Date Joined: 04/02/04
Pros: Small, clean form factor with solid chassis. Very easy to work on and cooling is great for the size. Excellent CPU scores for office and web applications. Surprisingly efficient cooler for daily tasks and fan speed only ramps up after sustained CPU loads. I personally prefer the USB C ports for future proof at the expense of losing USB A ports.
Cons: I did need to purchase a USB hub as some devices are still in the transition to type C still. I wish there was an Asus branded powered USB hub that stylistically fit the PN50 (similar to NUC options).
Overall Review: Absolutely recommend for work and home use that only requires office and web usage.
Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 2280 500GB
G. Skill Ripjaws 16GB DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600)
Dell S2721QS 27 Inch 4K UHD
DisplayPort Cable 3.3ft, iVANKY DP Cable, [4K@60Hz, 2K@165Hz, 2K@144Hz]
Pros: i7 is beyond what is needed for everyday usage --- but there are always websites that are poorly written or bloated with graphics and at those times the CPU's extra processing power eliminates any delays. 8gb of memory is the perfect size for Windows 10, more than enough for Office, Chrome browsing with multiple tabs, and background tasks like pandora/netflix/youtube on a secondary screen. The SSD is the perfect storage size for long-term usage without having to worry about space anxiety. SSD speed is faster and more reliable than any spinning drive - worry free. The Geforce software seamlessly switches graphics processing from the i7 to the 940MX without any hiccups. I do not see any extra battery drain when the Geforce is not used. Exhaust cooling going to the screen hinge is a neat aesthetic design while also keeping my hands from getting warm like on side exhaust laptops. A simple thing like the touch pad is just designed better by Asus than most other brands - size, integrated buttons, Windows functionality. USB 3.0 ports are true to standard speeds. Plastic appearance is a as nice as you can get for plastic. The plastic casing is also solid - with the laptop open, I hold it by the corner and there is no flexing in the case despite being 15in screen and some heft. Screen is clear and matte making it less strain on my poor eyes (14hrs/day!). Audio quality to Bose headphones is very clear and adjustable. Keyboard finish and feel are better than most laptops but not as good as the +$1500 systems.
Cons: Cooling fan for cpu is noticeable more audible than comparable Dell models. A keyboard backlight would have been nice. The SDHC slot has gone the way of other manufactures - sd cards only go in half way which I believe is to keep cost down/reliability up since there is no need for an eject mechanism. I liked to keep an SD card inserted always as a constant option for backup and/or scratch disk for encoding to save the system drive from wear and tear. I also use headphones most of the day with an external mouse - it would have been nice to have the headphone jack on the left side with the other I/O ports but this is more of a preference than con. Speaker is quality adequate to good but I prefer the speakers to project from the keyboard than the front. My previous Asus laptop had that design. Speakers in the front sound great on hard surfaces but once on a bed/couch or empty space, the sound suffers dramatically while speakers in the keyboard keep sound the same.
Overall Review: I sit in front of my laptop for about 9-14hrs 6 days a week. Majority of that time is spent reading text books and using study websites. Other times I use Netflix and x265 videos. The 512gb drive is worth the price difference over the lower model. The graphics chip is a huge plus for casual gamers over the 7500u integrated GPU but is not a top tier gaming chip. The SSD drive is fast and does everything I ask of it from copying large files quickly to reading multiple small files demand but it is not as fast as top tier Samsung SSD drives. I have not used the USB C port yet but its a nice addition as this is way everything is going. The system has only 2 USB 3 ports but they are able to power everything without issue. Every Dell that has not been the professional line, has had trouble delivering reliable power to all the ports making them useless in most instances. WiFi 5g is fast but distance is limited. WiFi 2.4g is more than plenty for web browsing/streaming HD content. I have transferred up to 10gb files to my NAS and speeds stay around 50mbs. I cannot give a fair assessement on signal strength as I have a very good router that provides coverage beyond my property lines (RT-AC68). Webcam video quality is adequate for typically work, no complaints with webcam audio quality. Cortana is able to pickup audio request from across the room with no issues so I believe mic quality is solid too. DVD writing is as quick as can be expected from an optical drive (drive is as noisy as can be expected too).
Pros: Very quiet, efficient (based on usage), stays cool under heavy load
Cons: 1 of the 4 screws supplied was stamped wrong to the point it was useless. I do not have extra black screws so I contacted Corsair via e-mail to have a replacement screw sent - no reply 10 days later. Not the end of the world.
Overall Review: Absolutely recommend this brand and line of PSUs due to long term reliability, efficiency vs. price, modular/cable quality, and cooling fan runs only when needed!
Pros: Very quiet fans, professional appearance, rounded edges inside, great cable management options, easy adjustment path for advanced cooling if needed. Filters easy to remove and clean.
Cons: Plastic door hinges look like a weak point. Door unfortunately also closes on a plastic peg rather than using magnets.
Overall Review: For the price, one of the top cases for professionals using ATX boards.
Pros: Quality components, pretested hardware, easy to setup, stays cool under heavily stressed i7 Kaby Lake, clean airflow
Cons: Asus tech support misinformed me that the board was dual m.2 sata compatible. Asus sales support was able to provide better information. Newegg covered Asus missteps and resolved my SSD return. Asus website is total disaster (has been for 10+yrs) but BIOS/drivers/etc. relatively easy to find.
Overall Review: Bios was very old (but easy update before installing OS). Only brand I buy, this is my 50+ Asus motherboard in the past 12 years, first TUF branded one and its definitely of quality construction. The I/O speeds are very good but I haven't tested it against other Z270 boards yet.
Pros: Reliable, quality, great everyday OS drive.
Cons: Not as fast as the higher model Samsung drives.
Overall Review: Everyday usage speed is only noticeably slower when using similar setup with faster drives. This drive is a fantastic basic SSD unit and is plenty fast for most users on any OS.
Pros: good transfer speed between drive and PC (+100mb), handles 4tb drives, good quality
Cons: terrible transfer speeds with two drives transferring data amongst one another (haven't bothered to see if its a limitation on unit, usb 3.0 port, etc.)
Overall Review: have not used as duplicator yet, i have the single port unit also that has been excellent - if you don't need the duplicator aspect, i'd go with the single port
Pros: Solid quality, great layout, plethora of connectors laid out in the right spots (fan, sata, usb, audio, power), Asus overclocking software easy to use and realworld useful (i73770 to 4.2ghz stock cooling / i53450s to 3.8ghz stock cooling), superb wi-fi
Cons: I bought two of these for the 4 ports of 6.0gb satas, but I have a huge gripe. Intel supports only 2 6.0 (across all motherboard brands) so the extra 2 are basically 3rd party that utilizes the PCI express bandwidth (different vendors, all same solution)... It's functional but not as fast as the Intel supports slots. It's a bit false advertising but it looks like that's the marketing of these feature across all brands.
Overall Review: If I'd have known about the screwy 3rd party solution, I'd have probably purchased an micro ATX board instead since I abandoned the 3rd party party and just used the 3.0 Intel ports for my extra drives. Then again the Wi-Fi unit is such a nice add-on and the price of the board make it a better deal than the smaller boards.
Build 1- i7 3770, 8gb gskill sniper 1866 x2, 256gb Samsung 840 Pro SSD x2, WD Black 2TB, Asus DVD, Corsair CX500M, VANTEC UGT-CR935, Thermaltake SOPRANO - WEI 7.8 CPU, 7.9 HD, 7.9 RAM, 5.6 GPU (Intel HD4000)
Build 2 - i5 3450s, 4gb gskill 1600 x2, 256gb OCZ Vertex 4, WD Black 1TB, WD Green 2TB, Asus DVD, Asus HD7750 Corsair CX430, Antex Sonata (2006), VANTEC UGT-IH203 WEI overall 7.4 (limited by GPU) - can't remember individual numbers
Pros: Fast, good UI, it just works
Cons: Runs a little warm - I have a fan blowing over it
Overall Review: I use this unit at work that is a startup... Attached are 8 desktops, 10 voip units, 8 wireless laptops (using both bands), 6-10 cell phones, 2 24 port switches, 2 office printer/copiers, and a Synology NAS unit. No issues to date. Previously I have used Linksys/Cisco routers (3) that each failed from 6 to 15 months. Being an Asus fan, I gave their router a shot and have been quite pleased. Highly recommend for home users and frugal business folks.
Pros: no fans, Asus quality, good heatsink, WEI 7.4 in graphics and gaming graphics
Cons: runs a bit warmer than I expected - 55-59C with two 20" monitors (hdmi, dvi)
Overall Review: I'm an Asus fan (30+ motherboards and 4+ DVD drives past experience), but this is my first Asus GPU. I used to purchase only Sapphire branded ATI passively cooled cards, but had trouble finding one in the 7000 series. Took a chance on this card and so far so good. Only game I play is mechwarrior from 1998(?) so didn't bother to give temperature readings. If gaming, I suggest only in cases with good air flow as a general thing for any passively cooled card.
Pros: runs cool, tears through handbrake, turbo boost is great for times when single threaded applications need it
Cons: i have this weird issue that turbo kicks in and won't turn down without reboot. i believe either do to need of a BIOS update or some funky glitch
Overall Review: the i7 3770 is faster in handbrake but its only noticeable in huge batches of encoding. also, speed is somewhat limited by hard drives so the i5 is a better deal to me. downside could be the HD2500 but i use a passive gpu as even the near bottom GPU is still above the HD4000 for most anything
Pros: Good print quality, quick to print from standby, wireless printing works great, scanning wireless no issues
Cons: This sounds silly but the lack of a back lit display makes the screen really hard to see. This is a major annoyance when you have to scroll to the computer you want to send scans to. I would normally take a few eggs off, but the machine is such a great unit I just can't.
Overall Review: Huge HP fan until recent years - their equipment is pretty decent but bloated software is horrible. After issues with two printers - one that spits out tons of errors when a cartridge is empty and won't turn off as a result I decided to try out Samsung. This is the second Samsung unit I've purchased and its just as great as the other unit. Simple, functional, quality.
Pros: solid, flexible, makes music sound quite a bit better
Cons: attracts dust like crazy
Overall Review: I use it in the bathroom, so when I'm getting ready in the morning listening to Pandora is a bit more pleasant.
Pros: small, cheap, name brand
Overall Review: used to charge iPhone 4s, iPad, and one of those electronic cigarette units.
Pros: Clean physical design, Cisco name
Cons: *Slow -> takes 2-3 minutes to get rolling
*Web interface consistently times out using IE, Waterfox, Firefox, or Chrome
*Unit would not recognize internet connection (I believe just bad luck being defective)
*Was able to update bios after two tries (first time it timed out before I was able to upload the file)
*Defective products happen, but my interaction with Cisco vaunted technical support left much to be desired.
Overall Review: *My office has used Cisco/Linksys WRT310N that died after 2 years of good use (albeit slow network speeds), upgraded to a Linksys E4200v2 that died 11 months (very fast, efficient router), and then decided to purchase this unit. The product appears to have amazing features, but the slow boot and terrible customer service experience with this unit and E4200v2 have pushed me to jump ship to a RT-AC66u (2yr warranty from factory).
Pros: Compact, quality manufacturer, compatible with D3ll Vostro 3500, 3550 and various Latitudes.
Cons: can get a bit warm
Pros: 1200W, Modular, Antec... Setup in an Antec Skeleton case with 4 ATI 6970 running 100%, single core athlon 35W, and 1 hard drive for 6 months without issue.
Cons: For current setup not an issue, but usually I would not purchase a power supply with a fan exhausting out the back due to noise but in this instance the 4 GPUs at 100% are noisy as hell so it doesn't matter.
Pros: Lian Li quality. Huge fan of An7ec, but Lian Li outdoes everyone in build strength, components, and finish. For the size it is quite light in weight.
Cons: Bizarre layout. With all the space inside, there isn't enough for a motherboard with 4 high end graphics cards. The fourth GPU (doubleslot) will be blocked by the PSU on the bottom. Now you can mount the PSU at the top rear of the case with some finesse but it's not really ideal.
Overall Review: There are a ton of hard drive bays in the front and 3 in the rear. The ones in the rear are great if you don't need to mount the PSU there. I do not see why anyone would use 10 3.5 along with multiple 5 1/4 bays. Having a little more space for the motherboard and sacrificing a 5 1/4 bay would have been a no-brainer. I ended up returning the case and going with an An7ec Skeleton.
Pros: Solid, quality construction. Easy to over/under clock using AMD catalyst software. Quiet, but......
Cons: Exhaust hot air inside your case! I run this 24/7 at full bore and it heats up my motherboard from 37C to 50C.
Overall Review: The card is very long at around 13inches. I removed the hard drive bay in my mid-tower case to make it work. I believe most of the 6970's are pretty long as I have a eight 6970 Sapphires that are 12 inches. The card came with quite a few extra connectors and other stuff, but not really useful to most people. I would only recommend the card to people who need the power for an hour or two -- outside of that it just isn't worth the increased system heat.
Pros: Running four AMD Radeon HD 6970's at full bore for two weeks straight. Came with plenty of cables including enough for four graphics cards (works with dual 6 or 8 pin GPU power plugs).
Cons: Heavy? But usually weight correlates with quality so not an issue in my opinion. Width is the same as a normal PSU, but it's a bit longer.
Overall Review: I can't comment on noise since the 4 graphics cards are pretty loud. The PSU is semi-warm, but it could be due to the GPU's and motherboard pulling 1100-1300 watts, GPU's running at 80-90C (very hot), or room temp being around 80F (GPU's running full throttle 24/7 heat up the room).
Pros: Makes 1-2C difference at most.
Cons: Not really necessary.
Overall Review: I don't overclock, but I always use this product when building machines with aftermarket coolers. If you're going to go to the trouble of purchasing a fancy copper cooler, spend a few bucks more and make the upgrade complete.
Pros: Asus Quality = reliability. Using a small business as a pseudo server that runs 24/7 with 100% CPU and GPU usage without any issues or hiccups.
Cons: Can't think of a single complaint - minor or major. Solid product.
Overall Review: -AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core
Pros: Great feel, layout, and customization aplenty with provided software.
Cons: I have owned 3 of these units (work and home x2) and run into a funky problem - my work unit mouse refuses to work more than 6 inches away from base and my two home units have suffered a failure with the keyboard where when typing, "x" inserts itself repeatedly.
Overall Review: I have fairly high understanding of computers but this "x" issue has befuddled me. I have switched from Ni-Mh to lithium to standard AA's and nothing works. Different computers give the same problem. I'm a huge M$ fan but this stinks because the keyboard/mouse have such a great feel and when they work, its a great bargain.
Pros: Cheap, power supply included, spacious, two fans, simple/clean look
Cons: Not the highest quality of parts judging by power supply cables, only 2 sata power cables
Overall Review: Running AMD Phenom IIx4 955 CPU and GeForce 210 512mb GPU at 100% for 20 straight days in a semi-warm closet with no problems regarding heat or power. CPU temp is 52C using stock cooler and case fans only, internal case temp. has been around 40-48C depending on room temp.
Pros: Easy to setup, nice features, screen looks very good.
Cons: I don't like the buttons being on the front. You can't really see the buttons (unless its bright in the room) when they are not in use but I prefer a simple clean look on the front side and all buttons on the back. The Samsung models have that but they are pretty pricey.
Overall Review: Absolutely a good buy compared to the cheaper models (better picture quality and finish), and better than more expensive models (performs as well as higher priced models).