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Pros: After updating to Windows 8.1, the OS is usable.
Cons: Seems to show finger prints easily on the semi-gloss outside finish of the computer.
Other Thoughts: This is a followup review, addendum if you will, of my other review on this laptop. I purchased a Samsung EVO 128GB SSD to put in this machine. After the install, this laptop boots in 3 seconds flat. From power on, to using the OS. 3 seconds.
So let it be known that a SSD drive is a HUGE upgrade for this machine. It is a little tricky to open up the computer and install it, but I highly suggest replacing the original hard drive with a SSD unit.
Pros: Slim design, surprisingly quick, great screen, keyboard. I really can't complain about the computer from a take it out of the box and use it standpoint. It feels light and solid, opens nicely, has sleek LED lights on the front corner of it that can be seen while the lid is closed. Has one USB 3 port, HDMI among others. The touch panel for the track pad is nice, smooth and large. Is sensitive and supports two finger scrolling as well as a left mouse "click" when you push down on the touch pad.
Cons: Windows 8. - It does not come updated, setup or configured at all. In its current form, the OS is as it was new when released in 2013 which means there is no start menu, and you have to down the ~1GB of updates all on your own. It comes with McAfee which I consider to be a HUGE con. The first thing I did is uninstall McAfee and install Avast Free antivirus.
Other Thoughts: My computer came clean as a whistle, you really couldn't tell that it had been used before. There was still the protective wrapper around the power brick, and the cables were wound up nicely. This computer comes with literally the power cable, battery and unit its self. There is no owners manual or any documentation from Asus. Newegg ships a paper in the box telling you how to setup the restore disc, but that's it. The unit was packaged well with two foam wedge/holders on either side of the laptop, and a protective felt type cloth bag around the laptop its self. My battery came fully charged, and the unit fired up and immediately went into windows 8 configuration.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: These monitors have a really really nice picture! The color was almost offensive to me at first because I was so used to using an old 6-8 year old LCD from Hannspree. These monitors blow that thing clear out of the water. I ordered two of 'em with a 30% discount + $20 rebates on both, PLUS they were on sale. It's an amazing deal on an amazing product. I'm extremely pleased so far with these screens.
Absolutely no dead pixels on either of my units. I'm not sure what everyone is complaining about on the stands, because mine are just fine. They don't wiggle any more than any other monitor I've used ...
Cons: Piano black finish shows dust easily.
And not really a con, but the monitors came loaded tot he hilt with sticky plastic coverings on all of the shiny surfaces. Dusty sticks to these things almost immediately after pulling the protective plastic off. Just annoying, not really a con. You need a clean room to keep these monitors from getting dusty .....
Other Thoughts: The corner of one of the boxes was a little messed up from shipping, but the foam inside and the monitor its self was in great shape. No damage to the product at all.
Keep in mind, these monitors do not come with HDMI cables, just VGA, DVI and power cords. If you want to use HDMI, you have to get cables separately.