Summary: Just fine for the price. I ripped out the HDD and put in a SDD (samsung 840 pro 256 GB) and more RAM (Crucial 4 GB Single DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL11 SODIMM). My only gripe is with the screen. It looks like crap compared to my retina ipad and if you fly with it, the change in pressure can cause a bubble to form in between the LED's and the glass. So far the bubble hasn't lasted more than an hour, so it hasn't been a big deal.
Summary: So far so good. Have had it for a couple of months. As I learn the Windows 8 system, I'm liking it. The computer is light and I really like the touch screen. I've gotten a pop up dos prompt a couple of times and I'm not sure why...so that's my only reason for saying "so far so good" rather than Great!
Summary: Overall, this is a great computer, very light and look like Air. The only thing I will complain is the wifi adaptor, which doesn't work at all, I have to order a USB wifi adaptor myself so that this laptop could really do its job,who want a laptop that cannot connect to internet? I suggest asus put a USB wifi adaptor in the box, sigh...
upgradable to a great ultrabook if you spend some extra $$
4 weeks ago
Summary: At the current price (I paid $529), it is a great value ultrabook. However if you spend some extra money, it will become a great performing notebook. I added 4GB of memory ($40). The installed wireless mini-card is below average, I only got 72Mbps. I bought the Intel AC7260 card (~$35) and now I have BOTH Bluetooth and wireless AC which runs at 866.7Mbps.
Summary: There is also some bloatware that comes with the Windows 8 operating system. It’s mostly Asus software, but there are a bunch of apps that Microsoft has pre-installed on the machine as well.
Pros: First and foremost, I was quite surprised by the $180 drop in price because it's a refurb, so initially I was concerned the quality of the product wasn't up-to-par. I checked out a bunch of product review sites and the consensus was this particular model is slightly above average in many spec categories (i7 and 14” touchscreen), except for the battery (below average due to only 4-5 hours of life with standard usage). While the battery life was a tad concerning, it was...
Cons: The built-in wireless card is not the best. There have been several complaints from reviewers about the signal strength being weaker than it should be on this particular model. I did go about updating the drivers and it improved, but it’s still not ideal. Luckily, this hasn’t negatively affected my experience with the Vivobook.
Replaced my Mac with this. Thought I would cry but smiled instead!
Beth Spears "Beth", Amazon
19 November 2013
Summary: My MacBook is seven years old and on its last leg. I needed something relatively inexpensive and sturdy since I travel a lot. I wanted (needed?) a computer that could compare to my beloved MacBook. Mournfully, I researched EVERY computer within this price range and this computer gives the most bang for the buck. It's light enough. The computer is very sturdy (almost as sturdy as the MacBook Air).
Summary: I very satisfied with this laptop. The design is very good. In addition, light weight and thin is another advantages. It's difficult to find another laptop with the same system (Core i5 processor, 4Gb RAM, Touching screen, windows 8). New experiences with touching screen in windows 8 is very interesting. If you want to find another version with higher system, you can see it here.
Summary: Got this for my daughter to use in college. She is very pleased with the small profile and the performance is good. Windows 8 is a bit of a learning curve. I wish they had offered it with Windows 7, but you get used to it after a while.