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This review is from: Fractal Design Define S Black Window Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case
Pros: Decent Cable Management.
Cons: Top Mounting Area not well thought out. No dust filter for top.
Other Thoughts: After about a month of use out of the case, and building the PC piece by piece the case became less and less useful.
The top of the case utilized 3 separate covers, which would lead you to assume you could leave one installed if you were only using 2 fans up top, or 2 covers installed if you were using 1.. Yet that's not the going to happen with how they designed to covers to attach to the case. Any fans, or Radiators are going to be block/cover/utilize the holes that the clips for the top covers slide into to stay connected.
I have a 280mm Radiator, utilizes 2 spots on the top, yet the 3 spot has to remain open, because the cover will not attach to the case...
Also you can not center mount the radiator/fans, which then leads a 1-1.5in gap between the radiator and the back of the case... also there is a exposed gap between the front of the radiator and the front of the case, of about 130mm.
Doing a simple fog machine test... any air that is sucked in the front, is then immediatly exhasted out the top of the case through all the open gaps and space
Pros: Beautiful HD Display, Runs Quiet (Fan noticeable only when doing heavy computing), Multi-touch Touchpad is Useful, HDMI output come in handy. Nicely Designed.
Cons: Ports are place in odd places (Explained Below), Keyboard is nice/large but takes time getting use to. Processor feels a bit sluggish. No Volume Rocker/Wheel (Only Function Key option). Installing a 2nd Hard-Drive is no easy Task.
Other Thoughts: Overall its a Great Laptop for the Price. Can't beat a 17.3" Screen for under $400.
I don't understand Acers reason for placing a Large Plastic Grid/Barrier in the 2nd Hard-Drive Slot (Will require the use of a Dremel to cut away the plastic to install 2nd Hard-Drive.)
Ports are in a horrible place, Right side has (in order) Power connector, Ethernet Port and 2 USB Ports. Sandwiched between the ports is your DVD Drive. Which if you have the Power cord plugged in, Ethernet Cable, And Both USB Ports being used, then getting to your DVD Drive becomes a task. Placing the USB (Or Power) on the left, where the "Anti-Theft Lock" (Kensington Security Slot) is, would have made more sense. And a K-Slot is pretty much useless on a Laptop this size, since you probably will not be carrying it around much.
The Keyboard is nice, but its completely flat. If you are like me, and like the indented keys, and are use to the 2 Raised dots on your "Home Keys (Where your index fingers rest), then it will take time to get use to the keyboard. I still make typos, and I've been typing 70+ words a min for 10 yrs.
The Touchpad is Nice. It offers Multitouch features. Scrolling with two fingers, swipe to go back/forward, etc. I ordered two of these laptops, oddly though, each had Different Touchpad Software installed. One had Synaptics, and the other had ELAN. If you get one with Synaptics, I suggest installing ELAN as I prefer the more feature ELAN offers. (example: Auto Disable Touchpad when External Mouse is Connected)
The Quad-Core Processor feels more like a Duo-Core processor unless you are doing heavy computing. When you engage in activities like Graphic/Video Edit, Gaming, etc you will then notice the laptop take full advantage of the 4 Cores.
Battery Life is Decent. If you reduce Screen Brightness, Close out any unneeded task that are running, and/or disable Windows 7 Aero (Glass Effect) you will get some more battery life, but not much.
In the End, with all the Cons (me being nit-picky) I would not go back on my purchase. Its a great laptop, and I'm able to look past the flaws and enjoy the Large number for "Pros" it has.