Summary: While I had never purchased an ASUS product before, I decided to give this laptop a chance after comparing it to several other models by more established companies (Toshiba, Sony, HP, etc). When the laptop was on sale, it was a good deal and still is not a bad price currently. PROS - Nice LED screen which is better than my previous Toshiba and Gateway laptops - 4GB RAM is enough to run multiple programs with ease - Has a dedicated graphics card which allows it to run...
Summary: Pros -Battery life, easily lasts 7 hours. Bring it to school and use it all day, don't even bother bringing the power supply with me. -Weight, very light, lighter than most of my text books -Looks. The brushed steel look on the black cover is very attractive. Not that I care that much, but some people do, I get a lot of compliments for it. -Screen. Very bright, very clear, good colors. After using my laptop for a while it makes desktop screens look washed out and fuzzy.
Summary: Spent about 4 months shopping and comparing laptops. Have a 5 yr old Dell Dimension laptop and it was time for a new one. I use a laptop for photo editing, word processing, web surfing, and travel with it. This choice came down to this ASUS and the HP Dvt4. The HP has better processor power, but I wanted real battery life. The battery life with the ASUS has been great - at least 6-8hrs even on highest video settings, double most other current laptops.
Summary: Although the 11.5 hours of battery life are more like 7/8 hs, the overall experience is positive. I had a problem with the laptop, and apparently i'm not the only one: battery was dead on arrival. I tried replacing the item with amazon but it was out of stock! So I contacted one of Asus Authorized Service Providers and I got it replaced in 5 days. The energy saving modes are complete but they mess up your desktop configuration (wallpaper, taskbar).
Summary: What I was looking for: I set out to find a laptop that was light, decent graphics and screen for gaming and watching HD movies, powerful enough to run video-editing and image-editing software, and a good battery life for times in an international airport where all the power jacks look alien to you and you don't feel like dropping $15 on a gadget you are going to use once in your life.
Summary: Like other reviewers, I do have one small gripe. Something about the way I type causes me to drag the edge of my palm over the top right corner of the touchpad, which means I will be typing and then get some sort of random click or selection on another part of the screen to mess me up. The problem isn't that big a deal, because you can disable the touchpad with FN+ one of the F buttons (F8 maybe). I use a wireless mouse with it and it works fine. That's it.
Summary: I've had this notebook for 2 weeks now. Thought I should give it a thorough test run before leaving a review. The default display is poor, but with proper calibration, it's comparable to other notebooks I've owned (Sony, HP, Compaq) The tactile feedback on keys is also poor, as noted in other reviews. If you type a great deal, (I write for a living) this will become an issue for you. Typing is also louder than normal. The top panel also flexes about a 1/4".
Summary: I've had this computer for a month now after giving up a MacBook Pro. I was hesitant about Windows 7 but so far so good, no major glitches or gotchas. Pros: Great price, good battery life, doesn't get too hot, Windows selection of software is immense, nice display Cons: No keyboard backlight, touchpad is not as sophisticated as the MacBook, left/right click buttonbar is funky. My biggest complaint is probably the touchpad.
Summary: I had some problem with the touch pad at first. I adjusted the settings and got rid of most of it. (it was really jittery) It still comes and goes some times, but it's been pretty good mostly. The multitouch scroll is still a little jittery but it's usable. Also, the screen could use a better view angle. I haven't had time to try any games but it's supposed to have a decent graphics card for this size computer. I liked that it still had a DVD drive in it too.
Summary: Edit: 5/18/2011 Bought this rig in the first month or so it was released, so now almost 2 years into ownership (okay, maybe year and a half). Asus has won me over in terms of hardware reliability and build quality. Not sure what the negative reviews are about, mine has consistently run quiet and cool. So much so that I am now revisiting my review to update on how much I enjoy owning this machine.