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This is an excellent entry-level laptop with decent performance, a nice bright screen, and a light footprint at about 5 pounds. It also has a smaller a/c adapter sort of like an iPad instead of the older style "bricks" which is nice - I'm surprised it's taking manufacturers so long to copy Apple's lead in the small a/c adapter area. The keyboard does feel exceedingly cheap (much cheaper than my $299 HP Chromebook) and the entire keyboard vibrates as you are typing. If you push down on the "G" key with normal force, you will see that entire part of the keyboard (T,F,H,V,B) sink in which is a little disconcerting. The keyboard is definitely the weak link in this system. ALSO, it pays you to shop around.... there is a major price war going on and I was able to buy this at a local office supply chain which matched the price at the big box electronics store down the street....both of which were significantly less than the current price here on Amazon. ONE MORE TIP: There are two models of this computer that are identical EXCEPT one has a DVD player and one does not. As of this writing the one without has been hovering around $200 and the one with the DVD player is around $220. It is very easy to get them confused as they have the same box and almost the same model number, so be sure to look for the full model number when you are searching: X551MAV-RCLN06. Both boxes will say "X551" in big letters but you have to read the small print next to the serial number to make sure you are getting the correct one. I ordered this one and was shipped the non-DVD drive unit by an Amazon seller and had to return it.
Wow, this keyboard is really cheap.. I'm typing this review on it and it keeps dropping letters as I type. I will update this review as I'm concerned if it's this bad in week one it will not last.
Pro's and Con's...
Pro's: - Price - Basic black, not stylish but doesn't scream "cheap"... just looks like a basic laptop - Great screen - bright, good resolution - Fast enough for word processing and internet surfing. This is obviously not a gaming computer. - Small profile a/c adapter brick, one piece - NO bloatware preinstalled.... no "Click on this for Ebay" links or trial versions of bad virus software - Really fast boot... 2-4 seconds - Windows 8 not so bad once you install free utility called "Classic Shell" which makes start button etc work like Windows 7 - Major price war going on with this computer, so you will get a good deal - USB ports, one of which is 3.0, also HDMI out and ethernet connections. Everything you could need. - DVD player / writer, works well... still need one of these.
- Touchpad sensitivity.... way too sensitive and I've searched all the ASUS gesture configurations and there seems to be NO adjustment for sensitivity. Google ASUS touchpad sensitivity and there are major threads on this so clearly a significant issue that ASUS is not effectively addressing. - Keyboard. Exceedingly cheap. OMG. As I type this it sounds like a rock rolling around on a dashboard of a car as you drive it. The whole thing shakes and shimmies. I think I can live with this but will update this review if I can't. Try it out at local store first if you can.
For me, the pro's outweigh the con's, with a lingering concern about the keyboard. If there is interest, I will update this review as I use this system more, but overall I think it's a good one and I will end up keeping it.
Hope this helps!
UPDATE ONE YEAR LATER: This laptop has not been a great purchase for us. It appears it has been replaced with a newer model so perhaps that one is better, but the touchpad has been terrible on this one -- very unreliable even with driver updates etc.... and even though I've kept it virus-free, the computer has slowed down considerably with a frequent "spinning blue circle" as the computer struggles to process the most basic of tasks. So this goes into the "regretted purchase" category for me -- I won't purchase another ASUS after this experience. Meanwhile my 2 year old Chromebook is still going strong and I love it.... (using it right now to write this review!)
I never write long, drawn out reviews because they are boring to read and I'm not always convinced they give out more information than can be achieved with an abstract. However, this warrants a long winded review because I was so impressed with this bad boy!
I haven't had a properly functioning laptop in years so my review might be a little biased, but I LOVE this laptop! It is fast, runs silent, doesn't overheat, has all the ports I need, has the CD/DVD drive, the batteries last forever, (in comparison to what I am used to,) I love that there is a one-part power cord as I don't have to lug around the giant clunky things. It also charges very quickly, and that is nice when outlets aren't overly accessible.
I found that it was easy to learn and get used to Windows 8.1, ( I was previously using Windows XP, I told you it had been years!) I was dreading this as I kept hearing just how much a nightmare Windows 7 was. I do find myself reaching out and touching the screen out of habit of having only an Android phone and tablet to work off of and I imagine that I look rather silly as I continually tap a screen that was never designed to react and becoming increasingly frustrated until I remember that there is a track pad for that. Not really related, but I am so happy to have a proper word program and whatnot again.
One of my favorite features is the full keyboard. I really missed having the 10 key touch pad on the side and having the function keys more spread out. Also, the buttons have a satisfying resistance and "click" so you know that you've depressed the button properly. The settings are easily changed without extreme navigation away from whatever you are doing, an amazing innovation that I have been begging for since computers have existed.
I wasn't crazy about getting used to the Bing-based search, but its growing on me. Also, there are times when the internet page will not load inexplicably. But I find that if I give it a minute, it gets over itself and I can get back to my browsing. The screen is nice and large and easy to see. The glare gets a little annoying, but that is always the case. I found that the track pad can be a little touchy and over-sensitive at times to the effect that the pointer will jump across the screen at the slightest nudge. It passes quickly and is more entertaining than truly an annoyance.
The USB 3.0 port is a dream and the 2.0 works as expected. I love to use the preinstalled Netflix app to watch my shows and/or YouTube and connect it to my TV via the HDMI cord as the picture quality seems better than when I watch through my Wii. Saves me tons of batteries form the Wii remotes too.
The whole reason I wanted a new laptop was to plan a Skype Baby Shower for my best friend who lives on the other side of the states and this webcam and microphone were quite amazing. There were very few freezes and the pictures it creates are pretty decent. I won't be blowing up a shot poster size, but that's not its intended purpose.
The laptop itself has a nice weight to it and a very pleasant texture on the front and around the track pad. My wrists and forearms don't stick to it like it did to the super smooth finish on my old machine. It is susceptible to fingerprint marks, but what isn't?!
So far, I am exceedingly impressed with this laptop, excuse me, notebook, and I am very pleased with its performance and grateful it fit so easily into my budget!