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Pros: Good Hard drive storage, decent RAM, comfortable keyboard, built-in web cam and mic, USB 3.0 ports, EVERYTHING!
It comes with a few neat built-in Apps that just makes things cool. You can switch between using a plugged in mouse and the trackpad to quickly navigate the apps you have running. The mic and web cam both work great. I am able to sit comfortably back at my best position, and both the cam and mic picked me up clearly in Skype. Quick load ups of practically everything. The actual start up can't be longer than 10-12 seconds, if that. Opening programs along with apps and using both at the same time is a breeze. There are many unique features that just make this laptop very user-friendly.
I caught it on a sort of double sale and got this laptop for under $400, but it is totally worth the $500 price tag, and really more than that.
Cons: The only flaw is the processor. Coming in at only 1.90Ghz, you can sometimes notice it, but with the 6 gigs of RAM and the 2 gig graphics card, it more than makes up for it.
Web cam goes only to a max of 0.9MP
I had a problem with the shipping. I paid extra for 2-3 day shipping, but during the process they changed it to saying 3-day only. I called Newegg and although they could do nothing to speed up my order by one day, they refunded my $2.99 plus an extra $7.01, totaling a $10 refund, so it all worked out fairly well actually.
Other Thoughts: Post people say (including me beforehand) complain constantly about Windows 8, BUT I have actually grown to like it better than 7. You can still use you're desktop screen just like all other versions of windows, and if you look up a Windows 8 tutorial on youtube, you should find at least one that will get you completely familiar with the basics of it within a 30 minute video.
The design of the laptop as far as hardware goes is nothing to complain about. The ports could have been placed in better locations, but it's quite easy to readjust your setup to accommodate the differences. It's quite sleek and thin in my own opinion, and not really heavy at all. (7-9lbs maybe?) Wish it came in a solid black or black on red combo, but the color is only perfunctory.
For a normal, all-around laptop user, (schoolwork, gaming, browsing, app-loving, downloading, etc.), This couldn't be a more perfect computer. It quickly loads all Microsoft Office 2013 programs, and it's a breeze to go through all the ins and outs of those programs. Every game I've tried to play so far, (League of Legends, APB: Reloaded, DayZ), it has ran them at no less than medium settings with no lag at all. I haven't tried to up it anymore than that because I'm comfortable with sacrificing super extreme graphics for no lag and still great gameplay. I know this isn't really an 'economy' laptop at $500, but if you catch it on sale or have a promo code to get it reduced in price, I wouldn't hesitate to jump on it. ASUS has their ducks in a row nowadays, and has just become my favorite brand of laptop.