When I first purchased this laptop its main purpose was for general office use and un-complex Photoshop work and I have to say it performed all the tasks very well.
On the aesthetics side of things the laptop itself is sleek design, the display is vibrant and colourful, the laptop itself feels very sturdy and strong. It also has some great functions such as the 1.3m pixel web cam, responsive mouse touchpad and the hot keys for sound mute, colour brightness etc all work well. The keyboard its self doesn't feel too cluttered either and the buttons are responsive and feel very nice to type with, which was very important for data entry office work. However I have found that the battery life is only lasts around 2 hours and the laptop itself also seems to weigh quiet a bit too.
As I said the laptop runs simple Photoshop tasks very well but if you start to give it a little more complex tasks then the processor starts to struggle sometimes with programs crashing. After a few months of using the laptop, as the previous review has said I too had problems with the fan continuously running and the laptop getting very hot, the fan isn't quiet either. I tried to play football manager on this machine that doesn't take up much graphics power, but it really struggled with the game, it was just unplayable and the fan seemed to go into over drive.
So, to round up this laptop is ideal for someone looking for a internet browsing, simple task laptop but it is defiantly not a laptop that will play games. But overall I am very happy with it and it does all that I need only real problem is the continuous fan noise and heat generated.
First of all, i would like to say how beautiful this laptop is. It is thin, light and the 17 inch screen is crisp and clear. The hotkeys are exceptional as are many of the other features on it, including the built in webcam that can be spun independantly. The Keyboard is nice to type on and is not squashed at all, which others of this size can be.
Everything about this laptop was perfect and the customer services department of ASUs are amazing, by far the best computer company that i have ever deault with. Also the battery life is fairly average at about 2-3 hours with faily heavy internet usage.
However, here comes the negatives. After a few months, i cant rememebr exactly when, but the fans seem to be continuously on and the front, possibly where the hard drive is seems to get very hot.I thought a fresh install of Windows 7, which is alot lighter than the preloaded version of vista may solve the problem. It did not.
I must stress that i am probably unlucky and most laptops are bound to have firmware problems of some sort. AND also that it is not causing much hassle for me at all, otherwise i would have sent it back for repair by now with my 3 years warranty.
So overall i give this 7/10. mostly for styling, portability and perfection when fresh out the box.