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I have a friend that had the same laptop and did his best to avoid taking it with him anywhere and it's ...
on January 5, 2015
Most reviews of a product will happen within the first week or two the product has been received, but this review is about the long term durability of this laptop so I'm writing it a year after my purchase. I got this laptop about a 1 year and 4 months ago and it arrived with the disc tray plastic covering (the thing you push to get the tray to open) hanging out separately in the box. That should have been a red-flag for me about the durability of this product, but because I was in need of a new computer and I was able to Macgyver the tray back on to the laptop I let it slide. About a month later I noticed that the battery was always coming loose when I would take it out the laptop bag, I figured out that was because the right battery lock wasn't snapping back into place and would with the slightest brush of my finger end up locked in the open position. Again, because some caution and delicateness on my avoided this issue I let it slide. Over the next few months more and more issues have popped up and over a relatively short amount of time this laptop has just fallen apart under normal conditions that any laptop would experience. I'll open up my laptop to find that screws are randomly missing from the back of it. The harddrive will just shut down of its own accord at times. The straw that broke the camel's back and has led me to post this review is that one of the monitor hinges broke recently. Just slightly such that the laptop still works, but enough so that I think it has led to the screen flickering whenever I move it at all now. This is just a warning to anyone who might see this laptop and be considering purchasing because of the price. Please hold off on buying this or any other ASUS products. They really are not durable at all. I had a Toshiba Satellite laptop for 4 years that I literally took everywhere with me. It only broke after 4 years because of a freak accident. I have a friend that had the same laptop and did his best to avoid taking it with him anywhere and it's lasted him 6 years now. That's really besides the point though. The point of a laptop is portability and to be portable a laptop has to be lightish, have a decent battery life, and be durable. Unfortunately this laptop has really failed the last part of this test. I'm going to try and get this thing returned as part of my credit card's extended warranty, but I'm probably out of ~$600 and in the market for another laptop after only 1.5 years.
To throw in a kinda-positive word for this product. If you do want a semi-powerful laptop that runs smoothly and can be bought for a bargain, but you only want to use it for ~ 1.5 years then you should get it. Otherwise buyer beware.