Joined on 03/31/05
So far it's awesome
Pros: BIG! Bright and beautiful screen. Nice colors. Very tight dot pitch for text. Built in scaling ability (in case u run a 16:9 or 4:3 source). My last monitor by doublesight didnt have it and it made PS3 look fuuny all stretched out in 16:10. Star Wars the Old Republic at 2560x1600 is PHENOMINAL. as Im sure all games will be.
Cons: None so far. The appearance is a little bland (brushed black finish) and the back looks odd being all aluminum (for heat disipation) but this thing is functioning well so far...
Overall Review: When I plugged in my PC via HDMI the picture only went to 1080p. Not unexpected, but a tad surprising since I know HDMI supports at least 1900x1200. When I went dual-link DVI the picture auto adjusted to 2560x1600. The monitor was VERY dull/dim when I was first tuning it and I was afraid that the 370 brightness was too low. Found out there is an eco setting in the menu defaulted to 50 %, turning the brighness wayyyy down no matter how you fine tune the osd. Crank it up a tad (I went 100%) and it is all good again. I know it's not my place to tell you to watch which video cards you are using, but just remember that playing games at this resolution strains the card ALOT more than 1080 and 1900x1200. I am running two Nvidia GTX 580s and have not had the first sign of stuttering, even with all the eye candy turned on (cant wait for Kepler tho).
Pros: Already posted- it was wonderful for a VERY short period of time.
Cons: Ive had this unit up and running two weeks now. Today, out of the blue while reading a file, the NAS just disappeared from my network list. I have reset and powered down and done everything short of taking it apart and it is just gone. I even switched cables AND network hubs. I now have to play the warranty game with Buffalo. I guess it was too good to be true--look for something more reliable.
Overall Review: From amazing to junk in less than a blink. Here is Buffalo quality.
Great processor, just need to plan a little
Pros: Wicked fast on anything. Cinebench R15 multi GPU test score = 2405 @ 4.4 Ghz oc. Superior upgrade from my 5930k.
Cons: Really need to plan out your cooling solution. At stock speeds it's no biggie, but even the default Intel speed boost temps at 4 GHZ on all cores can cause high thermals (see below).
Overall Review: I debated a while before taking the plunge. I had a i7 5930k oc'd to a mild 4 GHZ and was pretty happy overall. But I do a lot of 1080p video encodes through Handbrake, and was getting a little disappointed that my encodes were taking about 80 minutes on the old processor. I was scared to dive into this purchase because of the reviews talking of the high temps and the need for a better cooling solution (if overclocking, which I wanted to try again). Soooooo, I had a Noctua single fan cpu cooler and it was able to handle the stock speeds, BUT when I oc'd to 4GHZ or above (or when Intel Speed Boost pushed all cores to 4 GHZ), it started hitting the mid to high 80s using Handbrake. I then bought a Celsius S36 aio and it fared much better--but it still would hit 80c or just above it at 4.3 GHZ oc on all cores. I decided to go all in on cooling, and went with the EK S360 watercool kit. I was NOW on target. I oc'd to 4.4 GHZ (mild for some, but perfect for me) at 1.075 volts with a max temp of 71c running Handbrake. Speaking of Handbrake, a movie that used to take me 80 minutes-ish, now is completed in 40. VERY HAPPY ! 4k gaming has been great, as usual, but at that resolution it's most likely all in the hands of the graphics cards anyways. Also, my Cinebench R15 multicore score nearly doubled from the 5930k.
Not bad, but...
Pros: good specs, decent price on sale
Cons: 5400 rpm HDD in this day and age is pure underkill. See other thoughts.
Overall Review: Nothing slows down a computer quite like a slow HDD. Most tech-nerds would agree that a solid SSD can make or break a computer's performance, especially a 5400 rpm one. Sooooo, why did ASUS make it so difficult to swap out the HDD? This machine is a DIY nightmare. I couldn't believe I had to strip the whole bottom panel from the top just to access the HDD slot ! And for whatever reason, Acronis couldn't load on this laptop, so I was forced to fresh load Windows 10 instead of cloning. And to top it with a cherry, the mousepad wasn't recognized by the default drivers, so no mouse action during loading or initial booting (lucky I had a usb one laying around). The machine is okay, I was just frustrated that I had to go through that much crud just to swap an HDD. Once it was up and running it was fine (I haven't had a chance to play any games yet, but typical Windows functions were running well after the upgrade.
Very Nice Router
Pros: Great purchase so far. Have no complaints.
Cons: Why does new tech always have to be so expensive??
Overall Review: While my tech knowledge in computers is pretty high, when it comes to networking I generally need the basics: internet, file sharing, HD streaming, etc. So this review will be more for the basic users looking to upgrade their network and are nervous to spend this much money on a router (like I was). First off, it's big, like DVR big. The antennas are huge, but the device feels high quality and solid. Setup was the usual with any router: plug it in, tell your computer to enter the setup screen and make your adjustments. I was up and running in about 20 minutes, but that was because I had to change some settings to fit my network (like the default ip address) and it took a little while to navigate the built in software. Performance-wise, this thing is great. The range in my house for the 2.4 and both 5.0 bandwidths are just fine. And let me tell you, my internet speeds soared on my wireless ac devices (iPhones, iPads, laptop). I was up to the full 115 Mbps compared to my old N router which had my speeds around 40-50 wirelessly. Streaming my files from ipad to Apple Tv has never been this smooth. Having my iphone and ipad on the 5.0 bandwidth has made all the difference for casting to the Apple Tv, which used to stutter and buffer 720p rips I made. Now I don't get the first sign of struggling, not to mention streaming my full 1080p rips wirelessly now feels like I'm tapped into my gigabit hardline.