Joined on 01/05/10
Server boards should get tested at the factory.
Pros: Price and feature set. Newegg is quick to issue RMAs in DOA situtations.
Cons: Didn't POST. DOA. Had to pay return shipping on a DOA.
Overall Review: Asus: Servers and workstations are built by people who work for a living. When you ship a board without testing it you cost us money.
Meet the iPrint
Pros: 1) Two button install. One was the WPS key on the printer, the other was the software WPS key on my router. 2) 90 seconds from unboxing to first AirPrint job starting. 2 1/2 minutes before completing the first document via AirPrint.
Cons: I scheduled myself a half hour to set it up, and I would have gone to lunch with my wife if I'd have know this would take less than 5 minutes.
Overall Review: I bought this mainly to print cases from the Westlaw Next app on my iPad, but I've been using it more than I expected because it's easier than walking to my office to print out correspondence for filing. If you actually need a decent inexpensive laser for iOS, this is a perfect choice.
Shame this has come out after I quit gaming...
Pros: All AMD. Let's face it, this is a fanboi box. It's quick for everyday productivity tasks. Runs engineering applications rather well considering the price I paid open box. Better battery life than is stated. 7 hours is easy to get around the house with the 7970m off. The keyboard is probably the best I chiclet I have ever placed my hands on. There is excellent key rebound. The screen truly is as good as everyone here is raving. I own some quality IPS monitors, and this may be better. Using external speakers the sound quality is excellent.
Cons: It looks horribly unprofessional. Plastic abounds --and it's poor quality bubble plastic. I'm worried about durability to be quite frank. The built in speakers are not as bad as some machines I have seen, but they aren't on par with most newer multimedia PCs. Blu Ray playback is not working, due to a bug in the rather dated included software which requires reinstalling with a disc which I do not have (PowerDVD 10 as opposed to 11 or 12). There is no way into the machine without voiding the warranty. Even HP or Apple will allow you to upgrade RAM and the secondary storage...
Overall Review: Even though I quit gaming I saw this sucker for less than a grand here on the egg as an open box model. I just knew I'd never let myself live it down if I didn't buy it. I've wanted a machine like this ever since Alienware dropped their AMD gaming notebooks, and I figure I can get laughed at up at the office if that's what it takes to have a machine with the guts I want...
Pros: Newegg waived return shipping for exchange on a Tyan MOBO which is working like a champ and has top notch support.
Cons: I got a DOA MOBO in November 2011. Asus just wrote a response in June 2012 telling me to update the BIOS for to CPUs that weren't even available on Newegg when I bought this thing almost a year ago. Why respond to a 8 months old DOA review other than to attempt to negate it?
Overall Review: Asus, you never responded to emails and/or calls when I needed you to --so I sent your DOA crud back. Trying to respond 8 months later is just bad form. You've botched that one big time.
Excellent time killer.
Pros: It is what it is, and it's an excellent time waster. This is like the movie you put on loop for yourself. It's an absolutely excellent way to relax --something many games have forgotten about.
Cons: The computer cheats. I dislike artificial difficulty curves. Almost no online community, but it's prbably b/c it's so good to play solo.
Overall Review: This isn't a PC-style civ game, so don't compare it to one. It's great to get that civ-feeling, but without the effort required to play Civ 4.