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ASUS Zenbook UX305FA 13.3 Inch Laptop (Intel Core M 8 GB 256GB SSD Greyish Black) - Free Upgrade to Windows 10 by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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ASUS Zenbook UX305FA 13.3 Inch Laptop (Intel Core M, 8 GB, 256GB SSD, Greyish Black) - Free Upgrade to Windows 10
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 473 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 9.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Weight4.9   average
Price4.8   above average
Speed4.5   average
Battery4.4   above average
Quality4.2   average
Color4.1   average
Port4.1   above average
Read4.0   above average
Charging3.6   average
Power3.5   average
Silent3.5   average
Setting3.3   below average
Adapter3.0   average
Windows3.0   average
Connection2.1   below average


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Adapter

Adapter:
"In the end it is either the Windows 10 drivers associated with this device or a faulty internal Web Adapter."
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"One complaint I have is that the AC adapter for it is so short!"
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"These wireless adapters have been known to cause problems."
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"Wifi adapter was dead on arrival."
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"Overall, I am very happy with it, and the only standout issue is with the wifi adapter."
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"The included USB to gigabit ethernet adapter is a nice thought but really unnecessary for most as the integrated wifi is plenty quick."
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"It is nice that ASUS includes this adapter."
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"The power adapter is nice though, small with a long cord, that is easy to tuck into your laptop bag."
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"Also, my screen is going black pretty frequently and I get a message that says: Display adapter stopped working but recovered."
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Battery

Battery:
"Also, the battery life isn't as good as I expected."
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"Battery life is ok to be perfectly honest, but I havent had any problems with it."
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"When i unplug the machine and work off of battery power, the machine slows to a crawl."
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"Battery life is not as good as the Chromebook... even with very light usage, the battery seemed only 2 3 the life of my Chromebook... maybe 7 hours of decent usage."
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"The biggest con on the device is that the battery is not easily accessible."
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"Great laptop with amazing features, display and battery life."
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"Battery Life: Battery life is.... GREAT!"
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"Decent battery life, all hardware works out of the box which is a HUGE pro."
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"The battery is pretty incredible, to be honest."
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Charging

Charging:
"The problem I have with it is the heat while charging."
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"The charging cable is a wall wart, a huge negative."
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"However the speakers suck and I have had to buy 6 new chargers because the charger design is terrible and it constantly keeps on breaking."
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"I can use my phone charger's adaptive fast charging capability and it's compatible with the laptop."
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"I got about 7.5 hours of use off my first charge which I'm happy with since I travel quite a bit and can usually recharge before the battery runs out."
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"Yes, the battery life on this laptop is great, but you will need to charge the laptop sometime."
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"Considering you'll probably be carrying the charger with the laptop frequently - it's great that it weighs so little."
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"As I'm writing this, the battery is sitting at 98% and telling me slightly more than 10 hours are left on the charge, this being with auto brightness on (pretty low, though) and the processor currently reporting in at 998MHz."
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Color

Color:
"The screen is awesome (wouldn't recommend more than 1080p for such a small display) and the colors are great."
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"But the color is a dark metallic charcoal color, and so except in the sun the smudges are hard to see...and easy to white off with a little alcohol (on a tissue)...or pre-soaked lens cleaning cloth."
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"It doesn't do much for color, it looks nice though, but glare is a big problem all the time... always."
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"The color on this screen is very excellent as well."
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"Very fast to boot up, keyboard is best I have used for this sort of device, and screen is magnificent with rich colors."
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"Fit, finishes and materials are all nice, and I like the color (I am male and work in an office FWIW, I think I don't look bad carrying this computer)."
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"the Screen,The display had very lousy color accuracy and the whites were completely blown out."
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Connection

Connection:
"So, to fix this problem for now I simply disconnect and connect back to my internet."
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"Not just a bad connection or failure to connect to a WiFi network but a complete disappearance of the WiFi Adapter from the device manager."
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"Cons: runs hot ... hot enough that I seriously considered returning the laptop since I would be using it while traveling and the heat is quite noticeable when it's actually on my LAP; even at full volume, sound is not very robust; no integrated LAN connection; windows 8.1 (need I say more?"
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"It became unusable for me as it would fail to stay connected for even 5 minutes."
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"I was not able to connect to our home wifi, although I could see it."
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"The wifi signal is never full, it's very hard to get connected."
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"Noticed it only on campuses (noticed it on two university campuses in two different states, both of which I've never had problems with connecting to internet before this book)."
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"), both of which I was easily able to download and connect to on my boyfriend's Lenovo, and two Dell laptops."
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"I had another laptop up at the time and of course it connected perfectly."
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"This ASUS is amazing, it starts within seconds, loads things faster than my tower computer, and is great at connecting to wifi."
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Port

Port:
"Some software's windows too large, some too small, looks very strange and uncomfortable 2.the sd card is out of the port 3.the edgeOne word, it's worth waiting, but win10 can do better in high resolution."
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"It's downsides are that it has little memory, the hdmi port is smaller than usual and that it doesn't have CD drive."
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"It has enough USB ports and an SD card reader as well."
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"3 USB ports are nice to have."
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"The keyboard is great, the battery life will give you 7-9 hours of web browsing easy, I love that ASUS was able to pack in three usb 3.0 ports."
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"The laptop hardware is beautiful just like a Mac and it has a good selection of ports."
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"-Having never used 3.0 ports before much, I was happy to see that my 2.0 format equipment worked flawlessly with the system."
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Power

Power:
"Both the seller and Amazon have been completely unhelpful in addressing the issue and helping me get a refund for this horribly inefficient and low power product."
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"They must be ashamed of it because they only list the name of the processor next to the amount of RAM the computer has.8GB of RAM is fine, but it's a bit ridiculous and purposefully misleading when you omit the power of the part of the computer (the processor) that is considered the brain of the system."
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"Probably my biggest complaint has to do with the power cord."
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"When i unplug the machine and work off of battery power, the machine slows to a crawl."
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"Dislikes: hinge, power button location, have had some issues with Firefox freezing and closing that may be due to the new M series processor."
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"As some of other people mentioned earlier, I do have problems with the power key because it locates at where delete key usually is at."
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"If I could get an extra ASUS-original power cord, this would be a great laptop."
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"Add to that the incredible responsiveness of the Solid State Drive (SSD), everything from startup to loading demanding programs happens in a flash...From this description I expected a high power, efficient machine."
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"CPU power and RAM are more than adequate for my needs."
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"I don't think I have ever seen any other laptop advertisement that omits processor power, it's really unbelievable."
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"The result of all of this is that the laptop severely lagged when using Firefox or Chrome with more than 8 tabs open; never have I once had that problem or any other mentioned with any laptop that has had at least 1.8Ghz of power."
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Price

Price:
"Excellent purchase very fast light and easy to useI've seen some reviews complaining about keyboard the delete key I wrong place this is nonsenseAwesome product for the price"
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"To get this much tech, design, and performance for this price is hard to beat."
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"For the money, this model is really hard to beat for what it offers."
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"It is hard to argue the 699 price tag with the combination of the screen, the SSD, the RAM, the Processor, and the design of this laptop."
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"In general- great deal for a decent price! "
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"As of September 29, 2015 the Asus Zenbook UX305LA is selling for the reasonable price of 749.99!"
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"THE GOOD: 1.good I. D. and looks pretty 2.solid performance 3.good price 4.thin lightTHE BAD:1.the win10's FHD."
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"For this price, its a GREAT machineCons - No backlit keyboard (not a big deal but they look so nice), apparently the RAM is soldered onto the mainboard so it cannot be upgraded (if you want to run multiple VMs this might be an issue) but 8gigs is OK for my need."
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"Excellent value for money."
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Quality

Quality:
"I tried it on the highest quality and it was not a very pleasant experience."
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"You can still play it on high quality but the game does not run smoothly because pictures are pausing like every half a second."
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"I've returned about a half dozen other laptops because of ongoing problems such as an unreliable internet connection, flimsy and weak design, poor screen quality, etc."
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"I was definitely not happy with the screen quality because I do photography."
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"However, this unit didn't make it past 2 days before I found a quality control issue unfortunately."
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"I purchased two of these computers, and sadly both of them have shown quality and workmanship errors within the first week of use."
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"I use this for school normally and it does everything I want in great speed and quality."
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"The travel distance on the keys are great feeling and the built quality is great."
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"I been playing for about 10 hours of Skyrim and the quality of the pictures are excellent, not pixel looking like you might think."
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"It reminds me of Xbox 360 picture quality, that's pretty good."
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"Update 2: I decided to buy the Elder Scrolls Skyrim game for PC using steam ad it works great but on medium high quality."
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Read

Read:
"I read some other negative reviews of this before purchasing to see if there were any glaring issues and figured I'd address problems from other reviews here:-I picked up a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable along with my purchase and have no issue."
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"I'd read some complaints about it being slow but haven't felt this myself."
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"My only complaint is that the resolution might be too high, the text is pretty small and requires just a little strain to read."
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"I read online that it is best to go through Windows Update hell and install ALL available drivers, OS updates and software that one wishes to use on the machine BEFORE upgrading to Windows 10."
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"I was looking for a new laptop before I went off to college and read an article stating that this was the best student laptop around, so I decided to give it a shot."
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"The mouse pad comments read about worked well for me and sensitive to movements correctly."
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"I also love the matte screen, which makes it easy to read things on my computer outdoors or near a window."
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Setting

Setting:
"I have reset this thing about twice now (my fault as I messed around with the settings and erased things I shouldn't have) Very easy to start from scratch with Win 10.The Asus Bloatware is not that bad."
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"Problem #1Right after setting up Windows 8.1 when first turning on the laptop, I was immediately given the option to do my free Windows 10 upgrade."
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"The volume is not very loud even on the highest setting and the sound doesn't sound amazing."
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"This is not a setting issue but an internal hardware malfunction as you can see in my video."
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"Calibration was a little off but after a few seconds in the settings it looks outstanding."
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"I was able to play League of Legends at the lowest settings with only minor lag, so this has same limited gaming potential."
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"It runs well but I only use the lowest settings, going higher tends to make the laptop run hot."
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"Runs LoL pretty well on default settings."
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"The Intel-M core is pretty weak in comparison to some laptops but it can easily handle everyday tasks and some minimal gaming on the side (i got like 100+fps on league of legends with everything on low settings, so fiddle around with it and you'll get the perfect mix for the 60hz IPS monitor, which is beautiful btw) but in the same sense, it can't run any complex games."
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Silent

Silent:
"it is not complete silent either, You can hear an annoying hiss coming from it, it also gets pretty hot."
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"unless it is dead silent in my house (good luck with twin toddlers running around) I can't hear much so i bought some external speakers."
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"It is dead silent and light."
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"One of the major selling points of this laptop is that it is silent and that is absolutely true except for the excessively loud click of the trackpad."
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"The Good:- Lightweight- Easy, comfortable keyboard experience- Silent or near silent operation- Does not generate an uncomfortable amount of heat - in fact usually none, or imperceptible- Can handle several browser tabs while having several other apps open (haven't experienced a slowdown yet)The Bad:- No touch screen."
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"It rarely heats up and is SILENT... gotta love that SSD and Intel chipset."
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"unless it is dead silent in my house (good luck with twin toddlers running around) I can't hear much so i bought some external speakers."
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"ultralight and portable, 8-10 hours of battery life, completely silent (no fan, and no HDD) and amazing performance."
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Speed

Speed:
"The problem is that it sacrifices performance significantly, since the new mobile processors are in their early generations (trust me, I'm an engineer).The base processor speed of the Zenbook 305FA being sold here is .8Ghz, or 800Mhz."
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"Once I tweaked these the computer stayed much cooler under the same usage with no noticeable degradation in performance and experience."
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"There is no noise, and no performance degradation."
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"Incredibly lightRuns coolRuns LONG---very longSolid constructionAttractiveSSD---super fast bootsNice feeling keysNice screenLow priceCONSTouchpad is weird and easily triggered while typingSlower performance---this is not a fast computer (but perfectly adequate for business tasks)No touchscreenSpeakers are underpowered but adequateSmall hard driveCaveats: This is not a machine made for games or rendering."
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"To get this much tech, design, and performance for this price is hard to beat."
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"UPDATE: I've performed a clean boot of the computer to attempt to tea k down the issues I was having."
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"I can use my phone charger's adaptive fast charging capability and it's compatible with the laptop."
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"I use this for school normally and it does everything I want in great speed and quality."
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"First class machine - excellent screen; nice keyboard; fast enough for anything you probably need it for and wonderfully slim."
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"THE GOOD: 1.good I. D. and looks pretty 2.solid performance 3.good price 4.thin lightTHE BAD:1.the win10's FHD."
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"It is great, fast and reliable."
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Weight

Weight:
"I bought this laptop after becoming frustrated with my old Lenovo T420's weight, boot-up, and lack of battery life."
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"The laptop is thin and lightweight indeed, and looks beautiful."
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"LOVE the size, weight, keyboard."
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"Pros:- SSD- Great Keyboard- Size- Weight- Screen- PortsCons:- Touchpad- SpeakersFor college, buy a mouse and some headphones."
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"And, it's wonderfully thin and lightweight, which makes it perfect for a person who is on the go all the time!"
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"At first I was divided about the pc's quality - lackluster performance, even worse than cheaper laptops bought 4 years ago, but the good battery life and the weight somewhat made up for that."
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Windows

Windows:
"Some software's windows too large, some too small, looks very strange and uncomfortable 2.the sd card is out of the port 3.the edgeOne word, it's worth waiting, but win10 can do better in high resolution."
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"The lid lifts up with out pulling the bottom half up, which is a rarity in laptops running Windows (not Macs though, weird)."
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"In the end it is either the Windows 10 drivers associated with this device or a faulty internal Web Adapter."
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"Windows 8.1 is plain terrible and apparently at this point Windows 10 is just not quite ready, at least for this machine."
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"Cons: runs hot ... hot enough that I seriously considered returning the laptop since I would be using it while traveling and the heat is quite noticeable when it's actually on my LAP; even at full volume, sound is not very robust; no integrated LAN connection; windows 8.1 (need I say more?"
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"It has regular tapping and movement, pinch to zoom (two fingers), two finger scrolling... As well as some three finger gestures (show windows, switch windows, switch tabs, etc)."
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"I purchased the Windows 10 core 5 laptop and is very happy with it."
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"I still likes Windows 7 better but well life moves on."
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"Classic shell has been my savior, and I will download Windows 10 (probably with Classic shell for that as well) for this unit."
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"I am VERY HAPPY with this ultrabook, and Windows 10 is a huge improvement over Windows 8.1 (then again, what isn't better than 8.1?"
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