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Great laptop, great price!
on February 9, 2012
I did a LOT of research before choosing this particular laptop. I went with ASUS for several reasons. Key features were the 2 year warranty with 1 year accidental damage coverage that comes standard on this ASUS laptop model, the Intel i7 quad core processor, Bluray player, 6 gb RAM expandable to 12 gb, USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0, screen size, HD graphics, HDMI output, multitasking ability, and sound quality.
Don't be mislead by the negative reviews of this laptop, in my opinion most of the complaints had very little to do with the features of this laptop but were related to lack of computer knowledge. First of all, NO computer, laptop or desktop, comes with all of the Windows 7 updates installed, doesn't matter what brand or model you buy. Some retailers will install the updates for you, but don't expect the computer to have them installed right out of the box.
Now about the touchpad. I had no problems with it and the settings can be easily adjusted to suit user needs. It also recognizes a finger touch over an accidental palm touch reducing the common and really annoying problem of moving the cursor accidentally. The click bar is a single button, simply click the left or right side. You can also use simple finger taps in place of the click bar. I personally prefer a mouse, but I like the design and maneuverability of the touchpad.
Now for the rest. This laptop has the capability of installing 2 SATA hard drives so you can use the existing 750 GB drive or add a second hard drive! The Bluray Player/DVD burner plays Bluray and DVD movies flawlessly. The sound quality is excellent for a laptop, and the HD screen is beautiful. Online games such as World of Warcraft had stunning visuals and played with no hesitations or lags. Wireless network setup was a breeze with ultra-fast wireless-n capability, the Bluetooth 3.0 connected to my Android phone and Bluetooth enabled printer easily and files transferred in seconds. The USB 3.0 port is another great feature. I hooked up an external hard drive with USB 3.0 capability and my entire system backup was finished in under 2 minutes. Streaming media was also great; I subscribe to Netflix and with this laptop no more glitches or hesitations in playback.
I do wish this laptop had the newer chiclet-style keyboard, it is heavier than other laptops, and check the size requirements for the inside storage pocket if you are buying a case or bag to carry it. The inner pocket of a lot of laptop cases and bags will be too small. I bought the Ultra Defender Top Load Notebook Case for laptops up to 17.3", also available on Amazon, and even that one was a tight fit for this laptop.
All in all, I definitely recommend this machine for those looking for a laptop with great entertainment features, seamless multi-tasking, power and speed. Kudos to ASUS for creating a great machine.
I've had this laptop for several months now and wanted to share a few things I learned.
First, the box the laptop came in said it only had a one year warranty and didn't mention the accidental damage coverage. However, ASUS confirmed in writing that this was incorrect. It DOES carry the 2 year warranty and the 1 year accidental damage coverage. So don't be alarmed by the warranty information printed on the ASUS box.
Second, make sure you use high quality blank DVD's and/or CD's when creating your recovery discs or any other burned disc. The cheap discs will NOT work well with this laptop. I wasted quite a few discs and thought it was a defective Blu-Ray player/DVD burner drive. I spoke with ASUS technical support (they were extremely courteous and helpful) and they were more than willing to replace the drive, but suggested using a higher quality disc before I went to the trouble of sending it in for repair. So I purchased some Verbatim discs and the machine created my recovery discs with no further problems.
Third, there are no instructions telling the user how to add a second internal hard drive so unless you are experienced in how to disassemble a laptop and don't care about possibly voiding your warranty, I'd recommend having a professional add a second hard drive to the system if you need one. On this laptop, you have to remove the keyboard to access the screws that allow you to get the hard drive bay door open. This can be difficult to do and there are no disassembly instructions included with the laptop or available on the ASUS website.
All in all, I love this laptop and still give it the maximum number of stars!