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Product was unusable because of the keyboard
on January 31, 2013
There were many things to like about this product, but the functionality of the keyboard made it unusable.
Things I found that I liked:
Battery life - probably average for this class machine
Software load: Not loaded with bloatware
Fit and Finish: Good - sturdy aluminum frame
Ran cool and relatively silently compared to an older laptop
Nice clear display
Performance: Acceptable but not significantly better than a four year old laptop based on my light workload requirements(spreadsheets, Word processing, Internet browsing, email) with up to perhaps six sessions running at once.
The thing that made it totally unacceptable:
Keyboard: chiclet style keyboard (found on more laptops these days) without a good tactile feel. Big issue was that my space bar key strikes would be missed about three times for each line of text typed. I found my hands cramped up while trying to position them in such a way that my key strikes would be registered. I worked with it for three weeks, then finally gave up and returned it.
I purchased another Asus machine a few weeks earlier as a gift (Asus - 15.6" Laptop - 4GB Memory - 320 GB Hard Drive-Model X54C-BBK19) for just under $300 and had a totally different experience after having the opportunity to work on it from time to time. It had an Intel I3 processor and only a 300GB drive (vs. an I5 processor and 500GB drive on this unit for a cost of around $450), The keyboard and general operation of the cheaper laptop was superlative. It ran quieter, while just as fast and the keyboard was totally different with no problems what so ever. A big factor in my purchase of both machines was that they both came loaded with Windows 7.
What I learned with this experience was how important the keyboard was to my satisfaction level with a laptop.