エイスース ノートパソコン ASUS X550 Series 15.6-Inch Laptop (Core i7-4500U 1.8GHz/ 8GB RAM/ 1024GB HDD/ Windows 8) 【並行輸入品】
Intel Core i7-4500U 1.8 GHz;8 GB DDR3;1024 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive;15.6-Inch Screen;Windows 8, 5-hour battery life
For its price, it is fairly thin. It stays fairly cool even if I'm playing Team Fortress 2, which runs very smoothly on the laptop although the laptop lacks a dedicated graphics card. In terms of battery life, on the power-saving settings it lasts for a decent-length flight. The sound quality is pretty clear.
I will note that the total memory is listed as a terabyte, which is actually achieved by having two hard disk drives, so there might be some disk-drive switching lag when accessing files on the other disk drive. The ethernet port has a small hinge to expand to fit the actual plug, which might present a possible weak point that could break off later on. Only the top cover and keyboard surface have metal plating; the border of the screen and the bottom are entirely plastic, though this hasn't presented any heating problems yet. The trackpad I'm not a fan of. I avoid using tap-to-click, and the actual clicking mechanism of the trackpad doesn't always work as well as I'd like it to. Initially, some of the keys were also a little unresponsive (I'm looking at you, "u"), but this seems to have gotten better over time. Also, there was a fair amount of ASUS bloatware but nothing hard to remove.
Overall, this is a very solid laptop, and for anyone who isn't too keen on technical details but wants a laptop that can handle games, do work, and stay classy, I would definitely recommend this laptop.
Couple of minor cons
1) wished the keypad keys were wider; I can't crunch numbers as quickly as I did on my prior laptop (by HP);
2) wished the status, greean LEDs (just to the left of the trackpad) were bigger so that I wouldn't have to block out light with a hand to see if they're on specially the ones for CAPS lock & NUM lock.
Anyway, I reformatted it with Windows 8.1 and carried on with the regular desktop UI. I don't have a need for or want the touch UI.
UPDATE: 3/29/2015 Very recently, the laptop would shutdown when approximately 26% battery charge remained. Never does it present a low-battery power message as it used to when it got to 10-15%. Now, I must keep it plugged in all the time. It's only just over a year old, so I've taken away a star.