Joined on 05/04/06
Finally! A Windows laptop that I can ditch Apple for.
Pros: * Size - This thing is a hair larger than the MacBook 12. * Power - Given the size, it's a miracle this thing doesn't have the M processors. Everything is fast. * Speakers - Really good speakers for any laptop. Not the absolute best I've heard, but that was on a 2000 dollar laptop. * SOLID build - Body have very little flex. It's a chunk of aluminum. * Weight - 2lbs. For traveling, it's barely noticeable. * Battery Life - I routinely get 10-11 hours of juice out of this thing. (See my use in the "other" section) * Keyboard - I'm so happy to be rid of Apple's butterfly switches. I lean toward more of a touch typer, and the .8mm key travel is perfect for my style of typing.... This is really a subjective aspect, though. * Trackpad - Glass!!! About. Darn. Time.
Cons: * Single USB-C port - I'm fine with using dongles when necessary, but Asus charges 69.99 for their dock! That's pretty ridiculous given what it is. The good thing is there are cheaper alternatives on other sites (Really Newegg???). Read the reviews of those to make sure you're getting a good quality one. * WebCam - I don't really care about this as I disabled it entirely, but for those reading this... it's not great. * Keyboard lettering - So the keys are silver, and the letters are just transparent parts of the keys (to allow backlighting through). Depending on the angle at which you're sitting to the keyboard, you could be perfectly fine, or you might have a hard time seeing the key letters. * No automatic keyboard backlighting? - This relates to the prior con. At dawn/dusk/lower light scenarios, the lack of letter contrast on the keys can make it difficult to see letters. Having a light sensor to automatically kick the backlight on would negate this. Perhaps it exists, I haven't been able to find it.
Overall Review: A little background about me and my use. I'm a consultant for an enterprise/solution architecture realm. I travel about 50% of the time and work the rest from my home office. My typical application usage includes IDEs, Office, Citrix/VMs, and client specific applications. So it's not quite just Netflix and IE, but not heavy video encoding. I did make a couple of tweaks (balanced profile) to get that battery life: * On Battery CPU Max : 75% * Screen brightness: 50-75% usually -This didn't appear to affect noticeable performance. I've been a Mac user in the past, but the productivity hurdles, price/performance, compatibilities, and OS in general has driven me to wanting something else. The only thing that was keeping me in the Mac realm was the build quality. But that's now changed with the Zenbook 3. I don't have to sacrifice power for portability. I don't have deal with Apples ecosystem. And it's cheaper.
Pros: Great idea Excellent case materials Comes with everything you need
Cons: My pump was DOA. The LCD also read in the high 400's (C) for a temperature. Be ready to use a SMALL powersupply. My coolermaster 850w didn't fit so I had to get a new one.
Overall Review: I'm RMA'ing this for a replacement. This thing costs 50$+ dollars to ship!!!!! This new one better work or Newegg is going to hear it from me. At 120$ this case was a good deal, now we're rounding the 175$ mark which is NOT something I wanted to pay for it.
Poor design for any type of high powered system.
Pros: Looks nice coming out of the box. Seems very well constructed.
Cons: Oh where to start. If you have anything more serious than an i5, i'd stay away. The case is definitely quiet, but doesn't have enough airflow to cool a haswell-e on air. Ok, so you grab an AIO. The case has very limited AIO support. Fitting any kind of 280mm radiator in this thing is NOT easy. The only place it will fit without modification is on the top. Even then, you lose at least 1 5.25" drive bay and the removal of the top panels just leaves a very ugly hexagonal mesh design with NO filtration. The front panel wires are exposed through the mesh.
Overall Review: I'm disappointed in Fractal. They are usually spot on with design. I loved my Arc Midi. If you have a basic system without anything too serious (like a high end GPU or CPU, you should be fine with this case. Anything that pumps out heat or requires better cooling, I'd steer clear.
nVidia drivers blow....
Pros: Card is very well made, the light up logo is a nice touch. Seems to run quiet and cool.
Cons: NVidia drivers just blow. I've attempted to make the switch from AMD to Nvidia 3 times, and all 3 have been plagued with issues. I had an EVGA 760 that completely hosed an OS install once I installed the drivers. Then I had the same issue with a completely different system and an EVGA 780. So that brings me to now. I swapped out my OCed 290X (which ran beautifully, just couldn't do 4k60 over HDMI).... at first I couldn't get sound over HDMI @ 4k60 unless I followed some ridiculous set of steps with my TV. So I managed to get that squared away, and now I get random black screens for 2 seconds. Audio still plays, but the picture just blacks out every so often. The only way I've found to fix this is to go into the NVidia driver and reset the refresh from 60 to 50, then back to 60. That seems to solve the problem until the next time I turn the TV off. You'd think I'd have learned my lesson by now...
Overall Review: I've tried various cables, none seem to alleviate the problem. I've tried various TV settings and ports. Again, nothing. I've even swapped out stereo receivers and played around with pass-through settings, etc. Hurry up AMD and release a card with HDMI 2.0 so I can sell this card to someone else since Neweggs return policy is nonexistent on graphics cards. Seriously, why would I want to return the card for the same thing if it doesn't work for me?
Great Lense, but overpriced.
Pros: This is supposed to be one of the best auto-focus 50mm's.
Cons: This is virtually cheaper EVERYWHERE else (by an average of 40-50$) This is very unlike NewEgg.
Overall Review: I love NewEgg (and my order history proves it) but they are priced way out of market for anyone that even googles this lense. I'd buy it here in an instant if they brought it down to at least 220 (the average) shipped. I haven't bought it yet, but will probably in the next couple weeks.
Doesn't recognize more than 10GB of memory
Pros: Cheap Decent array of features
Cons: The motherboard with bios version 7 WILL NOT read full 12GB's of memory. I've swapped out all the chips one by one to test if I had a bad chip. All worked the same. Also, the memory configurations in the manual will not work for triple channel. I called MSI Technical support and they sent me an updated bios 7.1B3 and all that did was cause my OS not to boot (hangs with blinking cursor).
Overall Review: Core i7 920 2 x QuadroFX 570 12 GB's OCZ 1333 300GB VelociRaptor HD 700W OCZ Modular PowerSupply