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Pros: Fast i7 processor
7200 Hard drive that boots pretty fast
GeForce GTX 760 Video card (Even though it's not full retail specs)
Lots of USB 3.0 ports
Cons: The biggest con has to be the OS.
The Hard drive comes partitioned, I hate split drives.
The optical drive in it is HORRIBLE
The case is very impractical. A clear case of form over function and seems very fragile.
Excessive software pre-installed.
Fairly weak Power supply. Would need to upgrade in the future.
Wish it had more RAM.
Other Thoughts: I had a lot of issues with Windows 8 unfortunately, but I know many have. I installed my own copy of Office 2010 and Windows 8 automatically changes email settings making Outlook incompatible with Comcast service. This took awhile to figure out. Save yourself some time and heartache Comcast customers and manually input all of your correct email settings in Outlook.
Have had issues with the Optical drive on this. The DVD is very low quality and mine behaves very strangely. When I rip CD's it does so quickly when the drive can be heard spinning. Other times the drive is totally silent and it takes nearly one minute (50 sec.) to RIP a small 5 min song at 256. Weird. Maybe I got a bad optical drive on this one.
I must say I have enjoyed gaming on this machine. You can crank the settings up to Ultra on the games I have played np. (Like Bioshock Infinite and Metro LL).
I can't beat the Black friday price I paid.
I am slowly getting used to the software but some things are just annoying. For example there are 3 different music players on it, Xbox, Asus and WMP and even setting WMP to default doesn't keep the others from Launching randomly.
My first pre-built system ever. Assembling a similar build would be nearly $1300 with quality parts. So I couldn't skip this one. Look for a good sale price on it and I would consider it a good buy overall. I would buy it again under similar circumstances despite some of the issues.
This review is from: Belkin BZ103050-TVL Mini Surge Protector with 2 USB Charger - Wall Mount
Pros: Power outlets work great. Pivot plug can plug it in any direction pretty much. No surge damage to my son's equipment. (Laptop, printer, phone charger)
Cons: Unfortunately I can't seem to find very specific info on the USB plugs in it. I was wondering if the problem is that it is only USB 1.0. Either that or it lacks the output to charge an iTouch. My son said he can charge his (non-data) phone with it, but it doesn't work to charge his itouch. When he does plug in the touch he gets an error message saying it can't be charged. One egg off.
Other Thoughts: Despite the USB charging issues the surge/outlet aspect of this device has worked out great. Worth buying if your needs are fairly simple. Just know the USB ports may not work with some equipment.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TRENDnet TK-209K 2-Port USB KVM Switch Kit w/ Audio (Includes 2x KVM Cables)
Pros: Not bulky/small profile
pretty quick and easy switching back and forth
Cons: Cords stick out in every direction making it kind of messy.
Failed after a few months
very short cables
Other Thoughts: Bought this for two computers a Mac and a PC. Worked great for awhile. Then a few months in started having issues with the USB ports not working for the keyboard and mouse. Fixed it for a while by unplugging and replugging then restarting. Now it won't even work at all. My previous KVM was a 4 port Belkin that lasted almost 10 years before it went out slowly. Probably should have looked at them again instead of Trendnet. Guess you get what you pay for.READ FULL REVIEW