Pros I have literally used my U56E approximately 12 or more hours on average every day for almost two years, and used it hard!
Cons I've never had any complaints.
Summary I've owned this U56E-bal7 for 2 years, this coming January 2014. I have literally used it, approximately 12 or more hours every day since, and used it hard! It has never failed me once! I typically run an average of 7 or more programs simultaneously, word, excel, Photoshop 5+ including bridge, MS outlook, MS explorer, and Firefox, typically running 10-20+ open tabs in both browsers simultaneously, along with supporting software, virus protection, speech recognition, windows communicator etc.etc. I also use extremely demanding live streaming programs, which typically run in excess of 70 additional live streaming monitoring applications, and can seamlessly switch between all programs as I need! This is simply the best laptop / PC I've ever owned. The fact, that I only paid, slightly more than $300 for this fine machine, along with a $300 gift card for Best Buy, which I received for free, not a gift, makes this laptop, just that much sweeter. One other fact that most people will find surprising, is that I never turn the laptop off, while plugged in, and it is configured only to sleep, while running on battery power. The battery still works like new with an average run time of 5.5 hours. I've owned every major brand and no competitor has ever come close, to this level of performance. l recently purchased a new Dell laptop last month which died yesterday. When/if I personally need a new laptop, you can be guaranteed it'll be buying an ASUS!
Pros Good battery life. Good processor performance (Intel)
Cons Tech "Support" is non-existent!Poor communications (Don't appear to understand English).
Summary Markings on keyboard started wearing off after about 6 months of normal home use. Did not get a response from Tech "Support" until after warranty expired. Even after several emails from me!
"Multiple issues"on by wimpy11
Pros Fast, starts up quick
Cons Ready to take in for repairs for the 3rd time since I bought it in February. The bio has to keep being updated.
Summary I am debating about whether I want them to try one more time to fix the issues, or just trade in for a different brand. Each time I take it in, it is at least 2 weeks before I get it back. I use it for my business and means I have to back everything up and transfer to another laptop. Not good business.
Pros Fast. Excellent battery life. Quality design and construction. Runs relatively cool.
Cons Back lit keyboard or LED illumination of keypad (like old Thinkpads) would be nice.
Summary Good speed from 2nd gen I-5 and 6M RAM. Impressive battery life 8+ hours for regular web browsing, word processing and the like. 6+ hours streaming video and broadcasting to big screen using built in Intel WiDi. Refreshingly minimal "bloatware". Very solid machine for price.