Joined on 10/09/08
Pros: Noticeably faster than a standard notebook drive My ASUS notebook starts up very fast since the install
Cons: Licensing check is buggy
Overall Review: The bundled data migration software by Acronis checks to see if you have an installed Intel SSD. If you were not paying attention when W7 asked to format the new drive, and you said yes, the license check will fail. The check should be based on detected hardware, not a license key that Intel stores on the drive.
Ultimately happy with my purchase
Pros: 1. It's small, and it's quiet enough to sit right next to me in the office. 2. Built-in RAID. 3. The case is nicely built and easy to open (for the RAM upgrade that it will need).
Cons: 1. Two GB of RAM is not a realistic amount (for example ESXi requires at least 4, and you will probably want 8). 2. The built-in RAID does not support hot-swapping (but you can buy a card). 3. The disk caddies are a little flimsy (but that was not really a problem).
Overall Review: It takes a little effort, but ultimately I was glad I bought this machine. 1 - The instructions are a little unclear about memory options, but the 8 GB DDR3 PC3-12800 240 pin "server" RAM I added worked fine. This was quite a bit cheaper than HP memory and may not support some advanced features, but I don't use those. 2 - After grepping through the VMWare site, I was able to find the free versions of ESXi and vSphere Client, plus a license key, that you will need to use this as a virtual machine host. Once you have done that it is not difficult to set up the hypervisor and install guest operating systems. 3 - As a result it works well as a host for the Centos-based build system I needed, and it also has been quite easy to experiment with alternatives like Fedora 19 (which has better support for scientific computing).