Joined on 05/05/06
Pros: Quiet, especially at lower voltage. I've had 5 mounted as casefans for 10 months, running at about 900rpm
Cons: Of the 5, one is mounted behind the CPU heatsink and I occasionally have it set to run faster than the others. At the nine month mark, it no longer starts reliably, even with full voltage. After a nudge from a pencil it spins, but it will need to be replaced.
Overall Review: Probably best to get the faster spinning version (the F) and feed it a lower voltage. The faster models are apparently more reliable at starting with low voltage. Will likely replace my failing E with an F
Pros: Single platter, thin. Very fast (over 100mb/sec), when it works
Cons: Ordered two for RAID 1. One is not recognized by my RAID card. It is usable when attached directly to my mobo, but HDtune shows degraded performance next to the working drive, with severe dips in speed.
Overall Review: one of two unusable immediately out of the box :(
Pros: nice specs for the price. Discrete GFX card
Cons: needless glass coating on the lid. Came chipped out of the box. It's a minor cosmetic thing, but cosmetics is what they had in mind when they made it all shiny and glass, which is counterproductive top say the least when it can't even survive the shipping process. If they're going to make a big deal out of it so will I
Overall Review: can't get a version without a touchscreen, as you can in overseas markets. Also can't get a version with higher RAM and storage, as you can in overseas markets. Weak outing
USB3 speeds, in write too
Pros: can be written to at much faster than USB2 speeds, unlike cheaper "USB 3" drives that only exceed USB2 speed on reads. OK price for capacity
Cons: Connector when extended isn't locked into place with full extension, but can retract a bit still. Makes for a weird feeling trying to insert it into a USB port, but it works
Pros: I love everything about this, with one glaring exception. It looks great, is light, runs cool and is quiet. Touchpad works pretty well for me (it's an Elan). I like how it comes with ethernet and CGA dongles. Stylish case (and box for what that's worth)
Cons: The keyboard is the worst I have ever used. Pressing off center feels and sounds like the key has depressed all the way, but frequently nothing is registered. It's inconsistent too. Pressing the same place can register a stroke on one press, but not on the next.
Overall Review: Without a usable keyboard, using this machine is torture. It's easier for me to type on my eee 900. Not getting another Zenbook until I hear it's been fixed, and am able to confirm it myself. Too few reviews said anything about it (though having tried it, it's pretty easy to find people complaining about it on the web now)