- Intel Core i5 3317U(1.70GHz)
- 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 24GB SSD
- Intel HD Graphics 4000
- 1366 x 768
- Windows 8 64-Bit
pretty good 12/01/2013
Light and small is what we were looking for to replace a 15.6" Acer laptop. Touch screen is quite responsive and pairs well with Windows 8. Hard drive was replaced with a 180GB Mushkin ssd and I had to strip the ssd out of chassis to install it, so look for 7" ssd drives. The 24GB ssd pre-installed is used for RST and expresscache which is not needed if you have SSD as a main drive so I cleared the partitions and used it as a temp drive for temp folders, page file etc.
Easy to install another 4GB of DDR3 memory.
Easy to upgrade to Windows 8;l via store
Make sure you put away the hard drive and copy the Support folder for all drivers. Or just download them all from Asus website which is even better so you can pick and choose what drivers to install. Using the exe in the Support folder installs EVERYTHING you see when turning on laptop first time.
Very quick boot times and wake up from sleep.
New bios makes it hard to figure out how to boot off USB thumb drive to reinstall Win8 - disable secure boot and enable "load cm" or something to that effect. New bios is out so upgrade that too.
I have not found a way to create recovery dvd/cd but I dont plan to use the hard drive so it should be ok.
Very good deal at BF price and not bad at listed price of $479. Thinking of getting another one.
I wish there were more ultrabooks at this price with more competitive features.
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