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I Want to Love This...
on December 3, 2012
I received this laptop as an anniversary gift. We had originally focused on a heavy duty but lightweight Windows 8 laptop/tablet. No Windows RT for me. Maybe I wanted too much out of one device. I was hoping for the perfect blend of ultrabook and tablet.
Prior to that we had tried the Zen Book Prime, but the keyboard and touchpad were just too buggy. We considered the Samsung Series 9 as well. Against all of my programmer boyfriend's belief's we tried a juiced up Mac Air 13 but ultimately decided against the Apple OS.
We didn't want to wait any longer for the Yoga or HP Envy 2 convertibles. I decided I needed an ultra portable laptop over a tablet. I wanted to be able to do some work on it as well and not use it primarily for entertainment.
My boyfriend surprised me with this beautiful laptop. Beautiful, feels solid, and has all the goodies, at this price, it better.
First, it's gorgeous. Beautiful display, feels solid, the keypad looks like the Macbook Air but less comfortable. Feels good but a little awkward,and the delete key is located to the right of the space bar.
This was my first experience with Windows 8, and let me say you really need a touch screen to utilize it. I strongly recommend that you DON'T update to Windows 8 UNLESS you have a touchscreen.
Back to this gem, I've now had it two weeks and still beautiful but instead of being more at ease with the keyboard, it's actually getting more cumbersome as I'm very aware of as I'm typing this review. It's great for basic apps and web browsing but if I just wanted that I could have gotten a tablet or Chromebook for a fraction of the price.
The fan is so loud that my visiting mother thought it was the radiators. I'm very aware of the fan as I'm typing this. Sometimes the fan is SO loud lately that it seems like it's going to self-destruct.
Three stars because of the layout of the keyboard, the fan, and for this price why not make this gorgeous machine fully convert to a tablet?? It's already a touch screen so most of the job is done.