Summary: For the same price now you can get something much better. In the computer world this laptops hardware is a tad dated. There is an entire generation of new intel processors now, and graphics cards 3 generations newer. Their prices rival this.
Rock Solid A+ Gaming and Work Horse Laptop for the Money!!!!
10 December 2013
Summary: For those who have said this model is bad I have to say if you take care of these they should serve you well. I run alot of asus hardware including a custom tower with an asus motherboard, graphics card, and two hd monitors that are lcd and bought around the same time which is about 4 years now! Asus build quality is amazing on this machine I have ran every old game as well as new games that I want to play on max which includes Far Cry 3 and this machine does the job.
Summary: Do not buy this laptop or any Asus laptop for that matter. I would to remark that before I bought this laptop I respected Asus as high quality manufacturer of high end computer parts. I thought the specs were great and the price competitive. However, since this purchase I have become extremely dissatisfied.
Summary: I bought this laptop about a year ago, and it was finicky at best. It was usually ok, but if you weren't really careful how you held it on your lap, it would overheat and shut off. I have had it for about a year now, and it has only gotten worse to the point of being very frustrating. This is partly because of dust buildup that is not really possible to clean. I tried to take it apart, but it was definitely not designed to be easy or perhaps even possible to clean.
Summary: I've owned several different versions of Asus laptops since 2008 and had nothing but problems with every single one. It's true that when you put a lot of high tech performance parts in such a small package that your going to run into issues. This is NOT a desktop that you can just play all day, buy cooling systems for it, replace this, replace that. These machines just aren't made for hour upon hour of gaming. Also the BSOD happened on every Asus i ever had.
Summary: I was shipped a refurbished unit and it had problems right out of the box. Would shut down or blue screen anytime anything was being installed and even while creating a backup. I spent hours on the Microsoft website looking for solutions, but had no luck. Partly because it would blue screen while installing Microsoft components or while using their "Fix It" tools. I sent it back, but had to pay for shipping, which I hope gets refunded.
Summary: I loved this computer, even though the battery life is practically 0 (read: no more than 60 minutes max) ... I loved this computer even though the speakers are very poor ... I loved this computer even though it's bulky and so heavy that after only 15 minutes my shoulder is sore for at least 2 days ... It has a pretty damn good graphics card, 2 harddrives, a rather fast processing speed and was meant to be a replacement for a desktop computer while overseas.
Summary: I am in IT in charge of purchasing equipment for our organization both desktops, servers and laptops. Over the years we have mainly used Dell laptops but have seen their quality slip in recent years. So I thought I would try Asus since they have some compelling offerings. Here is my experience with this laptop. Please keep in mind that this particular machine is by no means a business laptop but it has a decent graphics card and i7 that for our developers is a must.