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From what I can find out this was a laptop designed by Asus for Best Buy. It is hard to find it on Asus website although they do have the drivers available. I checked it out at Best Buy where I had gone to look at another brand. The feel of the keyboard and the monitor clarity won me over. I bought this to replace a dying laptop and it was my first experience with Windows 8 (I did try the beta but wasn't impressed). I didn't want a touch screen but I did want the memory and hard drive size. I was a bit concerned about the lack of an SSD drive but I haven't seen any speed issues that would make me sorry that feature wasn't included.
Pros: It is fast to start up, VERY fast. I have several Windows 7 computers (laptops, desktops, tablet.) It smokes them for speed when it comes to loading the operating system. It will also go to sleep and come out of it instantly with no hang ups. Response to loading programs, closing them etc. is exceptional. Battery life seems to be running over 5 hours which is what I expected.
Cons: A very few minor issues that I can live with but might not work well for someone else: Lighted keyboard - I want a lit keyboard and it has one but it is very hard to make out the letters when they are lit so I ended up turning that feature off. Touch pad - Sometimes it can be unresponsive. It almost acts like it isn't getting a firm enough touch or drag from my finger. I put a wireless mouse on it and that works great. It can be frustrating trying to get the pad to respond. Since I have had several touch pads on laptops in the past I feel qualified to say it is not it's best feature.
Overall I love the laptop and would purchase an Asus again.
Bought these refurbished so wasn't sure what to expect. They arrived in great condition and started up right away. I had my IT-expert Brother-In-Law look it over and he was quite impressed. Couldn't believe we got it for such a great price. He ran it through a few programs and was amazed by the speed. Needless to say, my son has been very happy with it. The smaller size allows him to carry it around with being too much of a burden.
I got one from a Best Buy online sale for a very reasonable price. It is fast, light, sleek, and beautiful. I love this laptop.
Performance: With the 3rd Generation Core i7 processor and 8 GB RAM this computer is a real performer. It is fast, quiet, and ice-cool!
Weight: At 4.2 lbs this computer is not the lightest but it is quite portable. With this configuration, if you are expecting some real performance then please don't go for the ultra-portables. They are just joke! This computer is no joke. It's meant for serious computation.
Screen: The screen is extremely bright and vivid in colors. The matte screen ensures that you get to see the video, and not your own face. I hate those glossy screens because of self reflection. But this one with its matte screen simply is great!
Keyboard: Backlit, chicklet keyboard. What I like about this keyboard is that the keys are very large and well spaced. The best thing I liked about the keyboard is that it has separate Home and End buttons. One important factor is the up/down scroll buttons. They are separate and nicely spaced unlike some other laptops in which these are so tiny that you end up pressing one in stead of the other!
Some people have complained about the silver color keys which absorb the back-lit effect. It is true to some extent. However, if you are typing in the well-lit environment, turning off the back-lit makes this better. And if you are in a low light condition, then the back-lit does help!
Speaker: Very loud and clear sound.
It has DVD drive. So unlike other lightweight laptops, you are not handicapped with this one.
Overall, it's a power packed compact laptop. I recommend it for anyone.
I bought this laptop at Bestbuy during the after-Christmas sales in Jan-2013 for $649.00. I've used it daily for 11 months. I was attracted to the I7 processor and the compact 14" screen. I travel with it. When I'm working at my desk I connect to a 23" LED HD monitor via HDMI. I have run Microsoft Access and processed data bases with tens of thousands of records without issue.
What I like:
-Very bright screen -Great keyboard design and feel -Extremely sturdy metal case & sturdy build. I've owned 10 laptops and every one ended up with cracks in the cheap cases. This is solid as a rock but not heavy -I7 processor -Bluetooth -8GB memory
What I don't like:
-Random shutdown. This started about 4 months ago, lasted for 3 months and has since stopped for the last 60 days. I suspect over heating -The case which is black metal and shows finger prints where ever it's touched -Speakers sound like speakers in a 14" laptop...What did you expect? -The internet will slow to a crawl when memory process capacity reaches 40%. I believe this is operating system related but the operating system is part of the laptop I bought. -The CD drive in this day and age is not necessary and I wish I could remove it when I'm not using. It's needless weight. -ASUS will not provide operating system disks even though it comes with a license to Windows 8. If the hard-drive fails you have to send it to ASUS and they will reload the operating system