Pros Powerful centrino 2 processor, 4GB Ram, 1GB nVidia Card, 3+ Hour Battery life. Everthing I wanted in a new notebook. FAST, FAST, FAST!!! HDMI out. Stylish.
Cons Asus brand name, mouse pad/mouse keys should be better. Built in web cam should be better.
Summary This is exactly the notebook I always wanted, but was afraid to buy. I was shopping around for something powerful, not too big and with a battery that can go totally wireless for more than just looking up a phone number and address and happened to find this by accident. After comparing it to all of the other noteboks on display in Bestbuy, I could not pass it up----even though its made by ASUS. Especially not on sale for less that $900.00 with tax.
They only had two computers on display that had a windows vista experience rating of 5.0 (this one and a similar HP) and one that had a rating of 5.2, both of the others were over $1,100.00 before tax and neither one had a Core 2 Duo 8400. So the choice was easy. Even though it was a gift and I was using someone else's money!!! I just couldn't pass up the brown and tan color scheme.
After using it a couple of weeks, I think it is the fastest computer I have ever used (for general computing). Even faster than a new AMD Quad core desktop with more RAM.
A month ago I would have laughed at the idea of buying anything made by ASUS (especially with someone else paying). My view of the brand has completely changed. I figured why not. 10 years ago everyone would have laughed at the idea of the demise of the walkman at the hands of Apple or the demise of Sony's console gaming and TV business at the hands of Microsoft, Samsung and Panasonic. I say that after having bought a new, expensive Vaio notebook less than a year ago and then having a conspicuous pixel go out after the expiration of the bestbuy return policy. Sony refused to replace it under warranty stating that this is "NORMAL" !!!!
After a month of daily use I have had no problems and all programs run with ease. I never thought I'd be so happy to own an 'off brand' computer. And definitely never thought that an 'off brand' system would be one of the best I had ever used. I thought a 15.4 widescreen is necessary equipment, but the 14" widescreen on this notebook comes with no sacrifice------side by side with a 15.4 you can barely tell the difference. Except that the 14" on this notebook looks better than most out there. The glossy screen somehow reflects almost no light.
The cnet review is right, the mouse buttons are awkward, but you get used to them. They should have included multimedia controls. The built in webcam is horrible, I don't know where the claim that its 1.3 megapixels came from. The video and pictures look more like a 13 pixel camera. Another annoying feature is the memory card slot. Yes. it takes all the standard types of cards, but there is a fake card in there (which will get lost, I know it) that you have to pop out--then you have to pop your card in until it snaps into place. This is not easy. The slot is shaped to fit a thumb nail, but only from the bottom. That means if your left hand is not underneath the upper left corner of the bottom of the notebook it is nearly impossible to get a card in or out!!! Almost everytime I slide a card in, windows auto play pops up as if the card is in, but as soon as I move my finger away it pops back out. The only way to get cards in or out is to use your thumb nail-----Literally!!! And only a left thumb will do. The click in/click out feature is a nice idea, but the more simple design of just about every other notebook ever made is much more practical. Trust me, with a baby running around and mothers and grandmothers asking you to resize and email baby pictures every day, this design flaw will drive you crazy, too.
Aside from those strange type design quirks, the computer part of the notebook is about as good as it gets for a portable desktop replacement that can run over three hours on battery.
Pros Light, great screen, has a 1GB video card, 4 GB of memory upgradeable to 8
Cons The keys take some getting used to.
Summary I was hesistant to buy from Best Buy but I have had so many problems with Dell and their awful customer service. I actually went in to buy the HP dv3510nr but I thought the screen was too small for me. I am very happy with this laptop and can't wait to get some games.
Pros Performance and screen quality. Only laptop in it's range to hit 5 on Vista's Windows experience index. LED back light eliminates DC/AC inverter that powers traditional screens-one of the more common things that fry in laptops. 1GB DDR3 video RAM!!
Cons Not crazy about the shell cosmetics, in particular the orange on brown logos and accents. Keyboard markings are tan, not white so it's hard too see in some light. No Bluetooth is sort of silly since there's a hardware button and software for it.
Summary Overall this is one of the best values I've seen. I've been searching for an update to my old Lenovo X60 Tablet which had excellent build quality, but was a bit slow-even running XP.
The X83VM-X1 has great features, a descent build for a plastic chassis, and seems fast for a laptop. There is a work-around for the stiff touch-pad buttons and missing bluetooth issues: Targus makes a sweet little bluetooth USB dongle that is TINY. It only sticks out of the USB port about 5MM. It seems to have all the profiles/capabilities of an OEM solution without getting in the way much-for $24.99. I use a Microsoft BT notebook mouse 5000 mouse and hardly touch the touch-pad buttons any more. Some of the specs list a 10/100 Ethernet NIC, however Device manager ID's mine as a Realteck Gigabit Ethernet NIC.
Color-scheme aside, this is a really nice machine for the money.
"Has problems!"on by Clarkr
Pros Nice components.
Cons Stiff Mouse Buttons, Pad Too sensitive and tap it very lightly works like clicking on the mouse button, this problem alone has been a nightmare.
Also it auto clicks on things hovered over for a short time and this cannot be shut off completely!
Summary Due to the above issues I am unhappy with the computer (I have to take online tests and the auto click and over sensitive touch pad have been causing me to fail tests prematurely.) I will be returning it hoping a replacement will not have the same issues. If these issues are chronic to this laptop then it is a good reason to avoid it.I found that tapping can be disabled and sensitivity reduced to eliminate unintended clicks. Worst problem continues to be lack of visibility of keys due to color blending!
Updated on Jan 1, 2009
Brown keys with beige, rust red and pale blue make visibility horrible except in very bright light settings.
Pros -Great durability
-Plays games easily
-Still going strong almost 3 years later
Cons -Iffy touchpad
-Iffy mouse keys
-Lack of Bluetooth despite button still puzzling
Summary Bit of a back story, way back in Jan. 2009, was a college student looking for a decent laptop in the $1k range or lower that would still allow me to do gaming while dealing with the usual necessities of homework. Browsing around Best Buy, I had seen an add earlier advertising its cousin, the VB variant for a cheap $800 or so. Going into the store to look at it in person, I was getting ready to buy it when I noticed this happy little fellow lying on the counter nearby; at that time, Best Buy was dumping its stock of VM after the holiday rush had passed, meaning it was under $1k. So obviously, after comparing the specs of the two, it was a no brainer to get a better machine for $150 more.
And to this day, still have no regrets, still works fine after all these years, never had any major issues at all. Granted it's gotten a bit slower over the years, but that's mainly a sign of aging if anything; it still has the guts to take on WoW raiding and basic HD movie watching. All I can say is I love this little laptop, put out by a great company and would easily recommend this or other Asus products to anyone.