Summary: I liked the computer but they messed up on shipping and was shipped over a week after placing the order. They printed a shipping label but forgot to send it to the shipper. I saw it was shipped and assumed it was on its way. Loved the computer I had the identical model before but this one has Widows 8 that I'm getting used to. I also put a 480G SSD drive in it for $260 Wow it's fast now.
Summary: For the price, this laptop packs some power behind a decent screen. Although you may feel inadequate around the retina display laptops around you in class, you paid about half what they paid for a laptop with more power (depending on what they have). I've played many games on the laptop and I don't experience much lag on decent settings. The laptop doesn't head up too much, either. It is all around pretty good.
Summary: All in all it's a great laptop that I would recommend, given the above caveats.
Pros: It's a great bargain for the specs. I really like how light it feels. It also runs cool and quiet. I've not experienced much heat buildup nor encountered distracting fan noise.
Cons: Mine came with malware (search conduit) conveniently pre-installed. Being an IT pro this really didn't present much of a challenge - just more annoying than anything. I would never have expected such a thing from ASUS...makes you wonder about their internal controls.
Summary: No real problems here. Not a big fan of Windows 8. Wished I had watched for other options like firewire ports and PCI express card slots. Can't complain though; fair price and its working well. If you don't have needs for firewire and PCI this has some nice other features like Card Reader and HDMI connections.
Summary: The only thing I don't like about this laptop is the keyboard is a little unpredictable. I went ahead and got a Logitech bluetooth keyboard to use for this laptop if I have to do a lot of accurate typing (whether a Word document, or and Excel spreadsheet). There are some keys on the keyboard that don't take. I don't know whether you have to break the keyboard in like a pair of shoes, but to be safe, the bluetooth keyboard does come in handy.
Summary: The first laptop I was sent did not have an Operating System installed... The second laptop did and it is very fast and reliable. I'm impressed so far. Pros: Sleek Design Very fast Amazing price 1-year warranty Cons: Keyboard not backlit Asus customer support- unless you want to wait on the phone between 8am and 4pm...
Summary: The only draw back is with the operating system, not so much the laptop itself - windows 8 is a little harder than i thought to get use to, but getting the hang of it. overall, this pc does exactly what I bought it for and I've been very happy with it. Have had it for about a month now.
Summary: Great laptop but the quality of the microphone was not very good. I use Skype often and would probably need to buy external microphone. But overall, good price for an i7 3rd generation. Came with Windows 8, not bad.