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ASUS VivoBook S400CA Ultrabook - Intel Core i5 4GB RAM 500GB HDD+ 24GB SSD 14
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 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.

Cons: Fingerprints everywhere.

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.

Other Thoughts: 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.

ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Black and sleek

Cons: Every few weeks I have noticed when connecting to my AC66 it shows a webpage to upload new firmware. I am unable to get beyond this page. The only way around it is to reset the factory settings. I am able to go back in and fill in all settings. after that. This has happened 3 times now and again last night. I noticed a new firmware version and applied it, lets see how long this lasts.

Other Thoughts: Asus makes great pc components but time and time again, they have failed with the firmware on their wireless products. I wonder if there is a "tomato" equivalent for this product.....

Mushkin Enhanced Atlas Series MKNSSDAT120GB-DX 120GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very fast. Fits and works perfectly in my Acer M5-481TG "ultrabook".

Cons: none, wish they were cheaper.


Neville W.'s Profile

Display Name: Neville W.

Date Joined: 12/24/01

  • Reviews: 25
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  • First Review: 02/06/11
  • Last Review: 12/01/13
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