By Lulu

from Seattle, WA

About Me Casual User

Verified

Love it!

 
4.0

PROS

  • Quality Construction
  • Easy To Use
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Low Power Consumption

CONS

BEST USES

  • Upgrade
  • Replacement

Comments:

I love my new zenbook. It's super light and the look is very sexy...Start-up is sooooo fast.. like 5 seconds.. the only sad thing about my new zenbook is its memory storage. However, I do have external hard drive so it's not a major issue for me.


By Andy

from Dallas, TX

About Me Casual User

Verified

Great Computer but.....

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Low Power Consumption
  • Quality Construction
  • Easy To Use

CONS

  • Hard to type
  • Keyboard a bit flimsy

BEST USES

  • Upgrade

Comments:

I've done a lot of research on these "thin" notebooks. Apple would of been an option but since I'm entirely PC base including my management software, I stuck with a PC based computer. It's a great computer computer to the other "thin" notebook. Only complaint is the keyboard -- sometimes not real responsive and at had keys stick a bit.... which is kinda disheartening since I just bought the laptop. We will see. Otherwise it's great!


By Dan

from Ashburn, VA

About Me Power User

Verified

Great ultra portable with a few flaws

 
4.0

PROS

  • High Res Display
  • Great battery life
  • Lightweight
  • Quality Construction

CONS

  • Poor viewing angles
  • Flaky Trackpad

BEST USES

  • Replacement

Comments:

When my 1.5yr old Sony Vaio Z series laptop developed hardware issues that would cost almost as much as I paid for the laptop to fix, I started searching for a replacement. My priorities in a laptop are lightweight, high res display, and powerful enough to do anything I throw at it. Few laptops meet all of these criteria. This was how I ended up with the Z last year. Luckily a new trend of "ultrabooks" is being pushed, and the Zenbook is one of the first.The i5 CPU is plenty capable, I've yet to feel any lag while using it. The 1600x900 resolution gives you much more real estate to work with vs the now std 1366x768 that even larger displays have. However, the display itself & the GPU are not that great. They get the job done, but I would not use this if I was a designer, or someone who depends on proper color dusplay.The SSD is a different model than the one that reviewers had. While it's nowhere near as fast in benchmarks, I haven't notices any speed issues in transferring files or any other disk actions.The trackpad is both awesome and horrible. If you've ever used a recent macbook, it's very similar to that in both size and gestures. However, the software that controls it is just a bit flaky. The latest driver & bios updates help a lot, but it still seems to have a mind of it's own sometimes. It can be very frustrating when you are trying to navigate around, and it suddenly selects text, or starts dragging/resizing a window. I ended up having to disable most of the gestures because of this (though I don't really use them anyway so not much of a loss). I can only assume that Asus will continue to address these issues as more people buy these.The keyboard can take a little getting used to for some. I haven't had much problem, but others have complained that it misses keys for them often. You just have to type with a bit more purpose.The battery life is fantastic! I can be unplugged for hours, and never worry about closing things to conserve battery. I was working for about 3 hours the other day with vpn over wifi, a remote desktop session, several browser tabs, ssh sessions, chat, etc, and I still had about 65% battery left when I plugged back in.The instant on feature is also great. You open the lid, and it's waiting for you to log back in/unlock almost immediately. Overall, I am pretty happy with my zenbook. I certainly preferred my Vaio Z to it, but that was also about $600 more than this one.



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