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This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black
Pros: I purchased this based on the 4tb capacity, and the fact that these Samsung D3 drives have worked well for me in the past. Too early to tell if this will be a gem, or a lump of coal. I can say that it installed flawlessly and I've let it loose backing up 150gb of photos. Seems to be doing fine so far. The three year warranty is acceptable, and the speed is fine as well while running USB 3.0. The packaging was great.
Cons: It's not a five year warranty.
Other Thoughts: Reviews on the first day are pretty useless, unless the product fails outright (which this has not). I'll drop another review after six months of use. Otherwise, I hope that this model is going to be as reliable as the other G3's I have purchased in the past.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a very nice computer. Worked right out of the box. It has enough empty slots to do interesting things with it. I was worried that I was going to have to add a graphics board for my son's Minecraft addiction. I shouldn't have worried about it (the video, not the son). It does very nicely for many games. 16gb of RAM? It is more than I'll use, but the technology progresses. I probably will. The network performance is impressive while backing up to WinHomeServer2011, so the network port is working nicely.
Cons: In life, nothing is perfect, and so it was with the content of the ASUS box when it arrived. The keyboard never did work. We substituted a nice, used, high quality keyboard, and everything was solved.
Other Thoughts: Odd that my review of two days ago hasn't posted here as of yet. No problem, I can remember what I sent.
All told this is a good deal. If I went nuts, and put a graphics card or two on it, I'd probably have to upgrade the power supply. I'm not going to do that since it works well enough as is.
As to the defective keyboard, what to do? It's not a deal breaker for me, nor is it a big problem. It's certainly not worth sending the whole computer back for this, but I'm hoping that ASUS will just ship me a new keyboard. Believe me, other than the fact that it failed (probably before I plugged it in), it's not the highest quality keyboard I've ever encountered. We'll see how ASUS handles the warranty. Without the keyboard problem, I'd give it five starts. It came with a keyboard problem though, so I'll knock off a star.
Pros: It's really a very nice computer. Plenty fast, with lots of memory. The hard drive is larger than my son will need as a school computer, but one often ends up with lots more "stuff" than you'd expect over time. Games seem to work well without resorting to without resorting to a graphics card. For the games I've seen, on this computer, I was surprised. The unit is surprisingly quiet, but I can't yet tell what the temp on the processor is, as he doesn't let me close to it too often. Otherwise, it plays nicely with Windows Home Server 2011 over the LAN. Quite fast with the server over the network. We've had it about a week, and holding our breath a bit.
Cons: Well, there's always a bit of rain, and this is the first failure we've had out of the box. The keyboard, supplied with the computer, was dysfunctional from the time we plugged it in. We through on an old IBM keyboard, and we were off and running. Otherwise, there's nothing to complain about with this box. What to do about the keyboard? I'm not going to send the whole computer back for a failed keyboard, so I guess we'll make do. Maybe I can get ASUS to send me another one. Sending back the whole system, for a keyboard failure, would be pretty silly.
We've not had great luck with the keyboards supplied with the three ASUS desktops we've order. 2/3's of them have failed. The could afford to be of a bit higher quality, in our experience. Pay slightly more, or pick up a used, heavy duty keyboard, and you're well ahead of using what's supplied with the new units. Otherwise, I've nothing bad to say about this purchase.
Other Thoughts: Well, it's a fast, highly capable computer at a very reasonable price. My son told me "Windows 7 only!", under pain of death. The consensus in his school's IT classes is that Win 8 has a bit farther to go, and this computer comes with Win 7. He is a happy child. What to do about the keyboard? These ASUS keyboards are becoming predictably problematic in our experience. I can't let it slide by, so it will get one egg knocked off, for a failure out of the box. That's fair, for a good little computer, with way more horsepower than I'm used to at my level. ASUS would do well to place a bit more emphasis, into quality control on their peripherals (keyboard in this case). Otherwise, this computer is a fine piece of technology.READ FULL REVIEW