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returning for only working for about 15 hours...
on October 17, 2013
Purchased this computer because it looked good on paper and seemed to be exactly what I needed.
Shipping was great and the speed was sufficient and the boxed it up very well... I setup Windows 8 and began to install all the Photoshop programs necessary to edit photo's. I shut down the computer for the night and came back the next morning to have it not turn on at all... No fans spinning, no lights, no indication of surging or anything. Checked and verified that it wasn't the power cord, ensured all cables were hooked up correctly and that nothing out of the ordinary was wrong with it. Called ASUS and as its brand new they recommended a return on it so that's exactly what I'm doing.
While the computer was running it was stellar and did everything with ease but here are a few points before buying:
1. No Wifi on this computer. I know that this is a barebones system but when you can buy any laptop now and get it Desktops should be going right along with this.
2. Came with no dual monitor capability out of the box. I had to install a standard 256MB graphics card into it for that feature to work for me which really wasn't an issue but may be for others out there looking for that.
3. Not a ton of room for upgrade. From the outside it seems like you could keep this thing going forever but when I opened it I was suprised to find that wasn't the case. The motherboard it comes with only allows 3 add-on devices and another 8GB of RAM to total 16GB. Would be good for maybe 4-5 years tops and then be outdated...
Some of the Pros:
1. Great hard drive.
2.Very fast and efficient out of the box and installed some large programs with ease while it worked... I could edit, have pandora open and install other programs in the background and it would giggle at me... so props there ASUS.
If they figure out the power issue this would be a great deal for me... As I am the first reviewer I did take a slight risk in buying this (My fault, but someone has to jump on that grenade) and unfortunately I struck out on this. I would do an exchange but I can't afford to keep returning a desktop I need handy all the time for editing photo's so I'm opting out. Hopefully others won't experience this and get a good PC.