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ASUS X550LA-DH71 Notebook Intel Core i7 4500U (1.80GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 5000 15.6
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Pros: Everything's peachy once you install windows 8.1 and classic shell (windows 8 should be reserved for tablets and and phones, completely counter-intuitive for people that have been using windows for any amount of time). I like the location of the power button (no accidental on/off like with some sony models). Very long battery life, lightweight and slim. USB 3.0 is great, Speakers are the best I've had on a laptop, and extremely powerful. Doesn't get hot at all even running games on high settings.

Cons: The matte screen is awful, collects any dirt or oil directly from the keyboard when closed (rubber stoppers aren't high enough). Screen is easily scratched and difficult to clean, and it becomes obvious on the exterior as well as the entire case is highly textured plastic (doesn't show fingerprints, but who cares when any abrasion permanently damages it?). The touchpad is by far the worst part. Under-touch buttons to try to be more Mac-ish, leading to lots of mis-clicks. Touchpad occasionally snaps into the frame making it click at the lightest touch, need knife to pop it back up. They also tried to make the power cord Mac-i-fied, with a heavy brick plugging directly into sockets (so it always falls out). caps lock/etc indicator lights are nearly invisible except in complete darkness. Intel HD sucks, barely any customization options, but I knew what i was getting when I bought it, so can't really complain there.

Other Thoughts: This is my 5th laptop, and for the price I think it's great, and i plan on using it for years to come, but the touchpad is causing me major issues that I foresee only getting worse, and the matte plastic screen gets scratches even though I carry it in its own soft drawstring bag and only touch it with microfiber (probably dirt on keys which touch the screen directly)

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Display Name: Austin A.

Date Joined: 03/04/11

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  • First Review: 02/17/14
  • Last Review: 02/17/14
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