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ASUS Zenbook UX31E-DH52 Ultrabook Intel Core i5 2nd Gen 2557M (1.70 GHz) 128 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics Shared memory 13.3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Decent size SSD, nice screen with good resolution, light and sleek design that those around you will envy. Fresh Windows 7 install went very smoothly.

huge pro: 1 free year of accidental damage protection, sign up as soon as you buy this thing!

Cons: Physical buttons on touchpad are iffy.

Other Thoughts: A lot of the concern on this laptop seems to revolve around the touchpad and keyboard. I love them, so it really is about personal preference and/or getting used to using them. Functionally, they work how they are supposed to. I DO think that the physical clickers on the touchpad don't work well at all, you have to really press on them. The multi-finger gestures built into the drivers (no bloatware needed!) are fantastic though and remove the need for the physical buttons.

All of the Asus bloatware is worthless in my opinion. The instant on program must do nothing but take up space because the laptop wakes up in <2 sec regardless of it being on. All of the power management can be done using Windows.

I did a fresh install of Windows 7 and it went smoothly. Just make sure that you plug your USB dvd drive into the USB 2.0 port. The Windows 7 installer does not have the drivers for the USB 3.0 port and it will not be able to recognize the drive. Make sure to update the BIOS too!

KINGWIN XT-1264  120mm Xtreme Direct H.T.C. (Heat-pipe Touch Chip) CPU Cooler w/ 1366 Bracket
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Awesome heatsink! Keeps my i7 920 overclocked to 3.5 GHz at 40c idle easy, hottest temp is 70c when working, I don't really push mine though. If you're overclocking to higher speeds, definitely go for liquid. This baby works as well as any other air cooler out there, for $50+ cheaper.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Fits fine in mid tower, wouldn't go smaller though.

SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD403LJ 400GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Worked great from install. Very fast and extremely quiet. I actually don't ever hear it.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: Lots of fast storage for a low price!


Martin S.'s Profile

Display Name: Martin S.

Date Joined: 12/21/04

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 03/27/07
  • Last Review: 03/01/12
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