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This review is from: ARCTIC Freezer 11 LP CPU Cooler for Intel, Support Multiple Sockets, HTPC Ready
Pros: This thing is very quiet. That's why I bought it to replace my stock cpu fan from i3
Cons: It's bigger. But you should expect that. It installed in my Gigabyte H55M-S2H. pretty close to the memory but it's okay.
You will install provided plastic adapter brackets to fasten as it is bigger than you old stock fan. For some reason they provide plastic anchor "nails" to hold them in. I couldn't get them in and was even trying to shave them down. Then I realized you can just use the screws from the old stock fan you are replacing. Much nicer.
Other Thoughts: If you want an nice quiet fan, but this. Arctic Cooling does it again.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a all around good laptop for the price. Laptops are a funny thing in that more so than desktops you might be particular about things like layout, weight & even appearance. I liked: 1. i7 cpu. 2. nVidia GeForce (not sharing system RAM). 3. Fairly quiet keyboard. 4. Power connector in back and not on the side (as some have been lately??). 5. HDMI out. 6. Physical cover for webcam. There is more..
Cons: I like ASUS as a brand in general; generally like their product. However, their consistent weakness IMO, is documentation. For someone buying a iPod or DVD player, a nice elegant and simple manual is appreciated. But for computer systems (I don't care how slick and buzzy it is, it's still a system), and especially to geeks, a good system manual/documentation is valuable. Asus is notorious for this. Generally it's 3 pages of how to power the system on and off, written 8 times in 8 languages. Occasionally there is useful info there, but it's not very obvious. I could decode the book of revelation easier. So to access the ddr3 slots, you need to peel back the (sticky) rubber feet at the bottom to access two screws. I almost pried the thing open with a knife trying to figure it out, then I finally saw the diagram in the electronic (only) manual. Never seen this weird design before.
The AC adapter is a huge brick. Much bigger than my previous laptop.
Other Thoughts: You don't need to but I added 4GB extra DDR3 for only $19. I had to wait until I got the system however to see what the memory configuration (back to the poor documentation) was. It has a single so-dimm: Elpida 4G DDR3 (never heard of em). I found their specs online which was good. I added the Crucial 4GB DDR3 133 (make sure you get the 1.5v not the 1.35) Item#: N82E16820148344.
The numeric keyboard is fine..
I would have liked win7 Professional but it's not a huge deal (this isn't for gaming).
It's a little big but you wanted that big screen didn't you?
My gripes are pretty small and all that's preventing it from 5 stars.
Pros: This thing is a great netbook for the price. Asus does a good job here
Cons: 1. This unit came with a rattley keyboard. I built if for someone else but if it was for me I think it would annoy me enough that I would have to return it. It made typing noisy and feel like cr@p. Otherwise it would have been 4 stars. 2. As previous reviewer noted; you must remove all the bloatware. It's bad (not as bad as an Acer, but still bad) and really must be done. And running win7 (any version) really requires 2GB minimum to run respectably so I did upgrade that (actually had the module from a different eeepc!). There is only one RAM slot.
Other Thoughts: This is a newer, and thus slightly faster netbook than the 1005HA I bought over 1 year ago, but that system ran XP or linux. Windows 7 really needs 2GB RAM and this ships with 1GB. Although it's a slightly faster system, there is one less USB port and the separate mic and headphone inputs have been replaced by a single input that somehow handles both. Haven't tried it. It's a different battery and uses DDR3 so you can't use the old DDR2 modules if you have them from a different eee pc. So just factor in the memory upgrade when you purchase this. It's still a decent netbook for short money.READ FULL REVIEW