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ASUS Zenbook UX31E-DH52 Intel Core i5 2557M (1.70GHz) 4GB Memory 128GB SSD 13.3
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Hardware.
Overall Weight.
Gorgeous design.
SSD (sata III is ridiculously fast).
Not the best screen in class, but I still think it's really good, especially with the 1600x900 resolution.
Battery life is excellent (Had more than enough juice to last an entire flight from New York to Los Angeles).
Speakers - I didn't expect the speakers to be as good as they are.
Wireless network adapter - I've heard that the wireless network adapter is not that great, but I have had nothing but stellar performance out of mine.
Everyone's envy.

Cons: All Asus software.
Trackpad - Very frustrating to use. It's like it has a mind of its own. Come on Asus, all you have to do is release a good driver and that will solve the problem.
Ethernet to USB adapter was DOA (an included accessory).

Other Thoughts: Being OCD about any computer that I own, I can't stand any proprietary software (bloatware) that comes pre-installed. And unfortunately, this computer comes with plenty of it. Also, Asus decided to waist another 10 gigs worth of space on a factory backup. In most cases this wouldn't be much of an issue, but you only have 128GB's worth of space on the HD - Bad decision, Asus. Anyway, so I used an external dvd drive and reinstalled a clean version of Windows 7, which was not difficult at all. Problem solved. It always surprises me how much better a stock Windows 7 experience is. I can't say enough good things about this laptop/Ultrabook. I love it! (Just re-install Windows 7 and you will be fine). The SATA III SD - AWESOME!

One negative thing though, the trackpad is very frustrating to use. I detest trackpads in general and use a wireless mouse at all times, so this isn't that big of a deal for me, but I thought that I should note this.

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ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Has all the features that you could possibly need. Setup was a breeze.

Cons: The intel ethernet port stopped working on the second day of use. Thank goodness there are two ethernet ports on this board. After going through the process of getting everything setup the way I wanted, I didn't feel like returning the board because of one bad ethernet port. So I will live with it, but I will subtract one star from my rating. Other than this, there are no cons so far.

Other Thoughts: This board rocks.

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SAMSUNG ToC T240HD Rose-Black 24
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Beautiful and elegant looks. 24 inches of HD awesomeness. 1080P resolution. I hooked up a blu-ray player up to this monitor just to see the picture quality, and I have to give it up to Samsung - Great job! It looks great as a PC monitor to. How can this monitor that has more features than most of the other Samsung monitors cost less? It even has a regular Antenna In and tv tuner. It has inputs for DVI, HDMI, component, VGA, Digital audio out, built-in speakers...

Cons: The only shortcoming that this Monitor has is that in the bottom left corner, the colors are slightly washed out. However, it's not something that I ever notice because it is very slight, and you have to really look for it.

Other Thoughts: I only paid $290 for this monitor/HD television, and what a steal. You better get one of these before they sell out. I have a feeling that they aren't going to sell this model anymore. In my opinion, with this monitor Samsung is giving the customer everything they could want and more for a very low price. I am amazed and astonished at just how much I got for the money that I paid.

PS - Don't pay attention to anyone who gripes about the built-in speakers in the unit. I use the monitor all the time as a tv, and the speakers sound fine. If you want great sound from any device, hook it up through a receiver with good speakers.

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CHAD H.'s Profile

Display Name: CHAD H.

Date Joined: 05/20/09

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 08/06/09
  • Last Review: 04/15/12
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