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ASUS Zenbook Prime Intel Core i5 4GB 128GB SSD 13.3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Extremely Light and portable
- Snappy performance, Long Battery Life (6.5hrs max, ~4.5-5 hrs with continuous, average use).
- Win 7 64bit
- Backlit keyboard
- High resolution IPS screen
- Good Price
- Impressive Design on Screen Cover

Cons: - Very bad backlight bleed in black screen.
- Problems with Loud/Excessive CPU Fan Speed (fan revs up and down unnecessarily, but only after coming out of sleep mode. VERY annoying in a quiet room - eg. lecture hall). Required BIOS Update to 215 and Updates to Intel Thermal Policy Software to fix. (Problem is well documented on forums but also required an extensive amount of research on my part to find this fix)
- As the person below me mentioned, stock trackpad driver is AWFUL. Trackpad out of box is jumpy and you cannot enable edge scroll (only a two-finger gesture scroll was offered in settings). Cannot be fixed using ASUS's SmartarseGesture driver. Fix was to download generic ELAN trackpad drivers v11.7.8.5. After this, works great.
- Poor graphics performance (no surprise here, wasn't expecting any better - not a gaming rig).

Other Thoughts: Overall a great, impressively thin and light laptop that comes with a few flaws that could have been avoided with marginally better quality control. The BIOS update to fix fan speeds and the trackpad driver update is a MUST, otherwise you'll have a miserable experience with this laptop out of box.
- My primary use: for school.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) DirectX 11 GV-N560OC-1GI 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Offers great performance at a good price

Cons: Unstable Factory OC - As you may have read elsewhere on this site and on Google, there is a chance you will get an unstable card out of the box.

Right off the bat, I was getting artifacting in BF3 and SC2. Sporadic crashes, not related to high temps. Tried multiple driver releases, flashed the video card to latest firmware, no resolution. Too lazy to go through RMA process...especially since it works *most* of the time.

Was able to resolve some problems by slighting increasing voltage. Still getting random driver crashes, no clear pattern, temps monitored carefully - not overheating.

I was able to make games finally stable by underclocking the card, which is pathetic - why should anyone have to underclock their card's factory preset settings for it to be stable?

One thing's for sure: Gigabyte has seriously disappointed me.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 - 3 User
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Gets the job done! 06/22/2011

This review is from: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 - 3 User

Pros: - One of the most consistently effective AVs out there, as shown by independent lab tests and popular PC magazine tests and ratings.
- Low key detection requiring almost no user interaction, barely notice it's there
- Definition updates come very frequently without a hitch
- Software updates are cheap and deals for Kaspersky come fairly often, yearly if you look for them.

Cons: - Can be resource intensive for older computers (I'm talking about Pentium 4, before XP SP1 came out. On these computers, running Kaspersky results in dismal performance).
- I've experienced many false positives but Kaspersky does not usually interfere when running these except to warn you that it may be (for ex) a Keylogger (when it obviously is not, eg. some games do this...).

Other Thoughts: My mom and pop are almost completely computer illiterate, they're the ones who click on those pop-ads that give you **** ton malware and adware in one go, giving me a headache everytime I need to fix their PCs. Ever since I put their computers on Kaspersky, it's been smooth sailing. Works for me!


Stephen S.'s Profile

Display Name: Stephen S.

Date Joined: 09/08/05

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 07/16/09
  • Last Review: 09/02/13
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