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Pros: - Price
- Dedicated Video Card
- Beautiful form factor
- Easy to access for RAM upgrade
Cons: - Budget Laptop will have drawbacks.
- The BIOS setup is a mess
- This laptop hates Linux. Doesn't lose an egg, as I am used to this by now and am sticking with win10 for the "main" OS
Other Thoughts: This laptop is exactly what I expected for the price point that I got it at. I love the features that it comes packed with, like the TB HDD and the dedicated video card, those are huge in my book. Battery life seems fine as well, not going to last two days, but also is great for around the house computing. The Linux compatibility is annoying, but not really a show stopper, as I have become accustomed to dealing with Linux over the years.
Geek Info: Kernel boots just fine, simply doesn't detect the wifi or the mousepad in "advanced" mode. Also having to dance through BIOS each time you want to live boot from a USB is annoying, but makes me feel like at least some nefarious tech geek would have a few hoops to jump through. The laptop works with Linux, just not "plug and play" as some others I have used have.
Pros: Bought this on a whim a couple years back, I wasn't really looking for anything that it offered, but most of the features that it had I could see myself using. I was pleasantly surprised at first, with that emotion moving into simple astonishment. This thing was anything I could ask for and more. As a photography enthusiast it was a dream come true for moving my photos around and offering an "on site" solution for storage. The SD card slot allows for both fast transfer to the internal memory, as well as a further way to access my photos. The Access Point is amazing, and has saved me a few times when I didn't want to bother finding the wifi information in a hotel, and simply plugging into the Ethernet connection. I also have found it useful when traveling for this same reason, as I can get network access from a Ethernet patch cable and physical access to the router (assuming a DHCP server is running). I have also found that the 3000mAh internal battery is above and beyond what the device itself could need, and serves as a kind of "emergency backup" when my other charging options are not available.
As one whom likes to tinker The various options that are provided have not let me down, I have used this device to provide a wifi bridge to other devices as well as using it as a hotspot by plugging in a wireless modem to the USB slot. It also worked with my phone in this capacity for USB tethering.
- Versatile It does everything and even a few things you might not need
- Easy to use, the App on your smartphone leads to an easy setup
- Replaces several things that I usually take on trips with me in a sleek device.
-- SD card reader
-- Wi-Fi/Eth Adapter
- Becomes invaluable in my camera bag
Cons: Any time you have a device that does may things at once, you will find that it does none of those things well. This is simply not the case here. As a wired NAS it has easy setup both from a desktop and from mobile. I would state that the software is something I have looked into modifying, simply for a more streamlined experience. I am the kind that will look to overclock something like this device though and tinker with all of it's various functions. I also yearn for a little more functionality in terms of the gateway that is provided, not using the proprietary service that QNAP has built into the device has not allowed me to use things like a third party (self hosted) DDNS solution, and that would be one (small) complaint.
There are a few bugs in the system, and they have generally been addressed quickly through a manufacturer software update. The tethering to mobile is still in a beta stage and after two years I don't really see it moving into a production phase soon. I will also mention that the translations in the software itself leave a native English speaker a bit confused at times, though not even enough to drop an egg.
- Obscure enough to not have a hacker community
- Long release cycles for the packaged software and firmware.
- Unique product implies unique quirks.
Pros: Pleasurable layout.
Cable pass-through (and management was easy)
ample space for Large Video Cards, aftermarket heat syncs, essentially anything that you might find in a high end gaming PC.
Feet on the bottom allow wonderful air cooling.
Lint filter is easy to access.
huge, quiet, included fans. (I cannot hear the fans when computer is turned on)
Fan mount is huge (both as a pro, and in sheer size)
Cons: Did not assemble the computer itself.
Blue Light on front is not programmable (that would be sweet).