Summary: This is a pretty decent laptop and does all that I have asked of it so far. The graphics card plays FM14 and other graphic intensive games pretty well and generally copes with HD media playback fine. Windows 8 is horrible and the free 8.1 upgrade is better, but not a lot. You soon learn to work around its issues and just use the "desktop" that we all know and love.
Summary: Bought this for my son at Christmas, predominantly to do his A level work on. He takes good care of it. He switched it on one morning to find what looked like a big crack running diagonally across the screen (although no crack evident on the surface of the screen), above which the screen is pixelated and not working. Contacted Asus who said it must be user induced damage and therefore not covered by the warranty.
Summary: this is a good laptop for the price if you are after one with its own video card. at 350 it was the cheapest I could find with one. from a reputable company.. after swapping out the hard drive for an old ssd I had this starts up in 5 seconds its good if your updating an old laptop from 5 years ago.. its not fantastic.. I like it. and im happy with it... im not in love with it. .. but at this price I do think its a bargain.
Summary: glare screen makes it unusable for work so it stays on the shelf. Be aware that most of this cheap stuff comes with glare screens these days. Drive is quite noisy comparing to other laptops I have. Keyboard is clunky with its numeric keypad and small enter. Who the hell is using numeric keypad on laptops designed for entertainment? Insert key must be used with function key.