Joined on 02/23/05
So Far Very Good....
Pros: Very fast for 5400RPM drives. HDTune reports 105MB/sec. Runs cool. Decent price @ $250US.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Bought two to replace 1TB WD Greens. Selected Samsung to avoid the new 4K sectors. Remarkable speed, especially considering the low RPMs. I copied 250GB from one to the other (one internal SATA one external eSATA) and maintained 100MB/sec for the entire transfer. The internal drive "warmed" to about 30C and the external stayed at 26C. Remarkable. They wouldn't spin up in my VanTec "toaster" but work fine in Rosewill external enclosures and a Thermaltake toaster.
the wheels are coming off...
Pros: Um, runs Vista 64 OK. Trying to think of something else...
Cons: Where to start? Tech support is TERRIBLE. Express Gate sort of works but hangs on exit. The eSATA port isn't hot-plug as advertised. Or is but doesn't work right depending on which tech you ask. BIOS update is a mess. BIOS is a mess. I've used ASUS products in the past with success, but something has changed. NOTE: this motherboard is 30-day return for replacement only product. Other MOBOs (EVGA for instance) have a 30-day return for refund option. Do your homework very carefully and don't get stuck with a lemon.
Overall Review: This was supposed to be a fun build :( There is no "safely remove" option when the eSATA port is in use. Tech support says variously "it isn't hot-plug capable" "it is hot-plug but not hot-swap capable" "just wait until the lights stop flashing" and so on. Trying to fix the Express Gate hang I was told "update Express Gate" "update BIOS" "update Express Gate" "update BIOS" in an endless loop by tech support. The latest BIOS update left USB unstable and caused VERY long boot times. The ASUS updater refuses to downgrade to an earlier BIOS (I've tried all of them including AFUDOS but of course the BIOS image doesn't fit on a floppy any more). The Windows-based updater has a "permit downgrade" option, but then says that the BIOS image (that I have previously installed) isn't suitable for the EEPROM on the motherboard. ??? And so it goes...
and another thing..
Cons: Decided to use a hole punch to relocate the camera hole and try to use this protector. Turns out it doesn't really fit overall. A little too large so the edges "ride up" on the screen surround and it won't fit flat. The card included to press out air bubbles permanently scratches the protector.
Overall Review: A very poor product indeed :(
Tried two - both failed
Pros: None so far.
Cons: First unit would open the initial setup page but time out on any access after that. Second unit would time out trying to access the initial page. Both assigned address correctly to my PC, and I could ping the modem @ its gateway address - so they weren't completely dead. Without being able to access the setup, they were just a pair of bookends. Returned to retailer, and looking elsewhere.
Overall Review: Spent a long time with support on phone and chat. They were both polite, but just reading from a script - and doing the same things I had already done over and over - didn't help much.
Fan Noise :(
Pros: Very nice entry-level laptop for the money.
Cons: Fan noise is maddening.
Overall Review: Over at the Lenovo forum, these things are famous for fan problems. One version has the fan running at 100% after waking from sleep. Another has the fan at 100% on boot. In my case, the fan runs noisily every minute or so, then goes quiet. This happens with the laptop just sitting at idle with nothing but the desktop on. I'd give it 5 eggs if it didn't have this problem.