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Promoted 03-06-2014 by yuugotserved at 09:51 AM View Original Post
BuyDig via eBay has ASUS Q501LA-BBI5T03 Touchscreen Laptop with 1080p Resolution (refurbished) for $479.99 with Free Shipping. Thanks DJ3xclusive

  • Intel Core i5 4200U 2.6GHz
  • 6GB DDR3 Memory
  • 750GB Hard Drive
  • 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS LED Slim Touch Display w/ Webcam
  • Intel HD 4400 Graphics
  • 2x USB 3.0
  • WiFi + Bluetooth + WiDi
  • Up to 4 1/2 hrs Battery
  • Windows 8
Deal Editor's Note: This ultra-portable laptop offers touchscreen & 1080p resolution, thus allowing plenty of flexibility for novices & power users. This is back again for those who missed the previous frontpage deal with +67 votes! - yuugotserved

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Last Edited by iLluFe April 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Please edit and add to this wiki any useful guides and/or information you come across so others can find it in one place instead of having to dig through the thread. Thank you.

Source for much of the following information about this deal and product. If you still have any questions after reading through this wiki, you should go to the aforementioned source and read through the comments.

Weight 5.1 lbs. About average for this size laptop.

This is a refurbished laptop. Best case scenario, it was an open box or it was a return that had nothing wrong with it. Worst case, it was broken and is still broken. I have had great success with refurbished products. With that said, there is a first time for everything.

Buyer beware - when in doubt, spend the extra $25.50 on the extended warranty solicitation** that you will receive via email after purchasing the laptop. "You only have 30 days from when your item ships to purchase an extended care plan" and you have an ASUS 90 day warranty so you have time to decide.

In addition, "You may return merchandise purchased from Buydig for a refund or a replacement, provided that the procedures and requirements referred to in our return policy are followed. All product returns require a return authorization number (RA). A RA number must be issued within 45 calendar days after the date of purchase; it will be valid for 14 calendar days after it is issued."

So in those 45 days, put it through its paces; memory, CPU, and GPU stress tests, use the wireless, use the Bluetooth, use the keyboard, and let the battery drain and recharge through a few cycles. If you are unhappy with it, then get an RA in those 45 days and move on. Yes, you will have to fork over 15-18 bucks to ship it back.

You SHOULD download and run Belarc Advisor [] (its free). It will report your existing product key and all of the on-board hardware. Do this first so you know what you are working with and have your product key. It's an easy way to tell what wireless adapter you have on-board.

**Below is a copy of the email solicitation that you will receive after purchasing the laptop.
Quote :
Valued customer,

Thank you for your recent purchase from our Ebay Store.
Our company takes great pride in our post purchase customer satisfaction. As such, we have become strong believers in protecting our customer from a potential breakdown of their electronics. This is why we have partnered up with Consumer Priority Service to provide the very best performance guarantees that our industry has to offer.

Now you can add long term, 100% parts and labor coverage to your new product for as low as $25.50.

But hurry! This is a limited time offer. You only have 30 days from when your item ships to purchase an extended care plan.
Huge thread on it already for mods and reviews; etc.

Switching from hard drive to SSD:
Before downloading any updates or installing anything, the easiest method is to download Asus Backtracker [] which is Asus's tool for creating a recovery USB. (Works on Asus laptops only) It will build a bootable recovery image on a USB drive. (I used a 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive) It's self-explanatory once installed. Once it finished, I installed my SSD into my laptop, booted from the USB drive, and selected to recover. It kept my Windows key intact and restored the laptop to factory settings. After that, install all updates and upgrade to Windows 8.1 before installing anything else. The only missing device driver my laptop had after upgrading to 8.1 was a widi driver which is available from Intel. (Assuming you have the Intel wireless chip)

If you are having issues with the keyboard backlighting not working, especially while plugged in to AC power, please update your BIOS to version 209. In addition, there is a specific keyboard driver available that you can download from Asus that has resolved the issue for some users.

Also, if you have issues with the laptop appearing to be slower than it should be: This could be caused by Asus Power4Gear's power settings. In my case, no matter what mode (power4gear performance/plugged/battery/etc), it would limit the processor to about 800 mhz (even after manually setting processor min/max% in advanced). The regular OS Performance mode does not have this issue. -- crackness

Quote from Dajinn View Post :
Answers to frequently asked questions:
  • Claimed battery life by ASUS: 4 1/2 Hours

  • Moderate usage battery life reported by users: around 6 to 6 1/2(depends on settings of course, brightness, tasks)

  • Yes, the battery is user replaceable but the bottom cover must be removed. This is a very easy task.

  • Yes, you can swap the HDD for an SSD.

  • The laptop does technically have two memory modules, however, there is only one SO-DIMM and the other module is soldered to the board. The default config is 4GB soldered and 2GB in the expandable slot located under the laptop.

  • There is information circulating that there are 2 variations of this model, 1 with the Qualcomm Atheros wireless adapter and an mSATA port, and 1 with the Intel 7260 wireless adapter and no mSATA port. The Atheros card is purported to be the wifi card that is the known cause of wifi issues with this laptop. It is of course replaceable. *Citation needed.

  • Reports seem to suggest that this model has the Intel 7260 wireless adapter which supports WiDi but we need sources to confirm.

  • This does not include a recovery partition which is intended. There is documentation included in the box stating this. ASUS has software which will allow you to create back ups, called Backtracker, and there are other solutions for cloning or reinstalls.

  • Yes you can install Windows 7 on this, but really, why would you want to?

  • I would not advise reinstalling a copy of Windows 8 over this by providing your own product key as it will overwrite the key in BIOS which means you'll be out a license. If you must, first get the product key using a retrieval tool such as "produkey" before doing so.

  • You can do a fresh Windows 8 install with bootable media if you wish without providing an additional key, as the install will use the key in the BIOS.

  • These ASUS Refurbs are typically in top notch condition. The majority of users report that this laptop doesn't even look like human hands ever touched it.
if you want to add additional RAM: get a single 8GB, 204-pin SODIMM, DDR3 PC3-12800 memory module like this one []

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To Clone: use Clonezilla, EaseUs ToDo, Paragon or Samsung's included utlity (depending if you have a Samsung SSD). Here's a guide using Paragon:

To Fresh Install:

Your product key will work just fine. Make sure you extract/backup all of the ID/KEY information. This one of many tools to pull the actual ACTIVATION KEY:

As for obtaining an ISO, you're going to have obtain the ISO than by other means, since you have an OEM license. You can check out this link for the general installation directions:

If you install from a 8.0 DVD/USB, then you shouldn't be prompted for the KEY during the install (should be stored in the UEFI BIOS). If you are prompted for it, then just enter your key.

If you install from a 8.1 DVD/USB, then you will need to use a default MS install key to perform the initial install. This key will not activate 8.1 but it will allow you to install it. Once you have 8.1 installed, you will use your actual product key to activate Windows 8.1.


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Damn, it's back...and $38.40 back in ebay bucks if you have the quadruple offer. Decisions...
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Hope I don't get beat by someone in this post.

old thread got moved to deal talk. But I updated wiki on that.

Intel Core i5-4200U Processor
6GB RAMDDR3 System Memory
750GB 5400RPM
15.6" FHD IPS LED Slim (1920x1080) Touch Display
Backlit Keyboard

I bought mine from newegg on ebay at 520$ with 10% ebay coupon.
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Great deal with the quadruple ebay bucks! Thanks OP!!!
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Why has every laptop manufacturer decided to go with those annoying flat keys? I can't type on those.
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this was a exceptional deal the last FPwithout the qaud ebay bucks. specs look great for this price. only thing to do when it arrives is upgrade to win 8.1

thanks for sharing op - reps coming your way
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Why has every laptop manufacturer decided to go with those annoying flat keys? I can't type on those.
because Apple does it first, lol
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can this be upgraded to Windows 7 ?
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Damn, it's back...and $38.40 back in ebay bucks if you have the quadruple offer. Decisions...
Is quadruple offer general or is targeted to specific users?
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yesssss, i was waiting desperately for this to come back down to this price. and chiclet style keys are retardedly easy to type on. i prefer them to the thinkpad keyboards.
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Quote from uknowsana View Post :
Is quadruple offer general or is targeted to specific users?
Targeted, unfortunately.
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Im in the market for a new laptop. Should i go ahead and buy this or should i keep looking? Im in no rush to buy one. The specs on this looks great but i just wished it was a 13 inch. Any tips would be appreciated. Im willing to spend less than 600 by the way.
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I'm not sure what "retardedly easy" means; I've been touch typing on IBM Model Ms since 1987 and I definitely hate the flat keys.
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