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Sleek and refined design on the outside, not the inside.
on 4 August 2013
This is my first ASUS laptop after having apple products for some time and dell before that. A friend recommended ASUS to me and was recommended this laptop by Currys/PcWorld. The laptop has a great design and a refined finish on the outside with the keyboard being nice and light, reminiscent of a Macbook Pro, I did however encounter a few problems with the hardware and speed issues when running the simplest of tasks such as web browsing. Most of the time the laptop runs fine and no 'wake up' crashes thanks to the nifty InstantStart technology but after buying software that detects disk usage the laptop was maxing at 80% just on running google chrome. In summary, a brilliant laptop with a novelty touch screen which in my opinion is essential when using Windows 8 with surprising clarity, but the hardware unfortunately does not match the build quality.
- Fast and responsive touch screen that tends not to gain finger marks.
- Extremely light weight, perfect for on the go word processing at university or work.
- Good sound quality (compared with other baseline notebookes)
- Aluminium finish, feels very solid and durable.
- No disk drive, unfortunately even in this digital age, old disks like Office are still used, you will have to buy a separate drive.
- The i3 intel processor sounds impressive however it is the baseline processor and performs at 1.4ghz with two threads, can stream HD content but that is about it, gamers and HD photographers should look elsewhere.
- Tendency to crash or freeze applications when more than four or five are open at once, noticeable decrease in speed as well.
- Overpriced in my opinion, you are paying for touch screen capability definitely not the hardware.
- Touchscreen obsolete because the body of the keyboard is far too big and tends to get in the way ( this is subjective but I barely use the touch screen when such a big body is in the way, unlike a tablet ).
This NOTEBOOK is good in terms of Windows 8 usability but not for multiple tasks and heavy usage of games or HD content. If you are not fussed about having a touchscreen, I would invest in a non-touchscreen laptop where you will get more, for your money.