I bought an ASUS X501A notebook and I was pleasantly surprised when a slimmer, lighter, faster ASUS X502C arrived yesterday.
I took Windows 8 for a spin but honestly found it vile. I booted ElementaryOS Luna onto a pendrive and installed it ran updates and grabbed various apps I'll need for uni next year.
This is my setup;
elementaryOS 0.2 Luna
Custom UbuntuOne Indicator icon
Modded Blue icon theme
Milk interface theme
Elementary Dark window decoration theme