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I desperately needed a new laptop after the meltdown of my old pc and ordered this from Amazon for a pretty much budget price of £320 and which came early morning two days later. The laptop runs on windows seven and comes preloaded with office, windows messenger.
The laptop came in a thin box, it was really easy to assemble the charger, put the battery in the laptop plug in and get going, I just needed to set up my user account, turn my wi-fi on and I was all ready to go. The laptop also takes very little time to load up and log on!
*The Look and feel*
The laptop is really light and easy to pick up and carry around with you, its not the best looking thing and is quite a dull colour, the bumpy cover makes it feel quite nasty at times. The laptop has an "ice cool" sticker on it, meaning that the fan works heard keeping the laptop from over-heating and all those nights of moving a boiling hot laptop off your knee and your fingers getting burnt are taken away, the laptop also has no extra noise because of this and you never hear that annoying loading up sound!
I turned on to find some pre-loaded game demo's which were pretty cool but ran kind of slow, I would not recommend this for any gamer as my version of the sims 3 ran very very slow and was very unresponsive, The other discovery was a face recognition log-in, this is kind of nifty but I had a number of problems as it doesn't actually keep anyone out of your account, but provides a fun way to log in, but it takes such a long time the novelty wears off and you get bored of it fairly quickly, the laptop has a dvd/blu-ray player and a bluetooth function and my favourite thing so far is the palm proof touch-pad stops any accidental clicks and quitting important things. The built in webcam is very good quality and is really responsive to movements.
*Four different "Gears"*
So you pick your function of work, the Power4Gear hybrid gives you four options on how you would like to use your laptop. There's a high performance which I find best for surfing the web and watching videos online and loading up web-pages takes milliseconds, There's the entertainment, which is best used for watching your dvds, as it preserves some battery while still providing great quality viewing, the quiet office for when you need minimal distractions to finish your work and the battery saving gear, these all sound great but in all honesty there isn't much difference between the four apart from the obvious change in the brightness settings and the internet is slightly faster on high performance.
The asus vibe is this laptops answer for the app stores, I have never really seen these on any laptops before, the vibe lets you download music, apps, games and books and audiobooks either for free or some you have to buy, It also provides you a quick access to most radio stations and all it needs is a quick registration.
Sometimes Its a bit slow, but windows and asus together have made a fairly great budget laptop with a lot of features, it can take a lot of getting used to but when you do, its great fun and a really great laptop!