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Pros: Low price
4th gen i3 processor with hyperthreading
Dedicated NVIDIA graphics card with 2GB of DDR3
Screen is nice and bright, not washed out
Touchpad and keyboard are actually usable (also has a keypad)
Battery is easily removable without tools
Hard Disk, RAM, and WLAN are easy to swap out after removing a panel with one screw
Laptop looks nice and is thin and light, but also pretty sturdy
Processor doesn't overheat and the system stays quiet even under load
They even managed to throw in a CD/DVD writer
Cons: Not a 5th gen i3 or i5 processor (acceptable for the price)
Not a 900 series NVIDIA card (also acceptable for the price)
Hard Disk is not solid state (I swapped it out for a 250GB Samsung 850 evo SSD)
RAM is only 4GB and only one DIMM slot is available (I upgraded to an 8GB DIMM)
Other Thoughts: A 5th gen i3 would really take the cake, but also raise the price. As it is, this is already a lot of bang for your buck. For around $500 with upgrades, you can turn this into a really nice general purpose laptop that can even run some less hardware intensive games at decent framerates. I would describe the overall design of the laptop as excellent. I will be favoring Dell laptops from now on, based solely on how easy it was to upgrade this one and how well constructed it is for the price.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Impressive hardware at this pricepoint. Plenty of CPU and RAM with a decent GPU built right in. Light as a feather. Ports are nice and sturdy. Nice deal for a mid-range workhorse if you can find it on sale at around 400 bucks.
Cons: Much lighter than laptops of a few generations ago, but it's also somewhat flimsy. Touchpad is the worst I've ever used to the point that I have to shut it off and use a USB mouse. The screen is not going to wow you with vibrant glossyness. The inverter/charger is just obnoxiously designed.
Upgrading any of the hardware or replacing the battery on this lappy requires removal of 10 screws on the underside, peeling off the frontplate/keyboard, and carefully detaching/reattaching wires for the mobo, keyboard and USB ports. Then you still have to get to the hardware you want to swap out. Probably a job best done by a professional or enthusiast unless you like risk.
Other Thoughts: Like most off the shelf laptops, this thing came infested with crapware. I formatted and converted the TB Toshiba HDD to an external and replaced it with a 120 GB SSD for about 60 bucks. ASUS could probably sell more of these if they came with a stock SSD and Windows 10. You're just asking for trouble storing a TB of anything in a mechanical drive on a laptop.
Silicon Power SSD Slim S60 Upgrade Kit
Eggs at $600: 2/5
Eggs at $500: 3/5
Eggs at $400: 4/5
Pros: Cheap, small, foldable, relatively comfortable for the size & cost, somewhat aesthetic. I had it together in about an hour (mostly).
Cons: Requires some bike hardware knowledge to assemble. Nothing you can't figure out with a good technical mind, but a potential issue if you don't have one of those. Also, a socket wrench is handy. The tires are cheap, but that's to be expected at this price bracket.
The freewheel isn't free in that it doesn't slip like it should when you're not pedaling. I will see if this can be adjusted and if not, I may have to replace it. Basically, if the rear wheel is spinning, then the pedals also have to be moving or the gear movement will pop the chain off. This should not be a problem the end-consumer should need to deal with.
Other Thoughts: Mine did not come with a front or rear reflector or a rear carrying rack as pictured, but I did get the Open Box product, so I didn't pay an extra $30 for stuff I won't use anyway. Well, the reflectors would have been nice, but I can salvage those from another bike.
Six gears is really unnecessary and superfluous on a bike like this and just makes shifting more difficult. I would have given it three - a very low, a low and a medium-high. Four at the most. Then you'd have room to put in a proper freewheel.
Fedex left it at my door and I didn't have to sign, which was very convenient.