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Bought 3, Not Top Quality
on June 18, 2012
We bought 3 of these. 1 of them had a cluster of pixels that was stuck on white straight out of the box. Since ASUS guarantees it to be pixel perfect when you receive it, they agreed to fix it for free including shipping. Had to ship it back to them where they repaired it and sent it back. That took about 2 weeks.
Pros: First impression it looks quite nice. Physically it looks just like the Macbook Air except more steel like and masculine. It is a good alternative for those who would hate to have an apple logo on their laptop. It also comes with some extras which was nice surprise. It comes with a case, a wired lan adapter, and a vga adapter. The Macbook Air doesn't come with these and it would cost you another $40-$50 for each one if you need them.
Cons: As mentioned above, one of the screens was defective. Also there is a logo on the space bar and on one of them it looked smudged. It's little things like that which make it seem like their Quality Control is not as good.
I would have given this 4.5 stars if I didn't receive one with defective screen but now can only give it a 3.5. I think it deserves a full star off just because of that. When buying an ultrabook and paying macbook air price for it, it is fair to assume it is at least macbook air quality. So Asus failed in letting this slip past QC. And the worse part is it took so long to fix and they didn't just send us a new one. We couldn't just go walk into a store and have it replaced instantly like the Apple Store. I think they should have sent a new one instead of fixing it. Now it feels like paying Full Price for a refurbished product.
Summary: From the ultrabooks available to choose from today, I would rate it 2nd best after the Macbook Air. It's metal construction makes it feel a lot more sturdier and higher quality than its plastic competitors. It's pricing and specs are very similar to the Macbook Air. Given the choice I would recommend the Macbook Air due to slightly higher quality. But if you hate Apple or can get this one at a better price then this is a solid choice.
[Edit: Apple has now released their new model of Air which can have up to 8GB of RAM. As if this writing the Asus can only have 4GB]