Sorry that I'm late to the show here, but I just can't let this go. First off, to the OP, Asus makes some great laptops and they're generally more reliable than their HP counterparts. Generally. That being said, since I'm assuming you'll be using Windows 8 now or at some point, you might as well go with the Asus.
Edit: The HP is touchscreen as well. Just noticed that. Still, the specs are nearly identical, so I'd have to recommend the Asus.
Originally Posted by J-Dub_
Although the HP is probably the best, ASUS is way more reliable then HP and does not come with a stupid bios that fills up 1/4 of your hard drive with stuff you will never use.
The BIOS is NOT on your hard drive.
Originally Posted by Matt77
the BIOS isn't very oversized, and you can flash a custom BIOS as well
I don't know where you're going to find a custom BIOS for a low end lappy, but be my guest...