Joined on 09/12/12
Let’s Get to the Point: Yeah, I’d buy another one.
Pros: Low power consumption. Very quiet. Runs very cool (even during protracted and sustained read and writes). 2 year warranty. Excellent choice for a secondary drive for storing data.
Cons: The drive is slow… Not horribly Slow… But slow. Not the choice for a primary drive running OS and programs
Overall Review: This drive is ideal in my opinion for its intended use: “Quiet, Low Power, Economical DATA Storage”. I currently use 1 and 2TB platter drives to archive digital images and this one is going into the rotation with about 12 other drives of varied models and makes. In the future Western Digital WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB drives will be what I’m using. I did a little “stress test” on this drive by sticking it in a dock and writing nearly 1.7 terabytes of image data to it all in one shot. The sustained write time was @ 110 to 120 MB/s (Notably lower than the advertised 145 MB/s but I can cut WD some slack because I honestly don’t know how much the drive dock chokes the signal) which is kind of pretty slow anyway but what was remarkable is you could handle the drive without getting blisters which is something of a shock considering how hot some of these drives get under those conditions… So… I formatted, and did this two more times in a row just for good measure. The drive truly runs cool and even sitting there on my desk in the open it was difficult to discern any noise whatsoever. Currently it is installed in the big box that is my “Digital Dark Room” slowly loading up with RAW images to be archived once it is full… Unlike some of the drives I've used for this same purpose, I hardly notice it’s there.
Perhaps this is unfair... However:
Pros: Very Easy Setup, PnP in Windows 7 Ultimate
Cons: No place near 500MBs
Overall Review: It could very well be my apartments wiring but I can not get anyplace near 500MBs out of these. More like 75MBs. I may take them and test them in another home and I will update this review if they do better there. As it stands I am not impressed.
Pros: Very low profile, light weight, illuminated Keyboard, excellent display
Cons: memory is not up-gradable, price
Overall Review: I can't find one thing wrong with this Ultrabook, true that the memory chips are soldered to the MB, therefore preventing an upgrade, however for a notebook running Windows 8? 4GB is more than plenty and this Zenbook runs Adobe Photoshop CS6 without a hitch as well. There have been some complaints about the Touchpad and feel of the keyboard from others reviewing this unit but I'll be darned if I can find a problem with it... I actually really like the keyboard's feel. The overall finish, feel and quality of build is excellent... Very slick machine. The price is on the high side, but heck... It's only money.