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Pros: *Great video, and for those who want to know... The Sims 3 is AWESOME on this machine. I have all settings on high and it's beautiful. I haven't noticed any lag at all even with 5400rpm drive (would have been nice to have 7200 though.)
*Express gate is nice, but the browser is a bit limited. Pages don't load all the way down, can't scroll, stuff like that.
*Machine is quiet, even after "Sim"ming all day the fan will run, but it's not hot.
*Ultra quiet keyboard.
Ordered this on Monday (Noon-ish) got it Tuesday -standard delivery. Newegg rocks that!!!
Cons: *You have to burn your own recovery disks. (4dvd's)
*Oh, yeah... DVD drive a bit noisy~
*Wish Fn/ctrl keys were reversed, but not a big deal.
*The keyboard does skip a bit, so you have to press those keys!
*Like everyone else said... fingerprint magnet, but they give you little buff cloth. :)
*5 Instant keys on top are almost invisible. I have to remind myself they are there and then I have look at the manual to see what they do.
*Touch pad is very sensitive and scroll feature is hard to get used to. Use a mouse.
*I contacted Newegg, to ask if I had the right notebook. I bought the X83 but the box it came in says N81V. Live online chat girl just kept telling me to call ASUS because it was a technical question. I Just wanted to know if I got the right item...<grrr> gave up on her.
Other Thoughts: Lots of frustration trying to decipher the model. Label on back says N81VP and below barcode (on same label) says X83vp. When I tried to register on ASUS website, it wouldn't let me saying the S/N and Model didn't match to either one.
Called ASUS, they did a manual reg. for me. It's an N81V series with some of the X83 features like 5400 vs 7200 HDD; no fingerprint reader.
Be sure to register the Accidental warranty. You can do it online, BUT you still HAVE to mail in the card, receipt and confirming email.
All in all, nice. I am happy (so far) with my purchase.
note: After doing auto updates, my CD/DVD was corrupted. Uninstalled (responsible software... you'll recognize it), uninstalled/reinstalled CD/DVD, updated drivers, etc. Didn't help.
To fix- Proceed with caution: must edit registry but this does work: Google "removing GEAR drivers." link to: DRIVERS: Windows - Updating, removing, 64 bit versions, etc - GEAR ... Follow instructions for your ver. of Windows.
Pros: Compact little machine, cd/dvd RW, video cam, added 2 GB stick of ram (super easy to do) and noticed improvement. Vista is not as bad as most are saying (except UAC, which you can shut off). I do prefer XP but hey, i'm not going to cry over it and will probably end up with Windows 7. Haven't decided yet...
Cons: Touchpad wasn't working; couldn't find any settings in Control panel, was getting frustrated THEN HELLO, discovered Fn-F7 is a toggle for the touchpad. Touchpad is very sensitive so being able to turn it off that easily is a bonus.
2 GB ram.... another 2GB for 20 bucks was a no brainer.
Lots of bloatware; only 2 USB slots and no HDMI, but come on... 399!??! Buy a USB hub for 15 bucks if you want more.
Other Thoughts: I bought this for my husband for email, to surf the internet, and video chat with his sister and cousin in NC and friend in Colorado. It does all three. The video is choppy but what do you expect. For some reason, I thought it was coming with 2x1GB sticks of ram and I wanted to boost it to 3 for Vista. I ordered a 2GB stick and when I opened the memory cover, I was surprised to see a 2 GB stick in there already. I popped the other 2 in we were in business.
For 399 + free shipping + 20 for ram + 30 for combo pack it's a pretty good deal.
You'll need 16 CD's or 2 DVD's to make a backup of the restore. It didn't take as long as some said. we left it alone to do it's thing while we ate dinner. Burn and verify took a little more than 30 minutes per DVD.
Make sure to download and install all Windows updates!!!
Pros: Got it for $30 after $50 discount for purchasing as part of bundle with laptop. The case is not much more than a book bag than holds the laptop; the "cooling" stand is just a adjustable plastic stand to hold the laptop at an angle. Doesn't do much for cooling but lets air circulate under and around the laptop. And last but not least is the USB mouse. It's a full size optical mouse that does what it needs to do. For $30, it was worth it.
Other Thoughts: I think a better use for the stand is to use it to hold books open when trying to study and write papers.
BUT - My husband likes the stand and since I bought the Kensington bundle, laptop & ram for him, then as long as he's happy, life is good!