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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
on November 30, 2013
I purchased this used, in 2012 in like new condition. So I cant say anything about amazon, or the ASUS warranty process.
The Good: I love this little netbook, far more capable than a tablet, long battery life and portability are just a few of the upsides. Built in SD reader, VGA and HDMI connector, you can pretty much do anything you need with this little machine. Thanks to the AMD APU, it will run most current games, low settings, but its better that playing minesweeper if you have time to kill. The WIFI reception is great, better then most I have had. The camera has a privacy cover, it has blue tooth and enough hard drive to chock full of movies and shows to survive a stay a the relatives. The 5.5 hour battery life is not a gimmick, you can stretch it out even longer with the brightness turned down. This is pretty much my ideal, light duty, everyday mobile computing buddy. The long cord is about double what other makers give you, they did not skimp it. The matte finish does not show fingerprints like the cool shiny toys all the TV adds have, this is a working machine.
The Bad: I never liked the tiny plug on the power adapter, always figured I would bend it. Never did but it is very slight. there is only 1 USB 2.0 plug, I figured they guessed if you needed more that you would have a hub handy. It was always a little flexible where the hinges connected to the frame, flexed too much for my liking.
The Ugly: Ram is soldered on, no chance of upgrading that. The HINGES broke! and when it did, it shoved up against the delicate card that connects the VGA, SD Card and Power button and broke the solder connection between it and the motherboard. Upon dis-assembly, the culprit is the weak hinge connection. I epoxy glued mine together and formed up around it with epoxy so that the other hinge would not break as well. IF I had taken it apart and seen the wimpy, tiny, itty-bitty little plastic riser they chose to screw it onto, I would have reinforced it day 1, warranty be dammed. The ASUS netbooks had a fine reputation for solidness, I still have a 900h netbook, runs great, no issues. To be the last, and the worst, speaks very poorly for ASUS, that they would let such a under strength connection play a vital part in the design. I will get another netbook someday, and ASUS no longer makes them, but ASUS will not be making it to the short list on anymore portable electronics purchases. I will still buy their PC mother boards and video cards, but not any of their portable offerings.