Date Joined: 03/23/08
Pros: Weight. Price. GPU. RAM. CPU. IBM branch. Screen size. Yes it can play Crisis, pretty much a benchmark game for me, so I know it can handle pretty much anything I throw at it. The system itself isn't very flashy. It looks nice, but doesn't have all the lights and not very needed extras some notebooks have. I tested my battery and it got up to 5 hours runtime, with wireless on and music playing.
Cons: The placement of the touchpad in relation to the buttons could have been a little better. I tend to touch the bottom edge of the pad and skew my cursor as I have removed the multitouch driver. A 500gb hdd standard would have been nice, but nothing Newegg can't fix :). Also a higher screen res would make this thing even more appealing. The low battery beep is freakin' annoying as junk; loud and high-pitched.
Overall Review: Remove everything first. It does have a "few" unnecessary programs that slow the thing down. First thing, remove the SlideBar program and install Rocketdock or Objectdock. They're way better. Veriface is a nice feature, but can get in the way if you need to get into your system asap. Get the windows 7 upgrade as soon as you get your notebook in the mail.
For those of you who are looking for descend gaming notebook and are curious, it gets a 3dMark06 score of 6450. Not the best, but it's a notebook that has the ability to run Crisis. I haven't test Vantage yet.
Pros: same as before.
Cons: Loud PSU fan. It's not the quietest thing on my A/V shelf. It even louder than my gaming rig. Oh well.
Overall Review: Correction. The bezel is just fine, it's the housing for the ODD and HDD that pushes down on the top of the slim ODD. I had to pry it up a little bit to get it to function properly. It's mostly tool-less.
Pros: There is enough room in there to place all of your components. Enough clearance to fit heatsinks for Intel and AMD boards. Nice glossy piano black bezel, good size PSU (200watt), and good airflow and ventilation. Has a 20+4 main power connector and a SATA power connector. It also has a slot for both 2.5" and a 3.5" HDD.
Cons: There is about a .5mm of the bezel that's pushing down on the slim ODD preventing it from opening up all the way. I had to sand it down for it to open without getting stuck. The half-height slot is backwards ("Geniuses at Winsis there are." said Yoda). At least that's how mine ended up being.
Overall Review: Upgraded from the IStar mini-ITX chassis. It's used as an HTPC on a 32" tube so I have the display set to 800x600 to be able to read it.
-Intel Atom 330 miniITX board
-2GB @ 667mhz
-512mb 64bit Geforce 6200 by XFX
-500GB WD HDD
Plays UT3 (mid-high setting @ 800x600), Combat Arms (flawlessly), Doom3 (high setting @ 800x600).
Pros: I bought this board to replace my brother's build from an MSI K9MM-V board that's been causing so many issues in vista with the graphics driver constantly reseting and slowing EVERYTHING down. Runs fast. Boots up in a reasonable fast time. I haven't timed it, but it was faster than the MSI board.
Cons: You have to punch out the rest of the holes on the rear I/O shield, but it's no biggy. The ram is a bit tight if you have a larger heatsink than what comes with the retail cpu boxes. It's about a mm or two from the heatsink that's installed. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103041
Overall Review: Vista Home Prem 32bit
2GB 667mhz (don't know why i got 667 it in the first place)
AMD Athlon 64 x2 3600+
Nvidia 8600GT OC 512MB
Runs like a champ now with a vista score of 4.8. With the MSI, it kept BSoDing during the video test. Getting 800mhz ram later and will see how much of an improvement it gives.
Pros: This is a rather roomy case for to get my big hands into and work around in, even though I've only installed a second fan in it as soon as I got it just 3 days after ordering it. It has a glossy finish to it which gives it that "eye catching" quality. Very expandable with 4 external 5.25, 2 external 3.5, 4 internal 3.5 bays, and 7 PCI/AGP expansion slots. Installing a front chassis fan is easy. All you have to do is slide it in front of the internal 3.5 bays and screw it in, after taking the bezel off of course. It is also a reasonably light and sturdy chassis for the price, so feel free to fling it around a little bit to see what it can take.
Cons: The built-on rear I/O panel could have been made better. It's actually part of the chassis so you'll have to cut it off to install the one that comes with your mobo. It would also have been nice for the rear chassis fan to be a 3 or even a 4-pin connection, but I'll live. That's what customization is for.
Overall Review: I don't want to sound rude, but... if people like to work with/build computers so much, why would a little cut be a con? Most all cases are made out of metal anyway, so cuts are bound to happen even to the carefullest of folks.