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ASUS Z170-A LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: Its simple. There isnt much to this board other than plug and play, meaning there arent a bunch of things that come with this board to make it cluttered. No additional fans, no toaster, aesthetically pleasing to look at too. Setup was pretty simple, but I think maybe its a little too simple. Installed everything pretty quickly...Im not into overclocking much anymore since this runs just as fast as my previous 4770k processor overclocked. My flight simulators run perfectly, but thats not really saying much because they played perfectly before. GTA5 runs pretty good too. Didnt have any issues loading up Windows 10.

Cons: Again, its too simple. There arent many peripherals to go with this. Only 3 SATA cables...what you see above is what you get. If you are thinking of RAID, then keep the number of disks down because the SATA connectors arent ergonomic. Plan on using a big case for this. Also, my Captain 360 doesnt fit as the heat spreaders on the top of the board interfere with the radiator. Im still playing with it, but looks like Im going to have to find another solution here. Could use some more USB ports on the back panel, but a hub works just as well. I have at least 10 things to plug in while flying, its nice to have something directly connected to the board.

Other Thoughts: Using a 6700k, DDR4 3000 Corsair Vengeance, 2x GTX970 cards, Corsair 760T case.

ASUS RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n AiProtection with Trend Micro for Complete Network Security
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Pros: The economical shape appeals to me aesthetically only since it saves up some space on my desk. Its almost 100% plug and play, so you know its fairly easy to set it up. Latest firmware fixes most -if not all- loopback issues this router had back when it was released a few years ago. It automatically connects my android phone and my desktop. As for speeds, I cant really tell a big difference between my current router and this one. To me, this is just one more router thats not really different than the rest of them.

Cons: The antennas have lots to be desired for. Good thing though is that they are detachable and you can get aftermarket antennas to either extend range, decrease dead zones and help with connectivity. Almost all of the routers Ive tried over the years wont allow me to change antennas...heck my current router doesnt even HAVE antennas. This isnt much of a con though, but there are better antennas out there. I live in an apartment, Im not concerned about range that much anymore.

Other Thoughts: I really wish they would have included some sort of bluetooth functionality out of this where you can stream video from one wifi device to another device without sucking up bandwidth from your ISP. Maybe Im smoking something, but one day...maybe all these overpriced fancy routers will have something useful to justify the expense. Just sayin'...

iRULU Walknbook 10.1 Inch PC, 32GB Hybrid Laptop, 2-In-1 Tablet, Microsoft Windows 10 OS, Quad Core, IPS Display, Detachable Keyboard With Stand (Green)
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Pros: Its small, and for what it is, its fast. It seems great for editing papers if you are a college student on a low budget.

It has other potential which Im trying to figure out, like a 3rd periphery device for my flight simulator setup like a touchscreen device combined with Touch Buddy or Helios. Havent attempted it yet, not sure if it can be done either. If I follow that path I will report back. Otherwise...

Cons: First, it came with Windows 8.1. I installed the start shell to get the start menu back. A windows update deleted this, and Im already ready to throw this thing in the trash. On that same note, cant install or upgrade to Windows X. No drivers.

Second, the O/S is 32 bit. This really limits the kind of applications you can use now, as more and more software companies have switched over to 64 bits. Granted this thing doesnt come with a large amount of memory, but 32 bit is too clunky. Also poses a security risk as well. Good luck trying to get WaterFox installed, else you are stuck with Firefox.

Third, it has a camera. Why this thing needs a camera is beyond me, but in todays world where everyone has to have a camera on everything, I guess it means it has a purpose...not like your phone already has one, your MP3 might already have one....and this doesnt even work that well with a phone. I use a magic jack, so it could work...

Forth, the stand is an origami design, also used as a cover/protector. Its flimsy, but it hasnt given me any grief yet.

Finally, fifth, it doesnt have much periphery support. The keyboard is pretty small and fairly flimsy. The touch screen doesnt seem overly accurate, and ditto goes for the mouse pad. With only one USB port, you will need a hub if you want to use a better mouse or keyboard.

Not really something you can upgrade even if you really wanted to.

Other Thoughts: It is what it is - a really fancy camera with a keyboard and touchscreen, and Microsoft Office, which is only good for 1 year. I would recommend a better Office Suite that is free like Open Office. Guess you can put a larger SSD instead of the 32gb that came with it, but why bother? All you can do with it is take pictures and write term papers awkwardly.


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Display Name: kevin u.

Date Joined: 03/08/08

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  • First Review: 04/04/08
  • Last Review: 04/01/16
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