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A very very good cheap laptop
on 8 May 2014
I was given this laptop to replace one that was stolen and fortunately for me, the specifications far surpass that of my old laptop. The screen is huge. You don't think two inches will make much difference but they really do (I'm sure there's a joke there somewhere but it'll take a brighter mind than mine to figure it out).
The high Ram, which is double what my old laptop had, allows the machine to run high maintenance applications such as video editing software or games like a dream. So far it hasn't made a sound whilst my old Toshiba would be screaming from it's fan vents and burning a hole in my leg.
A terabyte of memory is more than enough for any casual person to use for music, films and other stored files and three usb ports (including a special super charged one for boosting power to your phone) is also sufficient.
A bluray disc player seems somewhat obsolete considering my use of Sky go and Netflix but it's always nice to know it's there.
Problems I have come across so far;
Due to the large size, the keyboard is located far from the edges, meaning when the laptop is on my knees while lying down as it is now, the angle can make typing slightly more difficult.
The power lead could be longer. It's a pedantic complaint but an extra half meter would be nice.
Not naming names, since I don't know any, but some genius decided the best place for the speakers would be on the bottom of the laptop at the back. When any sound is played it's muffled unless the volume is turned right up. If any Asus employers are reading this: put the speakers just under the screen above the keyboard. I'm currently a student and therefore unemployed so feel free to employ me as of next summer.
Using headphones or external speakers is the best option and I have no complaints when using either.
One other problem that isn't the manufacturer's fault: Windows 8 is one of the most infuriating thing's anyone has ever done ever. It's fairly easy to get used to but occasionally it'll pull something out of the bag that'll make you want to punch a wall, or Bill Gates if he wasn't so damn lovely.
If possible, get windows 7.