Pros: For the price this is an excellent laptop. The Amd e-450 platform runs great in windows despite its low energy overhead and cost. The laptop itself is lightweight and has what you typically expect in 15" Windows Laptop such as Hdmi out, VGA out, card reader, decent dvdr, and 4GB of Memory.
At the price you might have some money to buy nice upgrades and still stay under the budget. With a $25 bump to 8GB of Ram and an SSD drive instead of the stock notebook hard drive this computer runs without any lag or hitch during everyday tasks. (get a 2.5" enclosure and then you also get a Western Digital 320GB portable external hard drive out of the whole spiel)
Battery life is also nice, realistically maybe in the 4.5 hours range consisting of actual use. In sleep mode it kept its charge pretty even while left on overnight. Runs cool on the outside and looks nice too. Lightweight considering the screen size, and thinner than most laptops out there.
Cons: Since the laptop was easy on the wallet, you have to expect some compromise. I would say that the biggest flaw may be the keyboard, but it still works pretty well. Just didn't jive with me perhaps, but it definitely has a cheapness to it. Surprisingly the touchpad was good despite this.
Amd e-450 runs a bit hot on the inside around 56C while idling, but prime 95 on made it hit 65C at its max. The outside doesn't get hot so maybe it could use more natural heat dissipation. But then again all the softies will complain that their laps are getting too hot.
Bloatware and Weird drive partitioning is horrible. Fortunately you can bypass it all by downloading the freely available Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1 install discs. Google it up, download ISO, burn it, and install windows. Good by bloatware, hello efficient computing. If only it came like this.
Overall Review: Got this for my Dad and he is pretty set with it. Perfect for anyone who mostly just uses Internet browsers, office/productivity apps, and media watching apps (plays 720p and 1080p in windows media and vlc).
With an SSD and 8gb of ram you can also disable the windows virtual memory and cruise through your computer use even smoother. Definitely recommended unless you plan on gaming beyond counter strike in terms of graphics demand. Also I wouldn't recommend it as a suitable computer for Adobe CS.
Other than that this should be all most people need provided that the computer is set up well (no bloatware, not too many startup apps, etc). At the price it costs this is the least you could pay for a decent computer.
Pros: The processor speed seems faster and capable of handling word processing and internet navigation very nicely. It was recommended as one of the best laptops for the price range and I am definitely happy to have bought it.
Cons: Given the price, I can not give any cons to it, on the contrary.
Pros: Pleased so far. Wasn't looking for a screaming machine but just something to take to my computer appointments. Despite the slow processor it glides along pretty well.
Cons: It does what I expected it to do after a clean installation of windows
Pros: This is a very versatile computer for the price. It can handle older games, and also works fine for school/office use.
Thanks to the combined CPU/GPU, it runs very cool and quiet even while playing games.
It runs less graphically demanding games like Portal 2, Half-Life-2, or Battlefield 2 like a champ, and even manages to score 25-30 fps on Oblivion.
It has a battery saving mode that lets you customize your processor's maximum state, which will suit your sitting-in-class needs.
The 4 gigs of RAM is more than enough for what this laptop is capable of, but you can upgrade to 8 cheaply.
The screen is wide, bright, and clear.
Very long battery cord.
There's a number pad on the keyboard.
Cons: While the processor is a dual core, it's still not a powerful processor at all compared to what's out there.
Sometimes it can be a little slow and choppy, and when you multitask, it's very easy to max out the processor.
If you're looking specifically for a gaming laptop, look elsewhere. This laptop does only a tiny bit of gaming, and is by no means powerful. It will get its #@% kicked if you try to play games like Skyrim or Assassin's Creed, and probably wouldn't be good for editing.
The hard drive seems big enough at 320 gigs, but it's split up, which can be annoying. I'm not sure how to undo it. With Windows 7 and everything else I need, I ran out of room on my C drive, and had to start moving stuff to the other one, which now only has 80 gigs left.
Overall Review: In this price range, this laptop is good. You do get what you pay for, though.
If you want a fast laptop and you don't care about games, get an ASUS with an i5 or i7 processor. It will blow this PC out of the water with its speed, and since you don't need a graphics card, you won't need to spend much more.
Likewise, if you want a cheap laptop only for games, and you don't care if it runs hot or has a short battery, get an ASUS with an a6 quad core processor. There are some on here for the same price, and those will be able to play anything you want.
Pros: Nice form factor and ergonomics.
Runs very cool and quiet.
ASUS support site is not easy to find or use, especially for pre-purchase research. Their serch engine couldn't resolve the model number. I wound up finding the laptop on a New Zealand support site!
Cons: It's not very fast.
No system restore DVDs, you have to create your own.
No explaination of the pre-installed utilities and apps.
The system indicator lights (HDD, Wifi, etc.) are VERY tiny and poorly placed where your hands cover them up when typing.
Overall Review: I have been building PCs for decades, and have used ASUS motherboards with satisfaction. When faced with building a new PC and spending $350 on the components or, $330 for a nice little laptop, I chose the latter for portability. Now I use the old tower as a file server and to run apps that are used infrequently.
I haven't had the ASUS A53U for long, but so far, I like it. It's an excellent value and I'd reccommend it to my friends.
NewEgg fulfilled the order timely and efficiently.
Pros: Very Light
Very Cool (no hotspots on top or even below)
Not too much bloatware, no one year anti-virus solution pre-installed
Price (if you get in on sale)
Sharp and bright display with no dead pixels
Drive was pre-partitioned sensibly
Ubuntu 12.04 boots in a snap
Finish isn't fingerprint magnet
Extremely long power cord and very light power brick
Webcam has a little light in it so you know if it's spying on you!!
Cons: These aren't cons at the price points, I'm just listing them so that you're aware. If you research things like the processor potency you'll know whether or not it's right for you needs in advance.
Speakers aren't great. Functional though, and that's what matters. Buy a cheap set of headphones or a soundbar, or a lapdesk with speakers.
720p video can be a little choppy in full screen flash under Ubuntu if you use 3d unity desktop, fine under Win7 (which is what is installed in the first place anyway) though.
Overall Review: I was honestly pleasantly surprised at how quickly this booted into win 7, testament to having a lot less bloatware than some preloaded machines these days.
I set up Ubuntu on part of the 2nd (data) partition for dual boot (left win 7 so the wife can do whatever she needs with her iphone without all the linux hassles for it) and that's at the desktop in less than 10 seconds. Very nice.
It was only needed for web browsing and social networking stuff, and is more than powerful enough for this.
Much much much more snappy than any similarly priced netbook I've used, and barely weighs any more than one too.
Pros: good specs for price
can play music, videos, chrome, youtube, homework, etc
Cons: u cant just remove bloatware via uninstall programs. it takes too long.
i was going to send my laptop back in because it was too slow to even open chrome.
turns out the problem was a software problem. i installed a fresh copy of windows, updated all the drivers, and voila, it worked as a five star computer.
Overall Review: this should really be a five star purchase because it was a good bang for the buck. however, due to the fact that i had to use a new copy of windows, and it took me a whole day to reformat, i took off an egg. but now the computer is running fast as heck.
if u dont know anything about computers, u should know that this video card has no memory on it, and it CAN NOT run games. U cannot play games with it period. you'll get no frames per second at all.
*Decent performance after tweeks
Cons: *Performance prior to tweeks
*Below average speakers, even for a laptop
Overall Review: I purchased this laptop because it listed decent specs and a great price. I got it from UPS, fired it up and ran the initial setup and installed all the updates. After tinkering around, I noticed something. Extreme lag, even scrolling through a website induced all kinds of nasty lag. So I started tinkering around, disabling unnecessary services and uninstalling the shovelware. Still was experiencing terrible performance. Then I ran across AMD FUEL Service. Once I disabled it, thing ran a hell of alot better. Still not a speed demon, but decent overall especially considering the price. If you want a standard notebook for routine use, consider this one.