Summary: I got this bcause it still comes with XP, business has no real reason to look at Vista, and as a business / stress reliever (Games) it has the best mix, now $1,299(AUS) its a bargain, most morning train rides to the city are less than 2hrs, so I just plug it in at work... ASUS made some Great inovative ideas with this F3Jm and It will become a hand me down in 12months to my eldist boy...He can't Wait....
Pros: Nice bright clear screen 15.4", 2GHz Processor teamed up with a 512MB Graphics card do the trick, NFS "Most Wanted" runs better on it than my desktop. Also plays Dream Pinball 3D, without a flutter or a freeze, really smooth and fast. I have got what I Wanted. DVI, 4USB FireWire and Windows XP Pro
Cons: Battery 6 cell standard, would have been better for the 9 cell (rare as hens teeth to get) so 2hrs, ok, 4hrs would have made it better, but this would add to the price point of where the notebook is aimed at. Small Speakers, 1GB Ram
Summary: The chassis is made of cheap plastic, and so it is rather bendable, it easily scratches even if only sitting on a desk. The keyboard is terrible, it is all loose and it swings around and it makes very distinctive, rather annoying noise. The touchpad buttons are made of one piece of plastic and so you have to press it on sides, not in the middle to actually press the button, very annoying.
Summary: I have the F3Jm and am pleased to date with its performance. I've upgraded to 2gb of ram. I'm having a difficult time trying to locate an extended life battery for it. If anyone knows where I can find one (3S3P) please let me know.
Pros: Great performance for a laptop. Didn't use to like the shiny screen but have gotten use to it. Keyboard has positive feel. Expected a little faster response time. Could be hindered by the fact that I haven't removed the preinstalled bloatware.
Cons: Battery run time could be better. Why is it so difficult to find the 9cell 3S3P battery for this laptop?
Summary: Overall build quality is excellent. Looks wise, it won't stand out and looks pretty dull, but the processing power in this notebook is NOT to be sneezed at. Core 2 Duo is DEFINITELY the way to go. Running graphics intensive applications such as DVD Convertor, Animation 3D Renderer and SETI are all a breeze.
Pros: Looks and feels solid, nice feel to keyboard, brilliant crystal screen, VERY fast processor, integrated web cam + Mic makes video conferencing/VOIP calls easy, Bluetooth and Wireless a/b/g covers most connectivity requirements, more USB ports than most notebooks (4 instead of the usual 3), integrated Memory card reader makes it easy to copy and transfer digital media.
Cons: DVD Super Multi Drive acted up. Supposed to burn CDR at 24X but can only get it to burn at 10X. DVD R can only burn at 2.4X !!!!!! Ripping speeds are woeful at 3 - 4X (barely getting there most times).
Summary: Been Using it for 3 whole years and it still runs like brand new. Loads most of my graphic intensive games seamlessly even when tested with C&C3. Only problem is that its screen pivot is too stiff and overloads on the back panel causing the back panel to crack under the stress. Got the back panel replaced for free under warranty awhile ago and yes, it still works wonders.
Pros: Value for money 512mb dedicated graphics card on a laptop??????!!!!! Awesome Built in webcam and mic comes in handy too.
Cons: Stiff pivot which would have been better with the new elbow joints in newer Asus models
Summary: Probably the worst computer I have ever had. I had to unscrew the bottom because of overheating issues. The screen no longer stays open because the hinges got stuck and blew through the cheap plastic in the back. I have to lay it up against a wall just to use it now. I get frequent lockups which are horrible if you play any online game. The dvd drive decides on its own when it wants to work.
Pros: The specs are okay especially if you are just an average user.
Cons: Everything above plus many, many, many more problems.