It's pretty ok
This model (and similar ASUS models) have gotten quite poor reviews of late. I think I know why.
Let me first state that this computer is a disaster out of the box, but like like all computers, setup is key. Without any tuning, there were problems with the touch pad, with the mouse control, with audio etc etc... and SUPER slow performance.
I suspect most people assume laptops come 'ready to use', which they don't (well, not at optimum performance, anyway). Many people seem unaware that they come bundled with all kinds of unnecessary software, which can slow your machine down to a crawl, if not removed.
On this machine, I did a full Windows 10 update, which took a total of almost 4 hours on my home wifi connection. I don't have a particularly fast internet connection, so that was definitely the bottle-neck, there. On a faster connection, it likely would have taken 2-3 hours. Still, there were tons of updates required (i'm sure this computer was sitting in its box for a while).
Once updates were completed, the system ran better, but still not perfect.
So, I uninstalled all unnecessary software, including the ones that come with Windows 10 (Xbox, for example). I also removed McAfee Anti-virus software; I believe this software is a major contributor to slow machines everywhere. If you have it installed, uninstall it and use the one that's built into Windows 10 (Windows Defender) OR some decent, free Antivirus software like Panda, for example.
I updated the drivers for the system, then adjusted all settings and preferences. Cortana (Windows 10 Assistant) was also partially disabled. Keep it if you like it, but I very much dislike annoying apps like that.
I also disabled Microsoft's new browser, Edge, but not before downloading and installing Chrome (and AdBlock Pro to go along with it).
Finally, I de-fragmented the drives, and gave it one more reboot.
Since then, it's running quite well. At this point, I've been using it only for a few days, but so far so good. It's quick, although not quite as quick as i expected (although I could be expecting too much of a 6th generation i3 chip with 8gb of ram), and a HDD speed of only 5400 rpm.
Other people have said these models are noisy. I would agree, to some extent, but it's really not out of hand (it IS a machine with spinning discs, after all). The DVD drive is very noisy upon initial reading of discs, but while playing movies, the spinning noise is reasonable.
The case does feel cheap, but let's not forget that this is a budget laptop; there are others out there costing upwards of $2000, sooo....corners do have to be cut, somewhere. I do feel it worth mentioning that I wouldn't carry this around with one hand; it seems to 'give' a little under its own weight (as I said - cheap case/chassis). That could cause issues for the delicate internal parts.
The ventilation openings are very limited, which I believe is a potential issue. Since heat is the enemy of all electronics, one has to make sure they're aware of where they use this laptop. Resting this thing directly on fabric (bed sheets; thick carpet) is a very bad idea. You could easily block ALL the ventilation to the CPU.
Some say the screen is a little dim, and I would have to agree. It's not as (unnaturally) vibrant as many others, but it's still fine. It would have been nice if this came with a 1080p HD monitor, but its 1366x768 is still alright, and pretty standard for this range of computer.
Having a Optical Disc drive is something that was needed, as the user of this laptop has a large collection of DVDs.
This model has only a single USB 2 and USB 3 port each. I would like to have seen more.
The sound seems quite good, coming from a laptop. The headphone jack emits a nice, clean, powerful signal with good sound quality.
All in all, it seems to be an adequate performer for the money (on sal