Check for some downloadable utilities to help get your "Start" button back and you'll warm up to Windows 8 much more easily.
Sean KGuy, Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: The hardware and performance of the laptop are honestly top notch, especially considering the price. Windows 8 takes some getting used to as it is quite different than Windows 7 and its predecessors. The update to Windows 8.1 really helps for usability for most users. Check for some downloadable utilities to help get your "Start" button back and you'll warm up to Windows 8 much more easily.
Excerpt: It looks good, no it looks great and I am running Ubuntu 14.04LTS no swap without any problems(small lagging time sometimes-without swap, for me it is ok). Construction is solid. Speakers are very loud and sound is great at high volume too. My other laptop has opened speakers, plastic is not covering them, still this new Asus X552EA-DH41 is louder... Great for every day use, videos, web ... not graphically demanding games.
Summary: Bought this to replace my old Toshiba laptop, poor thing was riddled with malware, viruses and who knows what else and finally just gave up! So I started my search, looking for something that I could not only run my business from, do my school work on, but also game in my free time.
Summary: I had an Asus laptop before and loved it - this one is no different. It does exactly what I want it to do. It's fast, the screen is clear and the keyboard is comfortable. I can't comment on the audio since I don't use it for that.