Date Joined: 12/31/08
Pros: * Sandy Bridge i5 (fast!)
* 1080p resolution
* For Windows, the Optimus Technology is great, as I get 3-4 hours battery life when not gaming.
* Speakers get unbelievably loud.
* HDD is 640GB, more than enough space for me
* I like the stainless-steel feel of the case, and the rounded back.
* I'm very happy with my purchase!
Cons: * For Linux (Ubuntu for me), there is very little Optimus support. I still haven't figured out how to set up Bumblebee. You're pretty much stuck with no graphics support (unable to even play minecraft, due to lack of 3d graphic drivers)
* Speakers are really distorted, in order to get so loud. Sound is fine with headphones, so it's not a big deal.
* Some people may want a faster HDD. The 5400 RPM drive will get you better battery life, however.
* The keyboard is a bit cheap, with the letters having visible residue under them. I expect they will wear out.
* Drivers for many of the sound buttons don't seem to exist, I can't get any to work. Only the Wifi switch on the right side seems to work
Overall Review: * Linux Users: If you know how to manipulate X, along with the config files and graphic drivers, I suggest looking up the project "bumblebee" on github. You may be able to get everything working, I'm not very knowledgeable with this part.
* HDD is initially split into two 320GB or so partitions. Not a big deal, as you can delete one and allocate more space for Windows, or do like I did and wipe the whole drive.
* There's a button in the top left corner that boots into the "ASUS Express Gate Cloud", that seems to be a linux-based media center OS. It's a gimmick. I don't see it as a partition on the HDD, strangely. I hope to eventually cause each button to boot to a different OS (e.g. one Windows, the other Ubuntu).
Windows Rating: 5.9 (overall):
Gaming Graphics: 6.7
Primary Hard Disk: 5.9
Pros: HDMI Cables are cheap, probably works just as good as anything from "Best" Buy.
Overall Review: This isn't so much a review of the cable, as it is a response to vikesfan86's review (2-3 down).
If you have troubles with the black bars going around the edges connected to a Computer with an ATI graphics card, there is an option in the ATI Catalyst Control Center, under Display Monitor, select your Monitor/TV, select the Adjustments tab, and then change the Scaling Options to 0% (Overscan).
Pros: * These were my first pair of headphones with noise cancelling. It works great, excellent on a college campus near traffic. It's a strange feeling hearing things go silent when you turn them on.
* The cord is removable, making it replaceable. An excellent feature.
* Sound quality is decent.
Cons: * Headphones do get uncomfortable after a rather short amount of time wearing them. I do have larger than average ears, which could be part of the problem.
* Sound quality is not amazing, as I'd hoped from the price. Not something I'd use for studio mixing. Sound is a bit muffled at lower volumes, when the noise cancelling is off.
* Price. I got a pair of the headphones for much cheaper than listed here, and I'd only call that a fair deal.
Overall Review: Got these on Woot! for $49.99 + $5.00 shipping. Great deal there, but definitely not worth it for this price.
My other headphones are the Creative Fatal1ty (non-USB) headphones (for gaming). I bought this pair to replace my (dead) Creative Aurvana Live! headphones, and I'd put all three on the same level for audio quality.
Pros: -Good durability (have run over the cord many times with my chair, headphones have fallen often or pulled by the cord, etc)
-great quality audio and mic (I can't tell the difference between these and my $150 Creative Aurvana Live! pair)
-very comfortable (even after gaming for 6+ hours)
-Volume adjuster/mic mute button on cord
-Lengthy cord (around 8-9 ft)
-Headphones fit my rather large ears quite comfortably.
Best bang for the buck you'll find!
Cons: -Price (hasn't gone down in 9 months!)
-Mic mute button seems like it is backwards (I have cord going to my computer on the right, and so the adjust is upside down).
-The headphones aren't exactly noise canceling, but because they're over-the-ear headphones, they still block out some.
-Material surrounding the ears and on top of the head collects hair.
Overall Review: I got a pair of these for graduation because I needed a better pair of headphones and a mic. My old headphones didn't have a mic, and were very uncomfortable. These have been GREAT! Lots of wear and tear, len
Pros: Lasts a long time, cheap, durable, retractable, decent read/write speed (Averaged at about 3.65 MB/sec for a bunch of ~2 MB size files, or about 4.9 MB/sec for one large file).
Cons: Small capacity (but not really a con, as it's cheap), ANNOYING program manager, creates an extra virtual drive (that wastes space, cannot be used, and annoys the heck out of me).
Overall Review: The only reason it's only a 4 egg product, is because of the terrible interface it has when it is first installed. When I get a drive, I just want it to be something I can transfer, not some sort of portable useless program manager. It had Skype, McAfee (which I absolutely hate), and quite a few junk programs that require you to buy them after one play.
After removing the auto-run feature, the drive worked great, but the virtual drive still remains, with 6.57 MB of unuseable space.
Pros: This is an extremely durable mouse. I've brought it to over 10 LAN parties, and it has been through CONSTANT computer use for over 2 years.
Still working just as good as new, and I haven't found a mouse I would choose over this. Who knew that such a cheap mouse would be so great! :)
Cons: None: This is an absolutely perfect mouse.
Overall Review: Paint has worn down to the white where my fingers and hand touch the silver part of the mouse, but that's expected.
I've gone through two computers, two keyboards, and upgraded just about every other piece of computer hardware. This mouse has outlasted them all!
Also, I have yet to find use for the button below the scroll/middle mouse button. :P