- Intel Core i5 4200U (1.60 GHz)
- 8 GB Memory 750 GB HDD
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
- 1366 x 768
- Windows 8 64-bit
- DL DVD+/-RW/CD-RW
Very nice, but could be better. Windows 7 compatible 03/30/2014
Keyboard feels great. Love the texture of the lid and arm rest. Lid closes soft, yet firm, unlike other laptops in which they slam down by themselves. 740m card works fairly well, plays Planetside 2 with everything low at 23-27fps. The CPU is not maxed out while playing, which I was concerned would be the bottleneck being a U version.
Windows 8 of course. The ethernet port has a drop down latch to match the side profile, I hope it doesn't catch on anything and rip off. Trackpad is really terrible, the buttons are part of the touch surface, which makes it even worse. Screen resolution is fairly low, and was/is the primary concern for me. I would have gladly paid more to bump it up slightly to the next level.
Immediately installed my 128G SSD from a previous laptop without reformatting, and very surprisingly it worked well, and is super fast. Drivers for Windows 7 are sort of hard to find, but you can use some from the X550?? model's support page. Only a specific NVIDIA driver from ASUS worked for me. Others would install, but would have the yellow exclamation mark/bang in device manager. Though the NVIDIA card would work, you could not configure it through any of the normal control panel tools.
What really sold me is that it included a 1 year ADH warranty, which contributes significantly to the value. All in all, a very nice laptop. I would gladly pay more for a slight bump to the display resolution, and perhaps upgrade to a 745m card.
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