- 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
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.
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
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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.