on 24 August 2012
I couldn't decide between this and the Samsung Series 5 13 inch. I am very glad I got this. It may be a couple of mm thicker, and slightly longer and wider, but it has a 2.4GHz i5 processor, not a 1.7GHz ULV one, and has a decent graphics card! Nobody could say that this isn't a very thin laptop. And it's incredibly light - can place in the palm of one hand. I love the matte black finish on the whole of the laptop - it suits me perfectly. I
DO BE AWARE though that it comes with an 8cell battery that sticks out like a bump on the bottom. This means it can last the 9 hours on battery saving (not quite 10) and allows air circulation underneath whilst the laptop is on a hard surface, but it also means that the laptop doesn't neatly slide into a bag amongst books/folders. This isn't too much of an issue for me - a sacrifice you have to pay for the power and specs. Also, it has seemed almost impossible to find a battery that is any smaller than 8cells for this laptop that may sit a bit more flush with the bottom of it. I have searched for a long time for one to no avail.
I couldn't not give this 5 stars as it does absolutely everything you could ever need it for (gaming, editing etc), has a long battery and looks very smart - all in a tiny, beautiful package.
on 29 May 2012
A decent lightweight package which is reasonably powerful for low(ish) cost. It is not an 'ultrabook' but does has minimal weight and reasonable speed. It is however let down by the screen; hence the title of this review. If I had brought this with the intention of doing any image editing, I would have sent it back. The screen is STRONGLY dependent on the viewing angle and tipping it just a few degrees make major changes in the apparent gamma; in fact sit too close and you notice differences between the top and bottom of the screen, these changes in response include posterization effects on the blacks at the extremes. I did not realise that LCDs this bad still existed.
I short DO NOT EVEN THINK OF BUYING THIS FOR IMAGE EDITING! If you do you will have a screen that cannot be calibrated and you never get the same result twice.
Myself, I do my image editing on my desktop, and this machine was brought to have Linux on a portable (openSUSE installs without problems), and as such, so long as I remember to sit back a bit and get the screen tilt just right it is acceptable, and it is reasonably cheap for a small powerful package...... It is a pity however that this is let down by the screen.
on 7 April 2013
Great portable. Battery lasts about 8 or 9 hours with a bit of management. Could do with less of the Asus junk software on initial configuration, but the device itself is great. My power supply died after a year, so purchased a generic one as needed a quick fix for it rather than trying to get a warranty repair or replacement.