Joined on 09/23/06
Solid Ultrabook from an Unknown
Pros: Solid, all metal body, clear, crisp display, great wireless performance, quiet fans, well laid out keyboard. The design is almost identical to an equivalent MB Air.
Cons: Slightly noisy HD tick sound as the heads move around. Power supply 1.5 mm plug WILL get broken off at some point. Accidental swipe gestures on touchpad activate all kinds of Crazy Win8 screens.
Overall Review: I think this is the best value in Ultrabooks on Newegg right now. Since this is an unknown vendor, I took a huge leap when choosing this ultrabook, but so far I'm impressed. Time will tell if the chicklet keys start sagging, lid hinges get sloppy, typical cheap import laptop quality issues, etc. So far though, I'm impressed. I'm a Linux desktop power admin, so this will be the only day I run Win8 on it, I'll be installing Mint shortly, and moving Win8 to a VM.
EOL Server, no riser cards
Pros: Quiet, dependable, very sturdy chassis.
Cons: This server chassis is EOL at Intel, and NO PCI X4 risers seem to exists anywhere for this board. Dual Core 31xx Xeon processors will NOT work in this chassis.
Overall Review: I bought this chassis to serve as an edge router in my network, running VYatta. I bought an intel Fiber Optic Gbit card, which has a PCI X4 interface. Can;t find a riser card anywhere. Went to Intel's site, and ALL references to this server board show it with a full height PCI X16 slot closest to the processor; the board from Newegg only has a PCI-X4, an no risers exist for this slot from Intel.