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Pros: -Good construction, not flimsy plastic
-Can upgrade hard drive to SSD
-Keyboard feels very nice to type on and is responsive
-Touchpad is also very nice.
-i3 is deceptively fast
-Screen is good, not great, but good
-Touchscreen is very very good, works with Windows 8, 7, and Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04 (tested)
-Speakers are good for something this small
Cons: -Battery life isnt that long, also not replaceable with a better one
-Screen could be better really
-Value is extraordinary
-Decent aftermarket support (keyboard covers and shells etc.)
Other Thoughts: I bought this laptop to replace a Lenovo B575 that had died (still trying to fix) as a budget laptop, so that is what I was comparing to among the other laptops I had in the past (Gateway M-Series, Mid-2007 Macbook)
Last year finals were coming up and the old Macbook I had kicked the bucket. I needed a cheap laptop fast. I decided on ASUS since they make some of the best computer parts out there that you can buy and the laptop had better construction in terms of materials than the other laptop I was loking at, which was an Acer 15.6 with a touchscreen.
As seen to the left I am not a verified owner since I did not buy the laptop from Newegg, but from Best Buy, so I have the Q200E model (exact same sans bluetooth). I figured I would give my 2 cents.
For awhile I ran the original 500GB Hitachi hard drive, which was decently quick once it was booted up. I then picked up a Samsung 840 SSD and tried to move over my Windows 8 install, but Windows 8 was being difficult, so I decided to install Ubuntu 12.04 and run that solely.
Ubuntu ran great with the touchscreen and the SSD. I didnt need to install any extra drivers or jump through any hoops to get it to work. The wireless even worked out of the box.
I then decided to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04, again both worked without error. I needed to be able to run apps for engineering so Windows is needed. The dual boot worked great as well!
Currently, the laptop is solely running Windows 7. I am contemplating the upgrade to a larger SSD so that I can run both Ubuntu and Windows 7 and still have my engineering apps. Windows 7 works great, and all of the Windows 8 drivers install onto the computer without flaw.
As for gaming, I have a tower for that, but this computer is good for on the go light gaming. I've played Counter Strike, Morrowind, and a few other lightweight low storage games, since the SSD I have is not large. Hearthstone runs like a charm...when its not overheating.
There are a few flaws with this laptop though. Heat is a problem. When playing a game like Hearthstone on a flat table, the laptop can reach 85-90C and throttle itself. The last time I cleaned for dust was about 4 months ago but there shouldnt be that much dust. I am going to look for a cooling solution online, as there are some to be had. A laptop stand wouldnt be a bad idea either.
Battery life has me wishing for an extended battery, it last about 4 hours with normal usage (word docs and Google Chrome). Battery life seems to be slightly better with Windows 7.
Overall I really like this laptop. The build construction makes it rugged, and with a SSD you dont have to worry about breaking it. It feels solid using it and not flimsy. The touchscreen works and the computer supports a multitude of operating systems. I got it for $300 and at that price it was a steal.
This review is from: DD-WRT Supported, Rosewill RNX-N150RTv2 - Wireless N150 Wi-Fi Router - IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, Up to 150 Mbps Data Rates, 5 dBi Fixed Antenna, WDS Bridge Connection, QoS and VPN Supported
Pros: -Works great out of the box
-Setup menu is very nice
-Works like a router should, none of this fancy new stuff
Cons: -Ethernets are kind of close together, hopefully you dont have fat ethernet cords
Other Thoughts: I was able to use this as a repeater very nicely. I have 2 computers hooked up through it with ethernets while it is running in repeater mode. Very happy with this purchase, and was a good price at $8 on sale. Just what I needed.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -6970 for $90, cant beat that
-Reference model with a non-reference cooler
-Package came with a Mini Displayport to HDMI connector
-packed nicely, works.
Cons: -Would not work on my main computer; computer would not post with this card in it
-Worked in another computer that I tried it in
-Rather large card but was to be expected
Other Thoughts: This graphics card was a fantastic deal at $89, I would have bought two to crossfire at this point. It is still a high performing card, I have one in my computer currently that still runs most games on medium to high settings.
But for some reason, this card would not work in my main computer with these build specs:
16GB Corsair XMS3
A 900W continuous power supply should be enough to support one if not two of these cards. My plan was to run this in crossfire with the 6950 I have (flashed to 6970 speeds). Yet I tried to install this card by itself and the computer would not post. Tried 2 different monitors, both of the slots on the motherboard, and different power connectors. It would not post. The computer itself works fine, I am writing this review on it right now. I completely removed the motherboard from the computer as well and tried to boot it with no success. No post
I took it home wtith me for thanksgiving break and planned to RMA it this past week. I decided to give it a shot in my older computer at home with these specs:
Antec Earthwatts 650W
This computer is currently running GTS250's in SLI.
I proceeded to try the card in this computer here before I RMA'ed it. Low and behold it worked perfectly in this computer, booted to Windows and everything. Just needed the drivers installed which I did not do.
I am very stumped, and I am not sure if I want to send the card back. It would be nice to upgrade the GTS250's, but I would rather have Crossfire with my other one. I have no idea how to sort this problem.
Other than that, the card works great. I would expect anyone else who has this card for it to work as expected.
Display Name: Joshua G.
Date Joined: 05/30/12
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