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Pros: -clear, bright, colorful screen
-fast i5 processor handles everything like a champ
-I'm able to do light gaming with it.
-handy dandy usb3.0 port + mini hdmi if you are into that sort of thing
-windows 8 pro let it act like a "regular pc" with ease. Windows 8 on the whole is really growing on me.
-I think it is really beautifully designed, aesthetics are nice.
-long battery life for the demands this thing makes as a tablet. 5-7 hours typically if I leave it on and use it heavily. Will easily last waaaayyyyy longer than that if you are using it sporadically and putting it to sleep when not in use.
-speaking of sleep mode, it comes out of it immediately.
-cold boots to login in about 6 seconds. Give or take 1. That's insane. Once in, metro interface is instantly ready and smooth, even if 'desktop' tasks are doing their normal loading. (you should keep that to a minimum though...)
-comes with a nice quality leather-ish flip\fold\angle case. I'd like to point out that some people say it blocks the rear camera. That part if the case actually is a Velcro flap that reveals it. Discovered that on accident.
-comes with a desk stand to mount it in\expand usb slots. Don't care that its plastic, I'm happy to have it.
-not very heavy. 2 pounds and some change. It feels well made. Considering what it does, I'm surprised it doesn't weigh twice as much.
Cons: -Front camera is laughable, quality wise, but whatever, at least it has one. Haven't used them much yet, so dunno. Rear one seems pretty par.
-I really wish Intel would get their act together and offer a better GPU solution. The hd4000 is not terrible for what they need it to do, but it isn't great by any means. I know this isn't a gaming device, necessarily so maybe I shouldnt complain. The i5 helps carry some of the weight, and it does run many games way better than I expected.
-I wish I had a separate button to temporarily turn the screen off instead of full on sleep mode button.
-no sd reader, but it aint a deal breaker, trust me.
You may choose to remove all the Acer ware that it comes with. I did eventually. Some might find it useful.
Uninstall McAfee asap. Windows has its own defenders.
Other Thoughts: IMPORTANT: update your wireless driver. Ends any issues.
ALSO IMPORTANT: go through the power plan settings, maybe make a couple different ones. The balanced mode may be throttling its performance sometimes, especially games. I was getting bad results until I put it in high Performance mode while on battery so that it was allowed to pump out the frames per second.
"Desktop" Gaming: expect to be able to play most games at low or mid settings, maybe at lower resolutions sometimes, and still get a very enjoyable experience. Do not expect to play a graphics intensive games and have a great time. have steam installed and a few other things. Search YouTube for various demos of it running games. You may be surprised what it can do with certain games, and let down with others. Tis the nature of games.
FINAL THOUGHTS: this is not a tablet for the light of heart. Its got some meat on it, and a buttload of features that simply blow all other tablets away. I am in love with this thing. Some say this is expensive for a tablet. Its not just a tablet. Its a full on windows pc. This is worth every penny.
Pros: -true 120hz is a pleasure to look at when you aren't 3dvision'ing
-is very bright and clear
-not as expensive as others and still wins out with quality
-3dvison is pretty darn cool.
Cons: -well the stand is a tad wobbly, as others have stated, but I don't really care. My desk isn't that sturdy, but then again i'm not knocking it around while using my computer....
Other Thoughts: when you don't want 3d, the smooth 120hz rocks (especially when dealing with typical computer tasks and movies and stuff like that.
when you do use the 3d, it works perfect there as well. couldn't be happier! still sad my old monitor died, though, but this 120hz makes me forget old-whats-it.
Pros: -EVGA makes top of the line products and has top notch support. Been with them for the better part of a decade now. worth the extra little bit of money to go with evga over others. you get what you pay for.
-priced very nicely for the large amount of performance you get out of it, compared to the 580 and the 560. value!
-I can use 3dvision now without my computer pooping itself.
Other Thoughts: I had a 280 for the last 3 1/2 years, and it was perfect up until now. BF3 just puts it through the grinder.
I've also been toying around with the 3d vision kit, so it'll be nice to have the extra horsepower to utilize it better. I don't have the money to throw at my PC, so this card keeps my gaming addiction alive without killing my wallet.
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