Everything I want and need for a great price
So, I'm very pleased with this laptop and I think it's a tremendous value in its price range. No regrets on this purchase! Windows 8 is a different story and I'm not crazy about it, but I'm learning to adjust. I would prefer to have Windows 7 which was the best Windows OS to date. Windows 8 is not nearly as bad as many reviewers would have you believe.
Truly a quality product at a bargain price
Yes, Windows 8 is every bit as annoying as everyone says it is. There are tutorials on the computer as well as a user guide on using Windows 8. I can already tell that Win 8 is going to be another Vista fiasco where they will replace it with a Windows 9 that is actually intuitive. HOWEVER, if you spend a few days with this, you eventually figure it out. Girlfriend is not very tech-savvy, but she is managing fine now. Windows 7 was much better, but that's not the laptop's fault.
Quite a bit of muscle and multimedia satisfaction
The ASUS N53JF-XE1 offers quite a bit of muscle and multimedia satisfaction. For around a grand, you get a full HD display, a premium design, impressive audio quality, and enough graphics power to play popular games. Some may prefer the Dell XPS 15 because it delivers slightly better performance, an HD webcam, and better bass for less dough. However, that machine has a 1366 x 768 display, compared to 1920 x 1080 for the N53JF, and we prefer the overall design of the ASUS.
Delivers good value
The ASUS N53JF is a powerful notebook that delivers good value but falls a little short of being easy to love. The keyboard feels a bit too mushy with obvious flex under heavy typing pressure. The lack of keyboard backlighting is also regrettable. The touchpad buttons really need to have clear separation to make it easier to avoid pressing the wrong side of the touchpad bar.
Performance is one area that has improved, though it's not such a major change that you'd want to upgrade.
Four leaf clovers are supposed to be lucky, but getting four good 1080p LCDs in a row on notebooks is apparently asking too much. Looking at previous ASUS offerings, the N53JF ends up being better in some areas compared to the ASUS N82Jv and N61JV, but worse in others. Performance is one area that has improved, though it's not such a major change that you'd want to upgrade.
Overall design and performance is satisfying
The system offers quite a bit of power and multimedia contentment. You get full HD display, impressive audio quality, best design and sufficient graphics power to handle popular games. The overall design and performance is satisfying. If you are looking for bigger canvas for work as well as play then N53JF is worth each and every penny.
At 1280x800 the screen is bright and crisp though, and a high resolution webcam sits at the top, offering what Toshiba helpfully calls an "HD Webcam" — it's capable of video up to 1280x800.
Toshiba's Satellite U500 wants to be portable and powerful, which has a negative impact on both the battery life and the weight. Still, if you need power in a petite package, the U500 might do it for you.
Toshiba's Satellite U500 is a great laptop that doesn't make any compromises when it comes to features and performance. It's also very well priced. Above all, it's comfortable to use, looks good and is solidly built. You can't go past it if you're looking for something small and usable for under $2000.
Solid Performance From Updated Core i3 Processor.
Oct 6 2010 - Acer's Aspire 5742-7120 takes many of the solid features found in the previous 5740 model and updates a few for increased performance. For just around $650, the system offers some solid performance with the new Core i3-370M processor and 4GB of DDR3 memory. Where Acer falls behind others though is in the number of trialware applications installed that impact the performance. In addition, the glossy screen can cause a fair amount of glare to be distracting at times. Oct 6 2010.
pretty awesome ultraportable laptop
Toshiba delivers a great machine with a few annoying flaws. Toshiba delivers a great machine with a few annoying flaws. HP's Envy 17 is a robust, media-centric desktop replacement that's svelte enough to lug around if you need a large screen on the go. Its overall performance is pedestrian, but otherwise this laptop offers you a lot of bang for your buck. Above-average sound, performance, and gaming highlight this otherwise staid midsize laptop.
Sep 17 2010 - Toshiba's Portege R700-S1320 certainly offers a high level of performance in an extremely compact package. With a standard class laptop processor, high performance hard drive, eSATA port, ExpressCard slot and built-in DVD burner it certainly isn't lacking in features. Combine this with some great battery life and it is a great ultraportable for travels who don't want to sacrifice performance.
The Portege R700-184 packs a decent amount of performance into a thin-and-light package, and should prove a good companion to a road warrior, especially with its built-in 3G modem. However, it is not as sturdy as some laptops and, discounting the Core i5 processor, seems pricey for the specification.
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