Date Joined: 03/01/11
Pros: You cannot be the value
Cons: The stand isn't very adjustable but really no biggie to me.
Overall Review: Totally worth the money and this seller was great.
Pros: -Outstanding design and build quality (comparable to Apple)
-Extremely light and portable
-Good hardware even though now it's not the latest and greatest Ivy Bridge (This model is rocking Sandybridge
-Great screen. Brightness, color, and the best part 1600x900 resolution
-Great Features (SSD, i5 processor, high-res screen)
-Nice power cord setup
Cons: -666mhz RAM. I was shocked to see it has 4gb of 666mhz DDR3 RAM. Figured it'd be a little faster
-Battery life is good when in power saver where it throttles the CPU and keep brightness down but if you run it in performance mode it goes down pretty quick
-appears the refurbished units have 90 day warranties rather than the 1 year that comes with new units
Overall Review: Comes exactly as pictures. A brown box, 2 adapters, a power cord, and a yellow sheet telling you how to create a backup disc. Not sure why so many people complain about that when it's clearly pictured that way.
For the price this is a great option for someone who want's something that is extremely light and portable with a great screen and solid hardware. To me this is a perfect option for a student or anyone else who's mobile but doesn't want to sacrifice power and go the tablet route.
Remember that by the time you take this out of the box it is an at least 1 year old model. This means plan to sit down and run a lot of Windows updates as well as visiting the ASUS website for newer drivers. I immediately updated the touch pad driver. It's tolerable but not as fluid as the Apple products. For example sometimes it will stop moving the pointer if you accidently rest your thumb on the pad. Minor issues but little things that make the Apple touchpad the best in the business. Also mine shipped with BIOS version 207 and the latest is 214. So you will likely want to update your BIOS. Simply download the flash utility and the BIOS file and a few minutes later you're down. F8 should get you into the BIOS menu at bootup but be quick as this unit does bootup in the 15-20 second range as others mentioned.
All in all for $620 it's a great Ultrabook. Obviously my opinion can change over time is the long-term quality is put to test but the initial build quality seems top-notch and the hardware is solid.