Joined on 03/23/09
Excellent tablet after Android 2.3 update
Pros: - Excellent tablet for around $200. For the specs (which are comparable to the iPad 2) you cannot go wrong. - High resolution screen is really gorgeous (1024 x 768). I am very picky, and extremely pleased with the screen size and look. - 512MB DDR2 RAM is plenty enough to make a (quite) gracious Android experience. - Built in GPS seems just fine. Cool feature. Some of the more lower end tablets include them externally; eww. - Can play pretty much every 3D game at excellent FPS (2.3 update). - Pretty sexy looking. Loving the nice black bezel and backing. - Capacitive touchscreen :D I've tested it, and it recognizes up to 5 points of touch at one time.
Cons: - Stock Android 2.2 is not super great. - It's heavy. You start to feel it if you hold it in awkward positions for too long. - It picks up fingerprints. Deal with it. - A little unstable depending on settings/apps. There is a reset button on the back to solve those problems quick (i.e. occasional lock up, usually app related). - Only 2GB built in storage. SD cards are under $1 per GB though! - Proprietary 30 pin charging/USB connector (if you're crafty you can modify an apple 30 pin connector to work fine).
Overall Review: Stock- especially to a non-technical user- this tablet is a 3.5/5 stars. After going over to XDA and getting 2.3 (Gingerbread) on it, it runs like a champ (much better battery life) and gets 5/5. There is active (but young) development over at XDA and it's looking very promising. Enjoy! I recommend to all Android/gadget geeks out there from one brother to another.
Strong 1080p performance for the money
Pros: - Strong 1080p performance. - 4GB Memory is more than enough for most games and more. - A propor 256 bit bus. Come on, Nvidia... - Easily overclockable to <5% on memory and core clock. I've seem temps above 60c and it's stable. - Runs cool with no alterations, including thermal paste, at a 26c idle (OC). - Doesn't seem noisy. - 2 big fans + large heatsink.
Cons: - Whine: AMD CCC (catalyst control center) is a little underwhelming. Also, I've experienced low fan speeds (~20%) that were letting the temps get a little high. I manually control the fan speed now (~50%). This might have been from using CCC to overclock; it seemed to have poor control over the fans on auto. Catalyst 14.12 doesn't seem to report power info. - only 1 HDMI port. - It's a big card, you know the drill. Check that case.
Overall Review: Price to performance ratio is hard to beat. Dual Slot, large, and fairly heavy. I would recommend to any budget minded enthusiast. Crossfire is probably great.
Good Touch Pens/Price
Pros: - Good design. Sleek and black <3 - Works great with 10' tablet - Built in cat toy - Clip for my pocket protector (deal with it.) - Batteries are still going strong
Cons: - Buttons for light and laser are loose and rattle when you move the pen. Kinda lame, but doesn't break the deal and isn't too loud. - Uses small watch style batteries. Could use AAAs... - Not a super wide angle to touch the pen to the screen, be careful not too hit the screen with the part of the pen before the rubber part. Hasn't done any damage to my tablet.
Overall Review: Great for the money. If you want a touch pen for casual use (esp. tablet) then this is for you. Product overall feels well made (except buttons) and long lasting. Both fit nicely in my tablet case. Great for multiplayer games and people who get tired hands/fingers easily.
Another great one from ASUS
Pros: - Extremely attractive, very thin. Runs cool. - 15.6 inch screen. Awesome. - Multi-touch trackpad. - Discrete graphics WITH integrated graphics. - Processor can be used at 1.7 Ghz by default. - 10 hours of battery life without worry. No joke. - Great keyboard with numeric keypad. - DDR3 - 1 year accidental warranty.
Cons: - Track pad is a little rough, along with the click bar. Quite annoying: already used to it. - No lighted keys. - Slower processor. - Screen resolution could be higher. - Worthless .3 MP webcam. - No Bluetooth. - Speaker quality is low, but bearable. - Windows 7
Overall Review: This laptop is a solid buy for the money. I put in hours of research and this came out on top. Sexy and well performing. It suits me more than well: I am a college student. Perfect for constantly on the go. You would want this laptop if: You want extreme battery life with a larger screen, and an attractive laptop with respectable performance. You travel. You would not want this laptop if: You want to play high end gaming, or processor intensive work (video encoding, etc). Note: The ASUS UL50Ag-A2 is the same thing for the same price, but DOES NOT INCLUDE THE DISCRETE GRAPHICS. This laptop gives you the best punch for your money. If you want a 15.6 inch laptop with good performance and intense battery life, this is your absolute best bet.
Fantastic upgrade card
Pros: - PRICE - High core clock, 1gb of memory, 256 bit. Very powerful card. - This thing runs any games I play on highest/near highest settings. Crysis, Oblivion, Red Faction (had to fiddle with drivers), Fallout 3. - 1gb of memory allows for easy running on a higher resolution - Super cool. Idle @ 40C on my comp. Load never goes over 65C. - 4 pipe heat sink? Overclock anyone? I run mine at 790 core, 3760 GHz memory EASILY. Not too much more heat output with automatic fan control.
Cons: - Huge. This thing is longer than my micro ATX, it's kind of funny. For you smaller boaders, watch out for these kind of cards. Fits fine in my case though. - Catalyst drivers from ATI are...less than perfect. - Watch out for the 2 6 pin power connections needed!
Overall Review: I upgraded from my XFX OCed 8600gt, and this thing hauls. I definitely recommend it FOR THE PRICE, and FOR THE PERFORMANCE. Once Catalyst 10.0 come out, it should fix a lot of games. 9.9 gaming profiles are limited and pretty bad for some games. Vista 32 bit AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 4 GB memory, DDR2 PC6400 650 Watt PSU