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cliche

October 24, 2012, 10:26 pm

any ETA on this ? We messaged regarding the Eurocom 11.6 laptop previously
http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

and was intrigued enough to wait for the new set of touch Win8 laptops.
This is good value enough for me to consider jettisoning the gaming capability depending on battery life and if I can add my own SSD to the mix

cliche

October 24, 2012, 10:29 pm

update - I've just found it in stock at Comet

http://www.comet.co.uk/p/Lapto...

M. Long

October 25, 2012, 3:35 am

Damn, I want one! Shame we're not getting the SSD in the UK though. (Is the battery replaceable, by the way?)

Jedibeeftrix

October 25, 2012, 1:39 pm

i like it, i really do, but:

1. Why on earth put an enormous VGA port on it?
2. Wouldn't it be lovely if there was an option for a 25W AMD Trinity A10 chip?

TechVegan

October 26, 2012, 12:20 am

Thanks @Cliche for finding the answer, today was a little hectic so I'm late answering comments.

@M. Long:
That's the base model, maybe it will make its way into higher specs - also, it's not a pure SSD in the US model.

Re the battery, not really, though if you had a screwdriver to hand...

@Jedibeeftrix:
1. Some people still own VGA-only monitors, sad but true.
2. It would indeed - who knows what a few months on might bring though?

phred

October 26, 2012, 4:37 am

These cos. make good products that sell for less than Apple's laptops,have glossy colored ads that make the product look good,but the service is terrible.Wait a long time to speak to someone who speaks with an accent that is hard to understand.Why doesn't anyone ,as far as I know, talk about service?

junl64

October 28, 2012, 4:44 pm

It looks nice but it's disappointing that now that it's released, it's not the £399 price the reveiw states it would be. The cheapest I've seen for the base model with the Pentium is £442 at Pixmania.

professordes

October 29, 2012, 12:04 am

I picked up the i3 version a couple of days ago at Comet. It is indeed a very nice little machine for the price. Two caveats however:

1) battery life is pretty indifferent "up to 5 hours" is probably 3-4 hours in real life

2) a major annoyance - the cooling fan kicks in on startup and runs constantly so the machine is pretty noisy compared with any other laptop I have. I was wondering if this was perhaps a BIOS issue, but there are no updates available (yet) for download. The fan is churning away whatever power profile is chosen in Windows 8. I also tried running Ubuntu on it out of curiosity. It works well, but the fan is still annoyingly active.

professordes

October 29, 2012, 12:26 am

aha - I found a BIOS update (205) and it is quite a bit quieter with this.....

federer

October 29, 2012, 6:08 pm

please let us know if it improves. i was thinking of buying the i3 version ???

professordes

October 30, 2012, 1:46 pm

My i3 version is definitely quieter after the 205 BIOS update - I don't think it is my imagination...

Other thoughts after a couple of days' use:

The keyboard is very usable

The touchpad, while not quite up to Apple standards, functions well enough

Windows 8 makes much more sense with a touchscreen

Battery life is fair to middling at best

For the price the build quality is amazing, actually for any price.

Good connectivity, especially compared with some much more expensive ultrabooks.

The screen is pretty decent for colours/visibility

I actually use the enormous vga port :)

TechVegan

October 31, 2012, 4:04 pm

@professordes:
Thanks for your great contributions!
These are the kind of useful comments we love to see most :)
Glad your findings gell with my experience of the device. Interesting about the BIOS update too.

Indeed, build quality/design is simply stunning - not sure how Asus managed it at this price point...

"I actually use the enormous vga port :)" LOL, good for you.
Is that because you have a VGA-only monitor or one where you are already using the HDMI port? And if so, have you considered a £12-ish HDMI splitter?

cp5921

November 2, 2012, 6:13 am

Would you be able to post where you got the bios update? I have been looking around for it and havnt been able to see anything from the ASUS website. Thanks

professordes

November 7, 2012, 3:32 pm

It's a bit obscure finding the BIOS update download - it doesn't link off the main product page. This is where I stumbled across it:

http://support.asus.com/Downlo...

Choose Windows 8 64bit on the OS pulldown, then the BIOS is listed (as is the BIOS flash ultility)

professordes

November 7, 2012, 3:33 pm

Re: HDMI splitter
- The fewer dongles I have to lose the better :)

VGA out is useful for projectors for lectures and seminars still.

TechVegan

November 9, 2012, 8:02 pm

True beans :)

On VGA, indeed, and it's still dominant in many business environments.

Thanks again for your engagement.

MarkTMorgan

November 30, 2012, 7:29 pm

I picked mine p today from Comet and got 20%off so bought the purchase price down to £359.99, an offer oo ood to miss on such a highly rated Windows 8 notebook with a touchscreen :O) Well chuffed!!

Two questions:

1) Can you purchase an upgraded battery in the UK for this?
2) Can anyone recommend a good carry case that's a snug fit nd not too feminine?

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