Summary: I have had this ultrabook for around 6 months now... There has been one issue with it shutting off randomly when I first got it and the start menu would never load until rebooting... I have since installed two "patches" and haven't had the start menu issue in around 4 months.. The randomly restarting has only happened once since the patch 2 months ago and hasn't been a major issue any more... I do save my work frequently just in case...
Summary: Had this laptop for a year w. Win8. Hated every second with this laptop (fortunately, this is one of ~ 6 PCs in this house, so I didn't have to use it exclusively)...but it never made any sense why it was so slow, the specs are pretty decent, esp with the dedicated SSD for boot. Rating based on Win8 performance = 0 stars (or negative, if that was possible) SO, I took a chance on installing Linux (Mint 16, x64, Cinnamon Desktop). Night and day difference in performance.
Its very comfortable. easy to use. Sound is awesome for a lap top.
Michael Thompson, Amazon
27 December 2013
Summary: ASUS S56CA-DH51 15.6-Inch Ultrabook (Black) I have upgraded it to Windows 8.1 PRO With Media Center I installed Office 2013 Professional Plus ++ Visio, Project. Very happy, except every application on the machine, Every Service is running at 32 Bit on my 64 Bit OS with an i5 processor. ASUS Support has asked me to ship it back to them to Repair. After much research thats what I am going to do. I am typing on it now. But?