Touch Screen Laptop —>ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T 11.6-Inch Touch Laptop Review Specs

ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T 11.6-Inch Touch Laptop Review Specs For roughly 550.00 this can hardly be beat for a small laptop that has windows 8 and a touchscreen. At first I was a little aggravated with the touch pad but, I installed the drivers from Samsung’s website that are supposed to be for a series 5 laptop. This laptop along with several others have the same Elan touch pad in them. Once you install this driver it is a night and day difference in the touchpad.

The link for the drivers is in the first comment. Amazon won’t let you link to an external website in the main review.

So go to the comment and get to the link then follow what is below.

You then need to click on the Manuals and Downloads link, then click Driver.
After that scroll down and click on the ZIP link for the Touch Pad driver

If you have the sorry Asus Smart Gesture installed, uninstall that first and reboot, then install this software. I have had various Macbooks for the better part of the last 7 years and this is my first PC laptop in a while. I was almost ready to return this laptop until I found these drivers. I would say the touch pad is 95% of a Macbook touch pad now and whether you like Apple or not, you have to admit they know what they are doing when it comes to track pads. Aside from all of that I’m extremely happy with the operation of this laptop now.

I am coming from a laptop that had an SSD drive in it so it does seem a little slow in some areas but, others it is working just fine. I have an extra SSD drive that I plan on putting in this machine as well as removing the half height mini PCI atheros wireless/bluetooth combo. I purchased an Intel Centrino 6235anhmw Mini Pci Express Bluetooth 4.0 to replace it with and based on my research I should be able to enable Intel Wireless Display on this laptop after that install. The card only cost me 30.00 bucks and I figured it was worth the gamble to see if it would work. I’ll update this review once I get the card in a couple of days to state if it worked or not.

The sound coming from this laptop is actually quite good and I would say better than a lot of the previous laptops I am use to.

The touchscreen is extremely responsive and I haven’t had any missed touches or erratic behavior out of it. I have played several touch based games and it worked flawlessly.

Last but, not least this thing is solid, the build quality on it is exceptional for something this cheap.

Okay, now for the bad which again considering this is a cheap laptop with a touchscreen really isn’t that bad.

The fan runs constantly and while it is not overly annoying it does seem to run even when not doing much on the system. That is really my main complaint about the machine at this point. The second complaint is that the viewing angles on this machine are pretty poor but, again don’t expect any machine at this price point with a touchscreen to have great viewing angles. Although viewing angles are bad, brightness is very good. I think with the brightness turned all the way up you could possibly do permanent damage to your eyes(a joke of course).

The keyboard is a little cramped but, really not all that bad. I would say I have slightly above average hand size but, again it isn’t to bad and I’m able to kick out a reasonable speed without to many more mistakes than I usually make. Expect some adjustment if you are coming from a full size keyboard with large hands.

Again, the stock hard drive is a 5400rpm drive and it does seem a little slow for me but, if you are coming from another mechanical drive then you may not really notice it as a problem. I’ve been using SSD drives for some time so it does bother me a bit.

These might be major problems for others but, for me they are minor annoyances that I can live with on a cheap machine like this. This is basically an 11.6″ Macbook Air that is missing the SSD(entry level is 64GB SSD), backlit keyboard, viewing angles aren’t as good for the ASUS and fan runs more often than Macbook Air. However the Macbook Air doesn’t have these features: touch screen, 500GB HDD that can be upgraded to a small or large SSD if you like and the Air cost about 450.00 more for the entry level. Granted the Macbook Air is considerably lighter but, it also makes your wallet lighter.

Sorry for all of the Macbook comparisons but, I have come from many years of having Macbooks and decided with Windows 8 to give PCs a try again. I’m glad I did.

Update 11/8/2012:
I installed the Intel wireless card I mentioned above, then installed the latest drivers for the card from the Intel website as well as the latest video drivers from the ASUS website. Then I installed the Widi display software and was able to connect to my Belkin Screencast. It took several tries and then it finally updated the software on the Belkin. After that it has been connecting perfectly with no problems. So I paid 40 bucks on Amazon for a refurbished Belkin Screencast and 32.00 for the intel card. Now for 72.00 bucks I’m able to use my 55″ HDTV at 1080p as a second screen.

Update 11/14/2012
I finally got around to installing an SSD drive and replacing the mechanical drive. The drive that came in it was a Hitachi HTS5450A7E380 which is a 7mm thick drive. Unfortunately the SSD I had was a typical 9.5mm and was too thick to work at first. Luckily I was able to remove part of the casing on the SSD drive I used and that made for a perfect fit. So if you plan on swapping out for an SSD make sure it is no thicker than 7mm or it won’t fit. I had some trouble where the laptop kept booting into the BIOS. when I went in and disabled fast boot as well as turned of drive security or something like that. I can’t remember exactly now but, when the option is enabled you can go further into the BIOS and see PKI keys and DDB keys and a lot of other keys. I just disabled that portion and then it started recognizing the hard drive. This may not be a problem if you clone the hard drive to the SSD before you swap but, I did a fresh install. Laptop is blazing fast now as it boots into windows in about 10 seconds.


Soft Bedding –> Greenland Home Antique Chic Full 3-Piece Bedspread Set Review

 Greenland Home Antique Chic Full 3-Piece Bedspread Set Review Received this bedspread yesterday. The shipping was extremely fast. The bedspread looked just as described, only better. All the excellent reviews played a major role in my decision and I was not the least bit disappointed. It is a VERY NICE bedspread and there were no defects in the material at all. My husband liked it alot. He said it looked just like the quilts his grandmother used to make and she made alot! I love all the different patterns and colors, and it matches the curtains I already have perfect. The queen fit is just right for our high bed and does not drag on the floor. The quilts and comforters I have do not come down on the sides or at the foot of my bed and this one does, they are shorter than bedspreads, that is what is nice about this. TRULY HAPPY!

ASUS A53U A53U-AS21 15.6-Inch Laptop (Mocha) Review Specs

ASUS A53U A53U-AS21 15.6-Inch Laptop (Mocha) Review Specs I was very skeptical of buying this product since I had seen so many negative reviews of it on the page of it’s 500 GB counterpart that has all of the same specs. I am writing my review to tell you that it’s not as bad as it sounds.

I have no idea why others are having problems with their laptops, mine is working perfectly.Sure, it is not lightning fast when it comes to installing new programs, but my older laptop was worse. Despite all of the needless programs that start with start up, it boots at a normal pace. There is a lot of pre-installed junk that I uninstalled – a quick fix to anyone. Just make sure to do a quick Google search to make sure it’s not important before getting rid of it. Vibe and Facelogin can go instantly.

I saw reviewers saying they didn’t like the keyboard, but I do. It’s not “too wide” and they keys are where they have always been. The speeds are fine, and the quality of the webcam is pretty good. I have used this laptop for just one day, but I already like it more than my older one. I have run Skype (in a call with my husband), Chrome, McAfee, and an installer for iTunes all at one time with no crashes or any drops in speed, and it held up very well.

The only few problems I had were as follows:

– There is a lot of pre-loaded, useless junk on it
– There is too much reserved space for the system (About 48 GB, I believe)
– The battery life could be better, though it is not bad (running up to 4 hours on Power Saving setting)

The things I liked the most:

– The keyboard is perfect (not to spaced out, not too crowded)
– It keeps itself running very coolly, and it hasn’t even gotten warm on the bottom after extended amounts of use.
– The overall color and feel of the laptop
– The quality of webcam and audio calls

Overall, 4/5 stars. Not bad, especially for the price (which it is definitely worth),despite receiving a lot of bad reviews.

Good For Gaming Apple MacBook Pro MD102LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION) Review Specs

Apple MacBook Pro MD102LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION) Review Specs The summer after my senior year of high school was one of the most exciting times of my life, thus far. I was finally done with high school and moving on to bigger and better things. All my life I had been striving for the best and getting my first laptop was not going to be anything short of the best. After my graduation party and selling my car, I finally saved enough money to purchase my first `real’ life purchase. I knew I wanted a MacBook Pro since early senior year and now was the time that I was finally going to get it! I begged my mom to come with me to Best Buy to help me buy it. She didn’t see the need to come with so I brought my sister. Checking and double checking that I had the right amount of money in my checking account I told the sales woman that I’d like to buy a MacBook Pro 13 inch. She gladly went to the back to get it and without hesitation I swiped my debit card. A screen popped up asking if I wanted to purchase insurance. Being the 18-year-old kid with only a new laptop on my mind, I stupidly said no thanks. After signing my life savings away, I walked/ran out of the store carrying my new `baby’, just as the store was closing for the night.

Getting home I opened the box and started to set-up and install all of the new and coolest things on my computer. At around 12:30 that night, after convincing my mom that Macs never had any problems and they were the best laptops around, my laptop completely shut down. It was charging so I knew the battery was fine, but it still wouldn’t turn back on. Reluctantly I walked downstairs with tears forming in my eyes. How would I tell my mom that it wasn’t working. After spending what seemed like days on her laptop searching what could be wrong, we decided to call the Apple helpline. They were dumbfounded, just as we were. They said that we must have gotten the `lemon’ and that I should not have any problems returning it tomorrow for a new one. It was the longest night of my life. Waking up at the crack of dawn, we exchanged the `lemon’ for a new one, as well as bought the highest amount of insurance possible. I’ve now had it for almost a year and have not had any problems with it. If I had to choose a MacBook over a windows laptop, I would still pick the MacBook hands down even with the small mishap in the beginning. I definitely think that the saying of `good things happen to those who wait,’ truly applies to me, if I waited rather than being rash, I would have had no problems with my `baby.’

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Chezmoi Collection 3-Piece Black Grey Super Soft Goose Down Alternative Reversible Comforter Set, Queen/Full Size Review

Chezmoi Collection 3-Piece Black Grey Super Soft Goose Down Alternative Reversible Comforter Set, Queen/Full Size Review The fabric is very soft and beautiful. The comforter is perfect for it is not too thick and not too thin. My only complaint is I washed it immediately after receiving it and some of the inside material is already coming out along the hemming on one side. I’m concerned how many washings it will last through.



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Chezmoi Collection White Goose Down Alternative Comforter Review ||

Chezmoi Collection White Goose Down Alternative Comforter Review My husband (aka Mr. Thrifty) ordered this comforter a couple of years ago when we were having a bone chilling winter. As I had paid nearly four times as much for a down comforter for the guest bedroom, i had my reservations. I was pretty sure this would be incredibly cheesy looking and devoid of fill.

As it turned out, this is fairly well constructed. It is not overpacked or heavy. As it turned out this is a huge plus. It isn’t cumbersome or hard to fit into a duvet. I don’t have to deal with feathers that are literally flying. This is a cozy/comfy comforter that is warm but not smothering. It maintains a comfortable temperature that is just right regardless of what is happening outdoors. Works great in winter when it is freezing and even in summer when the AC is blasting away.

It washes up easily in my HE machine and balances evenly. I have washed it many times on either a cold or warm cycle. I tumble dry at a low temperature. To keep the down fluffy, I toss in a couple of tennis balls into the dryer.
This would be a good comforter at any price, but it is strictly 5* given the price, the construction, and the comfort.

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Baume & Mercier Women’s 10009 Linea Silver Dial Stainless Steel Watch Review

Baume & Mercier Women’s 10009 Linea Silver Dial Stainless Steel Watch Review Stainless steel case with a stainless steel link bracelet. Fixed stainless steel with engeaved arabic numeral bezel. Silver dial with silver-tone hands and index hour markers. Minute markers around the outer rim. Dial Type: analog. Date display at the 6 o’clock position. Swiss quartz movement. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Solid case back. Case diameter: 27 mm. Case thickness: 8.9 mm. Band width: 15 mm. Hidden trIPle folding clasp. Water resistant at 50 meters / 165 feet. Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, date. Additional Info: comes with an additional strap. Dasual watch style. Baume and Mercier Linea Silver Dial Ladies Watch MOA10009.

Baume & Mercier has a rich history in storied tradition of Swiss watchmaking, now over 170 years. In 1830, brothers Louis Victor and Pierre-Joseph-Celestin Baume established the Baume Freres Watch firm in the Swiss Jura region–the heart of the Swiss watch industry. As business flourished in Europe a grandson of the founder, William Baume met Paul Mercier, a great lover of the arts and in 1918 they created a business partnership. The contrast of the rigorous, precise Baume with the artistic, free thinking Mercier fused form and function to create the traditions of perfection, quality, and luxury that still exist today.

In 1964, Baume & Mercier registered the Greek letter PHI as its brand logo, and it continues to be present on all Baume & Mercier designs. A symbol of the golden ratio and Leonard de Vinci’s theory of proportion, it represents aesthetic elegance based on “divine proportions” that remain the brand’s cardinal values.

the designers at Baume & Mercier utilize the goldmine of the company’s over 175 years of watch-making history–from the oval of a crown to the graphics of a dial–to create the aesthetic contours of new timepieces. Inspired by a rectangular pink gold watch introduced by Baume & Mercier in 1960, the signature Hampton line of watches was created as a blend of watchmaking tradition and contemporary design. And the company still lives by the original slogan of the Baume brothers when they started Baume Freres: “Accept only perfection, only manufacture watches of the highest quality.”

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