by Sanal Kumar on 2015-01-26
This being my second computer, the main expectations were browsing the web & editing documents and it doesn't get any better than this. I have multiple browser tabs open along with word & excel documents, and I do not notice any lag whatsoever!
It has 20.8GB user space on the flash drive, and I added a 64GB MicroSD Class-10 card to top it up.
There are also some bundled cloud offers: Microsoft OneDrive with 1TB storage for a year (along with Office 365), and Asus Webstorage with 500GB for 2 years. Since OneDrive is also available on mobiles & Mac, I am now using it extensively to share data across platforms.
The 1-year bundled subscription to Office 365 is neat. The machine is also very lightweight. The battery also seems to last forever (after a 3-4 hr usage, 60% battery still remains).
At this price point, I should not nitpick, but I will point them out anyway. The screen is a bit dull with not-so-great viewing angles, but it still very good for this price. Also, there is an issue with the trackpad. Asus SmartGesture, which enables multi-finger gestures, does not work sometimes when the machine wakes up from sleep (other functions are fine). A reboot fixes the problem. I tried updating the drivers, but this has not helped. Anyway, I use a mouse and hence this has not bothered me much.
Overall, this is the machine to get if you're looking at a casual usage. It is also highly portable (including a lightweight charger, which is proprietary by the way). If these are your expectations, look no further.
- Tried out the inbuilt camera and found that the pictures are quite bad! The image size is VGA (640x480), and there's too much noise in the pic. So don't expect much on the camera front. Can be used for occasional video calls and that's about it. Still five stars though.
- The bootup time (till login screen) is around 6-8 seconds. It used to be less than 5 seconds before, but 8 seconds is still quite good.
- The laptop gets covered in fingerprints fairly quickly.
- The dark blue color is actually very dark. It is almost black.
- Forgot to mention before, but the 1-year office subscription comes as a product activation code which is packaged along with the laptop. You need to activate Office 365 using this code.
- The 20.8GB user space I mentioned earlier is used by Windows installation as well. So the actual free space is lower. I didn't check free space when I received the laptop; I'm guessing that it might have been around 10 - 15GB range.
- There is no Ethernet port or CD drive.
- The HDMI interface is micro-HDMI.
- It comes with McAfee LiveSafe 15-day trial.
UPDATE AFTER A MONTH OF USE:
The laptop is still going strong. Found a workaround for the trackpad issue I'd mentioned earlier: Go to task manager and terminate the "AsusTPCenter.exe" process. It gets re-spawned automatically, and SmartGesture starts working again.
The multi-touch gestures are pretty decent, but it's nowhere close to that on a Macbook. But the trackpad is quite big, and I'm happy about that.
I use Chrome mostly and even after opening 25+ tabs, there is no noticeable delay in the browser. However at this point, any new application would take a couple of more seconds to launch (but once it is launched, everything is snappy again). Other than a few times when Chrome crashed, I have not encountered any problems with performance till now.
I find myself using the laptop more during travel and while attending conferences. Since the laptop & charger are lightweight, it is perfect for this. However, for more involved work, I still prefer to use my desktop at home due to its better display and computing power.
At a budget of
Great netbook. Careful what you're buying it for.
by Devavret on 2015-05-19
Be sure to buy it only if you are going to do lightweight work on this. Some more details and tips for effective use:
Out of 32GB, only ~19 GB is available because of the recovery partition. There is no official method to remove the recovery partition as of today but it is still possible. About 12 GB is free space initially but can be augmented with a microSD. Just format the card with NTFS and mount it in a folder in the C drive. Install software into that folder from then on.
Also the card reader is capped at ~25MB/s but you should STILL buy a fast class10/uhs1 card. Because cards list their sequential read speed. Random read/write speed is more important if you're using it as main storage. Most good cards have random read speeds in single digits and you can buy any card with random read speed till 25MB/s and it won't be a waste. I bought the samsung evo because it had the best random rw speeds for that price (double of sandisk cards in that range)
Uninstall McAfee the first thing you get this and you won't have the speed problems others are complaining about. Use windows defender that is preinstalled but disabled out of the box. Disable html5 on youtube with available chrome/firefox extentions (tried both) because flash is faster and uses less memory.
Not really meant for gaming but it can run DOTA, CS and AOE2. The framerate will be low but install DirectX end user runtime (trust me, even though ver. 11 is preinstalled) and old games will run a lot better.
You can't install linux easily on this machine right now due to issues with the bootloader. Google this for better information. Nevertheless, I am using CygWin for basic linux tasks.
Fingerprints on the body:
People are complaining that the body is a fingerprint magnet. I can assure you that this is NOT a problem with the Gold version. Blue version might be.
These were my only concerns while buying because other specifications are good enough.
Very Poor service from Flipkart
by Ajay Patter on 2015-08-16
I placed an order for Asus EeeBook on 5th June 2015. Flipkart delivered a faulty laptop. After one month of chase, they replaced the laptop. This time again it was another faulty one. Chased Flipkart multiple times for a replacement or resolution. Till date no response. They never bothered to get this resolved. Finally I had to fix the laptop working with other sources of support. It is very disappointing that Flipkart's service and promptness is going down day by day. Had very bad customer experience buying this item.
Amazing.!! why buy this??
by Prabal Aradhya on 2015-02-20
apps & games,
portable and light weight,
good battery back up,
watching movies ,
If the above points.. are your needs..,
Go For it...!!
Good job ASUS.
fk service-5/5 ..
fingerprint marks ( on the blue color netbook model )
go for the white one (it has a gloss finish)..If u cant skip the above con..
Great Machine!!!!!!!!!! Simply Awesome
by Venkataramanan Ragothaman on 2015-02-19
As usual flipkart delivery was awesome with great protective packaging.
Coming to the product its simply awesome. Around 16.6 gb is available for use out of 32 gb.
It has 2 GB RAM . Intel Hd Graphics comes to around 991 MB. Best thing about this laptop is its battery. It simply is a beast .Web cam quality is good . It also comes with one year Microsoft Office 365 subscription. USB 3.0 Is not there. If you want a good compact laptop for basic stuff like reading books. Watching movies this is simply best. Just go for it. No Second thoughts. Also asus offers cloud storage of 1 TB.
Final Verdict : Close your eyes and go for it
Update : After using it for 1.5 years I still feel this is the best basic stuff laptop..great going.
by Johnny on 2015-02-11
This is a bang for its money ! The ease of using it as a tablet and computing prowess of a laptop combined in ONE. If you are looking for a under 25k device dont event think twice and just BUY. I was ready to spend upto 20-25k but found this much more valuable than more expensive devices..
by Rajiv Kumar on 2015-02-07
This one is almost black, I am loving it !!
Pros: Price, Battery life, ultra light, fast for day to day use, fanless design,
Cons: Video colours are not so good. No LAN port, Micro HDMI
But I hardly miss the features I have listed in the Cons as I am using teewe dongle to connect to my TV wirelessly.
The product is great at this price.
by Harshit Shah on 2015-01-26
It is very good looking with decent specification.
32 GB of storage is very low (user available 20GB) but i have extended it with 64 GB micro SDXC card so in total it amounts to approx. 80GB of available storage which is quite enough.
Battery life is more than 10 hours of continuous usage.
Note this netbook is for light users such as browsing web, editing documents, excels, etc.
It’s not for gamers, heavy users & cannot be used as substitute of your primary Desktop / Laptop.
So far so Good, Am happy wiht the product!
by Arun Bharath on 2015-01-25
Purchased it the day it was announced ..not an impulse buy but sort of a well thought out buy, was considering the Acer Switch and Asus transformer, my main concern was decent computing with looks and portability.
Only gripe , I am flipkart first customer, it showed in a day delivery but I got it after a day, if flipkart cant deliver in a day , then they shouldn't brag about it.
32 GB space only, Should have been 64 gb. I would be getting 2 64 gb sd cards, One for my Note3 and one for this. Problem solved .
Missed USB 3.0 slot ,
Micro HDMI instead of HDMI, but its manageable.
Finger print magnet keyboard and cover.
No fans , no sounds , very less heat even after slight heavy usage of 3hrs ( that's the max I am going to use it.
For the price am getting this config , wow!
Good build quality, Looks good!
Can play HD videos and small games like Asphalt 8.
Awesome battery life
Keyboard screen resolution good enuf!
For a laptop at this price point it does more than what I expected it to do. This product is for those who already have a primary computer and are looking for a portable secondary laptop for travelling. For resolving space issue get a 64gb micro sd card or a 128 gd sd card and put it in the micro sd slot , it sits flush and you wount even notice its there!
I prefer 64 gb because its way cheaper and more practical for me , I got a primary gaming rig with 2 tb HDD.
Surprisingly Well-Rounded Device
by Aritra Majumdar on 2015-04-05
I was looking for a device that would complement my primary laptop, a Lenovo G505S. After considering and rejecting a tablet, I decided to go in for this laptop/netbook. My observations -
Build Quality and Design (8/10) - At the price point of the Xiaomi Mi3 (got a Rs 1000 discount for Visa offer), the product comes with a decent build quality. Everything is plastic of course, but decent quality plastic. I don't understand why people are calling the plastic a fingerprint magnet. Except the ASUS logo in the middle of the top cover, the rest of the exterior has a matte tone that shouldn't attract fingerprints.
The design is small and beautiful. The red model resembles the red used in cars and some high end phones giving the product a premium look.Being extremely small and light, I could easily fit it into my university backpack like a large textbook. The hinges creak somewhat as you lift the display though, and it remains to be seen how durable they prove.
Keyboard and Touchpad (8/10) - The keyboard is large and keys have a rugged matte finish. Keys themselves are large and responsive. The B key produces an unpleasant "tac" sound but this is not a complaint really. I type at 82WPM normally and could manage 77WPM on the keyboard, which is decent considering its size. The keys looks sturdy and appear capable of surviving my ruthless onslaught for a considerable amount of time.
The touchpad is gigantic and while the left and right buttons are a bit wobbly, the touchpad itself is good. Again, I would disagree with those saying the touchpad does not cater to gestures properly. Most gestures worked fine and the ones that gave occasional trouble, I'd put down to my own incompetence. Most vitally, while typing the touchpad did not interfere at all, which is more than can be said for the Lenovo G505S.
Display (6.5/10) - Having used the Xiaomi Mi3, Nexus 7 2012 and Lenovo G505S, I am used to excellent HD displays. This one produces washed out colors and while viewing angles are okay, the overall quality of the screen leaves something to be desired. Watching movies is a tolerable experience, one you'd reserve for your travelling times only.
Processor (9/10) - While it is no match for the AMD A10 5750M on my Lenovo G505S, it manages tasks amicably. At one time I had 5 news pages (with lots of multimedia) + Flipkart + Facebook open on the browser (Chrome) and was running Word 2013 and a 720p movie. Things worked smoothly, though it remains to be seen how it performs as time goes on.
Storage (8/10) - Let me clarify at the outset that eMMC is not SSD - there is a qualitative difference. The eMMC on this device has decent speed and nothing lags. You get a microSD card slot that I tried out with a 32GB Class 10 card and things went smoothly. However, given that you get only about 17GB internal storage free, even a 128GB microSD card wouldn't suffice (not to say prove rather costly). I'd suggest carrying a 1TB external hard disk or using the included cloud storage options.
Gaming (3/10) - This device isn't meant for gaming. Trying to run Call of Duty Ghosts from an external HDD brought forth this point so forcefully that I didn't bother running benchmarks. Older games like Wolfenstein (2009) and top down RPGs (Diablo III) run however, so if this is the only device you've got, you won't be left in the lurch.
Verdict (9/10) - At this price point, I'm quite satisfied with what this device does. I expect the flowing animation in Office to become choppy as time wears on, and general performance to dip, but that happens to the best of devices. If the hinges and keyboard holds and the slow down isn't excessively annoying, I'd say I've got hold of an excellent device. As of now though, I'm quite satisfied.
PS The office key comes at the back of a small leaflet that is included with the device. Don't forget to activate it prior to sending the box and its contents (sans laptop and charger of course) to the storage room.
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