Summary: The machine is powerful, good looking, lightweight and very well put together, but comes hampered with a few major and minor flaws that undermine its usefulness. Some of these can be addressed by sophisticated users, some cannot. Comparing this laptop to my previous Vaio Z with a 7 series processor and a raid 0 solid state drive setup, I find this machine to operate more than twice as fast at about the same weight, although lacking the previous laptop's built in optical...
Excerpt: Well it's a basic beauty. I received all that I expected from this investment and more! I am highly impressed with the visual details of both the screen, as well as the laptop as a whole. It's absolutely beautiful. I love the look and feel of the brilliantly made cover, and the keyboard is next-to-none. There is quite the difference from moving on from a five year old HP Pavilion. The texture of the keyboard is fabulous as well.
Summary: I love this laptop. A lot. Everything from the speed to build quality are awesome. The combination of the 2.8ghz i7 processor along with the raid 0 ssd make for a very quick and responsive computer. The screen has awesome clarity, brightness, and response to touch though I must admit I use the touchscreen very rarely. I'm a big fan of the feel of this keyboard.
Excerpt: This is a fantastic computer, really top of the line. It is very light and very fast. Startup from the SSD drive is almost instantaneous. The display is beautiful. The keyboard feels great, allowing for very fast touch typing. The Gorilla Glass top is very pretty but fragile (fractured when dropped from about 24 inches onto a wood floor). Gorilla glass is very scratch resistance but breaks easily.
Summary: First off, it's unclear whether mine was a defective item or the product is defectively designed: the fan ran almost constantly and the laptop remained hot, even after bios updates and driver updates. This was reason enough to send it back: I didn't spring for the i7-4558 to use the CPU gingerly.
Excerpt: I teach IT courses at a university. I purchased this machine because I wanted a high performance ultra portable laptop that would remain viable for at least three years.<br /><br />The Asus Zenbook is very fast, quiet and cool. It boots Windows 8.1 in seconds. I do not use it for gaming, so I cannot comment on that application. <br /><br />I particularly like the form factor, light weight and very bright screen. I did update to Windows 8.1 without any problems.
Excellent in many regards, but perhaps not for business...
S. Kaintz, Amazon
17 March 2014
Summary: I bought the Zenbook to compare it to the Samsung Series 9 (NP900X3G--not the Plus or Lite, the thin one with Haswell). After using the Zenbook for a few days I decided to return in as I felt ultimately the Samsung was the better business laptop despite having a slower processor. For me the added weight of the Zenbook, the needless glossy touchscreen, and the a mild concern over durability were the deciding factors.
Excerpt: So far so good! Been using this mostly for word processing, quickbooks, etc. but it's fast and the startup speed is impressive. Still getting the hang of all of the touchpad shortcuts and the only downside is it's not too clear how to configure for your specific tastes. Other than that, I'm very pleased.
Pros: Fast, Lightweight, Long Battery Life, Powerful, Quality Display, Quiet
It's five stars for most of you, but two stars for some; let me explain ...
M. Lehr "Be Cool, Be Kind, and Be Well", Amazon
16 March 2014
Summary: The crux of the issue for me is Windows 8 (or 8.1). Other reviewers have said in effect: This is a great machine, but Windows 8 stinks. Well I agree, except that a great machine running Windows 8 is not a great machine. I know most of you are committed to Windows, but a handful may not be. IF YOU ARE COMMITTED TO WINDOWS ... especially if you must have an Ultrabook, then this is a fine choice.
TWO consecutive laptop unit I got were defective/faulty.
15 March 2014
Summary: UPDATE:So i just got my replacement and it's no good---it had a dead pixel(this can be seen with solid colors; might be mistaken as a dirt speck). Guess that's it for this asus laptop I'll just wait for MSI's GS60. Too bad I really wanted to keep it but these flaws are just everywhere and its not acceptable with regards to the price you pay for it.