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Pros: * Reasonably priced
* Sufficient PCI and PCIe slots
* RS232 serial header available if you want it
* A boatload of USB2 headers
* A couple USB3 ports
* Gigabit LAN port
* Sandy Bridge ready
* Four RAM slots
* Lots of SATA ports, including 6Gbit, plus a PATA port
* DVI, HDMI, *and* VGA video ports
* HTPC-type HDMI and S/PDIF jacks built-in
* Has the word "corporate" in the specs, which makes you feel better about buying it for an office
Cons: * None
Other Thoughts: I bought a couple of these as part of a Newegg system bundle for medium-duty office systems (with a quad-i5 SB), and have been quite happy.
I like that it has a reasonable complement of modern and legacy ports available in case you need them;USB3, 6G SATA, 2xPCIe16, plus an external PS/2 port, the header for a RS232 serial port, if you want to route it to the case, a couple of PCI slots, a VGA output, and a PATA port.
I only ended up using the RS232 port (with a Startech PCI bracket/cable Newegg sells for under $10), but it's nice that the others are there in case I need to sue something old and crusty.
The BIOS has lots of features without you actually needing to mess with them to get it working (there's both an "easy" and "advanced" mode), and it's nice to be able to point to the word "corporate" and "stable" in the specs to make yourself feel better about buying it for a business.
Also, has a ridiculous number of USB headers inside, plus home-theater outputs (HDMI, S/PDI
Pros: * Cheap
* Doesn't look ridiculous in an office environment
* Includes basic power supply
* Fairly easy to mount mobo
* Comes with plenty of screws
Cons: * Power supply only has one SATA power cable, and it's too short to reach the 3.5" bays
Other Thoughts: I got a couple of these as part of a bundle with an ASUS "corporate stable" motherboard for some office computers, and I'm happy enough with it. It isn't embarrassing to have it under an office users' desk (unlike some of the overly flashy gaming-style cases, which look silly in an office), and the blue highlight stripe on the front is a nice touch.
It's built relatively cheaply, but is quite solid for the price, and I had no trouble with the standoffs or mounting screws.
The power supply is the weakness. The good part is that it has one, which makes life easy, and is great given how cheap it is. Didn't seem to have any trouble with a 4-core i5 SB, either.
Unfortunately, the power supply only has a single SATA power cable, and it is WAY too short--you can hook it to the optical bay, but you can't then also reach a hard drive down in the 3.5" bays. Meaning that you'll have to either mount your HD in an optical bay with an adapter or get a Molex-SATA adapter to power the HD.
Pros: * Nice build Quality
* Sleek looking without being overly flashy
* Interesting nubby trackpad texture
* Reasonable price for the quality
Cons: * Relatively low-resolution screen
* Only one USB port on the rear despite lots of room, and the two side ones are both on the left
* Not as solidly built as my MBP, but then almost nothing is and it costs about half as much
Other Thoughts: I'm happy with this laptop for what I needed it for--the control system for a scientific piece of hardware being sold as a package. It's sleek, attractive, professional looking, and well-equipped for the price. It's not a 4-core i7 monster, and only has Intel graphics, but it's a solid machine at a <$1K price point.
I'm just cheesed about the location of the USB ports--I really wanted ones in the back, but there's only one there and the other two are over on the left side instead of the right. Given how much room there is on the back (it's a big, flat, smooth surface due to the hinge design), it would have been nice to have at least one more port back there somewhere.