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ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B Notebook Intel Baytrail-M Dual-Core N2830 (2.16GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

  • Intel Celeron Dual-Core N2830 (2.16GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 8.1 64-Bit

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Marcus Z.
  • 8/10/2015 4:00:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: Great Value

Cons: Showed up brand new and like many others the keyboard was malfunctioning. Keys in the region of "S" would work sometimes. A few keys (Q,C and S) would not work at all.

Other Thoughts: The ASUS rep will probably comment on how this is an "isolated issue" but I don't think it is. It was very easy to find unhappy owners who have the exact same problem. I have an identical replacement en route, so I will post back on the status of that notebook when it arrives.

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  • Ernest W.
  • 8/8/2015 2:50:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsX551MAV

Pros: So Far its great. I use it while watching TV with wife, runs all my games and such fine. NO problems at all

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: I would like to add an SSD drive in place of the old drive. What do I need to do in the bios to make this happen after cloning the SSD. ALSO can I add a HDD into the vacant DVD drive bay or is it not operable

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/22/2015 4:10:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsTo Be or Not to Be?

Pros: Price - Got it pretty cheap, altogether was $217 exact, so was a decent price for the item.

Display - Has a decent sized screen, and looks nice.

Quality - Seems to be sturdy enough, and could probably handle a few bumps without falling apart.

Size - Is a great size, easily able to go in a backpack or suitcase, and is very lightweight.

Gaming - Can actually play a game, but it's not going to handle Call of Duty or something like that. Has handled League of Legends / Age of Empires II / Terraria fairly well.

Cons: Processor - Not the best, but expect it in a low-price laptop.

Other Thoughts: Windows 8 - Totally not Asus' fault, but the Windows 8 program on the Asus I bought sat for five hours trying to update, so we finally had to hard reset the laptop. This is not something I like. Hopefully Win10 could be better, because I've seen others talk about Win8 messing up their laptops.

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  • Jared G.
  • 6/21/2015 3:34:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggssurfboard

Pros: -cheap. small, light. you could put this in a bag or backpack easy. it could probably be banged around a bit too maybe.
-dual monitor support. (this was a factor that led me to the purchase of this item)
-has a great monitor/display
-integrated speakers are rather decent IMO (though i dont really use them)
-includes windows.
-network connectivity works flawlessly with linksys router. Decent range/walls etc within reason. This deserves a mention for those who wonder about it.. (Does not get discconnectd every few minutes like some cheap network cards.)

Cons: -meh performance.
-meh keyboard

Other Thoughts: This is an office system. I have an extrernal keyboard and mouse plugged into it through a USB hub.

Good value I guess but going to have to replace it. To my suprise it's not handling system tasks. I might look at the ram and try to upgrade. But i fear it is likely an integrated graphics running two monitors at once. I'll have to spend a saturday to look at it closer. But I am having system lag in FEDEX ship manager, chrome, and stamps.com software, and I also chart stocks, All of that at once is too much for this system to handle on two monitors either RAM wise or through the GPU. It's possible I could tweak windows 8.1 to impro performance and be alright. All in all I should have shelled out for a next tier up than this discount notebook but was too cheap, and decided to cut it close here. were it one system i would have gone extra, but I needed to get 3 of them (I got two of these and a variant of this system that is essentially same) most of which suite the general tasks of web browsing etc, fine. But any more than that you are pushing things. haven't tried to run games on it, or dvd playback (dont think it has a dvd drive in this variant if i recall from other reviews?)

3 eggs. maybe 4. my gripes are mostly my own fault.

surfing? facebook? email? Youtube? 50% of people out there would be fine with a comp like this. Its actually rather decent for what it is. just be aware.

i leave it plugged in do not disconnect, can't testify to the battery life.

Oh and first Asus. and while I like it more than an overpriced Toshiba satellite i got at best buy around 2005, I just not a fan of this tier system. Mobos are fine and would consider Asus again.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Jared,

Thank you for the positive comment you have provided on the laptop. If it seems slow running basic or light computing applications, which should not be a problem, installing recommended WINDOWS Update will show improvement and stability. Adding more RAM will also help but this will void warranty coverage, please do this at your own discretion. Should you need further assistance, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# N150660889 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/1/2015 9:51:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood and Simple

Pros: runs quickly, simple and easy to use, good first laptop, big screen

Cons: bulky, heavy, keypad buttons very slippery and noisy, loose connection in the headphone and USB ports

Other Thoughts: This was my first computer for college. In terms of function, this is a good, simple computer for someone who doesn't know an extraordinary amount about computers, or who doesn't need anything fancy. The biggest downside is that there's a very loose connection with the headphone jack and the USB ports. After a few months of owning this, the headphone jack almost completely lost connection and my computer can't tell when headphones are plugged in and continues to play on the speakers. The computer was never dropped or had headphones ripped out on accident. Additionally, the USB ports are touchy and you can't move the computer around too much when USB drives are plugged in, as it will lose connection if bumped.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I'm glad to know that you are satisfied with the speed, simple and ease of use and the big screen of the laptop. I apologize if you started having issues with the audio and USB ports. Should you need further assistance resolving these issues, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# N150605639 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Jim S.
  • 5/16/2015 8:02:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap

Cons: HDD "disappeared" after about 6 months..only boots to bios..submitted claim to ASUS..waiting for response.

Other Thoughts: Probably should pass on this notebook...it appears I am not the only one with this issue.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Jim,

I apologize if the unit failed to bootup normally in about 6 months of use. The system failing to bootup into WINDOWS can either be related to a corrupted Operating System or it maybe related to a faulty hardware. Should you need further assistance resolving the issue with the unit or the hardrive, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# N150549122 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Luis D.
  • 3/27/2015 8:51:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsRuns great when upgraded w SSD

Pros: Large, bright screen
build quality is fine
Nice keyboard

Cons: Trackpad isn't great
A bit flimsy in some places

Other Thoughts: Upgraded to a Crucial M500 SSD, runs great. Super fast booting up. Since I did a wipe and reinstall, I had to download drivers. The graphics drivers on their site don't work. You need to go to Intel's site, search for Celeron N2830 and download the graphics drivers there!

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  • John M.
  • 3/24/2015 12:01:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointing Purchase

Pros: Inexpensive.

Cons: This unit had a defective keyboard. It missed keystrokes often while typing. I checked around and apparently this is a problem that afflicts ASUS products from low to high price ranges. The unit had to be returned.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I apologize if you were disappointed with the purchase. All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control testing and inspections, the defective keyboard is an isolated case. ASUS provides warranty for the laptop in order to fix or repair any isolated factory escape defect. Should you need further assistance sending it in for service, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# N150388225 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • BRIAN W.
  • 2/8/2015 8:34:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsLove the laptop, but never going ASUS again...

Pros: I purchased this laptop as an upgrade for my tablet. After a year of a tablet being my main mobile device, I was very frustrated with lack of multi-tasking, scares apps for development, and even simple things like other browser tabs refreshing the page when you switched to them. I was ready to go back to an actual laptop, and frankly this laptop wasn’t much more expensive!

I actually love the laptop, especially for the price! I was actually looking for a smaller system for portability, but found it ironic that the smaller ones were more expensive. In the end, I find I enjoy the extra screen space a lot more than it fitting in my arms or cheap laptop bags. The display is brilliant and large, the keyboard is spaced well with everything as I expect, and a large trackpad lets me get more precision without sacrificing a full mouse stroke across the screen.

The build is much sturdier than I expected. It’s cheap, but the power is coming from the simplicity. The keyboard, power button, and trackpad are all one piece - no creeking border around the keyboard or trackpad, no top cover for buttons or speakers to snap off before you can unscrew the keyboard. The screen folds down on two hinges that doesn’t feel loose or flimsy, and there’s no locking/unfolding latch or mechanism simply because it doesn’t seem to need it. It even folds open about 135°, which is comfortable enough for me to use on a desk while standing. The viewing angle still has a noticable impact on brightness/color, but not as much as other laptops I’ve used.

People seem to be knocking it for having to "take apart the whole thing to get anywhere." While this is true, it's stupid-easy to do! There's 9 perimeter screws, and the top portion pops off with a few simple snaps. There's 3 easy-release ribbon cables for keyboard, trackpad, and power button if you want to remove it completely. After that, everything is extremely accessible! If you have a screwdriver handy, you can still swap out battery, RAM, HDD, and media drive in under 5 minutes! Yet, I can still press and squeeze anywhere and there's no creaking or excessive give. The more I think about this simple 2-piece (3 if you include the screen) design, the more I love it.

I installed a Radeon R7 SSD, get about 200MB/s <0.1ms access, and now the laptop blazing fast! It’s not a gaming laptop, nor is it meant for heavy tasks, but I’m definitely able to have dozens of tabs open and 8 different applications open at the same time (so long as nothing's CPU intensive, which most stuff isn't).

It’s impressively quiet, even when it had the Seagate 5000RPM in there. It doesn't get hot even at full stress, and it's actually comfortable on my lap.

Cons: Most of the stuff I want to complain about isn’t the laptop’s fault. I read the product description, and I know what features it’s missing. Most everything else I find difficult with using it is Windows 8, but I could downgrade (or use Win 10 technical preview) if I wasn’t insistent on learning it so as to not fall behind on tech anymore than I already am.

I really wish they didn’t follow the users-can’t-change-out-batteries-from-our-products-because-it-confuses-them trend mobile devices started doing in recent years. That was an insult, but everyone seems to be doing it so it’s not a specific fault to this laptop. I guess I can't recall ever regularly changing out laptop batteries, and it's not really that had to get to, so this is a minor gripe.

However, one large item that’s definitely knocking off at least one egg is quality control. It’s a good thing I planned on upgrading the HDD! It was held in with one loose screw which had no loc-tite (2 screw holes were empty, and the 4th double as a chassis thru-screw)! The plastic backing that prevents the HDD controller components from shorting on the chassis, and the foam spacers along the mainboard, all looked like they were stuck on by a drunk blind person who really didn’t care! All the components worked when it got here, and it looked pretty from the outside, but this shoddy job of putting the insides together makes me not want to buy ASUS again. If you’re proficient with computers, take the 60 seconds (literally) it takes to pop this guy open and give it the visual inspection a Quality Assurance team never did.

Other Thoughts: This was strike 3 from ASUS, a company I used to be a die-hard fan of! My ASUS tablet died within its warranty period, so I email them, but they never got back to me (I wasn’t too bothered as I was replacing it with this laptop anyway). A router of their also died on me, but that was the first defective device and I thought “eh, everyone makes mistakes”. It’s a shame because I used to build desktop gaming systems, and would prefer ASUS for overclocking and never had one die! But, it seems you only get ASUS quality if you also pay top-dollar for their enthusiast products… Shame on you, ASUS. This is a wonderfully engineered laptop, but you’re cutting corners to meet that bottom price.

(I assume this was ASUS’s fault because I purchased this laptop as “Open Box” and not “Refurbished”. I suppose there is a chance the faults are of someone who refurbished the laptop, but in that case shame on whoever refurbished it, and Newegg for not labelling it correctly.)

In the end, I’m very happy with the laptop!

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/26/2015 6:07:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGets the Job Done

Pros: -Great value!

-No DVD disc player means cooler and longer battery life.

-Gets the job done, good for students working on powerpoints, assignments, and internet browsing.

- Watched a ton of streamed videos, Youtube, animes, hulu, and netflix on this. Doesn't seem to bottleneck.

Cons: -Mine had a virus pre-installed, which caused boot-up failure later on.

- Can't access battery without taking entire case off, inconvenient.

-No DVD player, but that's not really big deal. Can get an external one if needed.

Other Thoughts: There was a virus on my laptop that caused boot-up failure within a week. In fact, I installed Comodos on the first day and all was well until after 4 days. On the 5th day my computer would not boot. It showed a black screen and went off. It took me half a day to fix this. I used Malwarebytes after I got my system to boot again and it found 2 viruses that were installed 6 months earlier by whomever owned the computer previously. Once those were removed everything was working flawlessly again. So far, I've haven't had any issues with it. I guess buy at your own caution. You never know what you might get.

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