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ASUS 15.6-Inch Intel Dual-Core Celeron 2.16 GHz Laptop 4GB RAM and 500GB Hard Drive by Review Summary ,  Sep 24, 2015

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ASUS 15.6-Inch Intel Dual-Core Celeron 2.16 GHz Laptop, 4GB RAM and 500GB Hard Drive
Report Date: 01/04/2016
Based on 727 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.4
Returned or considering to return: 7.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Value5.0   average
Weight5.0   average
School4.8   average
Price4.4   average
Amazon4.3   above average
Light4.3   below average
Windows4.0   above average
Screen3.9   average
Battery3.8   below average
Gaming3.8   average
Video3.7   below average
Quality3.6   below average
Keyboard3.4   below average
Performance3.4   below average
Speed3.4   below average
Plastic2.1   mediocre
Touchpad1.8   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Amazon

Amazon:
"If I had to say a negative, it would be my games from Amazon, they don't all work on it and the others are half screen - left and right of the games are black."
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"To be honest this is one of the worst product I have ever purchased via Amazon."
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"I didn't buy mine from amazon but rather from Best Buy, but nevertheless!"
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"I bought this laptop for my mom and she is loving it ... its relatively light and the screen so beautiful .. thank you amazon for a great product"
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"I love it iam please I a customer for live thanks Amazon"
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"But good for Amazon for taking it back! "
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"I have never had any problems with any cheap to mid-range tech stuff off amazon."
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Battery

Battery:
"It fails to power on and there is no clear place for battery replacement."
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"I bought this laptop to study, a month of use the battery is damaged and does not load ."
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"Unfortunately, the battery is integrated so you would probably void your warranty by removing and replacing the battery."
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"It has an amazing battery life."
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"Battery life very good so far too."
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"This battery die so quickly it is unbelievable."
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"-You cant easily remove the battery."
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"PROS:lightweightlarge screenfastlarge amount of spaceand GREAT battery life (hasn't died on me once and charges fast.)"
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Button

Button:
"Good Hard Drive capacity, the unit i got had a decent 440 GB, enabling me to run a dual boot machine with Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04Cons :Difficult on-board 'mouse' buttons and track-pad - slow or unresponsive and not easy to use, have to click at the extreme edges for them to clickLow resolution screen(1366x768) for a 15.6 display, even at 8pt Segoe UI light, fonts appear too large, I wish it could have offered full HD option (1920 *1080 or at least 1680*1050)No CAPS LOCK,SCROLL LOCK, NUM LOCK LED indicator lights!"
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"I thought I would dislike the left and right mouse buttons built into the touchpad but I was used to that within the first five minutes."
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"The volume buttons do not work and the system is having problems connecting to the internet."
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"The power button is also not as good as it should be."
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"I hate tap to click, but I have to use it now just so I don't need to use the horrible left right buttons as often."
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"The buttons on it are SO hard to push."
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"The case is not the sturdiest and the touch pad buttons are a bit clunky, but overall it's a good value."
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"It needs to be in the center, which would make it easier to find the buttons properly."
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"The keyboard is adequate but the touch pad buttons suck."
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"Not having buttons isn't a big deal, and the mousepad works pretty well, but having buttons is nicer."
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Connection

Connection:
"I fixed the loosing wifi connection problem and refreshed it."
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"The volume buttons do not work and the system is having problems connecting to the internet."
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"The laptop is connected to a router by a Ethernet cable and I am having a problem with it connecting."
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"Connection was good."
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"I have great internet connection, and yet the computer just doesn't cooperate."
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"The USB 3 port constantly resets the connection when connecting my iPhone as well, it never completes loading the device driver for it."
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"Keeping that in mind let's take a look at the specifics:- Weight: surprisingly light, given the 15.6 screen, I at first thought they might have left the battery out of the system- Size: 15.6 screen again, but in wide screen format, ~10x15 case, seems a little on the bulky side if you plan on carrying it around to classes, should fit into most normal sized knapsacks though- Display: 1366*768 pixels in wide screen, not 1080p but acceptable and delivers a good image- Processor: 2.16 GHz Celeron N2840 (dual core), remember basic system, you won't be doing heavy duty graphics rendering or speedy compiles on this system, but to stream some videos or music, play some basic games, or word process, the chip is capable, just don't expect anything miraculous (it can run games like World of Tanks, in minimum resolution reasonably well)- Network: I was a bit disappointed that the system would only connect at 2.4GHz, but remember, basic system, this will limit your streaming or online gaming, though it seems to work fine here in my house with top of the line multi-channel routers- Memory: 4 Gb, basic for Windows- Storage: 500 Gb @ 5400 rpm, basic again, expect to use either cloud storage add a passport drive- Connections: the usual network and VGA ports, 1 USB-2 and 1 USB-3 port (expect to need a USB portal or splitter, I use one port for the mouse - sure the case comes with a finger pad but you can't get real work done with one of those, and if you want to plug in a set of USB speakers you are done) I was surprised to see an HDMI port for connecting to a larger screen or TV (nice)- Software: preloaded with Windows 8 (yes, the abomination, the horror, and no touch screen, seriously, IMO, Windows 8 is a barrier to getting anything useful done, especially without a touch screen < soapbox>), and the plethora of trials and advertised crap (I spent my first couple of hours with the system going through the configuration of Windows that requires you to setup or provide an email account, and removing all of the preloaded trials, then installing Open Source protection software and the Chrome browser among other favored software)So those are the basics and my impression."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"Works great for what I use it for, not good for gaming though"
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"It's good for Microsoft Office use and school related things but it is not good for gaming at all."
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"This laptop is in no way good for gaming, it lags."
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"Good for everyday tasks but if your looking for a laptop for gaming , this is not it."
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"I recommend this computer for school, work, and light gaming."
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"It's not slow, the resolution is amazing for its screen size, gaming compatability is above what I was expecting, you can run multiple tabs at one time without having technical issues."
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"Works well for light gaming and school work."
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"very nice and really good for gaming but come one."
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Internet

Internet:
"The volume buttons do not work and the system is having problems connecting to the internet."
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"At first, I thought that maybe it was my internet or router that was the problem, but after asking my 4 other family members (who were all on their personal computers), I realized that it was a problem with only my laptop."
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"If you are not getting on the Internet with this thing then it might be OK but otherwise BUYERS BEWARE! "
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"A little slow for the internet but definitely functional and well worth the price."
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"Great for surfing the internet and some light processing."
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"I have great internet connection, and yet the computer just doesn't cooperate."
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"perfect little computer for basic internet play"
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"It doesn't have the hardware to run any intense games, but it should do nicely for playing online games, doing research on the internet, and writing papers (once you add a word processing program to it, that is.)"
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Keyboard

Keyboard:
"The keyboard is choppy and unresponsive, the plastic seems flimsy and the left right click of the touchpad have no separation so always hitting the right side when I want the left."
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"Horrible keyboard."
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"the keys don't have a backlight so in the dark, if you don't know your keyboard it's hard to type."
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"Dead on Arrival - Keyboard was completely inoperative out of the box."
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"The keyboard feels cheap and the click on the touchpad was broken in my case."
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"The keyboard is okay, but it doesn't have a good, responsive feel to it--no backlit keys and soft clicks here."
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"The keyboard is sleek and easy to use."
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"My programs also crash quite often (which they did not do on any other computer, for they are the exact same programs).A few good things about this are that it has good resolution, and the keyboard is easy to use and the keys do not stick."
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"Love the convenience of having a computer this size - also love the keyboard."
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"I was able to correct this buy buying a wireless keyboard."
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"The keyboards are fairly smooth and they are spaced out enough where its easy to type."
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Light

Light:
"Just fine for light work, but I wouldn't recommend for anything major."
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"Construction-wise, this laptop is very light, which is both to its advantage and disadvantage."
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"It runs ok for basic web browsing, running netflix etc, but it is all the little things that get to be annoying, like no numlock light."
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"I recommend this computer for school, work, and light gaming."
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"Very good laptop, super fast power on, light weight and quiet fan that's efficient."
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"It's light, I love the screen size, so far so good! "
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"Great for surfing the internet and some light processing."
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"Yes it can handle some light multitasking without any real hiccups."
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Microsoft

Microsoft:
"The rear side of the laptop could be redesigned to support the display ports and additional USB ports, but the rear display hinge occupies all spaceAlso see slower boot up and internet download time in Windows, but not with Ubuntu , so maybe this is just a Microsoft 'exclusive' :) and not an intrinsic laptop problem."
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"I don't recall Microsoft being this counter-intuitive to run or if its the hardware."
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"I found this to be a bit annoying as it prevented me from putting my copy of Microsoft Office on the machine, (I still have two legal installs left)."
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"How on earth this piece of junk OS ever made it past the doors of Microsoft is beyond me."
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"The software license, which now pretty much forces you to get a Microsoft account, is a bit much."
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"I would have liked for Microsoft Office to have been already installed and ready for me to do a free trial rather than having to download that into the computer but c'est le vie."
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"I plugged in my Microsoft webcam and its clear and fast."
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"None of the Features that Microsoft claims has made Windows 8.1 Easier and Faster!"
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"On the positive side, the laptop was easy to set up with a Microsoft account and it walks you through the process step by step, which is great considering you don't receive any instruction manuals with this."
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Performance

Performance:
"Attempting to watch anything on this computer resulted in a terrible sound and choppy performance."
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"I thought this being the next gen celeron this would be better performance than the old 2000 era celeron - But I was wrong."
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"I have owned two other Asus laptop computers in the past and was pleased with their longevity and performance, but this Asus laptop was a complete disappointment!"
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"So far performance is good not great but good, everything about it the keyboard is intact doesn't feel sloppy or loose."
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"Performance drawbacks notwithstanding, what this computer includes for the price is actually fairly impressive; you get a decent-sized screen, built-in web cam, HDMI out, USB 3.0, 500 GB hard drive, 801.11n wireless and a multi-touch trackpad!"
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"Nice performance, beauty design and excellent price."
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"Some how still I went ahead and checked the performance of the system but I am sorry this is good for your 5 year old kid to play cartoon movies not for a home usage."
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"This computer is sufficient and he is very happy with the performance."
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"I'm using this computer since May and it works perfectly, the update to Win10 was completed without problem and I dont have anything wrong to say, except that the CD DVD unit is not included, however, I knew this fact before purchased and for the price still having a nice performance."
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"Excellent relation price performance"
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Plastic

Plastic:
"The plastic is flimsy and I'm assuming easily broken."
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"The keyboard is choppy and unresponsive, the plastic seems flimsy and the left right click of the touchpad have no separation so always hitting the right side when I want the left."
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"Horrible lump of plastic and really slow, even browsing is a pain."
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"It is flimsy and made of hard plastic so don't think you can rough house this computer like a tough book."
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"Cheap plastic and cheap weak feeling hinges."
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"Computer froze up and died literally minutes after I removed from packaging...I like Asus for some things but the plastic felt incredibly flimsy and almost looked like it was 3D printed."
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"The plastic is flimsy and I'm assuming easily broken."
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"If you are good and fine with acheap plastic laptop...please go ahead for it."
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"ASUS X551MA 15.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Celeron, 4 GB, 500GB HDD, Black) - Free Upgrade to Windows 10 I find it very clever the way the package came in the box, simple and easy with no much plastic on."
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"Not a heavy duty machine (plastic cover) - but works nicely for me! "
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"The plastic appears to be relatively robust."
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Power

Power:
"It fails to power on and there is no clear place for battery replacement."
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"Not too happy about the power cord and everything else being on the left side, but i installed windows 10, adobe flash player, my antivirus, microsoft office, and completed a weekends worth of homework and the laptop was still cool to the touch."
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"another problem: the power suply provided don't work."
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"The power button is also not as good as it should be."
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"It is good but after a month there is something wrong with the power."
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"Very good laptop, super fast power on, light weight and quiet fan that's efficient."
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"It won't even attempt to power on."
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"It is good but after a month there is something wrong with the power."
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"The speed and processing power is completely adequate for a notebook PC."
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"The first wouldn't power on even after being charged the recommended 8 hours."
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Price

Price:
"Screen is not FHD but it is totally ok (viewing angles not the best - but quality comparing to other cheap models is fine )"
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"laptop sucks ass I hate it don't even waste ya money stupid cheep laptop it's slow af and the Web cam is s*** everything sucks on here I'm returning it..... -_-"
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"This is honestly an excellent laptop for the money, take it from a broke twenty something year old."
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"A decent quality laptop for the price, but there are some obvious and frustrating drawbacks."
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"Cheap plastic and cheap weak feeling hinges."
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"The first couple days seemed like a decent computer however didn't care for the cheap keyboard with a lot of flex in it but for the price I lived with it."
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"Good and cheap laptop for everyday surfing mails and etc..less suitable for work where performance matters."
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"love it fast cheap plays games wonderfuly one concern to think about it is no disk drive and you get windows 10 free super awesome worth it give it a chance"
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"i cant buy laptops of best quality for the same price"
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"Good upgrade though]IN SHORT: Terrific computer for the money."
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Quality

Quality:
"Screen is not FHD but it is totally ok (viewing angles not the best - but quality comparing to other cheap models is fine )"
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"A decent quality laptop for the price, but there are some obvious and frustrating drawbacks."
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"Steer clear of this cheap quality laptop and invest in one that has a bigger hard drive and is of higher quality because this is pure junk! "
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"I am very disappointed in the quality of this laptop's trackpad."
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"This did not happen with the first laptop they sent me but its still very disappointing in terms of quality."
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"The soundcard quality is my only complaint."
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"i cant buy laptops of best quality for the same price"
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"-A nice price for the quality of components."
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"ASUS never fails to be quality."
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"Sound quality is decent, about what you expect from a laptop."
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"good quality product, shipped in a timely manner and packaged well-hubby loves having his own laptop - our 2nd asus so we dont have to share"
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School

School:
"It's good for Microsoft Office use and school related things but it is not good for gaming at all."
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"He's able to play the games he wants to on it and he's also able to do all of his school work on it."
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"Works great for school work so far, ease of use, fast delivery A++++"
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"I recommend this computer for school, work, and light gaming."
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"He needed for school activities so its perfect to look up stuff for that."
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"Love it brought this to use for school since all my classes are online."
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Screen

Screen:
"If you buy this, immediately upgrade to Windows 10.Pros:Not expensive, good sized HD, big screen, does basic comp work."
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"Cheaply made and I thought it would have touch screen...I was wrong."
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"Screen started having problems almost immediately."
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"Laptop is as advertised, I'm just not too happy with the screen."
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"There seems to be a lot of problems with the touch pad and the laptop freezing up and screen flickering"
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"It has a mind of its own when it comes to resizing the screen, reverting to the desktop and crashing, and it generally is just terribly frustrating to do, or attempt to do, anything at al with."
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"When I got the laptop, everything looked nice (there were no stratches or marks on the surface or screen)."
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"ASUS laptops are all reasonably priced, serviceable, and this one has a good sturdy case, ease of use, crisp screen."
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"My notes....First day: Rugged little laptop, good screen."
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"(Tested with Skyrim, Guild Wars 2, Life is Strange, BioShock Infinite, and Fallout: New Vegas)+Decent screen: 1366*768+HDMI and 15-pin connectors+Great for dual booting Linux+1 USB 3.0 portCons:-No discrete graphics card."
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"It's not slow, the resolution is amazing for its screen size, gaming compatability is above what I was expecting, you can run multiple tabs at one time without having technical issues."
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Simple

Simple:
"Not so great, lacks many simple functions, and not powerful for simple projects."
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"Nice simple computer"
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"Other than that it's a great laptop for most simple uses."
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"ASUS X551MA 15.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Celeron, 4 GB, 500GB HDD, Black) - Free Upgrade to Windows 10 I find it very clever the way the package came in the box, simple and easy with no much plastic on."
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"And with the windows 10 update, its even more fun and simple for anyone who likes windows 7."
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"I'd like to be able to do simple actions without having to make it complex."
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Size

Size:
"It's not slow, the resolution is amazing for its screen size, gaming compatability is above what I was expecting, you can run multiple tabs at one time without having technical issues."
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"Love the convenience of having a computer this size - also love the keyboard."
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"It's light, I love the screen size, so far so good! "
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"This is the perfect size for me."
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"The screen is a great size, and the full sized keyboard is a bonus as well."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"Cons:Speakers aren't that great."
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"Not loud at all, but easily fixed with some plug in 20 dollar speakers."
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"Bought it new on 15 07 15 (despised win8), all is fine except when I plug headphones in - audio continues to play from speakers (other Asus reviews online seem to have the same problem), I am supposed to have a free win10 update in a week so, will wait hoping that will solve the problem as it is most likely the driver."
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"I feels frail and the speakers aren't very good."
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"The speakers are also nice and I love that it has a webcam! "
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"It handles multi-tasking acceptably, has decent speakers, charges pretty quickly (and has a well-designed charger), and stays cool."
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"The speakers are surprisingly good."
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"The built in camera worked great with clear images and I was happy with the sound quality of the internal speakers because the sound was crisp and clear."
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"The speakers were also nice and sufficiently loud, but ASUS' marketing oversells the SonicMaster feature as something more extraordinary-sounding than it is."
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Speed

Speed:
"Good Hard Drive capacity, the unit i got had a decent 440 GB, enabling me to run a dual boot machine with Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04Cons :Difficult on-board 'mouse' buttons and track-pad - slow or unresponsive and not easy to use, have to click at the extreme edges for them to clickLow resolution screen(1366x768) for a 15.6 display, even at 8pt Segoe UI light, fonts appear too large, I wish it could have offered full HD option (1920 *1080 or at least 1680*1050)No CAPS LOCK,SCROLL LOCK, NUM LOCK LED indicator lights!"
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"Horrible lump of plastic and really slow, even browsing is a pain."
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"I give 0 stars if ihad the box id send it back it is slow not able to watch viseos even with high speed internet."
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"Amazingly fast for the specs for the crappy ram output and hard drive rpms."
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"Now its not super amazing speed wise, its fairly average I'd say."
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"love it fast cheap plays games wonderfuly one concern to think about it is no disk drive and you get windows 10 free super awesome worth it give it a chance"
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"Wifi good but Ethernet is very fast."
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"a computer that is less than $300.00 - works great and fast - lots of memory"
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"Works great for school work so far, ease of use, fast delivery A++++"
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"This computer runs smoothly even on slow WiFi."
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Touchpad

Touchpad:
"The keyboard is choppy and unresponsive, the plastic seems flimsy and the left right click of the touchpad have no separation so always hitting the right side when I want the left."
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"The problem is in the design of the touch pad."
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"Touchpad isn't that great though"
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"The only negative for this laptop is the touchpad."
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"There seems to be a lot of problems with the touch pad and the laptop freezing up and screen flickering"
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"The keyboard feels cheap and the click on the touchpad was broken in my case."
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"The case is not the sturdiest and the touch pad buttons are a bit clunky, but overall it's a good value."
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"The ASUS computer works well, although a more tactile feel for the touchpad Left & Right keys would help."
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"The keyboard is adequate but the touch pad buttons suck."
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"- I have had no problems with the touch pad, although I prefer a mouse and have installed a USB wireless mouse, which I use most of the time, but I also use the touch pad when I do not have the space for the mouse."
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"The touchpad is also very large, and easy to hit when typing(although it can be easily toggled off with a fn key) It is also just a little too large, but I am really nitpicking there."
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Value

Value:
"The case is not the sturdiest and the touch pad buttons are a bit clunky, but overall it's a good value."
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"Great value for the money"
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"And an exceptional value."
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"For my uses it is very good, as fast as I could possibly need it to be, and definitely a good value."
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"Pretty great value overall for $250 bucks."
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Video

Video:
"Not very powerful, but good for taking notes, watching videos, or browsing the web."
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"The camera isn't good but I'm not really using it for much video making purposes."
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"I bought it specifically to watch netflix and the occasional web browsing and it struggles to play certain videos on netflix (slow video card?"
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"Will play YouTube 1080p HD videos with skipping and boots in a reasonable time."
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"I love this item it works fast, and is great to watch videos movies because of its large screen."
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"Not too big to carry, but also is perfect for movie watching."
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"The verdict on this is that it would be great for someone that doesn't need it to watch videos, or use this for heavy entertainment."
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Weight

Weight:
"It is lightweight and easy to take when you go away, But that is its best feature."
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"love it, it's lightweight and just what i needed for my son"
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"Very good laptop, super fast power on, light weight and quiet fan that's efficient."
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"It is the perfect computer, but the only downfall is the weight."
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"It does all the basics and is decent enough to play some lightweight games."
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Windows

Windows:
"I HATE windows 8.1 that it comes with."
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"Windows 8.1 is too hard to find anything!"
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"If you buy this, immediately upgrade to Windows 10.Pros:Not expensive, good sized HD, big screen, does basic comp work."
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"It comes with Windows 8, which basically makes it the worst computer out there to deal with."
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"Everything fine, Windows 8.1 not very friendly but fine"
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"Absolutely Horrible, I'm not sure whether Its Windows 8 that I don't like, or the actual computer."
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"But since the games & Amazon's Game loader all are Windows 7 or before, I figure I can't complain since more work than I thought they would."
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"Works great,It came with 8.1 and I tried that for a couple of days before upgrading to Windows 10.I think I liked Windows 8.1 a little better, but 10 isn't bad."
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"Windows 8 ruins what might have otherwise been a decent laptop."
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"The Windows 10 upgrade was nice, but it did cause the cursor to continually churn every 3 seconds."
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