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Pros: Windows 7 Home Premium instead of Windows 8. Decent features for the price range. Not too much bloatware installed as compared to some other computer manufacturer's offerings. No problems uninstalling the bloatware and the included McAfee antivirus program. Setup on initial boot took a little while, but went through the procedure with no hiccups at all. Responds pretty snappily even when driving a 1920x1200 monitor with the Intel graphics.
I also noticed that Asus didn't include an exhaust fan on the back side of the case, but didn't see any problems with overheating. Maybe they have an intake fan installed in the lower front of the case, but I didn't open it up to check. I did run IBT on it and monitored temps with Real Temp and the highest temps recorded during the IBT run were in the 60-70 C range, which is fine for this processor. According to my UPS system's monitoring panel, this unit only drew a little less than 100 watts at maximum load while running IBT, so it doesn't draw much power to run it.
Cons: Asus is using an older, non-efficient power supply in this unit. All you have to do to check this out is to look on the back on the psu and you see a voltage selector switch on the psu. I didn't open up the system to see who the psu manufacturer was, but I would have paid $5-10 more for a better quality, more efficient psu with active pfc correction used in this system. Also, Asus went cheap and didn't include a DVI video out port on this model. They do have analog VGA video out and a HDMI port, but it wouldn't have cost them more than $2 to have a DVI video out port installed on the motherboard. For these 2 factors, I am subtracting 1 egg from an otherwise nice machine for the price.
Other Thoughts: I bought this for my older brother, who is giving this to his GF as an early Christmas present and he was away at work several states away for the next month or so. This is the first store bought desktop machine I have bought since the mid 90's because I rather build my own, but he was on a pretty strict budget and I don't cheap out on components such as the psu or case. Plus, with a store bought machine, it's someone else's problem keeping it up and running if a problem happens with it. It did take me a few hours of updating Win 7 and installing my own antivirus program that I like (Avast Free) but I knew that was coming anyways. I also uninstalled the included demo/starter version of Office that came on the computer and installed Office 2010 on it, which took some extra time too.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great colors, no dead or stuck pixels. Has 2 USB pass-through ports on it. Also swivels to use in portrait mode, which is great to use with long spread sheets. 1920x1200 resolution instead of the much more common (nowadays) 1920x1080.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: I bought this monitor to replace a Samsung 24" 1920x1200 monitor that the back light died on and boy, I am so glad I did. The Samsung was a TN panel and while it gave an OK picture, wasn't nearly as nice as the images shown on this monitor. I also like that this monitor has a 2 port USB pass-through, which lets me move a USB header's connection from the back side of the computer to the front where it is easily accessible. This Dell monitor also comes with a 3 year warranty instead of a 1 year warranty like the Samsung came with. Also, my old Samsung didn't swivel to portrait mode, which I find comes in very handy when working with longer spreadsheets and keeps me from having to scroll so much.
If you are shopping for a 24" monitor and are looking at this one then quit thinking and buy it. You won't be sorry, believe me! This monitor is really hard to pass up, especially at the >300 price I got it at.
Pros: Speeded up boot times and a bit faster load times for programs. Gives my notebook more storage capacity than the stock 320 gig model this replaces.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: I bought this drive to upgrade storage capacity in my work notebook, as well as to speed up program loading and boot times. I have noticed lower boot times and it seems like programs load up faster also. Nothing tremendously quicker, as it was replacing a smaller capacity 7200 rpm drive, but the extra 4 gigs of slc flash memory helps out performance. BTW, this is on a notebook still running Vista, so you might see even better performance gains on Win 7 than what I am seeing. For cloning my drive, I used the Seatools suite I downloaded from Seagate's website. No problems were encountered cloning the drive with their software.READ FULL REVIEW