The screen has a matte finish with the expected 1920 x 1080 resolution. It is not very bright especially when you’re outdoors, but for a notebook this size, it’s very satisfying. It also has an IPS display so the colors are quite decent but it’s not that amazing. The viewing angles are very good so watching movies with your friends can be a good idea on this notebook.
Keep in mind that this variant of the notebook is not touchscreen but news has it that the quad-HD one will be. So if you really want a touchscreen you may opt to wait for the upcoming variants.
It also has a 720p webcam, but don’t expect it to be different as other notebooks.
One thing I noticed when using the laptop is most of the time, the screen will go black and after coming back in 3-5 seconds you’ll get an error saying that the graphics card crashed. I don’t know if there is something wrong on the review unit that I am using or if it is an error for every laptop. I just hope that Asus will fix this error as soon as possible.
The keyboard is okay, the first few days of using it might turn you off especially if you’re coming from a MacBook, but in time, you’ll get used to it. It has a very short travel (less than 1mm), it doesn’t feel clicky or tactile but as a laptop keyboard, it gets the job done.
Also keep in mind that it has no backlighting whatsoever. The caps lock key does have a little led to let you know if it is on.
My biggest issue with this notebook is the trackpad, it’s loud, clicky and a bit unresponsive. It wasn’t a terrible trackpad but is significantly worse than any component in this notebook. Sometimes the trackpad wouldn’t work at all, sometimes it would skip around, most of the time you will accidentally slide to show the windows home, and sometimes it would also not register double clicks.
If you only use this notebook for a little bit, it’s not a big deal but over the past couple of weeks, you’ll definitely notice it. Coming from a MacBook that has an excellent and responsive trackpad, I can see the big difference.