Summary: I only gave three stars because it did not come with a back up program to recover when the operating system is corrupted. I downloaded the back up program into a 16GB flash drive as per instruction as soon as I received my laptop. Unfortunately, when the partition was corrupted, I tried to use my back up which it did not work.
Summary: I got this Laptop over 4 months ago... What's good? Its cheap for the specs. At times I've used every bit of the RAM, and it's nice to have plenty of hard drive space, and a large monitor. A few annoying things: It has just one headphone/microphone jack. When I plug in speakers or headphones, it always first asks me what it is.... which is pretty annoying. It also doesn't recognise my combi headphones/mic that i normally use with my mobile phone.
Summary: Been having trouble with it switching resolution after it goes to standby mode which causes my games to not load properly... i have to power off and power on for it to fix it... can't handle WoW on max settings even... so much for HD graphics. max resolution is 1600x900...
Summary: I purchased the laptop because it is ASUS, sadly it is very slow, like molasses. I suspect it is windows 8. not good and there is nothing that can be done. Yes I have downloaded windows 8.1 but it is the same as far as I can tell. I would never recommend windows 8 and I hope that someone comes up with something better than windows because i think microsoft is not concerned about their customers.
Summary: My 3-star rating may reflect more my frustration with Windows 8 than the machine itself. I tried to link it to a friend's projector for my video presentation, but my ASUS wouldn't "talk" to his projector. So we had to disconnect mine and use his to laptop, so I could do my presentation. I may change my mind, but as of now, I loathe Windows 8 and am thinking about installing Windows 7. I may change my mind as I work (struggle?) with Windows 8.
Works great, price is right, but too bulky and a nightmare BIOS
Steve Britten, Amazon
15 September 2013
Summary: Pros: Very fast. Great price. 1 Year Accidental Damage Protection from ASUS. Cons: Too bulky. They could have made the LCD frame and palmrest smaller - not sure why they made it so big. Also, the BIOS is the worst I have ever worked with. Trying to set it up to boot from the CD or boot to install a legacy OS is very difficult, even for me, a laptop repair and sales tech with 8 yrs experience working on laptops of all shapes and sizes!
Summary: Left Shift key died after a month, USB ports don't always function with older devices that worked fine on Windows 7. I'd give the hardware a 3 out of 5, Asus support a 4 and Windows 8 starts at a 2 but once you figure it out it's a 4. Hopefully, after it's repaired, it will outlast my old Gateway, which died after about 4 yrs.