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Pros: AMD's A6-3420 APU <<<<< this this this
Amazing warranty from ASUS
Keyboard is nice by my standards
USB 3.0 :)
For users who haven't been introduced to AMD's new line of microprocessors, take a minute to learn more about their new line of APUs (Accelerated Processing Unit). Basically, the APU is a combination of a CPU and a dedicated GPU etched into the same microprocessor.
The APU is a great solution if you're looking for a low-budget system, and want to play some casual games (like minecraft, league of legends, wow, running emulators). Although I haven't tried running more demanding games like Skyrim, or BF3 yet, I'm confident that they would be playable on medium-low settings (will update/add another review to confirm or deny this).
If you read other reviews which decry that the APU runs very low FPS, it's because they are't properly taking advantage of it. Do a google search about the program k10stat. I am currently using it and it is a godsend.
Cons: At first glance, you might see this as a con, but I found the silver lining and it turns out to be more of a huge border.
I purchased the model with 3gb of ram installed for 359.99 (August 2012). While this is perfectly acceptable for everyday use, an 8 gb stick would help a lot more. The reason why this might not be a con, however, is that upgrading from a 3gb stick to an 8gb stick is such an easy upgrade, and will cost you $40 or less (which will still put you at a lower price point than a laptop similar to this one).
Bad: 5400rpm is slow
Silver lining: 5400rpm saves a lot of battery life.
Like above, I may upgrade to a SSD once I come up with the money. I've read reviews of other owners who have done this and they are giddy about how peppy this laptop becomes.
Overall Review: I've read some complains about the casing, but honestly, despite being a hard plastic, it's pretty solid. Some users have complained about the track-pad, but I haven't had a single issue with it.
As a poor college student who needs a laptop for school, this is turning out to be the perfect one. It is fast enough for games that I like to play during my downtime, but it's cheap enough that I can actually afford to buy it. It's hard to stress enough how great the A6-3420 APU is for this reason. For an intel-based system, you'd be looking at around 500-600 for similar performance.
It's debatable whether or not my listen "cons" are actually cons. I see it as an opportunity to upgrade as I go, which means I can keep saving up and making the laptop better. Some customers don't like that philosophy, so to each his own.
Pros: Excellent laptop for $350. Quad core 1.5GHz AMD A6 is more than enough for pretty much anything I want to do. The integrated graphics is actually incredibly good, able to play modern games at pretty decent settings. The laptop itself is built pretty nicely, the track pad is nice, and the screen is actually pretty good. Included memory is DDR3-1600MHz instead of the cheap DDR3-1333MHz, which is helpful in making sure the integrated graphics performs to its full potential.
Cons: - shift button is a little small which is a slight inconvenience for my large hands
Overall Review: - While memory included is fast DDR3-1600MHz, it's a single stick, so in order to double memory bandwidth (and significantly improve graphics performance), get a second stick. This gives you 8GB of memory AND increases bandwidth for cheap.
- Stock 5400RPM drive, while necessary for the price point of the laptop, is slow. Replace it with a solid state drive and it'll feel like upgrading all over again. I put a Vertex 4 128GB in here and it works fantastically.
Pros: The good:
Full size keyboard with numpad keys
Can game reasonably well (max resolution and high settings in source engine games)
No real bloatware, other than McAfee to deal with to bring the computer up to speed
4 GB RAM is more than enough for average user
Discrete graphics + APU for great gaming frame rates despite not being meant for gaming
Incredibly cheap and insane value for the money
Cons: The bad:
McAfee demo comes installed and fully running which will make the computer seem slow and bogged down until disabled or uninstalled (I recommend uninstalled).
Hard drive is only 5400 RPM, but once McAfee is gone it performs nicely
1366 x 768 resolution isn't full HD which is a negative for me, but I can deal with it or hook it up to an LCD.
Built-in webcam isn't that great, but a quick upgrade to an HD camera with USB 3.0 will fix that
Overall Review: The ugly:
The fact is, to set up this computer for use really only needs removing of McAfee, and then the computer will FLY. McAfee is constantly accessing your hard drive and using CPU and RAM resources which will make it seem slow and bogged down at first, but it's an easy uninstall process. After that, you will understand that this is the best value of power to price ratio you can find anywhere. Competing laptops can not compare, and their nearest rival installs docking bars and special bloat programs that are required to use the media and special keys, but not here.
This is an absolute gem and a dream machine to have for anyone who isn't trying to use it in serious gaming competition, but you can still run all the popular games at reasonable settings to achieve a good framerate.
Just remember, the hard drive is not as slow as other people are saying here, it's McAfee dragging it down.
WEI rating is great other than "aero effects" which is wrong because it runs aero beau
Pros: Great laptop out of the box.
Overall Review: Out of the box it scored the following on the Windows Performance Index:
5.7 Hard Disk
After installing an extra 4 MB memory module, a 240 GB SSD, and a fresh install of Windows 7, it scores:
7.7 Hard Disk
Pros: Okay where do i begin
-amazing quad core performance (for the price)
-power efficient processor which can give you alot of battery life depending on what you are doing
-it is an amazing deal if its on sale
- build quality is good (for the price)
-If you are willing to make up for the weak parts you will get budget performance like you've never seen before
Cons: -some components are weak such as the ram and the hdd but this is not a problem at all
Overall Review: For someone looking for a budget school laptop, work laptop, entertainment laptop this does it all and more
I was excited about amds new APU and i finally decided to give it a try with one of my most trusted brands asus
I am absolutely blown away by the performance for the price and i know once you get this you wont think so but that's because of the cons is stated
The moment i got this i replaced the hard drive with a budget 128gb SSD from Kingston,the ram with a 8gb corsair memory at 1333mhz and finally did a clean install from a windows home premium OEM i had and this thing screams budget performance.
If Im just typing and surfing the internet i get up to 5 hours of battery life if i do the energy settings correctly and up to 3 hours of hd video playback.
If you are willing to upgrade core components even for cheap the power and the efficiency of the AMD quad core APU will shine! the future is bright for APU
Pros: I bought this laptop on sale for $350 for my wife. She is not a gamer and mainly does minor image editing (paint.net) and uploading photos to facebook along with the normal email/surfing etc...
When the box arrived ( early!! ) it was very well packed. I unpacked it, and went about going through the initial boot and creating OS backup disks. The initial boot went quickly enough and soon I was on the desktop installing my wifes favorite apps ( Firefox, paint.net, z-zip, filezilla etc..)
I really liked the feel of the keyboard though the touchpad-click might be a bit too sensitive.
I was very impressed with how responsive the machine is and even did a little anecdotal performance testing ( run a few flash videos while streaming a couple others to VLC from the file server). Very respectable performance - no video stuttering or drive thrashing etc...
All in all if you keep your expectations realistic, this is an excellent buy for the $$.
Overall Review: I did not try any GL/D3D games on this machine though other reviewers give most games passable performance. If you want a gaming laptop however, expect to pay 3-5 times as much or more.
I have an Asus G51JX for myself and gaming is what that is made for and it does the job very well 2 years after initial purpose. It was my satisfaction with that laptop which drove this purchase.
Pros: Laptop feels sturdy and strong, Great integrated graphics card
Cons: Low amount of hard drive space (and like others have said, its quite slow)
Overall Review: I owned a netbook as my main computer for quite awhile and wanted something much more powerful. I wanted something that could play current games as well. While this isn't a "gaming" laptop, if you don't mind putting some settings of more powerful games to low, you'll be pleasantly surprised at what this thing can do, especially at it's cheap price. I have played Sonic Generations via Steam and I can play at stable fps with low settings. Older games like Fallout 3 and Fable 3 work amazingly well on high settings. Don't dismiss it because it doesn't have dedicated graphics. If you want something dirt cheap that can run games at decent settings, this might be what you are looking for.
Pros: Fast processor
Screen looks almost great
USB3.0 Confirmed! 1 slot
Doesn't feel cheap
Fast boot option does work when you uninstall some of the bloat
Cons: SSD, but you can do that on your own
hard to find on asus website
Alot of bloat, but the hard drive is big enough to withstand
Overall Review: This laptop is fantastic. We were using an old macbook 13" but it just was shotty on wifi and apple of course never wanted to fix the issue even though alot of people were having the same issue. This blows that thing away and i bought that used for more money than this. I set it up and there is alot of updates to do which isnt super fun, but after they are all done, this thing just breezes by and works great. The ram is 2 slots, has one slot with 4gb 1600 sodimm and even with just that as a htpc it works great but ordered a stick just to max it out, why not. I am ultra happy with this purchase, as I always have been with ASUS products.