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ASUS Taichi 31 Dual Screen 2in1 Ultrabook -  i5 4GB Memory 128GB SSD 13.3
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: • I have had this laptop for a while now and it has served me well so far.
• 1080p screens
• tablet ability without any kind of weird hinge or disconnecting base
• sleek, aluminum build
• specialized support
• back-lit keys
• chicklet keyboard with a quality feel to it
• proprietary button for screen switch without the requirement to close lid
• has a single headset jack, which is great for use with skype when only cellphone style earbuds are available
• dual cameras(I use the tablet cam to record video of my teachers lectures)
• pretty good battery life
• reasonable speakers for a laptop. pretty good sound in my opinion
• has an external power switch, volume rocker and a switch to disable the tablet/touch screen

Cons: It took days to get this laptop working semi-perfectly on 8.1 and even right now I am still having to restart once or twice per day. I shut down my computer out of habit each night, but it still has its problems.

When switching screens, I occasionally, the tablet screen flips sides and then disables the rotation lock. Even in the windows charms menu, it will only display the ability to change the brightness and the rotation lock will be missing.

WiDi compatibility:
I have spoken to support and set this feature up, but when I switch to the widi receiver, it disables the screen, rendering the connection disabled. I have installed all software to asus support spec. I can connect, but it immediately disables the screen.

display compatibility glitch
When hooking up a display through the included Display port to VGA adapter, it will occasionally switch through by itself and on other occasions, require manual setup of the screen through 'screen resolution' in windows

C-c-c-combo maker!
As a combination of the WiDi and VGA adapter problems, if I attempt to set the connected screen as a standalone, disabling the laptop screens, it will quickly revert to using the laptop screens. I suspect this to be a VGA driver issue and with all the correct drivers installed, nothing changes. Asus hasn't fixed much

HDMI and bluetooth
when attempting to use a bluetooth speaker while using the onboard HDMI adapter into a TV with built in sound, windows will glitch between the bluetooth sound option and the sound through HDMI option.

The fan runs constantly
I can be doing anything from streaming to having 4 basic webpage tabs open and the fan will spin up like it's ready to take off for a 10 minute flight. I sit behind people in lecture hall and I will get looks from them when the paratroopers start jumping out the the USB ports.

The enter key
It's like one of those miniature skate-boards you used to get as a kid. If I lightly push down on the right side of it, I can pop a mini wheelie. I got used to pushing down on the left half of the key only after a while, but it is annoying for the first month of use.

Again with the second/tablet screen glitches, but sometime after switching into laptop mode, the touch screen will still be active, but not show an image. I can use it in laptop mode like normal, but if I go to adjust the angle of the screen, I get a slew of random touches on that part of the screen. Fixed by a restart, but happens occasionally.

Wish I had the i7/256gb version of the Taichi 31.
The price, I guess? I mean, you get your money’s worth.

Other Thoughts: Like I said, I love and hate this device. I would buy it again for its convertibility, but at the same time, I would sell this for something better.

People complain about the touchpad location, but I raise my wrists when I type, and there is enough space to the left and right to rest my wrists, so I am quite pleased with the touchpad and its durability.

The battery is good enough to do web surfing/typing or even movies for hours on end. I just finished up a movie steams from online and I'm only at 60%!

Honestly after having problems trying to raid on my crossfire V in my desktop and having all the issues with this laptop, I will NEVER buy ASUS again.

Okay, maybe that was too harsh. I might buy USB adapters and SATA disk drives from you guys.

I wouldn't recommend ASUS to a friend unless I had a direct line to their developers and a refund button that dropped the money into my account and replaced it with a sorry note. Software issues, BSOD popups, Bios issues, driver incompatibility, slow to fix problems.

When I called their "VIP support" I got a guy who had NO clue what to do about anything at all. Spoke to management and instantly made a connection with the guy and was able to use tech jargon without a "what do you mean" after each sentence.

I give it two stars because I can use it, but there are to many problems for it to be practical.

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Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: No problems at all, reasonable performance, good price, has lasted over two years

Cons: wasn't free

Other Thoughts: was able to recover my lost data when I accidently deleted a partition.

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Rosewill RIMP-11002 Soft Gaming Mouse Pad
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Title 03/15/2014

This review is from: Rosewill RIMP-11002 Soft Gaming Mouse Pad

Pros: It's a mouse pad
Supports my mouse
Compatible with my mouse
Makes my mouse look more like a mouse
black
I don't know, it's a mouse pad

Cons: Gets dirty eventually, but being a soft mouse pad, it isn't worth cleaning

Other Thoughts: Has an okay feel to the pad itself and the label could have been placed elsewhere

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Troy S.'s Profile

Display Name: Troy S.

Date Joined: 05/21/11

  • Reviews: 19
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 04/22/12
  • Last Review: 09/26/14
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