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Pros: ITX form factor. Updated BIOS and USB features. Support for plenty of memory, up to 4 SATA drives, and comes with wireless features. Great for a small simple server setup for Point of Sale system.
Cons: No direct information included about issues regarding installing Windows 7. The new USB chipset on these boards do not support standard USB devices via Windows 7 setup (due to 7 not having the driver). However, there is a fix in place for most of these issues. Visit the ASRock product page and there is a link on how to install Windows 7 on these platforms provided by NewEgg. But it would have been nice to have had that information on a quick sheet IN the box or on this product page!
Also, it turns out, this motherboard has issues during post supporting older monitors via HDMI to DVI or DVI to DVI setups on monitors that do not support HD modes. So keep in mind, you may want to connect it to an HDMI ready monitor or a monitor with a DVI that can support 1920x1080. The BIOS won't like you otherwise from what I was experiencing. (was using an older Dell 4:3 with DVI 1280x1024 just to get it setup and it wasn't having it)
Other Thoughts: My system was setup to be a simple Point of Sale hosting machine.
Pentium G4400, 16GB (2x8GB) GSkill Ripjaws DDR4 2133, dual 500GB WD drives, Cooler Master Elite 130 case, Corsair C430M, Windows 7 Pro.
This review is from: BYTECC BRACKET-100 Rare Panel 2.5"HDD/SSD Bracket Fit into PCI or PCI-E Slot
Pros: Simple to install, fits Samsung SSD 2.5" drives perfectly. Seemed pretty sturdy to me, and fit the case and setup just as expected. Price is nice too. All around good deal!
Cons: Its plastic? Aside from that, none that I could see. This worked well with a screwless slot setup, but if you use a screw to fasten it down, you may not want to over tighten, as its plastic. Same with mounting the drive. Don't over tighten.
Other Thoughts: I used this to install an SSD into a Dell Precision T5600 tower, as they have NO options for 2.5" drive mounts in those cases. Worked perfectly and when used in that tower's top most PCIe slot, the spare SATA power connector near the front actually could reach the drive just right. Worked great. Excellent problem solver for that setup. Going to order more of these to have on hand for similar issues since the price was right.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Simple, lightweight, works. I have now bought several of these the past year or so. They hold up and work well. And they look nice.
Comes with the basics, perfect for use for traveling, internet browsing, even working with documents and such. Cheap to upgrade a few things and end with a better system than you could pay more money for to get the same features. (see other)
So far none that I have bought have died. They have been working without issues or problems whatsoever.
Cons: Not a gaming laptop. Light powered, comes with a mechanical HDD so can be a bit slow to boot, but that can be fixed easily enough. Windows 7, so if you want windows 10 on it, be sure to upgrade by July 29th 2016 if you want that for free.
Glossy smooth finish, so fingerprints if you have issues with that. Touchpad is large, buttons are integrated, makes typing on documents difficult unless you want to use external mouse and disable the touchpad.
Other Thoughts: For many of my setups, I would often go ahead and buy a second memory chip.
Since NO WHERE either on Acer's site, here or even other places, its hard to find exactly what memory these come with, I will provide that for you.
They have installed DDR3 12800 (1600) 1.35v, CAS 11 memory. Usually these are Kingston ACR16D3LS1KFG/4G. I have used these modules below with no problems:
And the last couple I have upgraded to SSD drives from Samsung. Able to use the Samsung software to copy the drive onto the SSD (using an external USB adapter, such as a drive docking station) then install that SSD into the laptop with immediate gains in performance.
Between upgrading the memory and installing an SSD it turns it from a mediocre laptop into a pretty fast machine that gets the job done well. Turning the laptop into something that you could spend twice as much to get performance like that out of for only a little over an extra $100.
Hope it helps.