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REFURB. ASUS S500CA-DS51T
This review is from: ASUS VivoBook S500CA-DS51T Ultrabook (Grade A) Intel Core i5 3317U (1.70 GHz) 500 GB HDD 24 GB SSD Intel GMA HD Graphics Shared memory 15.6" Touchscreen Windows 8
Pros: Good price for the processor and 24 GB SSD which makes booting fast.
Cons: Upon arrival the space key wasn't working properly, so I called Newegg and got an RMA. I wanted to see if there were other issues with it and found the WIFI reception isn't very strong compare to my 5 year old Samsung laptop and it kept disconnecting every hour or so for 10 seconds. I upgraded the OS to 8.1 and updated the driver for WIFI the problem persisted. I just mailed back the PC and I'm debating whether to pay extra and get a different brand as the WIFI seems to be an issue with ASUS products. Also the HD makes a snorting sound when it's being used and when using earphone, there's an annoying hissing sound that's not associated with the application that's used. I used to have an old Toshiba laptop that had similar issues. I guess I've been spoiled by Samsung, but they're too expensive for similar features.
Other Thoughts: If you can overlook these issues minus the space-bar which is fixable, then buy it, but if it's a nuisance to put up with, look for a different brand. I thought ASUS was a step higher than Acer the bottom brand, but it maybe the other way around. Also the product is non-refundable. You can only exchange for same or maybe "something else". I guess I'll find out.
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