Pros: -Just to classify this processor properly it is an AMD Quad-Core A8-Series APU. See Other Thoughts for what an APU is.
-Bright screen, no dead pixels, Fairly vivid. Comes with the usual vertical viewing angle of about 30 degrees. Horizontal angle is even wider.
-Instant on from sleep mode is super fast: Under 2 seconds.
-Keyboard is solid. It bows upwards in the middle, but is probably for structural integrity, which again is rock solid.
-Pretty fast, and definitely more-than-fast-enough if you're only using it to run low over-head programs like Microsoft office, Photoshop, etc.. 3DSMax Cat-mull-Rom Super-Pass rendering is out of the question, but you should already know that.
-More than what you need it for if-only purchasing a $400 laptop. Comon, you know you're not buying this to play Crysis 3 on Ultra Hi settings; although, the APU in conjunction with the video card should handle most games fairly well.
-Win8 Navigation see other thoughts.
-2 A8 processors in the name, it must be an A16. Jk Jk XD
I make me laugh. Only 1 A8.
Cons: -If anything the screen is super glossy and reflective which can be fixed with layer of matte see-through plastic. Besides that, just be smart and don't use a super strong light source behind you.
-I had a T-----a laptop.... 5 years ago. Its touch pad had features that allowed the user to scroll by dragging your finger down the right side of the touch pad. I'm kinda surprised that all laptops don't have some form of technology imitating this or taking it one step further as it is extremely convenient and well... smart. (It was about $350 too)
Overall Review: -Taking some time to learn Win8. It's pretty weird at first, but then you realize sliding navigation screens are pretty brilliant. If you could divide each corner into 2 sections for a total of 8 different customizable navigation menus, that'd be menu perfection short of telepathically willing a program to execute, unfortunately win8 only seems to feature 2.
-What is an APU? It stands for Accelerated Processing Unit, and is AMD's venture in creating a CPU/GPU hybrid. After searching the web it is generally held concensus that an A8 is comparable to a Something-Five processor in which the Something-Five is a little faster when it comes to general processing, but the A8 takes the cake on gaming avenue because it is an APU. Factoring in that the Something-Five is only slightly faster and that you have to pay a 20% increase in price for it, I doubt that 20% justifies that slight increase performance. You'll have to search for the specifics if you want them. I already did everything else for you. ;D
Pros: This model has the AMD A-8 4500m cpu, not allwinner. It came with 1 stick of 4gb 1600mhz ddr 3 , but I installed 8gb (2x4gb) Gskill 1600 CL 9-9-9-24 and all went smooth. Alltec lansing speakers are decent enough. Regardless of what most people are saying I like Windows 8 a lot, after playing around with the swipe gestures it's easy to move between a regular desktop environment to an app style OS. I've been able to play ArmA and ArmA II with ease which is pretty impressive. The wireless card gets an excellent signal and is recognized under Linux (Atheros AR9485WB-EG).
Cons: My only real complaint with this laptop is the flex it has in the middle of the keyboard that is very noticeable and the front lid of the screen. The palm rests are good though.
Overall Review: For the 400 bucks paid I'm satisfied with this purchase so far. The pics dont really do the size of this laptop justice. It's a lot bigger than it looks, which is a plus for me, but it's still pretty light.
Pros: One of the few Asus models that support AMD chip-sets running at 1.9GHz with built in graphics that will play many of the latest games of medium to high settings if you play with it a little. Surprisingly powerful speakers. I have owned this model for some time now and have made some modifications to mine to meet my needs (gaming, multimedia dvd/blu-ray videos).
Installed an Intel 520 series 128 SSD to boot performance speeds.
Replaced single 4gig Ram chip with two HyperX 4gig (8gigs of ram installed) dual channel set. My laptop did not come with bluetooth but I was able to upgrade the wireless module with an Intel wireless/bluetooth combo module. Upgraded to windows 8. Replaced the original dvd optical drive with a combo dvd/blu-ray optical drive.
Basically boosted the performance best I could just because I was bored and had the money. XD
Cons: This laptop can play most of the newest games out there with no problem at all at medium to high settings but it will begin to heat up very fast when playing for long periods of time. Most of the games I have are MW3, AC3, Dead Space 2, Dishonored, and The L4D 1 and 2. All of which play without error but can turn this laptop into an easy-bake oven for anything in the direction of the cooling fan.
Pros: -Excellent performance from the APU
-Relatively cool and quiet
Cons: -Plastic around screen has a cheap appearance
-Performance takes a slight hit when multitasking
-Touchpad is a bit oversensitive.
Overall Review: I use a desktop for gaming and bought this simply for web browsing and Office programs. I removed the bloatware and added an additional 4 GB of memory and decided to test out a few games just to see what it could do. I was pretty surprised to be able to run Skyrim at the recommended high settings. It's no replacement for a desktop, but for the price, you can't beat the performance this laptop can put out.
The bloatware is easy enough to remove. The only issues I've had so far are the cheapness of the plastic framing the screen and the slight performance drop when multitasking. Even with the additional memory I've added, I can still notice a bit of a delay when opening a new window or program when I've already got a few running. Not a serious drop, but just barely noticeable. The touchpad is the same as found in all of Asus's low end models these days. It's oversensitive, but not unusably so.
Overall I'm very pleased with this purchase.
Pros: I'm very pleased with this laptop overall. I really like the instant on feature. Boot speed was average until I upgraded Ram and Hard Drive (see Other Thoughts). There's not alot of bloatware loaded. Touchpad issues were resolved quickly with driver/utility downloads. Win 8 took a couple day to get used to and I even thought of going to win 7 with my new hard drive but after learning how Win8 worked I realized it does everything WIN7 does and more. I think alot of peoples real issue is they don't like change or learning curves !
Cons: Win 8 media not included. Keyboard flexes a little bit though I'm used to it already. When you pick up the laptop the dvd drive face moves a little ( bad design IMO )
Overall Review: I Installed 4GB Ram for a total of 8GB. The performance difference is notable, I would recommend Ram upgrade. I also installed a Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid 750GB 7200 RPM. Sweet Drive, great laptop performance. Installing the new drive took some prolonged work but was worth it. Not having Win 8 media I tried the usual methods ; cloning, image restore, recovery from thumb drive. None of these methods worked so I contacted ASUS and they provided me a link to Win 8 .ISO, and of course that worked. Very happy with ASUS for not srewin around with red tape and rabbit trails. A clean install of OS from media is always the best way to upgrade a hard drive IMO.
Pros: decent processor
memory upgradable to 16 gb
2 usb 3.0
delivered within 2 days-)
its a new laptop with windows 8 preinstalled so of course eufi & secure boot are enabled. i did read the product description so i am not going to list either of the 2 items above as a con since the description is fairly straight forward when you read it.
i do not use windows, i am a linux only user & the eufi & secure boot did give me a run for a couple of hours though. so i contacted asus live chat and the issue was taken care of in about 45 seconds, kudo's to asus support on that.
i had disable secure boot and enabled the "csm" module (which i read in a earlier review) and was still having problems booting into linux, after contacting asus tech support i was advised to hold the "esc" key while system rebooted (something i had never heard of doing) and whammo, booted into linux (ubuntu 13.04) & installed without a glitch.
also for a low spec built-in cam the overall pic quality is very good.
construction/build quality for this laptop is excellant, especially for the price. lid/screen is stable when open, no wobbliness-)
i haven't had any of the touchpad problems some others have mentioned, but that could be because i am running ubuntu & the fact that i always use a external keyboard & mouse on my laptops.
have run the following games under steam without any problems:
the killing floor
serious sam (cpu medium, gpu proc/mem low)
as you can see i am not much of a gamer but the games i play this laptop handles them very well without any lag or screen tearing.
Cons: battery life isnt very good, i got a little under 2 hours while i was downloading & installing all the apps i use in ubuntu, but since i dont use a laptop any where other than at my desk this isnt a issue for me, but may be for others.
Overall Review: anyone giving any thoughts about buying this laptop, i say buy it- you will be happy with it.
Pros: Quad core CPU with dedicated graphics through APU
(2) USB 3.0 Ports and a HDMI port
Simple access to Hard drive and RAM slots
Battery life is closer to 3.5-4 hours if you're doing anything GPU related (Videos, game).
Fairly light for it's size
Cons: -LCD quality isn't great. For me it's the biggest Con - Eye can pick out pixel spacing on light backgrounds and low viewing angle.
-Small screws holding HDD/RAM slot on. Stripped one screw on first turn so i can't remove the cover. Not sure how i'm going to get it off.
-I lightly tapped the case on a table when i set the laptop down with the lid open and the screen started flickering. The flickering stopped after about a minute and hasn't happened again. Hopefully a fluke
-Windows 8 is meh
-5400 RPM hard drive
Overall Review: Bought two of these one for my wife and I. Upgraded mine with a 256GB SSD and installed Windows 7 x64. If you're installing Windows 7 you need to make sure CSM is enabled in BIOS and disable security keys. Took me a while to figure out the CSM issue and was pretty frustrating.
I think the touchpad is actually very responsive. I'm not a fan of the integrated left/right click buttons but I set the touchpad to right click with two fingers pressed at the same time and to scroll and left click with one finger so i never use the integrated buttons. I disabled the pinch to zoom and rotate motion.
From my history with AMD APU's a RAM upgrade to 8GB would really benefit the system. Boosting the graphics (The GPU dedicates 512MB for the graphics plus 1.5GB of shared system RAM) and make sure the system isn't starved for RAM if multitasking.
I bought an 8GB dual channel RAM kit from Mushkin and it didn't work. With both sticks installed it only saw one stick of RAM in Single Channel mode (it is a Dual Channel kit...) - RMA'd for a replacement. Hopefully the replacement works as i'd love to have 8Gigs of RAM to really unleash the laptops full capacity
Pros: I love this laptop,its very well built,the key board is excellent and the amd a8 is very impressive...so far ive played far cry 3,crysis 2,diablo 3 and mafia 2 on low to medium settings and as for windows 8...I love it...at first I had problems with it but after I did windows update it was fine plus I down loaded the free classic shell to get the start button back and now its just like windows 7 but faster
Overall Review: buy this laptop...you wont be disappointed!!!!!