Is this a good priced laptop?

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=898509009&permanent=0

I cant find anything close for that price. I wouldn't mind a bigger SSD but it not the end of the world. Are ASUS's ok? - I've never owned one

Thanks for you input

geek_timbo69, Jun 10, 6:41 pm

Pretty nice specs for the price actually. aside from the low res display, but I guess you can't expect that for $1200.

Asus usually rank 1 or 2 on the annual reliability reviews, so yes very good brand .

geek_suicidemonkey, Jun 10, 7:00 pm



Thanks, what is good/bad resolution?

geek_timbo69, Jun 10, 7:05 pm

i got a asus laptop harddrive died the first 2 weeks fitted a ssd and it now runs fine since 4 years battery still ok has 3 year warranty on battery and is partial waterproof my asus laptop b53S so Yea this make is ok, never ever . ever buy a acer.

geek_intrade, Jun 10, 7:09 pm

this is my asus specs i have XP win7-64bit crap and linux all booting on this
Host/Kernel/OS "Kanotix" running Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64 x86_64 [ Kanotix Spitfire-nightly Spitfire64 150509a KDE-special ]
CPU Info Quad Intel Core i5-2410M @ clocked at Min:2099.378Mhz Max:2185.449Mhz 3072 KB cache flags ( sse sse2 nx lm pni vmx )
Videocard Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller X.Org 1.16.4 [ 1366x768 ]
Advanced Micro Devices, [AMD/ATI] Seymour [Radeon HD 6400M/7400M Series]
Network cards Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak]
Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection, at port: e060
Processes 175 | Uptime 9:12 | Memory 1183.2/7887.2MB | HDD Size 240GB (0%used) | Client Shell | Infobash v2.67.2

geek_intrade, Jun 10, 7:10 pm

best SSD to buy is intel brand ones for price i got one from pbtech 4 weeks ago

geek_intrade, Jun 10, 7:13 pm



The display won't be as sharp as some and you won't get as much desktop space. But depending on what you use it for, it might not matter.

geek_suicidemonkey, Jun 10, 7:21 pm



Im happy with the resolution on the laptop I have - How can I check what I have to compare?

geek_timbo69, Jun 10, 7:29 pm

The 1366x768 panels that Asus uses in those are just terrible - low resolution, but also low contrast and very poor viewing angles

Personally I'd consider one of these:
http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NBKTOS55204I&name=Toshiba-Satellite-SSD-Radius-P55W-B5318-Flip-Alumi

Similar price, slightly weird form factor, previous gen processor but a significantly better display

geek_vtecintegra, Jun 10, 8:55 pm



Looks very interesting - shame I have an hour drive to view as stocks are low. Only down side is see is the is no DVD drive.
Thanks heaps

geek_timbo69, Jun 11, 6:17 am



What's a DVD?

geek_lugee, Jun 11, 1:13 pm

i havent had a dvd drive in my laptop in years, bought a HDD caddy and a 2nd hard drive to slot into the dvd slot so that i could have both a SSD for performance and a regular HDD for storage, cant say i have missed the dvd drive at all

geek_csador, Aug 15, 11:22 pm

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