I decided to get this laptop because I was required to purchase a laptop with certain minimum specifications for school. This laptop met those specifications, mainly the high graphics card requirement.
Memory: 4GB. Hard disk: 300GB. Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4670. CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz. Resolution: 1366x768.
Some of the best things about this laptop are the crisp display and the sleek form factor of the laptop. On the other hand, one of the worst parts of this laptop s the keyboard.
The speakers and touchpad are great (though I would prefer if the touchpad were multitouch capable to allow for multitouch scrolling). The main fault I find in the touchpad is the touch scrollbar on the right-hand side of the touchpad. It is not the most responsive touch scrollbar I have used, and it can cause problems if I am trying to use the laptop without an external mouse. The keyboard on the other hand is not great. Since purchasing this laptop, some of the keys have gotten less responsive, causing letters not to be typed at times. This most frequently happens with the "I" key.
The speed and performance are quite adequate, however the fan can get a bit loud at times when running intensive processes. As well, ATI graphics cards do not have very good OpenGL support, which causes problems for me. This is because I run Linux on this laptop which uses a lot of OpenGL, thus performance suffers on anything involving 3D graphics.
I am not sure if would recommend this particular laptop to a friend, however I would definitely recommend Asus and would by from Asus again.