Summary: I have owned this laptop for roughly a year having given it quite a bit of use on a few occasions. It handles everything I need it to do from Office, to internet surfing, to video chatting, to gaming. The display is quite nice being full HD and is very well lit. The keyboard is a keyboard. it is backlit; however, I have not used that function yet. My only 'beef' is with the touchpad on this thing.
Summary: This laptop arrived with a quirky mousepad. It seemed to click on its own making it almost impossible to type without the cursor jumping around. I used the fn9 for a few days and then it stopped working. My nice new computer is now on its way to California for repairs. Possibly the most disturbing thing is that, after spending so much money on a laptop, when I called ASUS tech services, they suggested that I let them tell me how to permenantly disable the mousepad.
Pros: I did quite a bit of research on many different brands before my purchase. S/PDIF was one of my requirements since I use this as my music source and for audio test applications for the equipment I build. The Blu-ray burner is an especially nice feature, as is the 7200 RPM hard drive. After removing the bloatware, and imaging the drive, I was able to easily adjust the partition sizes to my preference using the built-in Win7 partition manager. My final configuration ima...
Cons: The only problem I currently have is the USB 3.0 ports on the right side of the unit do not seem to work with an external hard drive or USB flash drive. They do work with an external mouse. I have sent a request to Asus tech support, but have not heard anything back yet. Not sure if it may be a driver issue.
Summary: The specification of this is excellent for the price. A friend who is a computer technician checked out the facilities for me before purchasing advised that I would need to spend a lot more to get the same with other brands. So far still learning to use the Windows 8 system, but getting there. The touch pad does seem to have slight movement, but I use a wireless mouse so do not have a problem.
Summary: I bought this to replace my ageing Toshiba Tecra A8 so the difference is chalk and cheese. Pre-loaded with W8, excellent sound with the B&O speakers + sub-woofer, much improved battery life/conservation with the built in app. Very quiet although I will be replacing the 1TB HDD with a Samsung Pro 840 SSD and use the existing drive for external storage via the 3.0 USB ports.
Summary: It makes an awkward sound that apparently is related to the audio drivers. It doesn't really affects anything, but it just makes you wonder why something that is brand new isn't working properly. Also, I found the inputs poorly made. Every time that I take the internet cable to use wi-fi, it feels like the cable is going to get stuck inside the laptop. The same happens with USB inputs. Apart from that, it provides a really amazing sound quality, which surprised me.