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ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T 11.6
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The physical design was solid. Price.

Cons: This is my nightmare with this device. Purchased in early April. Couldn't upgrade to 8.1 because of stupid trackpad drivers interfering. Went to attempt a fresh W8 reinstall, but the BIOS wasn't detecting any devices..not even the hard drive. Sent it into ASUS for repair. After weeks, they finally looked at it and gave me the old canned line "hard drives bad." I argued and said no, the BIOS is the problem. Just make sure the BIOS will boot and send it back, let me worry about the hard drive. A week later I get an e-mail saying that the item is being shipped back to me without any service performed.

Other Thoughts: A nightmare from start to finish. I had an Asus tablet years ago and it was also junk. I think I've learned my lesson. Not only does Asus make shoddy products, but I've learned first-hand that their customer service and repair departments are some of the worst you could possibly encounter.

I've worked in IT for a decade. I have call-center and PC repair background. I don't know everything (if I did, I wouldn't have had to send the laptop in for repair) but I do know that you don't treat clients the way that Asus has treated me. The silver-lining is that I went back to a Chromebook and I absolutely love it. Not an Asus Chromebook, of course. I went with the Acer C720 and it's a fantastic machine for the price.

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Full Version (32 & 64-bit)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Worse than Vista? 04/11/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Full Version (32 & 64-bit)

Pros: Live tiles are great, a few apps are very well designed (Netflix, Plex). I think that's it. I seriously can't believe that that's it.

Cons: Nothing is intuitive, buggy as anything I've ever used, Metro is garbage when you're on a desktop/laptop, Desktop is nerfed because MS expects everyone to use Metro, updates aren't working, wi-fi is buggy, moving/organizing/deleting metro tiles is difficult, homegroups is a mess, 8.1 doesn't get it right....

Other Thoughts: MS needs to have a serious reality check about how long they want to ride the metro train. They look at XPs longevity as a sign that they did something right. The reality is that Vista was a steaming pile, and that scared everyone off upgrading from XP. If they don't want every to stick to W7 for a decade, they need to drop Metro with W9. I won't buy another Windows version with Metro. I'll switch to Mac. I'll use Android devices. I'd rather mess with Linux.

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ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T 11.6
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Price, design, materials, touchscreen, decent performance, ports.

Cons: Windows 8 is worse than Vista. There. I said it. I can't blame Asus for W8s flaws, but I do believe theyre partly to blame for my inability to upgrade to 8.1. When trying to update, I'm informed that the install can not continue until I uninstall Cypress Trackpad. I see nothing by that name, so I uninstalled everything that seemed like it might control the trackpad and still the same error. Ironically, the trackpad is complete junk as well. Every Windows COA should work for all previous versions of Windows so you can roll back from the pile of eggfarts that is Windows 8.

Other Thoughts: I can't even begin to express how bad Windows 8 is. I just...I can't. It makes me sad and disappointed that MS will probably ride the barf-train that is Metro for at least a few more versions before they finatlly give up on it for their desktop OS. If I worked for MS, I don't even know if I could stick around through this mess. I would quit. I would quit and I would specifically mention Windows 8 and Metro as the reasoning. You want to use Metro for phones/tablets? DO IT. DO IT AND ROCK IT. But seriously...Windows 7 is probably about the best OS ever created and at that moment you decided to completely change everything for the worse.

This bunk trackpad jumped on an inadvertent touch about 6 times while I typed this.

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Display Name: Chris S.

Date Joined: 01/11/05

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  • First Review: 08/22/09
  • Last Review: 05/30/14
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