Windows update nightmare, but otherwise a nice laptop
7 June 2014
Summary: I didn't buy this laptop through Amazon, but I figured I'd leave a review anyway. After picking this up at a large box store, I brought it home and booted it up. The initial Windows 8 setup was pretty quick. A few minutes after getting used to the new Windows interface, Windows wanted to update. I saw that there were approximately 100 updates to be applied, so I decided to just do it and get it over with.
Summary: Asus as a brand is great, this laptop looks awesome. As for functionality, it's lacking. It's slow to open simple things such as the web browser. I even did a clean install of Windows 8 to rid the laptop of bloatware, but I had the same result.
Great budget laptop, with one annoying issue right out of the box.
5 December 2013
Summary: The good: -Arrived as scheduled (shipped overnight coast to coast) -No dead/bright pixels -ASUS packaging is nice and simple. -It's big enough not to feel flimsy but slim and light enough to be portable. -It's pretty good looking. The design is simple but classy. -For a 'budget' laptop, it's a more than adequate replacement for my 4 year old Toshiba. The bad: -Mine has a faulty space bar.
Summary: ASUS like many other PC makers ships their machines with a bunch of bloatware. The people responsible for this are out of touch. Windows 8 is actually good. I did not notice a significant change in 8.1. Restoring the Windows Start button is almost a joke. I miss hitting the Windows Logo button, seeing the start menu, few movements of the arrow keys and I am at the Documents folder, Control Panel or My Computer. Other than this Windows 8 in general is really decent.
Summary: Overall I like the computer but the track pad is so sensitive that by merely resting my left wrist on the computer - it swishes the window that I am working on away and I have to search for it. Windows 8 is probably the biggest issue as it is a totally unintuitive operating system and requires extra steps for simple functions. You have to completely exit a document just to save it.
Alright for the price, but my last Asus was better
21 October 2013
Summary: This laptop was purchased to replace a 2 year old ASUS laptop. As an aside ASUS absolutely honors their no questions asked 12 month warranty - I used it on the last one and it was painless. That's what earned this purchase when it came time to replace the laptop (I killed it - got wet). Overall the speed is what was expected, everything works as expected. That's the good. The bad: 1) I HATE Windows 8, but that's not their fault.
Summary: The laptop was good but it auto close when I go to skype. The sound was good and it really instant on my pc. Cons is only 2 usb port is available. I am really in love with this laptop despite the screen is 15.6 inches. IF you want a pc for basic use, this laptop is suitable for you.