Joined on 12/09/03
Pros: The speed! The price! The quality feel (keyboard! Palmrest! mouse pad!) LCD LED screen! 449 shipped was nice!
Cons: I could see how some would not like the partitions on this. ASUS should probably get away from that. BUT...after I fully tweaked (56 processes sitting idle at 1.26GB) and secured this machine (yes I had to uninstall 20 minutes worth of non sense software but I almost always spend 1 solid hour + on a new machine before giving it to the customer anyway and the price and quality was spot on so....) I had a real winner!
Overall Review: For 10 years I have insisted that either machines come with FULL RECOVERY DVD's or that they are EASY and FREE/CHEAP to order after receiving the machine. As of 12-22-10 ASUS has no recovery disks to ship for this model and it does not come with one. Yes you can make your own but I HATE HATE that method! I am afraid Dell has spoiled us techs with their excellent universal complete restore DVD's.
Do not buy
Pros: None. Died in minutes.
Cons: Died in minutes.
Overall Review: Asus tech support was kinda bad the day they entered the retail computer world and has steadily declined. I have used their motherboards for years and I love them but with those I require no recovery disks or support!
Like brand new and silent and violent!
Pros: As close to new as anyone could ever expect! Silent and screaming fast! I only buy refurbs and I can barely even tell this was refurbed at all and I know what to look for!
Overall Review: Just a great value. This will be used for audio recording but if you were to simply add a great video card (anda power supply if you get crazy) you would have one heck of a gamer.