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Get what you pay for
on 2 February 2014
I bought this (not from Amazon!) at Christmas 2013. Overall, now a happy bunny!
I was looking specifically for an i5, big ram (8 GB) and big storage (1 TB) to replace my flaky 6 year old desktop. Asus is a quality brand so I thought I'd go with a name I knew. Initially, the machine had to download around 100 updates for Windows 8 and for about 3 days (8 hours per day!) the machine kept locking up, the only way to get out of it was to switch the machine off by the on/off button. I'm aware the PCs can be flaky in the first few days, so I persevered with it...it got so bad I contacted Asus technical support but this was worse than useless.
Anyhow, 3 weeks on, the machine is still reasonably quiet and stable, the two front USB 3.0 front ports are very quick (when using USB 3.0 memory sticks), it is still super fast (around 2 seconds to start up and 2 seconds to shutdown) and the apps (programs and Office 2013) open instantly. Although the initial issues left a bad taste in the mouth, I am now overall very happy with the machine.