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Pros: Compact, hence the ITX label, loaded to the gills with features
Supports latest CPU and newly released memories
With just a little creativity all of the cables (albeit cramped in areas) fit nicely
without interrupting any of the build components functionality!
Cons: If I had a complaint it would be that the board was not well deigned for the case
I chose for the build. But, I can't blame the case or the motherboard makers for
any lacking in ingenuity!
Other Thoughts: I would highly recommend this case to anyone needing a compact build . . .including the
Intel i7-6700K (not to be used in overclocking, but what the customer demanded!
Cooler Master Case Elite-130 , Cooler Master PS 650W Modular
Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI MoBo
Intel i7-6700K 4.0 GHz Quad
CNPS2X, Zalman CPU Cooler, Ultra Low Profile (fit nicely under PSU with plenty of spare space)
G-Skill RipJaws V 16GB x 2 . . . .MemTestX86 for 23 hours without an error
SSD Samsung EVO 500GB (OS), HDD Seagate VX006 3TB 5900 (Data Storage)
Optical Pioneer BDR-2209
Crazy build in a super quality case, with an exceptionally happy customer in the end!
Pros: It does properly charge the ASUS Zenbook UX301LA
Cons: It is a substitute and not the factory original
Other Thoughts: This item is a spin-off of the original, and considering the global location of manufacture not a surprise.
The factory original has smaller diameter and more resilient cables and the power indicator light is embedded as part of the PC power connector plug that is only lit when the PC connector is attached to the computer.
This charger has a larger, rather obnoxious light in the side of the PC Connector that is on all the time the power supply in plugged in.
Voltage and Wattage are correct.
Pros: It is slow out of the box, but CAN be helped
As stated in my previous review I purchased this laptop solely for the purpose of research and to be able to deliver an economical, and yet efficient laptop for those that only do the basic things with a computer (web surfing, letter writing, e-mail, and picture viewing).
Things to consider:
(1) The machine does not ship with an optical drive and after extensive use I believe that is a non-issue. For those that believe a DVD is required a Model “UJ8D3 SONY” device fits and works perfectly, but the fascia plate will be a challenge.
(2) It is NOT a Touch Screen
(3) It ships with only 2GB of Ram (1 memory slot only), and Windows 7 x64 will not install well with less than 3GB installed. After several memory attempts I obtained a Kingston M1G64KL110 (8GB) that works flawlessly
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I installed Windows 7 Home Premium x64 successfully (after several evaluation attempts), but the required drivers are a small challenge. I always download all of the drivers that I need, extract them if compressed, and put them in an installer folder on my desktop. Further I categorize and order the drivers according to what makes best for me. In this case, because of earlier issues, I chose to reboot with every driver if prompted. An absolute must is to install the “00” file first. This file actually sets the stage to prevent driver errors down the list. I tried it both ways and it works properly if installed before all others.
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My install started with a USB installer for W7 with SP1 I then set up my downloaded installer drivers in a desktop folder. As stated above I installed the files in numeric order as listed below and had absolutely zero errors left in my Device Manager. Windows 7 retrieved updates without issue.
Below is my list drivers that required to keep the Device Manager error free. Also note that the “xx 16” file is a lengthy install and also installs the wireless network driver (WLAN). I chose to “YES” to all when prompted. The Acer Model Specific page has additional drivers that are not needed for this particular device. The Elan Touch Pad Driver is only needed if you want to get all of special gesture support
Driver folder (I labeled it 000-Install Drivers)
If not otherwise noted all drivers come from the Acer Model Specific web page.
yy 00 kmdf-1.11-Win-6.1-x64.msu
zz 12 PROC_IO_Win7_64_126.96.36.1991
xx 13 USB 3.0_Intel_188.8.131.52_W7x64_A
xx 16 Bluetooth_Broadcom_184.108.40.20600_W7x64_A
xx 18 Lan_RT_W7x64_A
99 User Manual_Acer_1.0_A_A
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read Other thoughts section to finish assessment:
Cons: Really none for the price point
Other Thoughts: . . .fish assessment!
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xx download from Acer for Aspire V3-572 (W7 x64)
yy download from Microsoft
zz download from Intel
...... drivers above for different Acer Model
As to “Windows 10” this machine will successfully update from a Windows 10 USB-ISO, but would not do a “Clean Install” from same ISO. It worked remarkably well when configured from the update install and no additional drivers were require to clean up the Device Manager.
My overall assessment, with 4GB or 8GB of memory, this laptop is more than capable to run any of the Windows 7, 8, or 10 versions efficiently. I had MS Office Enterprise 2007 installed and used most of the appications (as in Word for this doc). The additional memory clearly resolved the patchy and searching operation occasionally engaged while working on minimum resources and turned it into a rather responsive unit. I would recommend the 8GB, but 4GB is probably all most would need.