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Pros: - Fully decked out with USB 2 and 3 ports, plus slots for SD, MS, CF.
- Surprisingly fast bootup, only about 5-10 sec less than my Ultrabook.
- Comes with a standard keyboard and a mouse, should you need one. Personally, though, since this is a gaming system they might have included a gaming mouse for 50 bucks more.
- Runs up to four monitors; I'm running three as I write this. In contrast to other reviewers, mine worked right off the bat.
- Not exactly quiet, but the noise level is not intrusive at all.
Cons: - case is sort of obnoxiously huge
- minor quibble, but I had to use Goo Gone to remove the stickers. Hey, M$, if you want me to keep your logos on my machine, then send me checks for advertising revenue.
- No bluetooth, wireless, and the integrated soundcard kind of sucks. Unfortunately, opening the case voids the warranty, should you wish to pop in a decent sound card and wifi card (to free up USB slots).
- includes an OEM video card. personally, I have no issues with framerates and its ability to handle three monitors, but I don't play FPS.
Other Thoughts: I had only an Ultrabook that had virtually no gaming capability (which is expected). So, I bought an entry-level rig with the idea of adding to it as time went on. What I got is exactly what I was expecting. Features that really should have been included include the dock for external drives (if the mobo supports this), and the option to include an SSD for boot (again, if supported).
I've been a loyal ASUS customer ever since I built my first rig to play Quake II, so maybe I'm overlooking faults others might find unacceptable.
If you game with a hard LAN connection and use a headset, you can probably get by with things as they are.
Pros: On a DV6 with an i7 720QM, 8 gigs RAM --
Under load, my laptop ranged from 68 to 75, with occasional spikes into the 80's.
Simply elevating the laptop an additional 10 degrees from the surface cooled it by about 3-5 degrees but did not buffer against temperature spikes.
Using the CM SF-19, it keeps the laptop (under load) at its idle temperature of 62-63C (anywhere from medium to full fan power), and greatly buffered the temperature spikes - they still happened, but were quickly dissipated. Note that it did not reduce the idle temperature - this may be a consequence of my laptop running hot by default - YMMV.
Plastic feels pretty sturdy. Fans loud but not annoying if you are used to white noise.
Cons: pretty bulky, not really portable.
Other Thoughts: Accomplished the task I purchased it for, which was to reduce operating temperature and mitigate potential damage caused by sudden increases in temperature. This isn't a liquid-nitrogen cooler, so set your expectations accordingly.READ FULL REVIEW