Nice Audio From Speakers, Above Average Keyboard and Trackpad
The ASUS X550CA still remains as a solid value for those looking at a basic laptop computer. The problem is that it doesn't really distinguish itself from the competition in any real way. In fact, the laptop design really needs to be updated to address the limited number of USB ports which is as much as half as many as the competition. In addition to this, the battery life is still on the low side for the budget segment.
Good manufacturing quality, Elegant design
All in all the notebook can be recommended to anyone that is looking for a multi-touch capable notebook for an entry-level price of 750 Euros (~$973). Windows 8 is especially fun with this configuration and should also elicit some curiosity when using the VivoBook as a tablet.
Good battery life, Good speakers, Inexpensive
The ASUS S400CA Touch Ultrabook seems like quite a good deal on the surface: $699 buys a touch screen, Windows 8, an attractive design and good battery life. We found it also bought a solid selection of ports, reasonable build quality and relatively good sounding speakers. What it doesn't buy is a satisfactory user experience.
The touch screen works well but is more of a novelty due to the notebook form factor; there's no getting around the display wobbling when touched.
Touchscreen Display Very Useful With Windows 8
With its base features and price tag, the ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T is not that different from most other ultrabooks. What sets it apart from them though is the 14-inch touchscreen display which is very beneficial to the Windows 8 experience but at a price similar to competing 14-inch ultrabooks. There are a number of smaller issues that do plague the system including a low resolution webcam and a trackpad that has a number of problems but most of these can be worked around fairly easily.
The best ultrabook that can be found at this price
Overall, a great ultrabook, may have some flaws, but when you remember that just invested $ 700 for it, you realize certainly that is the best option with difference in the market at that price, you can not ask for more, and probably do not want to ask more.
Large screen on a budget
Calling the Dell Inspiron 17R a desktop replacement is a little unfair, since it's not really in the league of the performance desktops that dominate the category. The Inspiron 17R is a solid machine if you're looking for a large screen on a budget, but you have to be aware that it won't perform like similarly sized machines, such as the Origin EON17-S, or the Alienware M17x.
Does what I need it to
I bought this pc mainly because I ditched cable recently and needed a pc with a powerful processor to be able to convert and transmit streaming video to my roku box. The older model compaq that I had simply wasn't getting the job done but this beast does it without a hitch. The 17" screen is beautiful and the colors look great. It's really light and built sturdy and thus far i've had no issues with it.
Very keen price, Good screen for multimedia
The Dell Inspiron 17R isn't the notebook to go for if you need a true road warrior machine. It's too large and heavy, with merely mediocre battery life. But if you're after a system for general usage that is particularly good for group audiovisual presentations, even away from the mains socket, this is a serious contender.
The Best 15.6 inch Ultrabook Touchscreen at its Pricepoint
Why the ASUS is better than my maxed out Dell: the Dell's too heavy and gets too hot. Yes, when I need speed for my apps and when I want to play games I use my Dell with it's quad-i7 and discrete graphics card. But the Asus is fast enough for all the applications I mentioned and I only notice the lack of power when I render videos & animations--not while I'm creating them.
Solid build quality, Edge-to-edge glass display
What Asus has crafted, perhaps inadvertently, is a desktop replacement for people who care more about touch and build quality than raw power. Think of the S550CA as a Hyundai with all the options. It doesn't perform like a Mercedes, but it looks the part.
Very good display, Good program performance
Buyers of the HP Envy dv6-7202eg receive a powerful multimedia notebook packed to the brim with modern technology. This laptop can complete any task with ease and look good while doing it. We especially like the high contrast Full HD display with great viewing angle stability and matte surface. The packet will set you back around 1,199 Euros (~$1570) - a high price, but there are alternatives.
High Resolution Display, Hybrid Hard Drive and Blu-ray Drive
HP's Envy laptops may lack their distinctive styles that set them apart from the companies other consumer laptops but it still offers a solid experience for those looking at an all around laptop. It features some strong performance that lets it do well in pretty much but it still isn't quite as suited for dedicated gaming as other laptops. The only other bit of disappointment was the storage which isn't quite as fast as ultrabooks with their dedicated SSD cache rather than hybrid solutions.
Great Business Computer
This is a great computer for business just because of one feature alone, the finger print reader. I like this alot, you can have it "read" any one of your 10 fingers. I suggest at least two, one on each hand in case you can't use one of the hands.
That said this is a nice laptop. The keys are easy to press and quiet. Mine luckily came with Windows 7, I had reviewed Windows 8 (W8) at a large retailer with the initials B.B. I was not impressed with W8.
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.
Overall, this laptop has exceeded my expectations; the 6GB memory is exceptional, the i3 is fast enough for graphic work and programs were easy to install, media player runs beautifully, 750GB HD gives room to maneuver, and the screen is awesome! I am more than pleased with this purchase.
Quite Good for an Entry Level Computer
I personally like the computer a lot for its speed and performance. I find it as an inexpensive option for people looking for a computer for basic tasks like word processing, surfing the web, videochatting, etc.
Windows 8 is not as bad once you get used to it. You don't get the red X to close the programs; now, you drag the top of the window to the lower left corner and the program will close. I got used to it after 2-3 hours of using it + watching a tutorial on YouTube.
Do not buy this computer
I did NOT buy this computer off amazon. I bought it at my local computer store but I decided the only way I could help someone else not make this mistake of a computer purchase is to put a review on Amazon. After only having owned this computer a year I suddenly could not get it to even turn on. I took it back to the store where I purchased it and they knew exactly what the problem was as they had fixed 6 computers just like mine.
Good interfaces, Quiet
Lenovo offers an entry-level computer for a low price with the IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE. Those who are looking for a laptop for typing and that handles all types of Internet communication and can play most video formats will be on the safe side with the IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE. An alert consumer will have noticed that this conclusion is very similar to the one about the Lenovo G585.
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