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Pros: Full-sized keyboard and numbers keypad, touchscreen, Toshiba quality
Cons: Battery life, hard to read F keys, terrible viewing angle.
Other Thoughts: I'm very pleased with this laptop. I wanted something to replace my desktop and tablet (a Toshiba Thrive). This does the job for me, personally. I must note that I ordered a 120gb Samsung SSD to upgrade the laptop upon arrival. I only worked with the stock computer long enough to clone the HDD to the SSD. It worked just fine and was smooth and easy to setup. Once the SSD was in and an additional 2gb of memory installed (comes with one 4gb stick and one open slot), the machine is very fast and operates smoothly for what I use it for. Mainly, high productivity software and standard web browsing, email and Win 8 games.
I also use it to stream movies through various services such as Netflix, Epix, etc. It does so without any problem at all. One knock against watching movies is the viewing angle. You have to be virtually straight on to see it correctly. Any deviation (left, right, up, down) causes the images to wash out or virtually disappear. Fortunately, I prefer using the HDMI out to a HDTV for movies and shows.
I don't know how this would do for gaming, but I don't have any interest in gaming and didn't buy it for that.
I'm a bit disappointed with the battery life. Even with an SSD which uses far less energy and runs cooler so the fan runs less, I get about 4 hours on a charge. This is a probably the only detail that reminds me this is a refurb and not new. Still, I use this like a desktop and it's plugged in most of the time.
The function keys are very hard to read. The function they perform with the FN key overshadows the blue on black imprint for F1 - F12. I use a lot of keyboard shortcuts and I'm less than pleased with this. In time I will probably adjust to them.
The sound from the speakers is decent enough for dialogue. Music is a different story. No big deal. I was not expecting much from laptop speakers at this price point. However, I was disappointed with the sound when I hooked up a set of external 5.1 speakers w/subwoofer. There was no bass. Output from the sub was nonexistent. After searching the internet for a fix, I found there were many others having the same problem on Toshiba ( and ASUS) laptops in Win 8.1. There is no problem with the hardware or drivers. The fix is in finding the well hidden sound adjustments. The defaults on the stock machine cut out all bass. Just do an internet search for the answer and you should be able to fix it easily. My external speakers now sound as they should.
The laptop comes with a lot of Toshiba apps that are more annoying than helpful. There are several shortcuts to games I will never play that I haven't figured out how to remove. Even with the games uninstalled the shortcuts remain. I like a very clean machine and never have liked the "helpful" programs and apps manufacturers preload on their products. I'm still finding my way around my first Win 8 PC so the cleanup and configuring is ongoing.
Overall, I am very pleased with this laptop for
Pros: Still a good little full function PC.
Cons: During first day of use and after my original review, the desktop wallpaper suddenly and inexplicably disappeared. Nothing but a black screen with icons. On the Start screen the desktop tile still showed my selected wallpaper but nothing on the actual desktop. Only change I made to this was updating the BIOS to v220 (latest version after v216 which is no longer available) and going through the initial setup. Refreshing did not work. Full factory reset did not work. No answers found anywhere on the web. Asus said it was probably a hardware issue and could only ask for me to send it to them for service.
Other Thoughts: RMA for replacement in progress. Will update on second one when I test it more. Still giving 3 eggs because it's a great little computer. 1egg off for the glitch in the first one. Another egg off for having to RMA (and pay for shipping on a defective product).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Turns on in under 10 seconds. Quality build. Affordability. Asus service. Tablet OR laptop.
Cons: MicroSD card slot. Touchpad. Very small text on webpages without magnifying. Haven't found many accessories yet. Needs a good case.
Other Thoughts: I've owned and built many PCs over the years. With every new one, I endured hours of setup, updating, uninstalling bloatware, tweaking settings and disabling unnecessary Microsoft fluff to get the most out of my computer. That didn't happen with this one. Other than charging it for 6 hours, I was fully updated and running in 45 minutes. Would have been sooner but I took the advice of other reviewers and updated the BIOS before anything else. Even that was simple and fast. I downloaded the new BIOS from the Asus website, extracted the file to a flash drive, plugged it into the T100, booted into the BIOS, flashed the new one and was done. After that, a few updates by Windows updates and it was ready to go. I expected to have to manually add all of my printers but Win8 added all three of my wireless printers automatically during the initial setup. Very nice. As for performance, perfect for me. I don't do gaming and just needed something that worked like a regular PC but was portable. This was perfect. The new Intel chip runs everything smoothly and online HD video is crisp and flawless (and that from an AMD fanboy). No need to upgrade the 2gb of memory as it is more than adequate. One thing that helped me pull the trigger on this deal on Newegg is the extended holiday return policy. I've got until Jan 31, 2014 to really play with this. It may not be necessary. One egg deducted for the MicroSD slot. Most slots I've used are recessed. This one is not and so the card sticks out enough that, as mentioned by another reviewer, it easily falls out if bumped. I'm also not a big fan of the volume rocker. It doesn't have enough "feel" to it to make it easy to use. The touchpad isn't very good either but no biggie as I don't use it much. I would dub this and inside-the-park home run by Asus. Didn't quite clear the fence, but they still scored.READ FULL REVIEW