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Martin B.

Martin B.

Joined on 02/15/08

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Most Favorable Review

Linux on Zenbook Prime

ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A-DH51 Ultrabook Intel Core i5 4GB 128GB SSD 13.3" FHD IPS Display Silver Aluminum
ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A-DH51 Ultrabook Intel Core i5 4GB 128GB SSD 13.3" FHD IPS Display Silver Aluminum

Pros: Works well with linux, fantastic screen, very comfortable keyboard, really great trackpad, LIGHT!, and fairly cool.

Cons: The charger plug is right angled and kind of bulky, I can see how this can cause some stress on the charge port and cause problems down the road. Not many ports.

Overall Review: I wiped the laptop with Linux immediately, so this review is entirely with respect to the Linux software stack, which may or may not make a difference. Let my start of by saying a few things about the common problems that people have with this laptop. Everyone seems to complain about the trackpad. I find it to be really great. Its large, its sensitive and responsive, and I have never accidentally touched it while typing. I'm not sure if the people having these problems have very bad typing posture and technique or what, but I really have to go out of my way to attempt to trigger the trackpad. The keyboard is also very comfortable for typing, I think some people may call it "spongy", but I personally find it quiet and easy on the finger. The trackpad is absolutely briliant, two finger scroll works very well, the movements are precise, and i like that the whole thing clicks. I tend to use middle finger for moving the cursor and index finger for hitting left/right buttons, and that doesn't seem to be problematic at all... except when my middle finger is very close the button I indent to press, sometimes it processes a two finger scroll right before the press is registered. 99% of the time when this happens it causes no issues, but a few times it might scroll a page and you might miss your target. The trackpad is vastly better than any other laptop I've ever used (I've never used Apple, people tell me those trackpads are the best). The screen is absolutely gorgeous. There is not much to say besides how much I love it. Sometimes text can be tiny and hard to see, but a few tweaks to DPI/font sizes seems to have fixed most of my issues. Can easily zoom in on pages for larger fonts if necessary. Now onto linux issues. With Kubuntu 12.10, it seems to work fairly well. Keyboard backlight doesnt work by default, as well as screen brightness shortcut keys. I've fixed both with a few simple scripts and kernel upgrades. The ambient light sensor does not work, but I usually turn those off anyway (I know how bright I want my screen!). With Kubuntu, under normal everyday use (development, browsing the web, some video, I easily get between 6 and 8 hours of battery life. This was with brightness probably about 50% and some of the time was spent with a powersave scaling governor. I find the display to be plenty bright at 50%, in fact at night I turn it all the way down. Again, the screen is nothing short of amazing. If anyone is looking for a lightweight linux machine, this should be one of your top choices. Also for completeness, a cold boot takes under 10 seconds, and sleeping and resuming is nearly instantaneous. By the time I open the screen and get my hands on the keyboard, I'm presented with login screen. I really wish the charger plug was smaller, when it plugs onto the side of the laptop its rather uncomfortable to have in your lap and i feel like the right angle shape is a little awkward and easy to get caught on things like the edge of the desk.

Most Critical Review

Failed in 6 Months

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch

Pros: It worked well while it worked Kind of modular

Cons: Failed in 6 months, turns out this purchase was a waste of money.

Overall Review: I just hope it didn't kill any other components

Fits RPC-4224 perfectly

NORCO RL-26 Heavy-Duty Slide Ball Bearing Rail
NORCO RL-26 Heavy-Duty Slide Ball Bearing Rail

Pros: Perfect fit for my RPC-4224 and StarTech 4 post rack

Cons: Its a little greasy, might need to be careful when you installing it so you don't get it everywhere

Overall Review: Fits my 1 year old RPC-4224 perfectly, other reviews are saying it doesn't, but I'm having no issues.

12/16/2015

Gets the job done

SABRENT CB-HDDVI 6 ft. Black HDMI to DVI-D, Male-Male Gold Plated Cable
SABRENT CB-HDDVI 6 ft. Black HDMI to DVI-D, Male-Male Gold Plated Cable

Pros: DVI to HDMI works

Cons: Its a cable... what cons can it have?

Overall Review: Even thought it says HDMI to DVI-D, it works the other way around as well. Just to clear some confusion.

USBs

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Has tons of USB ports. Has lots of SATA ports. Overclocks 2600K i7 to 4.0Ghz with no issues. USBs can be used for charging even when computer is off!

Cons: None

Overall Review: It's just a mother board with lots of ports really. Works great so far.

this little guy is huge!

Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow, Supporting up to Six 120mm Fans and USB 3.0
Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow, Supporting up to Six 120mm Fans and USB 3.0

Pros: Very spacious. Tons of bays for HDDs. The sliding mounting system is awesome. Bottom mounted PSU is awesome. Very well built. Tons of ventilation

Cons: None

Overall Review: After I bought this guy i saw the review video and I thought I ended up with a tiny case. Boy was I wrong. This thing is quite big. Big brother must be huge. Only supports 2 200mm fans. Wish there was a 200mm fan support on the side.