BE all on Ultra settings. I am getting my temp readings from both MSI Afterburner and CPUID HWMonitor. Also with this motherboard the RAM slots appear to be slightly shorter so there is no contact from my RAM to the bottom of the cooler although the cooler still does sit over the first RAM slot. RAM w/ integral heat sink is still not an option for that first slot/channel1, though I have no problem with using tall heat sinks on channel 2/slots 2&4.
I cannot sing enough praises for the Raijintek Themis cooler!
Pros: Wireless. Battery lasts for a solid 8-10 hours of chat+gaming+line music at high volume. Lightweight and very comfortable to wear. Breathable earmuffs limit sweat over long periods. Audio/Chat mixer is handy, but can be confusing.
The sound is very, very good. Playing music through the line-in from my phone/pandora while gaming over the optical input is a joy and the sound is always crisp and clear with no noticeable distortion.
Cons: Only 3 settings to the Equalizer, and there's not much difference between them.
Have been told by friends while playing that the Mic is not very clear; when I switched devices to an old Logitech G920 set while working on Skype they didn't even recognize my voice and said the G920 sounded so many worlds better.
A good mass of cables to deal with out the back of the receiver: Optical, USB power-in, USB power-out (for charging the headphones), and optional Optical-out and Line-in 3.5mm (if you use those, which I do).
Other Thoughts: While there are lots of cables to deal with, I have very little trouble swapping this device back and forth between my PC and Xbox One.
One would think that for $300 the mic would sound top-notch, although I never knew there was a problem with it until I switched to another headphone briefly and friends caught it.
The Audio/Chat mixer is located on the right earphone, and by clicking towards the front or rear changes the volume mix with a range of 30 clicks, 15 being 50/50 blend. The confusing part is that when taking them off or storing them, if something presses down the side it can cause the earphones to blend one way and make you think they aren't working when you put them on. Several times I've tried re-syncing the headphones and receiver thinking they died only to realize after 5-10 minutes of panic that the mixer had been set all the way to voice without my knowledge.