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Pros: nice laptop. Easy to get most drivers because it is nearly all Intel hardware: graphics, wireless, wired network, etc. The only thing I could not get drivers for was the fingerprint reader.
Cons: Came with only a couple drivers loaded, the wireless network and the wired network. Graphics wouldn't even support the right resolution with the way it was loaded. If an normal user had received one of these this way, it would not be very usable. Fingerprint scanner wasn't usable. the special buttons weren't usable. Even power management features weren't usable.
What a poor image to load on this machine. They obviously didn't put any effort into making it work right. I wouldn't trust the warranty or claims of support, that's for sure.
Also, it came with a 3rd party hard drive. It wasn't the original HP hard drive, and the one they put in was the cheapest, least reliable brand out there: Toshiba. I replaced it immediately. I'm not trusting any data to a Toshiba hard drive. Every single Toshiba hard drive I've had in my (server software) test lab has failed, and that's on the order of hundreds.
The only reason I'm not giving it one egg is because it is an operational laptop, and I am capable of loading the drivers myself. It's not the laptop's fault, nor the manufacturer, HP. It's the refurbisher, US Micro, that's at fault.
Other Thoughts: If it wasn't so cheap through a Shell-Shocker, I wouldn't advise buying it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Nice board layout, PLX bridge to enhance PCIe capabilities, M.2 PCIe slot, clean, not unnecessarily complex
Cons: reliability problems, support is significantly lacking. My first board lasted ten days, then it bluescreened and wouldn't boot. Through troubleshooting, using 4 different sets of memory, three on their approved list, and 2 different CPUs, a Core i7 4770k and a Pentium G3220, I found that any memory in slot B1 would cause the system to not boot with a 0055 code, and if all four are populated it would give a ddFE code. It took 7 days to get through the process to get a new board sent to me, which is way too long. When I got the new board, I had the exact same problem. I got a Sabretooth Z97 mark 2 from a local place, and both CPUs and all 4 sets of memory work fine in that board, so I know it is not me, nor my other equipment. I had to buy the second board just to be sure it wasn't me, and that I wasn't going crazy. I dread having to go through the RMA process again.
Other Thoughts: I've been an Asus fan for a long time. I've purchased around fifty Asus boards. I've bought some competitors' boards at times, but I've always had issues with them. Asus has always had very compatible and reliable boards for me in the past. I just never had to deal with their support before. Wow, am I disappointed with their support process. The people are great, but they really need to work on streamlining their processes and make support easier to reach. The whole "file a case online and then call or online chat with support" thing is quite annoying.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: nice WQHD screen, simple to operate. nice clear picture. nice anti-glare coating.
Cons: only two inputs: DisplayPort and dual link DVI-D. Horrible support, majorly fragmented, hard to get to the right department. Horrible functionality, with DisplayPort, will sometimes swap vertical lines, leaving a very distorted picture, no controls over anything other than power. Horrible reliability, I bought one at another retailer, the power supply went out after a week, swapped, the power supply on the next one went out after 3 months, swapped, power supply went out again after ten days, swapped, power supply went out after another 6 weeks, swapped, power supply went out again after a month. The last one has lasted me over a year now.
Other Thoughts: This being a refurbished unit may have the new power supply that is actually reliable, but with such a short warranty period, I wouldn't take the chance. Heck, some people with these may have the ones I swapped out because of bad power supplies. I'll never trust an HP monitor again.READ FULL REVIEW