Joined on 05/04/08
Overall Very Good
Pros: Everything a high-end motherboard should be. Easy to install, great features, solid build quality, plenty of ports. Has some extras that you might not expect such as wifi and bluetooth.
Cons: I haven't had any luck with the AI Suite software under Windows 8. It installs and works, but often crashes with an application fault in the system logs, causing the system to reboot. Will likely be fixed with an update. Also, the AI Suite software has an annoying "mini bar" that doesn't seem to honor the setting to turn it off. It comes back after reboot. Again, a software update may fix this.
Overall Review: Rear USB ports need a driver to function, so they won't work until OS is loaded. Front USB ports work fine without the driver, so use these for your keyboard and mouse when you're loading the OS.
Good Case, with a couple of small issues
Pros: Nice looking. Fairly easy to work in. Drive placement is easy (good clips on main side, but requires screws on back side). Dust screens for fans.
Cons: Side mounted fan is large molex (similar to IDE hard drives), so it can't be attached to/monitored by motherboard software. Should include adapter for motherboard hookup. Side mounted fan is fairly quiet, except for a steady whine that the other fans don't have. Maybe it's me, but I'm not used to it yet, so it's kind of annoying. Side fan would have been better with red LEDs like the front fan. Oh well. Will probably go with a replacement fan to fix all of these problems.
Excellent for the Price
Pros: Bright, clear display. Good battery life. Attractive. Great value.
Cons: Some "bloatware" from manufacturer. Crystal Eye webcam needs some tweaking to work with popular IM programs.
Overall Review: Overall was very happy with this purchase. I bought this laptop for my daughter to go off to college with. She loves it, and I have only one real criticism. We wanted to be able to do video chat with her using Windows Live Messenger. However, the installed Crystal Eye application appears to "take over" the camera so it can't be used with the messenger software. Had to remove Crystal Eye drivers and application, remove the device from Device Manager, reboot, and install drivers only from the Acer website.