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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Love it but....

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    I am not a computer guy, but I have been using computers since I was a kid. This is a beautiful nice compact, fast computer. It's reboot time is really fast. Reboots from sleep in a fraction of a section. I only use it for college homework (powerpoints, word), emails, and browsing. THESE ARE THE PROBLEMS I HAVE WITH MY ASUS OF THIS MODEL, not speaking for all of these models. The down side: Fingerprints are so visible on the top of this laptop as if fingerprinted into stone. You'll need wipes to clean them. I have attached photos of the fingerprints with this post if are able to view them.The mouse pad is not as responsive as any of my other laptop computers I have used in the past. Sometime it doesn't click, I have to click 3 or 4 times. The gesture function on the touchpad is not precise, in my opinion. It feels like it's out of control when scrolling up or down. The major down side is that this computer keeps shutting down on it's own. It shutdowns like if someone pulls the plug and the battery out at the same time. It happened 5 times already in the past 26 days that I had it for. I hope this is not the case with all Asus laptops. Bottom line: I love this computer and would've kept it if it wasn't for the problems it has. And I can't trust another one of these from Asus, so I have to go with another brand. Will consider another one of these if I don't find anything else as good. But I don't have time to be going back and forth with returns. And... oh yeah, I don't find the new windows 8 convenient. The task bar keeps popping up on the screen which makes me so mad that I turn into a monster. I haven't figured out if it can be turned off or not. Definitely recommend this laptop computer if there aren't any problems with.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Laptop

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    Great Computer for the money. Consumer Reports gave it a "Thumbs Up?

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great value with unadvertised features

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    I haven't had this computer for long, but I'm incredibly impressed with it. I had been using a Macbook Pro, but the old girl died, and I needed something relatively inexpensive as a replacement. In general, this computer is a powerful and versatile machine that comes in a small package, with a reasonable price tag. OS: First, while I'm not in love with Windows 8, I don't think it's the horrible monster of an OS that others seem to see it as. The adds would lead you to believe that everything has to be done in the Metro (tiles) screen, which simply isn't the case. The standard desktop view still exists. It doesn't have the trusty old start button, but it works pretty much the same as every other version of the OS. The touchpad gestures and the Metro view take some adjustment, and the current stable of Windows 8 apps are not exactly amazing, but I can see myself using them more and more as developers become more comfortable with putting their wares on the app store. Aesthetics and Feel: Surprisingly, the relatively affordable pricetag did not yield a computer that feels flimsy. It is solid and well-put-together. The black, brushed chassis and lid are both attractive and comfortable. As other reviewers have commented, however, the computer picks up every fingerprint and smudge, which is a little annoying and tarnishes the look, but it is easy to clean up. Processor: Here's where we start getting in to some of the computer's unadvertised features. It comes with an i7-3632QM quad-core processor, but the Best Buy description makes no mention of Turbo Boost. The guys in the store even told me emphatically that the computer was built without it to save money. That seemed awfully fishy, given how processors are assembled these days. When I got home, I ran the prime95 stress test and the CPU-Z processor diagnostic - it has Turbo Boost. I saw processor speeds between 2.1GHz and 3.2GHz. What you are left with is an incredibly capable mobile processor that actually outperforms many of Best Buy's other i7 machines (that often come with the dual-core i7-3520M). Graphics Processor: Here's another area in which the Best Buy product description falls down on the job (and might actually be costing the company sales). The GPU is simply listed as UMA (Unified Memory Architecture). Basically, that just means that it's not a dedicated card - it shares system memory in order to perform graphics processing. Now, pretty much every other system will say that it comes with the Intel HD 4000 GPU (or a select few that have a discrete AMD or NVidia card). Intel HD 4000 is a UMA GPU, but when I asked the guys at the store which unit was used in the machine, they couldn't tell me. I got the computer home, though, and it is in fact an HD 4000. I'm not saying that this is going to be a graphical powerhouse if you are a serious gamer, but I've put it through its paces with games from Portal 2 to Starcraft II to BF3, and all are totally playable on mid-to-high settings. Touchpad: Eh, it's fine. I miss my Mac's silky-smooth glass trackpad, but this one is OK. It's the one part of the machine that feels a little cheap, but it does the job. I will say that its sensitivity is fairly inconsistent and sloppy. The hot zones for some of the Windows 8 gestures can be activated by looking at the touchpad the wrong way, so that takes some getting used to, but I haven't had any serious problems with it. Keyboard: I like typing in this keyboard a whole lot. The chiclet keys have a little more firmness and resistance to them than the Mac ones, and I have actually found the keyboard fun to type on. The backlight is great and can be easily modified to your needs, but I would recommend keeping it off during daylight hours, because it can make the keys a little hard to read, if you're at the wrong angle. My one complaint about the keyboard is that some of the keys are awkwardly spaced. The shift and the @, for example, are spaced to the degree that it is not entirely convenient to enter an email address. Conversely, the right-shift and many of the punctuation keys are crunched together and, thus, harder to type accurately, if you are a touch typer. Still, these are all pretty minor complaints. Monitor: I think ASUS saved some money here. It's a pretty middle-of-the-road backlit LCD. It's not awful, but it's not one of the more brilliant LEDs that you see on more expensive models. Glare is certainly reduced, but you have to get the viewing angle just right, or else colors and blacks tend to look washed out. I can certainly live with it just fine, but it makes me miss my Mac a little. Sound: Finally, this is another cost-saving area. Internal speaker sound is not great. I wouldn't say it's quite as awful as some of the previous reviewers have said, but it doesn't compare to that of some of the Lenovo or HP models I looked at. It's totally serviceable, and the volume has, thus far, been fine, but it feels tinny, like part of the audio spectrum is missing. Headphones work a treat, though. All-in-all, this is a great machine. It's aggressively priced, so it may not have all of the amenities that some costlier computers might, but it has been a pleasant surprise for me, and I was dreading saying goodbye to my Mac. It boots up quickly, loads apps with ease, multitasks well, if useful for work and home, and games better than I had imagined a laptop of this price range would. It's deficits can definitely be overlooked, and I think it's a safe buy that Best Buy probably needs to give more credit to in their product descriptions.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Very nice laptop

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    This is a great laptop. I first bought a Toshiba P845-S4200. While I generally liked it, its keyboard response was poor, and the fan was driving me crazy, going on at max power for a few seconds every minute or so. I hesitantly decided to return the Toshiba and got this Asus instead - a bit nervous about jumping so early into the Windows 8 experience given its very mixed reviews. To be honest, I would have preferred to get a Windows 7 computer, but the options were too limited so I ended up buying this one. I'm happy about my choice. This is a very nice computer. It has a solid quality feel to it, the black casing looks elegant, the bottom feels like a type of hard rubber that is pleasant to the touch, and it's a perfect compact size. Performance is extremely fast and responsive thanks to the i7 processor. With this kind of power, it's a great value for the price. I was actually shopping for an i5 and finally settled for this one because its price is close to the range of many i5s. The backlit keyboard is truly gorgeous, and it responds very well to typing (unlike the Toshiba). Touch pad response is also fine. The display is bright and clear. And even with its lightning performance the computer is beautifully quiet (unlike the Toshiba) - I hardly ever notice that the fan is even running. [And if anyone is still hesitating, Windows 8 should not scare you away. Yes it has its annoyances. I don't like the loss of the start button, and the start/metro screen does seems like a gimmick to me - like trying to get a tablet platform onto a desktop. So I just installed icons for all my programs on the desktop and mostly avoid the start/metro screen, and it's pretty close to the Win 7 experience. All in all, Win 8 performs well (apparently faster than Win 7) and the learning curve is not that bad. While a touch screen would be nice, I don't feel like I'm missing anything major by not having one. On the other hand, if you were to ask me whether it is worth upgrading an existing computer from Win 7 to Win 8 I would say definitely not.] But enough of Windows 8 and back to our Asus laptop. What's the trade off to this computing power? After 3 days of use, I have three major caveats with the laptop, which I will list in increasing order of seriousness (in my opinion): 1) battery life is unimpressive. While the Toshiba could run for about 6 hours, this one seems limited to about 5 - and barely at that, with no video, gaming, or intense processing going on. Not great. Fortunately, the battery is of the removable kind, thus easy and relatively cheap to replace (I almost bought a nice Samsung, but it had a non-removable battery, and I find it insulting that manufacturers expect you to ship your laptop to them and pay them $220 for a new battery or get rid of your computer altogether in 2 years). 2) the speakers are mediocre, poor, crummy, cheap sounding. Light years away from the Toshiba which sounded really great. No passing grade on this one, Asus. Fortunately, this can be remedied by a good pair of external speakers or headphones, so it's not a deal breaker. 3) worst of all, this laptop has NO VGA OUT - only HDMI! I understand that HDMI may be the way of the future, but I hate it when manufacturers jump the gun and get rid of features prematurely. I often use my laptop to show PowerPoint presentations while traveling, and the fact is that most projectors today still use a standard VGA connection. Impossible to count on finding an HDMI projector where I go, so I will have to invest in an HDMI to VGA adaptor. This may not be an issue to everyone, but for me it is. These three serious weaknesses prevent me from giving this laptop 5 stars, but it still remains a great computer that I would recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good laptop

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    I bought the Q400A for work, not personal, use about a month ago. I do .NET development and ERP systems consulting. The Q400A is a decent low cost laptop that is somewhere in between a cheap consumer laptop and true business class laptop (i.e. a ThinkPad or Latitude). For me the selling points of this laptop was the 14inch form factor, the i7 processor, and the solid case. That is a hard combo to find. I was very excited to read that another reviewer reports that the memory can be upgraded to 16gigs. That is great! The Q400A has a very sturdy and solid feel to it. It does not feel like a normal cheap plastic consumer laptop. Windows 8 is a joke for business use so I wiped the drive and installed Windows 7. It was a little tricky to find all the drivers I needed (post a comment if you need help) but once I did everything works great in Windows 7. Performance has been very good but not phenomenal. The i7 is a great chip, but this laptop comes with a lower clock-speed than you would find in a larger laptop. However, this is to be expected. I only have one major complaint - the trackpad. The trackpad is too large or located too far to the left so when i rest my hands on the laptop to type my left hand hits the trackpad and disrupts what I am typing. This is very annoying, I am having to learn to retype with having my left hand as far over as it can go. This probably wont be a problem for people with smaller hands or who do not rest their hands on the laptop when they type. Minor complaint - the CD drive feels flimsy (the only thing about this laptop that does not feel sturdy). Not sure why they are still even putting CD drives on laptops these days. Pros: - i7 processor - Very solid construction - USB 3.0 - Works great with Windows 7 - Looks good - No VGA (its time to move on, guys!) - Upgradeable memory (reportedly) Cons: - Windows 8 - Trackpad (see above) - Only 3 USB ports (easy to use nowadays) - Only 1 monitor out (would be nice to have 2 HDMI... ) - Slightly flimsy CD drive. Have not tested: - Webcam - Battery life (90% of the time I'm plugged in)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Fast boot: solid performer

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    Overall, I very much like this laptop. It is one of the few laptops at this price point that has both an i7 and 8GB of memory with a large hard drive. The construction is solid and all ports worked as advertised. Initial setup and configuration were a breeze. The system boots up very quickly, in less than 15 seconds, even after I installed Norton Internet Security which performs start-up scans. Microsoft Office software ran normally and quickly with fast response...certainly fast enough for almost everyone. There is a trial version you can try. I installed my own version of Office 10 Professional with good results. The two powered USB ports are a plus for those of us who sometimes need to keep our phone and other USB charged devices charged up. It also eliminates the need for an external power supply for many USB devices that would be needed on other laptops and some desktops. CD/DVD drive works well and burns discs quickly and efficiently. A cheap...or premium...headset solves the mediocre speakers. In other words, the sound system is solid...the speakers are not. The lack of a VGA port should not be an issue for most folks unless you have an old CRT or flat screen that you just can't "live without". You can buy an adapter if you absolutely need it. The multi-media slot in the front is handy and works well. I restored the PC to "original settings" via the "Remove everything and reinstall Windows" option in PC Settings, to check it out. The "secure" option that overwrites all of your personal data files took almost an hour, but the simple restore is quicker at 10 minutes or so. Asus includes some good utilities, including one for secure shredding of deleted files. The laptop recharges quickly: depending on use and applications running, I got a solid 4-6 hours of use without recharging. One minor complaint: the black aluminum case shows every fingerprint and "grease smear" from use: not real attractive, but on the other hand, it doesn't effect performance. And...you can use a cloth to wipe it off from time to time. Recovery from simply closing the cover is quick: I did not experience the problems some other reviewers have reported. Finally, Asus includes links to tech support and a notice with the manuals that asks you to give them a chance to resolve any problems you may have: I didn't have any, but I appreciate their desire to keep me as a customer. The manuals are brief and to the point, with sufficient, clearly stated, information to set up the PC and operate it under Windows 8. The Touchpad is interesting: you can use it to emulate screen swipes on touch screens, which works moderately well. However, as noted by others, it can be a bit sensitive. You can turn the touchpad off if you are doing a lot of touch typing and it bothers you. I had good results with an external wireless mouse, using a USB dongle. As for Windows 8, I confess I am not a fan as compared to Windows 7. However, Windows 8 is not the horrible-to-use-frustrating OS that some folks are writing about. There is a learning curve...and there are dozens of hotkey shortcuts if one wants to get from place to place. Many are the same as under Windows 7. The hotspots on the screen help as well. If it is in your budget....and if you want a fuller Windows 8 experience, consider spending another $250 or so and getting a touch screen laptop like the Lenova Yoga13. Faster laptop....but not as much memory or storage as the Asus due to its single SSD and smaller screen.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great value for the price

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    I mostly use this laptop for watching videos, listening to music, browsing the Internet, and word processing. I have not run too many games on it, so I don't know how it would perform in that category. For all of the things I do, however, it works smoothly and efficiently. The multi-gesture touchpad is a little too sensitive at times, but I think that the gestures that Windows 8 requires may have something to do with my difficulty using this. Using a wireless mouse solves this for me. The sound output from the laptop's speakers is not very good. The volume is okay, though. The material that the laptop's case is made from is a little hard to clean fingerprints from since it's got lots of tiny grooves in it. However, it's an attractive case and an altogether good-looking, minimalist laptop. The laptop is light and thin, easily portable. It doesn't feel cheap like some others do. When you open the lid, the hinges that the screen is attached to do not seem flimsy right now, but I'll see how they fare with a few years' use. The keys on the keyboard have a good amount of space between them, which is nice. I also enjoy the backlit keyboard feature, which can be turned on and off as well as dimmed and brightened according to your preferences.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant, Quality, Perfection comes to mind!

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    I was in the market for a new laptop so I went to my local Best Buy. What I wanted was a powerful laptop in a small package for easy portability and state of the art technology, so I narrowed it down to something with a 14" screen with lots of power so I wouldn't need to upgrade for a long time! At first I purchased an Asus Windows 7 laptop that had all these qualities, but was not happy with the display, it just looked washed out and dull looking so I returned it and went with a Toshiba with almost the same specs but was on sale and $200 less. The Toshiba was nice but the keyboard and mouse pad just felt cheap and not easy to type on so again not happy with my purchase. Knowing that new laptops were coming out soon with Windows 8 I decided to try my search one more time. Well long story short I started researching some of the new arrivals coming to best buy and saw this one online, but was cautious because of the first Asus I purchased that the dull looking screen. I ended up returning the Toshiba and buying this Asus and "wow" I am very pleased with it, this one is a keeper! I usually don't write reviews but this laptop is just so amazing I wanted to maybe help some one with their decision. Plenty of hard drive space, vibrant display, fast processor and the backlit keyboard and mouse pad oozes with quality and very easy to type on. This particular laptop is exactly what I was looking for....I'm very picky about my electronics and I have no regrets and am not looking back! :)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Overall Computer

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    I use this computer primarily for college and it works great and is extremely fast. I personally think that this computer is good all the way around. I did have trouble adjusting to windows 8 just because I had never used it before, but I eventually got the hang of it. Also, I'm not a gamer, but I don't know if this would be an ideal gaming computer because I have noticed that the screen doesn't have the highest resolution when watching videos. (I'm basing this off of other computers that my friends have and their video quality does seem slightly better). Other than that, I personally think this computer is perfect for anyone wanting to do school or work related tasks with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome computer as expected

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    I'm a big fan of ASUS so I may be a little biased. But the computer is very sleek and so easy to move from room to room. I use it only for home use, playing music, downloading stuff, and streaming netflix. It does all of these perfectly (then again any computer should). Everyone dogs on Windows 8, while I admit that it is pointless for a laptop instead of a tablet, you can still make the home screen what you want. I just stay on the desktop all the time so I forgot it was Windows 8 after a while. No difference really. The backlit keys are awesome, the keyboard at first seemed awkward but then I realized it is pretty awesome. Perfectly compact for my hands, and the touchpad is fine no problems. Only thing is, I figured the i7 was going to be mind-blowing fast but it seems comparable to my last ASUS that had an i5. Does everything at a typical speed and can still get bogged down on a bunch of multitasking. And the USB 3.0 is disgustingly fast, so awesome. Lastly, speakers aren't good but I use external speakers or headphones (as everyone should, music on legit headphones changes your life, do it!) Overall, awesome computer and I am impressed by ASUS again.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    A students perspective

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    This is a durable and reliable laptop that is perfect for the average user. My experience has been generally positive with only a few minor complaints. The 14'' screen is perfect for my needs as a student. The laptop is not like a tiny ultrabook, but I can carry it with me at school with no problems. The display is not mind blowing but it get the job done. The graphics card will limit this laptops ability to handle demanding games, but the i7 processor is very solid. Additionally, I have had no trouble with my online classes. #This includes using the built-in mic for recordings.# I have had no problems with my Wi-Fi connectivity. Plus, the computer does not get very hot during basic use. I can't comment on the battery life because I have it connected to the AC adapter almost all of the time. Lastly, the keyboard is very responsive and perfect for typing long word documents. My biggest complaint involves the quality of the speakers. However, some portable computer speakers should suffice. I have had a very positive experience with this laptop and I will consider sticking with ASUS in the future. #Also, check out the 14" laptop case by Targus. It's a great way to take this laptop on the go.# Potential buyers should be aware that this laptop uses Windows 8. I am slowly adjusting to it and I honestly have mixed feelings about it. However, I will not lower my overall rating simply because of the OS. I just don't want potential buyers to be surprised by it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great size, lots of power

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    I love this computer. I use it for schoolwork so I have to carry it back and forth daily in my backpack. The 14 inch screen is perfect: the 15.6 ones are a bit large, usually heavy, and often I have to squeeze them into my backpack. This one is light enough that I can tell it's there but it's not weighing me down. Battery life is way beyond what I'm used to. I spend half my day on it and typically alternate days it's plugged in and days I can go off the battery for like 5-6 hours. I have never had a computer go that long. Memory/RAM etc allow me to use it for entertainment as well. It can run my games rather better than I expected. My previous laptop would freeze up if I did too much web browsing, but this one has done everything I've asked of it. Makes for a nice computer when I'm traveling and want all the entertainment and functionality of my desktop in a smaller size. I do have some issues with the touchpad. I typically use an external mouse but sometimes do use the touchpad. I keep hitting it with the heel of my hand. I've figured out how to turn off the touchpad when my mouse receiver is plugged in, so I'm happy now. Plus most laptops have this issue, so I don't hold it against them. The keyboard issue is how ASUS sets it up. I don't mind not having the number pad to the side, but I predominantly use the right-side shift key. It's a bit smaller than I'm used to and right next to the up-arrow key, so I often miss. It gets frustrating, but I figure with time I'll get used to it. Just a minor annoyance. Overall, very happy with this computer. For the price, I could have gotten a far less powerful machine; not that I need this much, but it's nice. Definitely having fun. No other issues or complaints.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    I expected a lot and got more

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    I bought this for a doctor friend who travels the third world correcting pallet deformities in children. I wanted something that was light and solid. Although his fingers are very talented in surgery, his typing ability is such that he even uses voice recognition (Nuance) for short emails. I wanted him to have enough power to be able to dictate without having to wait for the Dragon to catch up. This does it so smoothly you wonder if he will ever touch the keyboard. The competition ultrabooks were all in the $850+ range, so I was a little wary. I mean, isn't it a little bit weird that you can by an ultrabook with a CPU that Passmarks over 7000 ranking in the top 100 for less than $1000. Of course, if you're a gamer, you will be limited by the UMA video and I/O, but with 8GB of DDR3 RAM you can still play. I still don't have a single friend who has used WiDi. I was going to complain about Windows 8, but it's not really Windows 8 that is the problem, it's Metro. Thanks to the guys at Classic Shell helping top that hurdle. So far everybody I know who tells me I will eventually like Metro is using it only on a phone. Why would I want a bunch of toy apps using up precious cycles that could be productive doing something interesting? What you will feel when you get home is the lack of appropriate docking technology. It's hard to justify spending money on a desktop PC when you can do this much, but when you sit in front of a 27" monitor (or two) you want a graphics system that can let it shine and you probably want to step up from the 5400 RPM hard drive. Does anybody else think it's silly to put a 5400 RPM drive on a SATA 6 connection? This can be easily remedied with an SSD (easily accessible through the bottom hatch), but where the Intel HD 4000 is more than enough for radiography and charts it would be nice to be able to bypass it with a dock. The other drawback is that you can take B&O or any other audiophile system and appreciate it when it is hooked up to something external. It did sound great on my $400 Sennheisers, but the little tinny speakers just a minimum capability.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    quick, powerful and small

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    So far, I am pleased with the overall performance of this machine. I use it mostly for work. But, also for personal computing when I'm on the road - entertainment and personal finance. It's my first windows 8 OS. I'm still learning which is a difficult curve. I think 8 is much more suited to a tablet. For work, I needed Windows XP which is running in a virtual machine. Using Hyper V, setting this up was a breeze and works splendidly. Large hard drive gives plenty of room for my needs. Battery easily lasts me an entire work day of frequent use. Display washes out quickly at off angles. Sound is adequate for non-enthusiast

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Little Thing

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    I purchased this laptop after first purchasing the Sony Vaio 14" touchscreen with the same specs excluding dedicated graphics, touch capability, and slightly higher resolution display. However, my first Sony's keyboard and touch-pad went out and it was not a driver issue. I then proceeded to try a wireless mouse and keyboard. Again no luck. I didn't want to tinker too much and void my warranty or return policy so i just took it back to Best Buy. Tech guy said just grab a new one, so I did. This one worked great! I mean this thing really preformed. The fan was quite noisy but it did what it said it would. However, I "downgraded" slightly to this great Asus because I did not need all the features of the Sony. I originally thought getting a touchscreen with a good display would give me a better Windows 8 experience, but the Metro feature is just as easily done with a mouse. I felt it was also more of a liability and that I'll leave the touching to my phone or tablet. Also the intel 4000 graphics are surprisingly capable. I've run Minecraft, Starcraft 2, and Sims 3 all on med-high setting and it runs quiet, not too hot, and smooth. However, if you play more than one demanding game and gotta have that ultra smooth no lag with a fast HDD or SSD and full hd display. This is not it. So I returned the Sony. Got just as capable a machine for roughly $300 less. Not to mention 2lbs lighter! So far I have run everything from itunes, minecraft (while running a server), 5 open tabs with anything from news to 1080p videos going to my second 23" acer monitor and downloading a few songs all at once, and this baby does it all. Better than the Sony in my opinion. This laptop has a very light, but sturdy feel. I love the rubber coated bottom with the black aluminum finish. I do wish the HDMI input was on the other side of the computer with most of the other major ones. Also i am not the biggest fan of the track-pad or lack of something along the lines of Beats with HP or Dolby with Sony. The fingerprints are not the end of the world, but I do like a clean machine and wish Asus had provided a mini microfiber or something along the lines. Overall great for multitaskers, students, impatient computer users who demand reliability and on the spot speed and looks.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great computer for those who ONLY want to work...

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    I bought this laptop because I am a graduate student that needs a really powerful laptop because I use a lot of programs at the same time, install different operating systems, and also I program a lot! So this laptop is PERFECT for those kind of things. It is the best laptop that I found and this a really great price that won't find in any other place. It has a really quick start up system, and a powerful processor. BUT, if you are looking for the perfect laptop, (as I do) and you need it not only for working but also to see you favorite movie from time to time, or listen to your music, that is something that you won't enjoy quite well with this laptop, because it's speakers are located at the underneath, where the battery is. So it makes really difficult to hear a clear sound coming out from the laptop. Battery life is not very good either, but it is no big of a deal. And the most annoying thing, at least, for me, were the fingerprints you leave every time you touch the laptop. Windows 8 is not as bad as I thought at first. It is manageable. And for a person who doesn't care the quality of the sound is not great, it is a good deal to purchase. Even for gamers. I have returned it, because I would like to try the MacBook Pro instead (the old version, not the Retina Display New one), and see the difference in quality, which I am afraid I am going to notice. But If this one doesn't seem worth it, I will buy the ASUS again.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Laptop Under $1,200

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    I was recently thrust into the laptop market again, after two years of using a Dell laptop which recently crashed. At first, I was disheartened to see the market plagued with Windows 8 laptops and a slew of weak tablets, which are neither designed nor powerful enough for gaming or recording. I did have a fairly large budget, which could have allowed me to purchase a more expensive laptop or Macbook, however, the more I looked around the market, the more I discovered that the more expensive laptops didn't have the power I require. Instead, more expensive laptops had touch screens, could fly, and shoot lasers, things I would never need or require. After looking at this computer, I decided that I'd compensate the lack of Windows 7 and a powerful graphic card with a more powerful CPU and RAM. Although it doesn't have a touch screen, Windows 8 feels a lot more efficient and smoother to use than Windows 7, despite my initially cringing at having to use Windows 8. The main downside comes from the poor speaker locations- located at the front of the computer, which sort of distorts sound, but that's cured relatively easy with a decent headset. The mouspad doesn't click at all, so it's very finicky to get used to, but this can be cured with this invention called the mouse. Finally, I have no use for the webcam or speaker since my own webcam is more powerful, but from I've seen, the built in camera and mic are as good or better than the competition anyway. All in all, this laptop is vastly superior to the competition in the same price range, and even that of higher prices. If you have a good budget, go for this!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Battery Life....Wow

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    This laptop has it's ups and a few downs. But unless you are exceptionally picky that your laptop will be perfect, this is a great choice. I actually liked this laptop so much that I bought a second one as a gift to my fiance. I've had this laptop for 3 months now and have been able to mess with almost every feature so I'd like to state that this is a fairly educated review. Lets start with the good features: Backlit keyboard, smart gesture touchpad (i.e. two finger scrolling, pinch to zoom), 3.0 USB ports (much faster transfers), 750 GB HD (Allows me to save a ton of movies and music on my laptop, 8GB Ram (Computer is very responsive and quite fast), HDMI Port (I often dual screen and it works beautifully), overall style, and my favorite battery life. I like to carry my laptop around with me when I go out...and I am a forgetful person who forgets their charger. However with this laptop I really don't have to worry. On a full charge I get 8+ hours of battery life (up to 10 hours depending on my settings-see image attached). It's ridiculously phenomenal. Now some of the downsides: Screen resolution and material (colors & resolution aren't a 'wow' with this display and it's not glass but some matte material that shows a little dirt and grim, not obnoxious though), non-upgradable graphics card (I'm a gamer, I figured if I didn't like the graphics card I could upgrade it however I contacted Asus who told me that it cannot be done. It has however been able to keep up with any game I throw at it, I've had no problems), and sound quality (frankly it's really bad...everything sounds flat so I just carry headphones or portable laptop speakers) Overall the image quality is something I can live with and so long as it continues to read the games I play I'm happy and these are barely problems. Sound quality...well, frankly it's kinda bad. If you have headphones then you are fine. If not I'd invest in a pair or a set of compact laptop speakers. Overall reaction: I love this laptop. Seems like its something that is built to last and with a pair of Bluetooth wireless headphones that can pair to your laptop I have no problems with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    A few inconveniences, but a good deal overall

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    I've had this laptop for just about a month, and it's a really good deal for something with an i7 processor and the amount of memory and hard drive space that it has. It's very fast, compact, sleek, lightweight, and has a lot of memory and can handle large amounts of memory usage which is good for someone who does a lot of streaming and programming like myself. The fan is very quiet, and the battery life isn't really that bad. The backlit keyboard is pretty neat too. I had a few problems with the touchpad, as it was pretty sensitive and interrupted what I was doing and moved to the windows 8 app screen when I swiped too quickly. However, after I installed windows 7, I did not have to deal with that as much. Another minor inconvenience is the fact that this laptop only lets you use headphones with a 2.5mm jack and not a 3.5, so I probably wouldn't recommend this laptop to any audio engineers. The final qualm I have is that if I leave the computer in sleep mode for too long (like overnight), as soon as I take it out of sleep mode, it will shut down. However, for 750 bucks, the good outweighs the bad in my opinion as this is a very high performing computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    great all around computer

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    I bought this laptop in october, so i've had it for while now and have gotten used to windows 8, which i absolutely love. I am a college student and needed a laptop that would be durable enough to carry around to classes, yet could handle a good amount of graphic design/audio editing/gaming. Overall, you honestly cannot beat these specs for the price. Especially the i7 processor. I have had one issue, which best buy handled very well, the webcam on my first one never worked, from the factory, it wasnt connected. I took it back and got a brand new one no issues at all. I love this thing, has never crashed, has never had an hiccups, no issues with wireless, no issues with build quality. Another thing i like is the battery life, I believe they advertise 6-8 hours of use which i get fairly easily. (obviously if you are on a High power high processor speed setting, its not going to last nearly as long). I am able to go through a 6 hour day of class, and come home and use it for a good 30 minutes- an hour. So, i'd say asus is right on. Overall i think you will be very happy with this computer and hopefully dont go buy a Macbook pro with half the specs for twice the cost of this.

    I would recommend this to a friend