Summary: I bought this for my wife who likes to check email, browse the internet, write blogs, watch Netflix, and other simple tasks. Has a quick, Intel dual-core processor with power to do everything she wants. She also does Quicken and loves the 10-key on the keyboard. Very nice, bright screen that is adjustable for when you want to watch a movie at night and not blind yourself :). Fast wireless 802.11bgn/wired network cards.
Summary: My sister, a high school student, needed to replace her junky netbook with a real computer, so I ordered this one for her figuring it was just perfect for a student. We received the computer in two days (thank you, Prime), plugged it in, and started setting it up. My husband was so impressed with the Asus computer that he preferred it to our Toshiba AND our HP laptops. In fact, he spent nearly all of Thanksgiving break playing around on her computer.
Summary: I've been using this laptop for a couple of months, and I really love it. My last two laptops were a Toshiba and an HP. Both were relatively inexpensive at around $500 and they both felt really cheap. Both also died around the 3 year mark. I literally had tape holding the HP together at the end, and it barely ever left my coffee table.
Summary: The Intel version is considerably faster than the AMD E-450 model, which carries the same price. The only downside is a cut in battery life, the AMD gets a little over 4 hours, while I could only get about 3 out of this one. That is under constant use browsing web pages, and using wifi. It is no speed demon, but it gets the job done. The display has good color, and is bright enough for use outdoors. The USB 3.0 port is a nice touch.
Summary: Purchased this laptop at the end of July and after 4 weeks the monitor died. Shipped it at my expense to get repaired and it was returned to me in worse condition than when I sent it in. Sure the "repair" was free but what good was it? New repair is pending... So far I'm not impressed, let's see how this next repair goes. Seriously, shouldn't they have just replaced the entire machine? If they take care of me I'll be sure to post here to let all know.
Summary: I've gotten several laptops in my lifetime. And, this is the best one I've gotten so far. Nothing really stands out but it's just altogether well made. When you strike the keys, it feels very nice. The picture quality of the screen is good. Programs load up pretty quickly. Every laptop I've purchased I have regretted. I bought a laptop that was small and lightweight. I thought that it would be great to carry around.
Summary: I do my major computing on a Dell desktop, but I needed an affordable laptop for portability around the house and occasional travel. I'm very pleased so far with this one's performance. The screen is quite large and the quality of graphics & videos is more than good enough for my basic needs. (I can't speak to how it would be for gaming, since I don't do any of that.) This is a fine choice and good value.
Lightweight, Wide Screen, but Keyboard is too small
Rachel W, Amazon
28 August 2012
Summary: Pros: (1) Lightweight. I wouldn't say it is as light as the Apple laptop, but it is very portable. I can easily lie on my bad or couch holding it, and surf online or watch a movie. (2) Wide screen. Makes it ideal to watch DVD. Cons: (1) Keyboard is smaller. If your fingers are used to typing at the regular-sized keyboard, you'd have to re-adapt to typing in this computer. Initially, I kept typing wrong words because of this reason. The keyboard also feels cheap.
UPDATE: 11 months after unboxing, replaced Windows with Ubuntu Server 13.04
M. Flores, Amazon
2 August 2012
Summary: UPDATE: I WAS ABOUT TO DONATE THIS JUNK BUT REPLACING BLOATED WINDOWS WITH A NEW LINUX OS SAVED THE DAY! 1) RELEASE POWER BUTTON TAPPING ESCAPE KEY REPEATEDLY TO INSTALL FROM DVD UBUNTU SERVER 13.04 picking a login id with no spaces, i.e. mikeflores 2) AFTER INSTALLING THE BASIC SERVER OPERATING SYSTEM, LOGIN AND TYPE COMMANDS sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop sudo reboot THE RESULT: NO VIRUS, WORMS, SPYWARE, ADWARE; JUST A VERY FAST AND COOL...