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Pros: Cheap Price, Great Lenovo build quality. This is a solid tank of a laptop with proven and reliable, if basic, components. Also, comes with Windows 7! Always a plus. Also, all the normally replaceable components are easily accessible via the single large belly hatch in the bottom. The hatch even has mounted screws, so you can remove the hatch without worrying abut the screws falling out. (Lenovos are always great to service. They really design them well.)
Cons: Only 2GB RAM, which is WAY too little to be running this system off of. Unfortunately, there is NO second memory slot on this machine. Just the one under the belly hatch. Nothing under the keyboard, nothing anywhere else that I could find without entirely disassembling the laptop. So, if there is another RAM slot, it isn't reachable easily.
Other Thoughts: To Bamafan_n_sc,
There is no second memory slot under the keyboard. I'm looking at it right now. Nothing. Just the ribbon connectors for the keyboard, touchpad and other parts of the system. No RAM slots. Also, the keyboard comes off by removing 3 screws, not one. I suspect you are talking about a different model of laptop, or they have changed the internal layout since you bought yours. Regardless, there is just one RAM slot.
With that in mind, I HIGHLY recommend picking up at least a 4GB RAM stick (DDR3 1600 / PC3 12800).
Pros: See Below
Cons: See Below
Other Thoughts: Just writing a follow-up correction to my earlier post.
I spent some time troubleshooting the issue with Asus' online chat-based tech support.
It turns out that there is a quirk with the Bluetooth unit in this particular model. When you first install an OS on this unit and install the drivers, the Bluetooth won't work. Once you reboot at least once after installing the Wireless drivers, hit "FN-F2" twice. This first turns the Wireless off and then on again. The Bluetooth module will wake up, and be detected and installed by Windows at that point.
VERY strange behavior, but it did work. My earlier comments about the Bluetooth being missing were hasty and incorrect.
However there were still serious issues with Win7 x64. In the end I re-formatted it and installed Win7 X86 instead and it worked like a champ! So still one egg off for bad Win x64 support from Asus, but otherwise a great little laptop.
Pros: Beautiful case, Matte finish on the lid is very classy looking.
This system really straddles that line between netbook and full laptop. The NEO 2 processor is reasonably fast and allows for snappy performance and the ATI video adapter is powerful enough for some 3D gaming.
Cons: Asus doesn't really offer good support for Win7 x64 versions. All of their driver installers are 32 bit win ONLY, so you have to manually install the drivers using Device Manager.
Additionally, although the description says that it includes a Bluetooth module, there is NO bluetooth module installed! The hardware is simply missing. I thought at first it was an issue with x64 Win7, so I booted the system using an x86 Ubuntu CD as others here have stated they had good luck with Ubuntu. Ubuntu did not detect the presence of any Bluetooth hardware either, which says to me that it is either faulty, or missing.
I'm not sure if this is due to an error on Newegg's part or if Asus changed the hardware specs without warning, but it is a serious oversight.
Other Thoughts: So 1 egg lost for poor x64 support from Asus, and two more lost for missing hardware. Not sure at this point if I should just return the item for replacement or call Asus. I'll call Newegg first I guess. Very frustrating when trying to prep a Christmas gift computer for someone.READ FULL REVIEW