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*Extremely fast (see other thoughts)
*10 point touch
*Hyper-threaded dual-core i3 yielding quad-core performance
*Pretty good graphics for the price-point
Cons: *Screen res could be better, but even at 1366x768 the picture is crystal clear (no points off for this because I knew the screen res before I bought it)
*Touchpad could be a bit more responsive
*Sometimes difficult to use mouse clicker
*Fan is making a very faint clicky noise, though it's hardly noticeable
Other Thoughts: I tested this thoroughly right out of the box and it performed quite well.
To the person saying that it's slow, keep in mind it's a nothing special 5400 RPM mechanical HDD that just happens to come with an 8GB SSD Cache. I really didn't notice any SSD-like speeds when I was using the stock SSHD.
I did, however, take out the provided SSHD and popped in my own 120GB Adata SSD. Threw 8.1 and Linux Mint 17.1 on it and it works beautifully. Boots in under 3 seconds from cold start and no issues after 9 months.
I plan on purchasing a 42mm MyDigitalSSD mSata SSD and throwing that in the mSata port, upgrading the RAM to 8GB and picking up and installing a 1 or 2 TB storage drive and putting that in place of the current SSD. Will be running Mint 17.1 exclusively because of how well it run on this laptop.
Even though the speakers on on the bottom of the thing, the sound quality is still quite impressive.
To anyone thinking of getting this on sale and upgrading parts of it:
*you have to take off the entire bottom (which is quite a pain in the a*se) to get to everything
*There is only one RAM slot
*The mSata slot is in the middle of the laptop after taking the case off
*There are a couple good YouTube clips showing how to properly upgrade parts on this specific model ultrabook
I picked this up for $399.99 on sale summer '14 and believe it's quite possibly the best $400 I could have spent on a budget ultrabook.
Pros: Easy to install
Decent pipe lengths
Keeps my i5-3570k @ 4.2 at 28C idle
Using Prime 95 it hasn't broken 45C
Cons: The included instructions are worthless. Luckily with minimum knowledge, it was a breeze to install.
Other Thoughts: The blue light on the pump isn't that bright at all. With the side of my case on, I never even notice it.
Probably the best liquid cooler for this price range.
Would highly recommend
Pros: Fast i3 processor - dual core hyper-threaded yielding a quad logical core processor.
Excellent build quality
Overall very fast and responsive
Cons: Cannot change the HDD (not docking eggs for this though. It didn't stop the laptop from working perfectly).
Other Thoughts: I purchased this knowing that there is no removable battery (to remove it, you must take the keyboard off), although other people reviewed this negatively because of the non-removable battery. They did not specify if they were sold a computer with a dead battery, though one person proposed a hypothetical situation where one was dead I believe. Mine was not, it worked perfectly (about 4.5hours at 75% charge).
The issue I came across was after I stress tested this laptop and ensured everything was working perfectly (everything was), I took the screws out of the bottom of the laptop, removed the keyboard carefully and went to replace the 500GB 5400 RPM HDD with an SSD I recently purchased from NewEgg. After I finished hooking it up, I tried to boot the computer, and could only access the bios. I could not change boot order or anything.
<Long story short>
After contacting ASUS tech support, I found out that this model laptop is designed to use only the HDD that comes with it - it will NOT work with another HDD or SSD, nor are there Windows 7 drivers available for this (I was going to install 7 instead of migrating 8). This was not shown on the ASUS website for this specific laptop, not was it indicated on NewEgg. Perhaps it was my fault for not looking into it enough, oh well.
NewEgg was super cool with my return for a full refund (save the rush shipping I paid), and even waved the restocking fee.
All-in-all, if you need a great laptop with decent graphics and good battery life, and you do not plan on upgrading the RAM (which would entail removing the motherboard in it's entirety), then you would be hard pressed to find a better laptop in this price range.
Just buy it already!
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