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I've had this laptop for around 3 and a half months and I have to say that it is amazing. On performance, its fast and does everything I need it to do. Its great for office work and for the price of around £500 it has great bang for buck. I've given this laptop to my children and they love to play games and surf the web. I've also spent a lot of my time watching films and love the quality of the screen while It has a great viewing angle, the Intel HD graphics are perfect for this laptop and the Celeron Processor make a perfect pair. I've done some tests and due to its HDD it boots up less than 20 seconds which is great for on the move use. I use it a lot away from the plug and the battery life is great and it can last for over 6 hours of hard use before getting low. I would recommend this laptop because of its great build quality and performance.
I bought this laptop 3 years ago on a whim and i have never looked back.
After my [previous] laptop broke i was desperate for a cheapy to replace it until i could afford something 'decent'. I came across the ASUS X54C without too much shopping around, quickly bought it and took it home. When i opened it my initial reaction was "hmm, this is not bad." It wasn't too small, or too big, or too heavy.. I was expecting a lot worse for the money i paid. As I began the initial setup i began to realize some of the features. Cool palm touch, scratch proof casing, integrated webcam, HD screen.. the list goes on! I'm not a 'computer person' but for the price of it, it had so many accessories, games and such great graphics i knew it was a great buy!
When i hooked up to the internet i was surprised to find that it was also quite speedy and it still is to this day. I have downloaded so many movies and although my folder is full now, there are others i can begin to fill too! Its great for gaming and music alike. the mouse pad is excellent unlike some others, the keys are perfectly sized and spaced, its just so easy and a pleasure to use.
The only problem i have had with this laptop is the battery has completely died, so as i am sitting writing this i have the charger connected.. it is always connected. This doesn't bother me too much though as i am used to it now and don't take my laptop anywhere except around the house, its an easy fix - buy a new one. So it isn't really such a bad thing is it?
I have had no problems with it crashing or anything, it really has been perfect compared to any other laptop i have used in the past. My laptop is switched on all day everyday, i fall asleep watching movies on it, it stays on standby while i'm at work and i come home at night and play games. It never overheats, turns itself off or anything like that. I have had many laptops in the past, one of which i paid over £1,000 for and i began having problems with it after only three months. Another broke after seven months which was also in the region of £1,000. All in all up until i bought the ASUS X5DC i went through 4 laptops and only one of these made it to a year old. All were expensive but none of them lived up to their name. I bought the X5DC as a temporary replacement, 3 years later this baby is still going strong and i have no intention of replacing it anytime soon. It just goes to show that its not always how much you splash out for something that matters, its finding the best quality for your money. Even if it isn't a well known brand.
I've had this for almost a month now, and after having a thorough play with all its features I feel qualified enough to review it. I should begin by stating that the reason I went with this laptop in the first place was not only for its reasonable price but I'd heard some very good things about the features, and I'm glad I went with it.
I'll start off with the cons, so not to beat around the bush;
Build quality - There is a distinct lack of sturdiness that you would get with higher end machines, some of the hinges feel somewhat flimsy but I've yet to encounter any serious problems. The best way to describe the build would be plastic-like, and although it is fine for just having in the office, those of us that teavel might prefer it to feel a bit more solid.
Battery life - Similarly, the battery seems to gove about 2 hours of high quality performance and 2 and a half hours on battery saver, so its not too bad, but I would consider it if you were using this laptop whilst travelling as it could be an issue.
Excellent speed - with 8gb of RAM,a decent intel processor and handy features such as pre made battery options makes this laptop lightning fast.
Hard drive - it is split into two sections, allowing you to run windows 7 alongside another operating system if you wish. I find this feature very handy as I run ubuntu 12.04 with no problems, but it allows me to have windows 7 for certain programs.
Great quality screen - The brilliant speed makes watching HD content online a breeze. I frequently watch bbc Iplayer in HD and the screen has a nice brightness and crisp feel to it.
Keyboard - I've owned a wide range of laptops in the past but I find this keyboard one of the most satisfying to use.
Overall I'd give it 4 stars as for the price, this is truly an excellent laptop, especially if your on a budget. One consideration is that it may not fare so well for those that travel a lot, but in all other respects its a great product.
The Asus X54C is light and easy to carry whilst traveling, as well as being small in size and quite thin. The design is simple but it looks professional and sleek.
I purchased this laptop last year mainly for using the internet and word processing. It is more than able to perform these tasks quickly and stays at a low temperature as well. If left on for a long time it can get hot underneath but the keyboard and track pad always remain cool which is great if you really have to keep using your laptop.
An added bonus is that the graphics that come with it (Intel HD 3000) allow you to play many popular games but I would not recommend this laptop if you want it for gaming. The processor and graphics cannot be upgraded and are already unable to run a lot of the games currently being released. The battery life is also quite low ~2hrs, so if you need to use it without the charger you may want to look elsewhere.
Overall I would recommend this laptop if you want to use office applications, the internet and watch things or listen to music. In this case its great value and will last a good many years if cared for.