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Pros: Super fast when it worked.
Cons: Super dead when it stopped after just over 2 months.
Other Thoughts: This morning my laptop's BIOS stopped recognizing it at random. Corsair's support forums say the only solution is to RMA the drive. Great.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Asus ZENBOOK UX32VD-DB71-HSN-K 13.3" Ultrabook - Intel Core i7 i7-3517U 1.90 GHz
Pros: Fantastic laptop! So far I'm super impressed with it and would happily recommend it to a friend. After replacing the HDD with an SSD it's easily the ultrabook this generation, by far.
* The NVIDIA GTX 620M GPU plays World of Warcraft great on modest settings, though I admit I haven't tried much else yet.
* The most beautiful LCD I've ever seen, and I'm upgrading from a Sony Vaio Z12 with a gorgeous 13.3" 1080p LCD. If 1080p seems a little high res for a 13" laptop, remember that you can always have Windows scale it up for you.
Cons: * It's a little deceptive how thin it's portrayed. When laying on a flat surface, the keyboard surface is horizontal; that is, the thickness of the laptop does NOT taper from back to front as the pictures would imply. Instead, the base of the laptop bulges out in the center 90% of the laptop and tapers to the edges. That said, it's still a very thin device, just not as razor-thin as the advertising shows.
* Honestly why did they think a 500 GB HDD was a good idea in an ultrabook? That deserves an egg knocked off all by itself since you have to pay for your own SSD to replace it.
* The clickpad is terrible. I want to like it, but after spending 2 weeks with it that just isn't going to happen. I think the best I can hope for is that I might someday be accustomed to it. Honestly, why is it that when Apple gets a HORRIBLE idea like this everyone else has to follow suite? Up-to-date drivers are ridiculously difficult to find. The latest drivers (as of September) from ASUS's trash website make it marginally better than it was out of the box, but it's still bad. Accidental clicks occur nearly constantly since the tap click feature is completely non-configurable, aside from outright disabling it. Either invest in a nice external mouse or learn to live with the clickpad's faults.
Other Thoughts: * Definitely replace the HDD with an SSD. If you decide to do so you'll need a Torx T5 screwdriver.
* Decent clickpad drivers can be found by Google searching "touchpad drivers site:asus.com" going to the first link with "touchpad" in the name, then selecting your OS and getting the latest driver from Elantech. If you want to replace currently installed drivers you'll need to uninstall the ones you have first.
* Not the best battery life, but it's still great for someone coming from a non-ultrabook laptop. 5+ hours of battery life browsing the web, 2-3 playing WoW.
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-Q11B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Pros: Easily the most aesthetically pleasing case I've ever owned. The case fan is near silent and moves a surprising amount of air.
Cons: I really don't understand why they put regular USB cables inside the case instead of the usual 9-pin headers. Also, why are all the internal cables twice as long as they needed to be? It's under12" deep, but the front panel cables are almost two feet long.
Other Thoughts: The build was a bit of a challenge, but by no means insurmountable. I was able to find a hole for the excess cable without resorting to putting them all in the 5.25" bay.READ FULL REVIEW