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ASUS F2A85-V FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Broken Ethernet and Not Compatible with Windows 8.1 Pro 12/14/2013

This review is from: ASUS F2A85-V FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Accepts latest AMD A10 processor

Cons: The Ethernet NIC was DOA ... dead on arrival.

Does not have a TPM module for Bitlocker to work in Windows 8/8.1 Pro ... so NO encryption.

Other Thoughts: Can not recommend.

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Acer C7 Chromebook C710-2847 11.6-inch WiFi  – Iron Gray
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Acer C7 Lacking 03/26/2013

This review is from: Acer C7 Chromebook C710-2847 11.6-inch WiFi – Iron Gray

Pros: 1. Price... cheapest laptop on market.
2. Great keyboard.
3. Lightweight.
4. Great battery.
5. Light comes on when web-cam in use.
6. Front SD card slot.
7. HDMI out.

I've become a fan of Acer products lately... their products are generally affordable and work very well. This product works well as a Google Chromebook.

Cons: 1. No key to disable trackpad.

While this may sound like a minor detail, it makes it difficult to do continuous touch-typing. This is perhaps not an issue for hunt-and-peck people. However, you are not going to get much typing done via hunt-and-peck.

2. Access to shell.

There is something called "crosh" that gives you some simple shell access. Using "crosh" you can get the MAC address of the wireless interface. It appears that if you want more you have to enable "developer" mode. This apparently will subsequently void the warranty on the device with Acer. This is absolutely ridiculous. I can obtain more shell access with other products that this.

3. Lack of out-of-box support for Netflix

I think Netflix is a great service. I'm going to lean away from products that don't consider the market share that Netflix has.
I was able to get Netflix up and going fairly quickly. I don't think other members of my family would be able to do the same.

4. Lack of Applications

I reallized that even if I wanted to install some RPM's ... I can't because I don't have that level of access in the shell.

5. Web-Cam

Although this is a small resolution web-cam, it still seems grainier that it should be.

6. Admin Assignment

The first account you create becomes the admin for that computer.
This is not flexible and can become a problem if someone needs to gain system access as a different user.

7. Function Keys

The function keys are a completely different layout from other laptops. Maybe this is an IP issue ... I don't know. For example, the F5 key is not "refresh".

8. Rough Edges

There are litterally rough edges on the C7. Does it really add much cost to the product to buff those out?

9. File System Access

The only access to the file system is to the "root" area which is the downloads area. This seems odd to me. You would think you could have something like "my stuff" or "drive". Nope, downloads folder ... that's what you get.

Other Thoughts: Wished it was just a little better.
I simply can't use this for what I wanted.

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ASRock A785GM-LE AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G + SB710 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Price.
Works with older DDR2 memory.

Cons: Audio-In did not work.
USB flakyness... lots of black-screens.

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Date Joined: 10/02/08

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  • Last Review: 12/14/13
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