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Netbooks are dead
 from Los Angeles, CA,  Dec 15, 2012

First: Overstock had great, quick service in getting the product to me quickly and safely. Cheers, Overstock. However, the product itself: It was my 2nd netbook from Asus. Have been very happy with the first (after I upgraded the RAM), and expected a similar level of quality on this product. Some quick research revealed that I could upgrade the RAM on this model too, and according to specs it has incredible battery life. Battery life is good, not great, and about four hours short of spec (so about 8 hours on a single charge). RAM is NOT easily or safely upgradeable, and 1 GB RAM is not really enough for modern Windows. Videos exist on the Internet showing how to upgrade RAM on this netbook, but it involves taking the computer apart, which in my experience is a risky proposition with netbooks/laptops. You could ruin/not be able to put back together your computer, and so you're left with, in essence, a very expensive brick. Windows Starter, the included OS, is a bad, bad OS, so I tried to install Linux. I tried six different versions, but none of them were able to deliver the performance I wanted--namely, running videos smoothly with stops, stutters, etc. So, I relented, and put Windows Pro on the netbook, and videos played smoothly. However, with the 1 GB RAM, the netbook is SLOW--slower even than my 2.5 year old one. I believe this is the last netbook from Asus, and they appear to have retreated somewhat in quality on this. I know they're out of style now, but I'm more interested in functionality than form, and dollar for dollar, a netbook, while less cool than a tablet, should deliver more performance for the dollar. This one didn't. If it were upgradeable like previous versions--even just the RAM--it would be fine, or if it came with 2 GB RAM, it would be fine. The processor is even hampered and restricted to run much below its own capabilities--it is a 64-bit processor running as a 32-bit processor. I don't know why, but it's not encouraging. Overall, given that Asus virtually started the netbook craze, it's safe to say with this subpar offering, they've ended it too. Unfortunately, I recommend staying away from this product and either getting a tablet or laptop. This will end up being a disappointing waste of money.

  • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? accurate
  • Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes
  • Please tell us about the quality of the product. poor
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