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ASUS Taichi21 Intel Core i5 4GB 128GB SSD HDD 11.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The release of Windows 8 has caused an avalanche of touch screen Ultra books to come to market but the Asus Taichi21 is the first to actually have two screens (1080p IPS display in the front and 1080p IPS touch screen in the back) in one package. It’s an interesting concept and quite useful in certain situations. The Taichi21is incredibly thin and light at just 2.76 lbs plus it looks good with a brushed aluminum chassis and illuminated Asus logo. It also comes with a stylus for added precision control while using the Taichi in tablet mode.

Cons: Asus promotes this ultrabook as a premium product but there are quality control issues. There is noticeable back light bleed on both the front and back IPS displays. The aluminum cover on the bottom doesn’t fit correctly. The left back corner bows in and out when squeezed. I’ve done searches on the internet and have found that these issues seem to be common among Taichi21 owners.
The battery life is a disappointment. A fully charged battery gets around 3 ½ hours of use or less depending on your activities.
This model comes with a 128GB SSD but after Windows 8, the recovery partition and Asus bloat-ware you end up with about 70GB free. There’s also the issue of the preparatory Asus software that controls the multi-gesture touchpad and the dual screen switching. The software is buggy and at times causes problems that can only be solved by rebooting the ultrabook.

Other Thoughts: Asus has created a very interesting and unique product here but they have to focus on increasing the quality/fit and finish of this ultrabook before they can compete with the premium portables on the market today.

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RAZER Black Wired BlackWidow Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Disappointed 02/01/2012

This review is from: RAZER Black Wired BlackWidow Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Pros: Good external build quality. Heavy enough to stay in place.

Cons: Glossy finish, very loud , dead after 13 months of ownership.

Other Thoughts: I was never super thrilled about this keyboard. I used it very lightly. Purchased this on Dec 2010 and now it's dead which seems convenient (for Razer) since its only warranted for 1 year. I will NOT be purchasing products for Razer in the future.

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Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very nice performance after using it for a few days (flash cache). Great capacity for the price.

Cons: Died on me after only 5 months.

Other Thoughts: Super disappointed with this product. I had it installed in my Macbook Pro and out of no where the laptop just froze up! After a hard reboot all I got was a gray screen... no bootup. Once I got home I swapped out the drive and the laptop was back up and running. Beware people and backup your stuff!

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Display Name: Edwin N.

Date Joined: 08/30/02

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 02/04/05
  • Last Review: 02/01/13
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