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Pros: very fast, I replaced the 500gb HDD with an SSD and READ THIS!: I saw that on this site it advertises that it's max is 16gb of RAM, I placed in two more 8gb sticks of ram and it registers 24gb of ram in both the BIOS and the OS (Ubuntu 12.10) not the first time I've found a laptop that can surpass it's "max" the chipset and processor are both capable of 32gb of RAM sooooo. . . you make the choice. With ubuntu 12.10 though this thing is pretty much "instant on" from complete shutdown no fancy tricks needed. Runs all the games I play wonderfully. This thing truly is a wonderful gaming PC for the price (although I got it elsewhere for a bit less)
Cons: A bit thicker than I like, and the thickness truly doesn't seem to pay off for cooling, the MSI whitebook I bought from a custom laptop company seemed to run cooler (and had a "high speed" button for the fans) MSI MS-16ga. This thing doesn't get very hot though and is quiet. Just a bit thick that's all.
Other Thoughts: was also kind of a pain to put ubuntu on but that's due to shortcomings with the open source nouveu video drivers not supporting 6 series cards yet. So if you're a linux user be aware you need to start the live USB with the "nomodeset" option and then install, and then you will need to set that again on first boot or simple install everything from the command line on first boot (which is how I did it) in this case the order that worked for me is
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic
(I restarted here to be safe, you probably don't have to)
sudo apt-get install nvidia-experimental-310 nvidia-settings-experimental-310
should launch lightdm and unity now.
This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Series 2.5" 250GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD250BW
Pros: Fast, easy to install (really it's an SSD how hard could it be though) decent price, did I mention fast? I run ubuntu 12.10 on the laptop I've installed this on and this laptop doesn't even have time to display the bootsplash.
Cons: idk, the fact that I lost 50% of my HDD space going to solid state due to price? That's just unavoidable now, but I got an enclosure for my old HD and just use it to store large files. really I don't see a downside now, I'll come back and update in a month or so on reliabilityREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Small, extremely quiet, plays 1080p video streamed from a NAS with xbmc (in either windows 8 or ubuntu 12.04) without any trouble. I bought this to be an htpc so streaming HD video was really my only big concern. Owner for a few months now and have had 0 problems with it (save for the one con I mention)
Cons: Optical Audio Out. I bought this system because it was one of very few small form factor, cheap(ish), low power, PC's with optical audio out. The problem I have here is that when playing video for more than about 20 minutes the optical audio will get out of sync with the video (trail behind by more and more) if I unplug and plug back in the optical cable it syncs right back up. I'm assuming this is due to a poor optical modulator with a VERY small buffer. I experienced this problem in both windows 8 and ubuntu 12.04 (by the way, the tiles of windows 8 may seem great for an HTPC, but it really isn't ubuntu's text looks far crisper and the whole experience is cleaner)
Other Thoughts: still trying to see if there's some way I can fix the buffer issue for optical with software, if I can I will update, but so far it seams to just be a problem with sub-par hardware in this case.READ FULL REVIEW