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Pros: Both SATA ports work under Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Might be OK if you just want to add more independent hard drives or use software RAID, but I wouldn't recommend it due to the lack of support.
Cons: The manual that came on an optical disk with this card states that RAID configuration menu can be entered at startup by pressing CTRL+M. This feature doesn't work at all, and this card doesn't display any messages at all during POST.
Neither the Syba or Iocrest websites have working links to download manuals or drivers for these devices. Syba has a page for this card, but all the download links are bad. Iocrest doesn't have a web page for this card at all, and a search for "SI-PEX40061" turns up nothing.
FUNCTION = FAIL
SUPPORT = FAIL
This review is from: StarTech S3510SMU33 Aluminum / Plastic 3.5" Silver SATA USB 3.0 External Enclosure
Pros: I have used several of these enclosures and all have worked very well with zero problems. Assembly and disassembly are quick and intuitive. Although the manufacturer lists 4.0 TB as the maximum size I have successfully used 6.0 TB Western Digital WD60EFRX drives in multiple enclosures without problems.
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Pros: On paper it looks good -- plenty of memory, spacious SSD drive, large auxiliary hard drive, good graphics card, nice display, and it does start up quickly.
Cons: When you spend this much money on a laptop, you shouldn't get something loaded with junk software (ASUS games, McAfee, non-functioning version of MS Office), you should get a manual that describes the product in some detail, and it should work as advertised. I am still trying to figure out how to get into BIOS, and hitting the F2 key as described in the manual simply does not work. Neither do any of the other usual keys. Is there a specific nanosecond during POST in which the F2 key has to be hit? Could that be what I'm missing? Of course, with all the disclaimers that have been written in to the manual, such as stating that specifications are subject to change without notice, there's no telling what ASUS actually sold me.
Never having used Windows 8 to any great extent, I was cautious but optimistic. Now, having used it for a few days, it's a disaster. There are some improvements Microsoft has made -- I like the refinements that have been made to Task Manager, for example -- but on balance, very few of the changes that have been made from Windows 7 to Windows 8 are positive or make things faster or easier to do. Mostly, it seems that Microsoft has sacrificed ease of use with a mouse so that the same operating system will work on phones and tablets.
Other Thoughts: Most users are probably going to be happier with something smaller and lighter than this, unless you don't plan on carrying it around frequently. With its power supply, this thing is quite heavy and bulky.
So if you want a laptop that's basically a desktop, you don't mind paying extra for an operating system that's unnecessarily hard to use, and you're willing to roll the dice with what ASUS actually gives you -- by all means, this is the laptop for you.