|Screen Size||12.1 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366x768 pixels|
|Processor||2.7 GHz A110|
|RAM||4 GB DIMM|
|Memory Speed||1333 MHz|
|Hard Drive||500 GB Serial ATA-300|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics 3000|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
ASUS B23E-XH71 12.1-Inch Laptop (Black)
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12.5" HD (1366x768) / Intel Core i7-2620M / 4GB DDR3 / 500GB 7200RPM / DL DVDRW CDRW / Windows 7 Professional (64Bit) / 802.11BGN / 0.3MP Camera / Bluetooth 3.0 / 3 Cell Battery / HDMI Port / 3YR Global/1YR Accidental Damage/30-Day Zero Bright Dot/2-way FREE shipping/24-7 tech support
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The performance on this laptop is top-notch, as should be obvious by the i7 processor and 7200RPM HDD. An SDD would obviously be faster, but then you'll have to settle for a lot less space. The battery life is decent, nothing impressive; but that's to be expected considering that this is quite a powerhouse for its size.
I think 12" screens are optimal for laptops. 11" and below are too small, and 13" and above are too big. This is compact and light, but also comfortable enough to type on.
But there are issues I have with the trackpad. I do not like that they do not have side-scrolling via the edge of the trackpad. You have to use two fingers to scroll. Side-scrolling is so much simpler, and I don't see why ASUS would switch to a trackpad vendor that uses such stupid scrolling methods.
Also, the placement of the headphone and microphone jacks is absolutely ridiculous. It's positioned right where the edge of your left palm will rest while typing on the keyboard. It's extremely uncomfortable, and I'm not sure who is the moron who designed this placement, but I hope they're out of a job today.
I'm on the fence of giving it three stars, but I have to give it four because it's next to impossible to get a powerful Windows 7 laptop these days. Everything is just moving more and more into Windows 8, and I don't want to put up with that. This is a fairly good machine for the price despite some stupid design choices.
When I received it, no DVD/CD drive. I called Amazon.com who told me it did come with the DVD drive and that I should contact ASUS customer service. 2 days, 5 hours worth of calls (4 hours of hold) and 4 reps later, the specs are still unclear. Manual indicates no optical drive, but both Amazon reps and ASUS reps insist there is a optical drive.
Everything else seems to be working fine. There are overheating issues though.
I will update my review once I use it for at least 2-3 months.
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