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Pros: Form factor is great. The price is right, even when it's not on sale.
Great features (though I wish the wifi was centrino, and wish it had esata).
It's quiet, even when the fan comes on, but you can hear it when you're within a few feet of it.
Once it's running, it runs pretty well. I haven't had any issues with video nor with flash (running xubuntu 12.04 with catalyst 13.1 drivers, xbmc runs well (search for "Howto Install XBMC PVR Xvba" - it'll be in xbmc forums), and it supports hardware h264 decode and xvba)
Cons: It doesn't boot reliably. When it doesn't boot, it doesn't post, neither hdd nor usb get power (no hdd light; no light on usb thumbdrive; no keyboard lights), but cpu fan spins up and it just sits there.
On the original bios, it would only post once every 10 - 20 times. I saw similar posts about this, so I kept at it until I could get the bios flashed.
I've tried 2 other bios images (03 and 10)... 03 seems to work the best for me, but I haven't tried others because it takes forever to get it to post to where you can fix it if it goes flakey again, and 10 was just about as bad as 01 for me.
With bios 03, it boots (posts) about 4 out of 5 times.
My guess is that it's picky about the memory. Bios has no way to change the timings, so I can't try that. I know it's not simply bad memory, because it works far more reliably with the bios 03 update.
I also had an issue with the HDMI out, but it worked reliably with a different HDMI cable, so I'm chalking that up to a bad cable. Who knows though, maybe it's picky about that as well.
Other Thoughts: This is my second unit. The first one was even worse, and I was never able to get the bios flashed. I did get it to post and boot into freedos on usb thumb drive twice, but didn't have the bios image in the right spot, and never got it to post again. Tried everything (except new ram, because I don't have any other ddr3 so dimms).
I also had a shipping issue, which has nothing to do with the product, but I don't know where else to say this. I got the first unit, RMA'd, spent the extra money for UPS (as opposed to fedex+usps via smartpost), but the replacement was shipped fedex smartpost, and I never got it. It bounced around, and I couldn't track it down, so it got restocked eventually, which cost me money.
I didn't knock any eggs off for shipping. I just think the bios issues deserve the loss of 2 eggs. This isn't a very new product... they should be shipping them with updated bios.
Pros: All the hardware features (wifi, bluetooth, IR, HDMI, decent stereo speakers, nice screen/touch, size, weight, battery life, etc).
It's rootable, and is already running Android 4.0 ice cream sandwich.
The G/F had a nook color before, and likes this much much more. It's lighter, brighter, faster, sounds better, has more apps, etc etc etc. It's just a great little tablet.
Cons: The "peel" universal remote app is, sadly, useless for me. It doesn't support any of my devices so far (a sceptre 32" lcd tv, viewsonic pjd5523w projector - no viewsonic projectors are supported, pioneer vsx-521-k receiver). This was one of the major features that sold me. There is a chance that their support may help out, but there's no manual way to add devices or codes (why not?!?). I did find an alternative app, TouchSquid, but haven't tried it out yet... so there is hope, but it's not as polished as you may assume, and "98% of devices" is probably based on total volume in the market - ie. fair chance you might have an unsupported device.
The macromedia / adobe flash support is there, but didn't work on the one site the G/F needed (weightwatchers.com). Again, I haven't thoroughly tested alternatives (opera, firefox, etc), but it was an instant downer.
Finding a pretty case that is nice is difficult, unlike more common tablets.
Other Thoughts: Got it for the girlfriend, so I haven't had a lot of time to work with it.
Overall, I think it's an excellent tablet. It runs much faster than my phone (HTC evo shift 4g), and we were both impressed by the speed (ex. loading web pages, apps, etc).
Looking forward to getting it integrated into our environment - media center control, file shares, blutooth audio, etc. It's already pretty slick on its own, and should only get better.
Feel forced to mention the connector for data/usb/power. It's nonstandard, as everyone else has noted. However, I found knock-offs elsewhere for just over a dollar. Long term, I'm concerned about availability of these, so I picked up several of them.
Pros: Plugged it in and it worked. Got good signal. Using 802.11g (no n router here).
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