Summary: Only had the notebook for a few days but the speed and functionality are plenty for my needs. Buttons are different from the Toshiba I am replacing, but I think I am liking the Asus layout better.
Pros: Newegg and Asus support were very understanding and helpful. Offered above and beyond what they were required to help me out with getting my notebook to described quality.
Cons: The notebook worked fine upon receiving it; however, it was not able to connec to wifi. After calling Asus tech support, it was discovered that it was missing the drivers. I had to factory reinstall to get the notebook to work properly.
Summary: Had this laptop longer than any other in my lifetime. Since I bought it, it's been dropped, burned, cracked, taken apart and put together several times. In all that time, not once has it bluescreened, failed to boot or been inappropriately slow.
Pros: Affordable. Sturdy. Reliable. Ran games well (Skyrim, Dota 2)
Cons: Could have used more hard drive space. Not enough RAM to use as a work laptop for scientific data analysis
Summary: This is the second try at this laptop. My previous rating was 1 egg due to obvious hardware defect.
Pros: Despite being marked scratch and dent, there are very few scratches on the case. A couple on the underside and one on the top. Nothing major, and easily ignored.
Cons: Nothing not announced by the specs. The screen is of a lower resolution that I may prefer and the system probably isn't the first choice for gaming or any form of power computing. Those are the only items preventing this from getting a higher rating.
Cons: lasted about 5 months. Now it wont even power on. screen just went black on me one day. Power adapter is good, battery is good. tried draining power and still will not power on. Did research and this is common. junk quality from ASUS. THey just lost years of business from my family and friends.
Summary: I would have thought "Refurbished" meant that the defective parts were replaced. I guess I was wrong. This is a buyer beware item.
Pros: The hardware is nice looking and the price was reasonable,.
Cons: The unit has defective RAM. After struggling over last night with random crashes, I downloaded and ran memtest86+. I guess I should not be surprised, but the unit was shipped with defect RAM that is returning 100s of errors in the memory testing.
Summary: If your comfortable with a linux laptop, this model is a good choice.
Pros: - works flawlessly with the latest linux distros (I am using ubuntu 14.04). I removed windows 7 as I intended to use this laptop for software development. Linux is my operating system of choice for that. No knock on windows, just my preference.
Cons: For what I paid, any negatives would be whining. Of course the display isn't quite as good as a macbook, but its about one third the price.
Summary: This, even though refurbished, was a good buy. The durability of it proves it. I love having laptops that endure working as they should, specially this one with two operating systems, linux and windows.