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The best laptop deal I could find,
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This review is from: ASUS S400CA-DH51 14-Inch TouchScreen Laptop (Personal Computers)
Pretty much everything has already been written about this laptop that needs to be written. I just needed a pretty basic laptop to use in place of my tablet, which simply doesn't perform at the level I need for my business dealings. Using spreadsheets on my tablet is a pain and trying to attach files using our corporate web access email just doesn't work using the tablet. I knew I wanted the touch screen because much of my work takes place inside my vehicle. The tablet had at least been good for that. I also wanted to explore Windows 8 and see what that's all about and I knew that if I was going to get a Windows 8 machine, it absolutely had to have a touchscreen. It really made no sense otherwise.
Okay, now for my summary. The good: it performs very well for my business usage, which is mostly spreadsheets, word processing, email, and general internet research. I really like the keyboard; it's much better than many laptops I've tried. The bad: it's considerably heavier that I expected. I had grown accustomed to carrying around my tablet (Galaxy 10.1) in my briefcase and the Asus definitely puts more of a strain on it. As several people have already pointed out, the screen resolution is it's biggest weakness. It's still very useable, but is definitely where the cost-savings come in. Still, I paid just under $700 for the S400CA and there wasn't any laptop I could find anywhere for this price that had as much overall bang for the buck. Sure, there are better laptops out there that will definitely have better screen res, but you will pay for it.
The day after I purchased this, I came across a CNET review of this laptop and they suggested a buyer could do much better in this price range. It may have been the case that at the time they reviewed the S400CA, that the price was higher or something. I don't know. But if there are laptops out there that offer more for the dollar I certainly couldn't find one and I've been looking for some months now both on the internet as well as at a number of stores such as Fry's, Best Buy, etc. and this still remains the best deal I could find.
So would I recommend it? To those whose needs require some high-end graphics capabilities and/or a lighter laptop, then no. But for the user who simply requires a solid, well-built decent performing laptop with the added benefit of a touchscreen along with Windows 8, I would highly recommend it.
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Initial post: Dec 20, 2012, 9:19:11 PM PST
J. On says:
This laptop has always been $700 since it was released for the core i5 version. Cnet is an Apple biased website.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013, 8:05:56 PM PST
Amazon Customer says:
I upgraded the original WiFi to an Intel 6235 card (w/BT) for $23. Much better connectivity and speed.
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