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 gemneroth.deviantart.com/art/M…
Modded Blue icon theme sta.sh/0wcbu5jh7k7
Milk interface theme
Elementary Dark window decoration theme
EDIT: How to tweak wingpanel: gemneroth.deviantart.com/art/C…