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Shanna M.

Shanna M.

Joined on 12/03/08

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Most Favorable Review

Great Computer

ASUS Laptop A52 Series Intel Core i5 1st Gen 460M (2.53GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit A52F-XE2
ASUS Laptop A52 Series Intel Core i5 1st Gen 460M (2.53GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit A52F-XE2

Pros: First of all, this is a beautiful computer. The shell has a sleek pin striped graphic design, and the LED screen looks absolutely amazing. Performance wise, this computer is awesome. Asus actually put some cool, and possibly some what useful applications on the computer, not just all pure bloatware and ads. Most likely you will want to uninstall most of this though as it is well...not necessary . Run CC after that, and you are ready to rock. Computer runs fast, scores 6.8 on calculations on windows index. This thing also runs very quiet, and very, very, very cool. All heat is directed outward via a copper heat pipe coming off the processor out a vent on the left side of the computer. So your lap actually does not burn with this thing sitting on your legs for a while. Multi-tasks like a champ, and the speakers are actually decent for laptop speakers. Asus included great software to manage your power, and display settings all through one interface as well.

Cons: Not a con for me..however the keyboard may seem a little cheap to others as it is not a chiclet keyboard. Keyboard design and layout is minimalistic, however it does help keep things uncluttered and clean looking.

Overall Review: Product comes with 1 year general manufacturer warranty, and 1 year accidental damage warranty from Asus...where as other companies only issue a 1 year general warranty. Also..Asus makes the peripherals and components for other respected computer brands such as IBM, HP, Gateway..etc...and has been making great consumer computer parts and motherboards for over 20 years. The laptop looks and feels much nicer than comparable HP's, Dells, and Toshibas (I work at a retailer where I see and sell these brands every day). Combine the warranty, with the reputation that Asus provides, and you can't go wrong with this PC. I have used Asus motherboards and parts on numerous computer builds, and have always been satisfied with features and quality. This computer does not disappoint and I will recommend this brand to anyone.

12/16/2010
Most Critical Review

Good, but buggy. Buyer needs to do homework

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100283-2L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100283-2L

Pros: Comes with install cd for drivers, vga to dvi adapter, crossfire cable and case badge. Nice cooling design to card itself. Large fan, with copper heat pipes. Comes well packaged in static bag and fitted box, so there are no loose items moving around in box to damage parts. Sexy graphics on orb cooler of card, 1 gb DDR5 memory, and DX 11 support. Low heat output and power consumption.

Cons: Not really a con if you have some common sense and look at specs before you buy, but the card is large. Next up is the ATI drivers. Drivers, drivers, drivers! As of the latest ATI release ( 11-17-09) drivers are still not up to par for a fully released product. Artifacts in games such as the Witcher make it impossible to play. ( I have a HIS 4850 that plays it perfectly, yet I can not play it with my new Saphire 5770) Lot's of issues with full screen video playback and crashes in windows environment. After reading through the ATI forums, it seems that all of this is common with the 5000 series of cards. It will work great in some apps ( I also play LOTR online and this card kills, but I can't even run the Witcher due to artifacts) Hence, it's a driver issue! Oh yes, this is also at stock volts and speed on the card, not overclocked.

Overall Review: It will be great some day, after ATI does some fixes to their drivers, but for now....not so much. Do a google search for 5770 artifacting or issues to form your own opinion. For me, I'm putting my nice new card back in it's box and popping the 4850 back into my rig. Again, I am not overclocking the card, or processor, so power is not an issue on the 12v rail linked to the card. 5770 at stock and under load draws less power than the 4850. My Rig Asus M4A78-E 790 mobo AMD Phenom 2 920 Quad Core 4 gigs G.Skill pc ddr2 1066 Thermaltake 650 sli/crossfire cert psu HIS 4850 graphics ( cause I can't play all my games with the new 5770) WD 640gb sata hd Samsung 20x cd/dvd+rw sata Raidmax smilodon case Acer 23' lcd monitor