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Pros: Review sites are very positive about these and the Deskstar drives. I generally only purchase Western Digital drives, but the overwhelming review support had me take a leap of faith.
Cons: Unfortunately, this is the first time I've ordered a refurb hdd unit and had it fail almost instantly.
Within 12 hours of usage, Windows 7 indicated a SMART health check failure, and after investigating the drive I've determined it's a legitimate failure. Wiping what I can of this drive and sending it back RMA for a replacement if available. Glad I kept my old 500GB WD drive on hand this was replacing.
Other Thoughts: This drive is generally heralded as one of the most reliable units on the market for it's class.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very dense PPI, nice small bezel, VESA mounting option*, larger than you might think.
I replaced dual 27" monitors, and although I lost a little horizontal real-estate, I'm very satisfied with my choice.
Cons: The stand isn't great, I'd recommend an aftermarket stand or mount.
At the writing of this review, many games and services (Steam broadcasting for one) do not support 21:9 resolutions at this point in time, so you're stuck with a scaled 16:9 picture.
Other Thoughts: The mounting point for the factory stand sticks out in the back, potentially conflicting with aftermarket VESA mounts with low clearance, and I don't believe it's removable. There's zero documentation on VESA mounting options included.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: VERY low wattage usage, onboard nVidia GPU useful for video decoding (viewing). Gigabit LAN and USB3.0. Did NOT come with Windows 8 (Yes, this is a PRO.)
Cons: Severe lack of documentation from ASUS. No dis-assembly or upgrade information available anywhere. (Search youtube for some great how to videos.)
Getting backup media for the OS is near impossible in the US.
Manufacturer doesn't even know their own specs. (see Other Thoughts).
All of the above costs them one Egg.
Not able to handle any significant processing workloads (as expected; this is an ATOM based machine.) so plan accordingly for your intended use.
Other Thoughts: For those who are curious, the unit I bought and received the day of this review came with a Seagate Momentus Thin 320GB drive, and 2GB of PC-12800 (DDR1600) SK Hynix DDR3 SO-DIMM HMT325S6CFR8C.
Note: All the ASUS documentation states PC-8500 (DDR1066) is the max. supported. Even the Intel Atom site states this. But sure enough, it shipped with RAM which is rated at the DDR1600 speed. I don't know if it's stepping down to DDR1066 speeds, I need to do further investigation. NewEgg properly lists the memory speed (last I checked), so kudos to them.
I personally swapped out the 2GB for 4GB as the OS and apps I use already were pushing the physical limit out of the box. I have also swapped in an OCZ Vertex3 SSD as the primary drive for power consumption, speed, and durability reasons.
The onboard nVidia GPU *DOES* decode 10-bit H.264 (very popular in the anime segment these days).
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