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Pros: they look pretty cool
Cons: unable to reach rated speeds, even with very loose timings. system would not boot above 1600mhz and even then there was definitely system instability. I had all kind of weird behavior from these things while testing them. a couple of times the screen would stay dark and motherboard would issue a beep code indicating it couldnt find the graphics card. another time my bios disappeared altogether and the motherboard reinstalled from a built in backup! time is a fairly expensive commodity for me right now, so despite the incredible shell shocker price i got them at I decided to return for a refund since im not entirely sure it isnt a compatibility issue and dont have time to figure it out.
Other Thoughts: I currently have 2 sticks of identically spec'd sniper ram running at 1866 and with tighter than advertised timings. No problems whatsoever with those. I know its kinda hit or miss when combining different sticks but even alone the ripjaws sticks wouldnt reach their rated speed or timings. i couldnt find any solid info about my motherboard compatability with this ram but heres my system specs just in case.
gigabyte GA-970a-D3 am3+ (rev. 1.4)
amd fx-4100 3.6Ghz quadcore processor
amd radeon hd 7790 1 gb
8GB (2x4gb) gskill sniper PC3 14900 ddr3 1866mhz ram
Pros: love the modular cables and the sleeves on cables. has all the power i need for a medium range gaming machine. havent had any issues. its running strong 6 years later.
Cons: cant think of any.
Other Thoughts: got this in early 2007 with my first computer build. over the past 6 years it has run almost continuously with no issues whatsoever. recently updated that machine with a new motherboard, processor, ram, and gfx card to bring it up to speed but the psu is running fine.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: lightweight, small, touchscreen works nicely. works for school, writing papers, checking school related websites and such. I like the overall aesthetic design.
cheap, but in all honesty you can get a much more powerful system for a lot cheaper if you can go without the touchscreen.
Cons: Think your getting an 1800 MHz processor? try halving that! the cooling systems in this thing are a complete failure. in fact, theyre almost non-existent by design. you will always be running an overheated processor throttled at 800 MHz. you can forget about any kind of light gaming (or any other use of the HD 4000 for that matter) on this thing. even youtube videos will send the temps into the 80s, throttling the processor. not sure what good it does to only have 1800mhz while idling on the destop, but that's what this thing does.
oh and the battery lasts about 2.5 hours.
also by default the wifi gets throttled when its unplugged. I had to mess with the power settings for internet to be fast enough to be usable when unplugged.
oh and the OS is appearently still in beta and somewhat buggy. not sure when the fully functional windows 8 is going to be released. theres an 8.1 preview available but its even buggier than 8.0 so far.
Other Thoughts: the primary reason I got this was for school. and for that it does its job well, so long as I have a power socket available for long study sessions. the power brick is tiny and extremely portable. I had hoped to be able to do some very light gaming when taking breaks but even at minimum settings most games will not run well at 800 MHz. ive gotten SimCity 4 to work ok on it though. the only reason ive kept it is because it fulfills its primary school related functions. unless asus offers to replace the cooling system with something designed to actually cool, I wont be looking at any of their products when this thing eventually burns out from running hot all the time.READ FULL REVIEW