I recommend anything from Samsung, Crucial, or Intel for reliability. If you are new to the SSD, then I recommend whatever is cheapest and affordable from these three manufacturers as for everyday usage, you can barely tell the difference in performance. What you want is reliability and these three brands have been proven to be reliable.
Well, then you might want to come up with some sort of plan if you're intending on buying a new computer anytime soon because, guess what... they all have Windows 8, and it is going to get progressively harder to roll back to Windows 7 in terms of component drivers.
And it isn't that bad, but it def favors touchscreens.
Good deal, I'm tempted to jump on this, though I really don't "need" it.
FYI, my wife bought this back in Nov 2012. 2 months later it didn't turn on and was sent in for rma. Asus rec'd it on Jan 10, 2013. Turn around time from the time asus rec'd it was suppose to be 10-14 days. I called in a few times to esclate the rma and was informed no updates. 2 weeks later my wife calls in and was told they are waiting for parts...and if the parts was not available that they will send her a new one. I called in again yesterday 1/31/13 to talk to a supervisor and was told they are busy on the phone and they would return my call as soon as they were off the phone. It is now 2/1/13 and no replacement. I have always been a good customer to asus but after this bad experience I will not recommend asus to anyone and beware their customer service. If anyone thinks this is a good deal...it is as long as it works. After that good luck. Terrible service
I got the 2nd gen version a yr ago for $430 & love it. Gonna tell the gf to grab this. Mine survived a fall from my car hood to the garage floor with no damage. I had to warranty the touchpad months later & it was painless. Good deal if you don't want to hunt for that hard to find super deal.
15.6" LED-backlit high-definition widescreen display
With 1366 x 768 resolution showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.
Seriously, if you will be using this laptop for years to come, you should consider a laptop with at least an IPS display, preferably high-res as well. It makes all the difference in the world. Once you start using a laptop with a nice display, you can't ever go back to these crappy TN panels.
If you can wait, I would suggest that you do so. Last week I got a Lenovo x220 with an IPS display for $470. Even though it has a Sandy Bridge processor, its still worth it. In October, they had Sony 15 inch laptops with 1080p IPS displays for $390. So if you can wait, there ARE deals for them.
Windows 8 isn't as bad as many people say. I've been using it for months on my main machine and my notebook.
i totally agree. the complaints on Win 8 having that Metro UI and some small stuffs are overblown. it's been more stable than Win 7 or any of the older versions during it's first year of release and surprisingly a joy to use with a touchscreen.
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