Summary: I've been a computer technician for a while, and I know these things happen. I've had great experiences with my other ASUS products, and I don't blame them that my notebook only lasted 3 weeks, it's still under warranty so no harm done, assuming the next one lasts me a little longer. I'm basing my review on how I liked it while it was running. Frankly, I loved it. It is exactly what I was looking for.
Pros: Thin, fast, and extremely light. I almost cut myself on the edge, it is so thin. Looks great on the outside, and when you open the lid. Love the backlit keyboard. Screen is very bright and crisp. Micro-HDMI AND mini-vga outputs. Boots in seconds. Fantastic battery life. I think I was looking at 7-8 hours, typically (a huge upgrade from my 2007 MacBook Pro which gives me about 3). Don't have to carry the charger around everywhere, although it's small enough to not be a...
Cons: Due to the high resolution and small screen, things can be a little on the small side, but for young eyes, it's not a problem. Picture quality does degrade both on notebook display and external display when you plug an external monitor in. Unplug and it snaps back to extremely crisp, or turn off laptop display and monitor gets extremely crisp.
Summary: For reference, I was using a four year-old Acer Aspire 5740G-6395 prior to purchasing this item. I saw this pop up on a deal site for $949 and took the plunge. I had been in the market for an ultrabook for some time, and the Zenbook line really caught my eye. Unfortunately, once I got over how pretty and light this thing is (my Acer is a well-worn, 7.4-lb smudge magnet), I found it extremely frustrating to use, and running nowhere near where a ~$1000 PC ought to.
Excellent Ultrabook with slim profile, great battery life
Amit Ramani, Amazon
4 weeks ago
Summary: Let me begin by saying I was skeptical to purchase an ultrabook without playing with it. But I took the plunge and I am here to report I am glad I did. There is not much to dislike about this product. I have had it for just less than a month now. But being a programmer, I have used it every day. Here is what I love about this ultrabook: 1. MacBook Air like looks without the hefty price tag. 2. Battery life lasts 5-6 hours.
Summary: Simply a lovely piece of engineering. Fine construction, light and rigid, very little keyboard flex. They seem to have solved the trackpad sensitivity issues with the new drivers. The screen is brilliant, but eyes as old as mine need reading glasses to pick up the fine detail of the HD display. Or you can hook it up to a very large monitor, which it drives very nicely. Or both.
Summary: I bought this computer for business school. Already, it has broken 3 times. I have had to have significant parts of the computer replaced, including the entire LCD screen!!! Each time it breaks I have to send it back to the manufacturer for repairs, so in less than a year, I have been without my computer for 7 weeks (which is really inconvenient when you are in school).
Summary: These are not "B" grade or refurbished. They obvious took customer returns and did nothing to refurb the unit. They are scratch and dent grade all the way.
Pros: Screen resolution is 1920x1080. Ivy Bridge CPU. SSD is fast.
Cons: The laptop arrived with scratches and dents throughout the body. On the lid, on the bottom, and on the sides. The feet are worn and show a considerable amount of use. The screen itself has excessive backlight bleeding on all sides of the screen. There is a big white dead pixel center/bottom-right. There is also screen damage, like a splotchy faded white spot about 4 inches from the right and 5 inches from the top. It's only about 3mmx4mm so it's not huge, but it is no...