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Pros: 802.11AC should be future proof and the card only requires 2 antennas to work.
Bluetooth and Wifi in one card
Cons: The connection speeds vary widely. I've got a Wireless-N router that only sends signal on 2.4Ghz. Something about this card causes it to drop from 100-144Mbps down to 11-13Mbps. Its not related to distance since I'll be in the same position and it will drop.
Signal strength has fluctuated from 100% to 60% but doesn't seem to correlate to the speed drops as they can happen with 100% signal.
Other Thoughts: If you change the cards configuration it will reset and go back up to the peak transfer rate for a while.
I'm hoping Intel will fix this. I wanted to replace an Azureware card that drops signal all the time with this. It's in my wife's laptop and i'm not sure this will cut it.
I bought an Intel Wifi Link 1000 a couple of years ago and that stays connected at 100% speeds all the time. So this card is a little disappointing so far.
Pros: Great timings for the RAM and fairly inexpensive
Cons: My laptop's (K55N) BIOS only saw one stick of RAM when i installed both sticks from the kit. Windows 7 Pro 64 saw all 8Gigs but said only 4Gigs was usable. CPU-Z said RAM was running in Single Channel.
If i left the laptop's original 4Gig stick in and used one of this kit's sticks the BIOS and Windows recognized all 8Gigs and CPU-Z reported it running in Dual Channel
Other Thoughts: Hopefully it was just a faulty kit. RMA was a breeze. Just waiting for the replacement sticks to arriveREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Quad core CPU with dedicated graphics through APU
(2) USB 3.0 Ports and a HDMI port
Simple access to Hard drive and RAM slots
Battery life is closer to 3.5-4 hours if you're doing anything GPU related (Videos, game).
Fairly light for it's size
Cons: -LCD quality isn't great. For me it's the biggest Con - Eye can pick out pixel spacing on light backgrounds and low viewing angle.
-Small screws holding HDD/RAM slot on. Stripped one screw on first turn so i can't remove the cover. Not sure how i'm going to get it off.
-I lightly tapped the case on a table when i set the laptop down with the lid open and the screen started flickering. The flickering stopped after about a minute and hasn't happened again. Hopefully a fluke
-Windows 8 is meh
-5400 RPM hard drive
Other Thoughts: Bought two of these one for my wife and I. Upgraded mine with a 256GB SSD and installed Windows 7 x64. If you're installing Windows 7 you need to make sure CSM is enabled in BIOS and disable security keys. Took me a while to figure out the CSM issue and was pretty frustrating.
I think the touchpad is actually very responsive. I'm not a fan of the integrated left/right click buttons but I set the touchpad to right click with two fingers pressed at the same time and to scroll and left click with one finger so i never use the integrated buttons. I disabled the pinch to zoom and rotate motion.
From my history with AMD APU's a RAM upgrade to 8GB would really benefit the system. Boosting the graphics (The GPU dedicates 512MB for the graphics plus 1.5GB of shared system RAM) and make sure the system isn't starved for RAM if multitasking.
I bought an 8GB dual channel RAM kit from Mushkin and it didn't work. With both sticks installed it only saw one stick of RAM in Single Channel mode (it is a Dual Channel kit...) - RMA'd for a replacement. Hopefully the replacement works as i'd love to have 8Gigs of RAM to really unleash the laptops full capacity