Summary: I bought this laptop to use mainly for web design. I wanted the larger screen because I use photo shop a lot and I couldn't see using a 13 or 15 inch screen to do that. This is a desktop replacement machine for me. I really like the ergonomics of the laptop. The profile makes the screen higher up in the back, so I'm not hunching down to view the screen at the correct angle. I was worried about that while deciding to buy a laptop instead of another desktop or all-in-one.
Summary: For anyone familiar with Asus, their gaming machines are big and heavy, which I don't mind. I don't use this for much gaming, I am more interested in the specs for graphics work (Adobe products). I have found that it runs Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere and the likes with absolutely no issues. Overall a good computer.
Summary: I've owned my Asus for over a year (bought it just before Windows 8.0 became standard on all machines, wasn't jumping on that band wagon to #3!!). So far, system performance has been great but I'll go over that in a second. I spent several weeks looking and reading reviews for a new laptop before I came on this one and could not complain about the price for what the device comes with.