Joined on 08/19/05
New features are great... if you can get around the new roadblockss
Pros: Once you get around the new roadblocks, you can make some amazing coffee in the perfect size for a travel mug and the quality is amazing. The new options for sizes and "strong" coffee are very useful (for strong coffee, it seems water is pushed into the K-cup in pulses so that there is less pressure and the water remains in contact with the coffee grounds longer).
Cons: The way the device "reads" the official K-cups (I believe to filter menu options) would be a useful feature if the "default" assumption when it couldn't read the "official K-Cup" was that it's probably just a regular K-cup. Instead the device says "Oops!" that couldn't possibly be coffee, so I won't let you do anything because maybe you put a pizza in there, how should I know?
Overall Review: Really, once you get around the roadblocks and unlock all the features, you get some amazing coffee...
Pros: This board is a great entry level board for the AMD APU platform with some great features as expected from ASUS.
Cons: The big "Gotcha" with this board is that although the IDE connections have been deprecated, ASUS chose to give you a standard VGA port, a parallel port and a serial port. This prevents me from using it for a media center, since it has no DVI(which really limits what I can get out of the A8 APU) and since I cant plug in my old IDE DVD drive and old giant clunker hard drive.
Overall Review: All in all, as annoyed as I am with my ASSUMPTION that all motherboards would have IDE forever, I accept that it is my fault. Doing that, I still have to say that this is a great entry level motherboard from a reliable manufacturer. The graphics performance is better than expected which is what makes me regret choosing a board without DVI, but I can pair it with a decent video card in Crossfire X and get even better performance with any ports I choose.