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Pros: Modular Construction
Cons: Cables are difficult to work with, especially the primary motherboard cable.
The secondary power cable for the motherboard almost did not reach behind my Antec P280 to the top of my motherboard. YMMV as this is going to be different for every build.
Other Thoughts: Build:
AMD FX8350 @ 4.5Ghz
32GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3
Corsair Hydro H100i CPU Cooler
MSI 990FXA-GD80 V2
PNY GTX780 3GB
2x 600GB Velociraptors
4x 3TB Seagate SATA Drives
For a while now I've been suspecting that my rig was suffering from brown-outs and voltage dips but I've never had the time or wherewith all to test it. I previously had a Corsair TX650 which fit the bill, but after having upgraded from a GTX660GI and just two drives, to the GTX780 and six drives, I mistakenly did not think about the power that my machine had to drive the load.
A few hours of running intense VMs or XCOM would result in the machine bogging down and then a BSOD and a frowny face. Originally I thought this had something to do with drivers but it was persistent across all changes I made.
Slapped this bad boy in a while back and the difference is night and day. My computer is now stable and will run whatever I throw at it. I won't tell you that it's faster, because this is after all just a powersupply. It is, however, capable of running for hours on end now with no issues.
This review is from: ASUS Black ZenFone 2 View Flip Cover Deluxe (ZE551ML) 90AC00F0-BCV006
Pros: It protects the screen and integrates with the phone's stock software.
Cons: It looks and feels cheap.
The window smudges easy and is difficult to clean.
Other Thoughts: Do yourself a favor and buy another case for your ZenFone 2. Cutting right to the chase, this case feels cheap. It protects the screen, but that's where the benefits stop.
The cover feels like plastic masquerading as more expensive materials, because that is exactly what it is.
The window smudges easily and is aggravating to clean.
The cover doesn't lay flat, no matter how much I try to gently (vigorously) bend it into submission.
My suggestion is to find something else to protect your ZenFone 2 with.
Pros: Fast CPU
Gorgeous screen with fantastic viewing angles
Lots of RAM
64GB of storage onboard
Sound card plays everything very well
Bluetooth Connectivity is excellent with good range
Wireless stays connected with solid performance
Build quality is excellent. Feels premium in the best way.
Photos are fantastic and the camera is very quick.
Cons: Asus Software
Battery life is so-so
Why do you insist on trying to re-create Android? Just give us Android.
Other Thoughts: Let's be honest, it's taken me a while to write this review. It was supposed to be in a number of weeks ago, but then, yeah. I couldn't do it. Why? Because I hated this phone after only two hours of use.
Oh sure, the hardware is fantastic and looks and feels like a premium device. Call quality is awesome and getting a full work-day of battery life out of it is easy to do, as long as you work less than 6 hours in a day, or have your charger with you. Go to the gym and it is much easier to carry than my whale-named-other-phone. *cough*nexus*cough*
However, I just can't get over the fact that the phone is riddled with Asus software and I have absolutely no need for it. I'm sorry, but we have all of these features already and they're backed by Google. Security concerns aside, the delivery of Google software is much more intuitive and less-invasive than the Asus software which this phone comes bogged down with.
Add in the fact that this has not one but two security scanners installed by default, neither of which is well known, and It makes you think that this is just another device to push ad-generating revenue onto the masses.
Luckily there are custom ROMs for this phone. Do yourself a favor and ditch the stock ROM now, and load up Cyanogen 12.1. I'll wait.
Notice how the phone is now faster? Responds better to inputs too, doesn't it? Let me know when you get a pop-up from crapware loaded on the phone, oh wait, you won't. Because it's not there. I could go on... and I will.
The battery lasts longer. It's still not over 24 hours, but with careful use I can easily get 18. Mind you that's not with any video watching, or heavy surfing. With normal use we're around 12 hours. Much longer than the stock software's 6 hours if we're lucky.
With Cyanogen the back of the case no longer heats up when just sitting on the table and there's no more annoying Asus pop-up warnings for checking their site, only to find that they're requesting a review of their apps.
I can see what Asus was attempting to do, but they've gone about it the wrong way. The reason that phones are successful is because they're awesome hardware coupled with awesome software. This phone hits on one of those aspects from the factory, fortunately you can solve the software thing yourself. Unfortunately it voids your warranty.
Display Name: Christopher H.
Date Joined: 11/06/02
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