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Seriously, SUCH a piece of crap.
on December 22, 2014
I only recommend buying this if you want to work on becoming a more patient individual not inclined towards violent fits of rage against electronic equipment, and you need something to help you exercise your patience.
The most serious problem is inconsistent charging. Look online, you will find HUNDREDS of posts related to this. It's not a one-time problem, or a matter of the battery or adapter going bad. I'm not sure what causes it- I suspect it might have something to do with the Windows update process (though HOW, I'm not sure, as I'm not particularly technologically savvy) as I notice problems occurring more often while the computer is in the process of installing Windows updates...
Whatever is causing it, the result is that sometimes the computer will charge "perfectly" (from say 15% charge to fully charged in about 6 hours or so? A little long but at least it charges!), while other times I have had it plugged in for more than 48 hours before I was able to get a full charge. Sometimes the battery doesn't charge at all even when it's plugged in. I have wasted hours of my life trying to troubleshoot this problem (even taken the computer apart to check connections) and I've admitted defeat. I simply leave it plugged in whenever I'm not using it unless the battery is at over 80%. Because the computer charges so slowly this means it's pretty-much constantly plugged in. Not so useful for traveling!!
I don't know where they did the trials on battery life but I've never gotten more than about 8 hours out of it. Which is great! But it's not 11 or 12, as some reviews seem to suggest!
Also, the screen is INCREDIBLY fragile. I have always treated the computer very gently but less than a month after using it I took it out of my bag to find a crack across the whole screen. Then the other day the screen actually cracked (in a different location) JUST FROM OPENING THE LID! Very poor construction.
Luckily, the computer still functions as a laptop but it's practically useless as a tablet. Also, a other reviewers have mentioned the hinge only allows the screen to go back about 5 degrees more than vertical, which isn't the end of the world but it's still an inconvenience.
Also, sometimes the computer just completely refuses to turn on, even though the indicator light (glowing white) shows that the battery is fully charged. Through lots of frustrated pressing of the "on" button and/or scouring forums and trying suggestions offered there I have so far managed to find the appropriate number and duration of key and button pressing to magically unlock the computer and turn it on, but it seems to require a different passcode each time.
On the plus side, it IS very pretty. But I'd just as soon have my old school Asus 1015 PE that I initially hated but actually ended up being a great little computer, which made me think I should buy another Asus. But I've now purchased two Asus computers in less than a year and both have been total sh*t so next time I buy a new computer I'm switching brands. Anyone have recommendations?