Joined on 01/25/10
Awesome power for the price
Pros: The specs are impressive for this price range. It is solidly built yet still reasonably light. It boots quickly, and runs cool and quiet. The display is surprisingly roomy, and is bright enough for comfy viewing even in direct sunlight. The keyboard has no flex that I can detect, and ASUS has smartly kept the letter keys full size- space is saved by reducing the size of the non-letter keys (the F's, arrows, etc). I run CPU intensive multivariate analysis and graphical analysis software, and the ASUS handles it effortlessly. The incredible number of available connection ports and media card reading slots are incredibly handy. I downloaded a 2GB movie from a SD card in just a few seconds- I get even faster transfer rates from my USB keys. I am not a big gamer, but I did load the most recent Civilization and was generally impressed with the graphics, loading times, etc. I also loaded the Full Office Pro Plus in maybe two minutes. Overall, I am VERY pleased.
Cons: What the other reviewers have said. It seems like a small thing to most, but if you are OCD about a pristine laptop, the shiny finish will drive you bonkers. Fortunately, I am not so fussy. But I've had the computer one week and it looks like I've fried bacon on it. The trackpad and mouse are every bit as weirdly stiff as reviewers have said. The mouse buttons make a booming CLICK sound that can get irritating, and navigating through spreadsheets and cutting and pasting using the trackpad & buttons actually gave me finger fatigue. The day after the ASUS arrived I bought a USB mouse and my problems were solved. The partition is weird- I understand why the OS has its own partition (always a good idea) but does it really need to be 250GB? I couldn't be arsed to reformat, but be aware that that's how it's set up out of the box. The bloatware is a pain but there are great online guides to ASUS bloatware, with recommendations wrt what to keep and what to toss.
Overall Review: When I first started using it I thought the bottom of the screen looked washed out- to the point where I was worried it was a problem. But the screen is fine, it's just meant to be viewed from a bit more of an angle, with the screen tilted further back than on most laptops. I was impressed enough with the laptop, ASUS, and newegg in general that I have recommended the same unit to my dad. He will be buying it from newegg as well. One thing to watch: UPS will leave the box on your doorstep. They say they will only do this if they think the neighborhood is safe. Well, my neighborhood is friggin sketchy, I am across from a highschool, and my porch looks over an alleyway where junkies occasionally congregate. And guess what the UPS dude did. Yup, left it right there, in plain view, in a box clearly labelled NEWEGG.CA. I recommend tracking the delivery and making sure someone is home to receive it when it arrives.
Great budget board
Pros: - No problems at all with the build. Posted on first try - Solidly built - WIFI setup was effortless - updated BIOS easily, again, no problems - setting boot order to install Windows from USB was stupid easy as well
Cons: - i/o shield is really tinny and the tabs to line everything up were easily bent. - only 3 system fan headers (not including pump and cpu fan headers)- something to keep in mind as you set up your build if you're planning on lots of fans
Overall Review: It's a great board for the price. We didn't experience any of the problems raised by some of the other reviewers. It's pretty modest in terms of heat sinks and other features but we fully expected that at this price point. The board has been perfect for what we need.