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ASUS K55N-DS81 Notebook AMD A-Series A8-4500M (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7640G 15.6" Windows 8 64-Bit

  • AMD A-Series A8-4500M (1.90GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • AMD Radeon HD 7640G
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 8 64-Bit
  • DL DVD+-RW/CD-RW
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anonymous
  • 12/17/2014 10:22:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat budget gaming laptop

Pros: This is a great laptop for the price. I got it for my wife to use while was on bed rest and I've been using it since then for gaming on lunch breaks at work. No, it's not going to play current games maxed out, but I can pay Skyrim on medium-high, FFXIV on medium, and The Old Republic on medium-low.

Cons: Every once in a while it will lock up, but not very often. The HDD is slow and it gets real bogged down when I have a game and Android studio running. The OS image isn't the best and you'd be better off with a clean install of windows 7 or 8.

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  • Daniel E.
  • 11/1/2014 2:20:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsJust ok

Pros: Good specs, usb 3.0, and good enough for an no frills budget laptop.

Cons: Windows 8, wifi range has diminished, usb 3.0 ports sometimes do not work.

Other Thoughts: Had to downgrade to windows 7 after the first day of ownership. Wi"thin a month I noticed that the wifi range slowly started to diminish. (I can be right next to my router and I get "fair" reception quality.) Had to go out and buy a external usb wifi adapter just to make it work. Also the USB 3.0 sometimes don't work at all. You go to device manager and all usb 3.0 ports have question marks as if the drivers dropped of the face of the earth. Have to restart the laptop just to get them to work.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

It's good to know that you like the good specification and features of the laptop. I apologize if you started having issues with the wireless devivce and USB3.0 port on the unit. To resolve these issues, please try to run System Restore in order to revert the system to the last known good configuration. If you need further technical assistance, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# N141111344 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Alexander K.
  • 3/21/2014 2:35:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNice specs, bad OS + support

Pros: This machine has great specs, looks good, bluetooth out of the box especially for the price paid ($400).

Cons: Out of the box slow as hell. Took out bunch of stuff in Windows 8 to make it move a little better. Since I wanted this as budget machine didn't want to spend more to downgrade to Win7 as I am sure it would've become a great system. Just before the warranty expired (on the 11th month) the HD took a dive. Spent 2hrs with tech support to warrant a new hard drive. Sent in for repair, received back again with HD problem, running slow. The currently recovered HD failed at system restore, which was attempted since it wasn't taking any Windows updates.
There are no options to create recovery discs for this (HP has its software to do that) and its factory installed recovery failed on a just returned from service machine. I am done with this brand.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I'm glad to know that you like the great specification, the looks and price of the laptop. I apologize that the hardrive failed after 11 months, which is an isolated case. I certainly understand your concern regarding a recovery disks creation. You can create your own backup copy or image of the system using the internal DVD drive. If you need further assistance, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# 3561268 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Custmer Loyalty

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  • Brett S.
  • 2/3/2014 7:11:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsI got TWO!

Pros: Runs games that most Intel based laptops won't. Great performance for the price.

Cons: As usual the touchpad isn't the greatest, but it is not terrible either. Mostly average.

The amount of Asus branded bloatware is pretty bad. Most of it starts automatically, so the end user has to spend time either uninstalling it, or setting it to not start automatically with Windows.

Other Thoughts: I bought two of these for my twin 12 year old boys. They wanted to be able to run Minecraft on them. That isn't a very taxing game, but their netbooks couldn't handle it (duh). It turns out that they will also run Cubeworld (a minecraft knock off that is much more demanding of the GPU). They have also been running several games from Steam on these systems. I have been very impressed with the video subsystem performance of these AMD CPU/GPU combo units. The CPU is plenty fast enough, and the GPU performs very well.

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  • Ryan T.
  • 1/21/2014 4:14:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat computer for the money

Pros: I was looking for a computer for my younger brother and stumbled upon this deal. I purchased the manufacture refurbished version of this laptop for only 310 and it looks brand new. I wanted a computer with the processing power of a higher end i3 but couldn't find any at a reasonable price. But the fact that this is an APU means it packs some decent graphics performance (as far as integrated graphics go) which was the selling point

Cons: the construction isnt as great as I thought'd it'd be, but not horrible. The mouse pad requires some getting used to.

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  • David S.
  • 12/8/2013 10:08:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMid range mid price

Pros: This laptop is a decent one for the price. Windows 8 is a very annoying version and doesn't seem suitable for a non touch screen computer but it is fast and the instant on feature is nice

Cons: The construction of this unit is a little weak. The mouse pad isn't centered on the computer and if you use your right hand to work the pad you are constantly hitting the right click button. IT IS SO ANNOYING. Center the pad please. The worst part of this laptop is the customer service from asus. I had a cracked screen that was covered under the one year accidental warrenty and it took them....4 months to repair it properly. First they sent it back to me unrepaired.. then I sent it back and they put a new screen on it... except for an inch long scratch in the screen. By that point I gave up and just accepted the repair. poor poor poor customer service.

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  • Steven P.
  • 11/20/2013 9:19:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExceeded expectations

Pros: Inexpensive. Decent processing power for its price range. Ergonomic layout. Made Windows 8 very easy to learn as a beginner for that OS.

Cons: Very low screen DPI, which is expected in cheap laptops. Also, HDD failed after only 6 months of use. This stuff happens with hardware, so I'm not docking points since it does not see to be a recurring problem.

Other Thoughts: Judging by the other reviews, I think my hardware failure is an exception rather than the rule. This laptop performed way better than expected while it was operational. Probably won't be too hard to get a new hard drive in it. Would order again from ASUS.

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  • Salvatore D.
  • 8/27/2013 1:07:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for the price

Pros: Very good standard sized laptop. The AMD processor can handle everything you throw at it. Runs Solidworks better than most desktops with integrated graphics. Light with good battery life.

This just works with no problems and everything that is advertised is delivered. It always stays cool unless you block the exhaust vent, but even then it goes back to normal within a minute when you let it breath.

Cons: No lighted keyboard and it doesn't feel solid. The entire computer doesn't feel flimsy, but I know it won't stand up to any type of abuse. Trackpad likes to do its own thing sometimes. The 5400rpm hard drive feels very slow.

Other Thoughts: I got this in a hurry after my Alienware M11x died and a budget laptop obviously won't compare to it. It is probably the best laptop for the price. You won't have any hardware problems, but get something a little more solid if you plan to abuse it. An SSD also works wonders.

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  • Dale L.
  • 6/11/2013 9:27:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsgreat machine, at a superb price

Pros: cpu, gpu performance is superb. immediate upgrade to ssd and 16gb ram (dont believe the 8gb limit) and this unit is screamin. windows 8 is great. all negative reviews of win 8 are worthless drivel from lazies. classic shell will answer all your needs. even without it, windows 8 is superior. usb 3, memory speeds at 1600, hdmi, this unit is perfect.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: listen folks, every new version of windows has gone through this process. do a little research. windows 8 is faster, and does its job perfectly.

this laptop is perfect for $379.99, free shipping and no tax

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  • Brian M.
  • 6/3/2013 6:10:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice laptop for the money

Pros: Price is great, and laptop is very fast. Doesn't get nearly as hot as my old gen Core Duo laptops. Touchpad is a little wonky, but I hope they'll add a driver option to disable it while you're typing soon.

Cons: HGST hard drive is a slow dog hindering this otherwise great system. Replace with an inexpensive SSD when you wipe Windows 8 off of this thing. I/O flies after that.

Other Thoughts: Windows 8 is just awful on a non-touchscreen device. Wipe and install Windows 7 and/or Linux for a good experience. Battery can get very discharged if it is not used for several weeks. Recharge will not be linear in that case and will take many hours just to show minimal charge. Battery is still good and hasn't gone bad, even though it might seem like it has. Just keep charging it.

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