Cons: The ASUS warranty on their refurbs is junk. They don't even warranty the power adapters for more than 3 months after the date of purchase. So, that means that you should be prepared to pony up 100$ for an ac adapter and at that price point you should avoid buying a refurb.
Quality computer for those serious about their portable system
3 June 2014
Summary: This computer is great! It has a nice feel, stylish look, and decent sound that's pretty loud. The cooling system is fantastic and quiet. I can only tell if the fans are running by putting my hand in front of the vents.
Pros: - Nice feel
Cons: - Asus refurb service formats the drives in a way that leads to unreasonable unallocated partitions.
Excerpt: Its defently a good computer if you dont get a "monday version". Asus support has the most incompetent people that are just horrible, and the repair guys are just idiots. they send my back my computer when its backlid open!!
Lots of Power for the Price! Very Powerful Desktop Replacement.
14 March 2014
Summary: This laptop is a MONSTER! There is no app or game this computer cannot handle... I purchased this Laptop as a Desktop Replacement, and got nothing less than. My only complaint so far is that I didn't get it sooner. It's that good. Upgraded to SSD Primary vs the 1TB slow read/write drive it came with, and that's about it... This thing is a beast! Highly recommended for the Price 2 Power ratio... Picked mine up for around $750 and it was well worth it.
Summary: These are getting harder to find. These are great notebook computers. They are a little pricey but still worth the price. The only downside to these laptops is they come with Windows 8 preinstalled. I installed Windows 7 and it works great.
Summary: I bought this laptop to use mainly for web design. I wanted the larger screen because I use photo shop a lot and I couldn't see using a 13 or 15 inch screen to do that. This is a desktop replacement machine for me. I really like the ergonomics of the laptop. The profile makes the screen higher up in the back, so I'm not hunching down to view the screen at the correct angle. I was worried about that while deciding to buy a laptop instead of another desktop or all-in-one.
Summary: I have built towers, nothing special, in the past and I have had multiple decent laptops; I am in love with this laptop. My concerns were/are: - Windows 8 related. There was not a manual/quick guide/Helpful hints/Warning dealing with the new operating system. Windows 8 is very confusing and not really necessary for a non-touch screen laptop. I also only come from an extended background of XP and a brief Win 7 encounter in the last few months.
Summary: Wanted this computer very much. But, it would not "update" windows updates. It would just freeze. Nothing worked about the computer the way it should have. I almost felt that this computer was a "re-sell" of a "returned" product. In fact, when I Asus for tech support, because of the above mentioned problem, they asked me where I bought it. I told them Amazon and I got the impression that "someone" had already bought and registered this computer.