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Pros: Form factor is good.
Viewing angles are excellent.
Plays HD content both streamed from the network and on Netflix flawlessly.
Runs Word, and Outlook acceptably.
The keyboard cover is very nice and provides an excellent stand when using it on a solid surface.
The battery life is reasonable. I get about five to six hours of use doing things like movies or web video.
Cons: Excel, PowerPoint performance lags.
Web browsing with IE11, FireFox, or Chrome is slow and pages noticeably tax the CPU when loading. Absolutely requires an AD blocker.
Recharge time is very long.
Pressing the power button sometimes results in no reaction from the tablet. Have to press twice to get a reaction.
The keyboard is too small for all members of our family with the exception of my son who is six. However, even he struggles with the touch pad.
Other Thoughts: First and foremost I feel like this should be a tablet, so I ran the device through what most tablets do for most of their life. I fired up Chrome, and streamed some music from SoundCloud while surfing the web. Immediately issues appeared when websites would take between five and ten seconds to load. Bringing up the task manager shows that the CPU is at 80% just running Chrome.
We all know Chrome is a pig, so I removed it and installed FireFox. Same result. The same pages took between five and ten seconds to load and the system lagged heavily with 80% CPU utilization. Music did not, however chop in either browser.
Killed the music and web surfing became better, but it was never what you would call fluid. You could do it, but I found myself reaching for my 6 inch smart phone instead.
For office products, it can easily handle Outlook or Word. I connected a USB keyboard for typing as the keyboard attached to the cover is useless to me (I'm only 5'7" tall weighing in at 160lbs). My wife had the same complaint, with the keyboard.
However if you switch to Excel or PowerPoint the system begins lagging again. Anything even remotely calculation intense (one spreadsheet with some simple math) causes noticeable strain on the CPU.
I attempted to install McAfee LiveSafe, no joy, too much cpu utilization. Kaspersky Internet Security, same thing. AVG Free, same thing. It's running without AV right now, and that sucks.
And that is basically what it boils down to. It can perform one single task, and it can only do that task moderately well. Want to surf the web? Go for it. Want to watch HD movies, feel free. Want to catch up on your email? Hit it. Want to do two of those things at once? Forget it.
Its saving grace? I can hand it to my six year old and I don't feel like I need to hover over him while he uses it. I wouldn't call it disposable, that is a stupid term, but it's not expensive. If he breaks it, I'm ok with that, I'm just not saying that I would buy it again.
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.