So after the fiasco of the last laptop purchase, I took a little more time and finally made a new purchase.  Actually, I bought this one from a trusted ebayer who had owned it for a month.  After receiving it, and transferring the warranty into my name, all is perfect!

This review is mostly written for the Linux community as this is a native, Linux installed laptop.

As with the last one (MSI G60), this one also came with Windows 8 installed on it.  I actually gave it a pretty good work out with the latest offering from Microsoft before throwing my hands up in despair, and shouting at the heavens, “Oh the humanity”!  Or something similar.  I actually spent most of a day ‘playing’ around with Windows 8 before doing a complete wipe of the drive it was installed on.  I did this with the full knowledge that I had no back-up media or install disks for this laptop.  It came with none, and this was agreed to by me with the seller beforehand.  I totally wiped the GPT partition, including the 200Mb Fat32 partition that the EFI information is installed to.  Readers of my blog will know that I’m a Linux guy, so I did this basically as a “protest” delete of Microsoft!  And hey, it felt good too!

Once this was done, I quickly reset BIOS to use Legacy Mode, setup the drive as an msdos formatted drive, partitioned it to my liking and got on with Linux life!

The design of the laptop itself retains Asus’s read more