As an MSI-1029 owner, i would say go with the asus. Just too many little quirqy things wrong with the 1029. Can't disable the touch click on touchpad(sux for me cause i always hit it), keyboard is far from par, battery life is lower than what was expected at 2-3 hours, gets kinda hot especialy where your hand would be if your a right handed mouse user,and it just feels too plasticy, not too bad but still feels cheap but not bad flex, some on display but not too bad. On paper the msi 1029 was exactly what i wanted in a laptop but after using for a few months i realize that it has little things that upset me about it. I can't say that the asus doesn't have little issues having never used one but I can say that I wouldn't recamend the 1029 over many other laptops i have seen based on the keyboard, battery life, and build quality.