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Pros: All of the pros from my previous review still apply
Cons: Same here, up to and including the fact that after hours of dinking around with that useless Win8 OS, I finally wiped and did a clean install of Win7, which seemed to have cleared up all of my issues except the one below.
Now for the new "con" in the list. The Atheros wireless adapter is absolute freaking garbage. If you are more than 5 feet from a WAP, you cannot stay connected. My card has d/ced three times while writing this addendum to my review (and I'm sitting in a room watching Netflix on my desktop rig, and it has 5 bars and streaming without lag; laptop only has 2 bars). As may be inferred, I did my research and installed appropriate drivers for my OS, but still no dice. Still a great laptop, really responsive, played TEOS Beta just fine (sitting 5' from the WAP the whole time) and does all of my accounting coursework with ease. Just that pesky piece of junk wireless adapter that sours the relationship a bit.
Other Thoughts: I'd still go for it as long as you intend to use it close to your WAP, or have a thoroughly pervasive wireless infrastructure like a school or such, or hard wire it to your router...oh...looky there, d/ced again before completing the review update. The warning is complete.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Low price
- Asus reliability
- Low weight
Overall a great laptop for the price, it does everything I need it to do for school, and doesn't weigh a ton. Great features for the price. I have played a couple of video games on it, and I haven't been blown away, but I do most of my gaming on my desktop rig anyway.
Cons: - Battery life
- Windows 8
The battery life isn't great, regardless of the power settings used. Windows 8 is not a great OS in my opinion, and the tiles thing is more of a distraction than it is a useful tool. Now you have the ability to "update" to 8.1 and get a sort of Start button, or you can download a shell overlay to get one. Just do a search for it. The trackpad is easily the worst design and function I have ever seen in my life. Do yourself a favor and just buy a mouse.
Other Thoughts: The construction of the laptop is a little flimsy, and the keyboard flexes upward a little bit in the middle. But the keyboard has a good feel to it and it is easy to type with it. I have only ever used Asus motherboards in my desktop builds, and this laptop has been just as reliable.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Logitech Wireless Mouse M525 - Navy / Grey
Pros: - Logitech
- Good size for portability
- Unifying receiver for multiple devices like a keyboard at an office desk.
- Switch to turn off the laser when not in use.
Like every other Logitech device that I've ever owned, all I did was plug it in and go...and go...and go! The green laser seems to consume less power, or maybe because of the switch; either way, I have used the mouse every single day since the end of August and it is now halfway through November on one set of batteries.
Cons: There wasn't a half-off discount for customer appreciation or Logitech loyalty.
Other Thoughts: It always works, and that's a common trait for every Logitech device I've ever owned.READ FULL REVIEW