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Pros: Great speed, very quiet fans, thin and light for a gaming laptop. Never got at all close to uncomfortably warm while I was using it (on a desk, at least). The temps under stress testing (Prime95 + Furmark, simulataneously) got to around the mid 80's for the GPU and the CPU getting to the upper 80's with one core peaking at 92 degrees. That's not outstanding cooling, but it is good enough to keep it from throttling while gaming.

The keyboard isn't bad, just feels a little cheap.

The screen looked real pretty.

The NVME HDD is a huge plus, but I couldn't really see a significant real-world difference between NVME and SATA SSD performance.

Cons: The biggest drawback is the lack of a proper power brick. This laptop comes with a 180W power brick while all the others with similar specs have a 230W one. This rears it's head in that whenever the laptop is under load, it has to scavenge power from the battery when it can't get enough from the brick. You will see the battery slowly draining while in use, even when it's plugged into the wall. Run out of battery? Your performance will drop like a rock with lots of stuttering and poor frame rates. The battery is held in with screws under the case, too. So it's not easy to swap out. That's a serious flaw and it would be relatively easy to fix with a new brick and a firmware update, but Asus has shown ZERO interest in addressing this issue. As you wear out the battery and the capacitors age, this problem will get progressively worse with time. Replacing the brick would be easy enough on your own, but the regulation is controlled by the laptop itself, so it won't draw more than 180W no matter what brick you connect to it unless Asus updates the firmware to tell it to (fat chance at this point).

The IPS panel seems blurry to me. I've never had an IPS before, so it might just be the way IPS panels are.. It might have pixel bleed-over issues in high contrast situations. It's most apparent when looking at writing in the middle of the screen. ALL IPS panels have really bad response times, too. Typically in the upper 20-mid 30 ms range. 60hz means a cycle every 17 ms. This means the pixels can't even keep up with it's own refresh rate and makes for some serious blurring in fast paced games. This isn't really an issue unless you like to play FPS games and need twitch response times, but it's visually distracting, too.

The touchpad is worthless. If you plan on using a mouse, this isn't a problem.

Other Thoughts: This is an unfortunate case of lack of oversight and a brand known for crummy customer service showing it's stripes.

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IOGEAR GFR209A USB 2.0 Support SD, SDHC, microSD, microSDHC, Mini SD, MMC, Memory Stick, and MS Duo, 12-in-1  Pocket Card Reader/Writer White
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Pros: It worked on both Windows 10 machines within seconds and read my SD, Micro SD and Memory Stick Pro DUO cards without issue. MS Pro DUO needs to be inserted upside down and that was undocumented, but seeing as it won't let you insert the card right-side-up, it was largely self-explanatory.

Cons: The SD/SD HC/Mini SD/MMC/MMC+/RS-MMC/MMC mobile slot and T-Flash/Micro SD card slot share a removable drive device under Windows, so you can't use both of these slots at the same time. The MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo slot is shown under windows as it's own removable drive device and can be used independently of the other two slots.

Other Thoughts: Works good as a portable card reader/writer so long as you don't have to use the SD and T-Flash card slots simultaneously (i.e. copying from SD directly to Micro SD). If you're going to be doing a lot of that, get a different reader.

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IOGEAR GFR209A USB 2.0 Support SD, SDHC, microSD, microSDHC, Mini SD, MMC, Memory Stick, and MS Duo, 12-in-1  Pocket Card Reader/Writer White
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: It worked on both Windows 10 machines within seconds and read my SD, Micro SD and Memory Stick Pro DUO cards without issue. MS Pro DUO needs to be inserted upside down and that was undocumented, but seeing as it won't let you insert the card right-side-up, it was largely self-explanatory.

Cons: The SD/SD HC/Mini SD/MMC/MMC+/RS-MMC/MMC mobile slot and T-Flash/Micro SD card slot share a removable drive device under Windows, so you can't use both of these slots at the same time. The MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo slot is shown under windows as it's own removable drive device and can be used independently of the other two slots.

Other Thoughts: Works good as a portable card reader/writer so long as you don't have to use the SD and T-Flash card slots simultaneously (i.e. copying from SD directly to Micro SD). If you're going to be doing a lot of that, get a different reader.

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Display Name: James R.

Date Joined: 07/07/03

  • Reviews: 14
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  • First Review: 06/12/06
  • Last Review: 01/13/17
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