Summary: Background: I purchased this computer six months ago at the beginning of the fall semester of college. I noticed there was several lengthy reviews from people, and decided to wait six months to give a in-depth review on this product for those that are considering buying it. I bought this computer at Costco, I purchased it there as it was $899 the same price as the lower end version of this laptop, (Not sure if that was an error on their part).
Summary: I was very pleased with my experience with this Asus product. I have had no troubles with it since purchasing it, and it has even exceeded exceeded my expectations in some areas (such as sound system - pretty awesome for a laptop!). I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a high-end laptop.
Powerful and quiet, looks great, great sound, but very large
1 October 2012
Summary: I, as most of us and likely you, spent many weeks researching for dozens of hours about the perfect laptop for me. If I'm going to spend over a grand on something, its worth looking into and reading reviews like this right? So I'll get right into it. Note: I've been using this laptop for about 2 months, extensively every day -Overall Build Quality- This is an Asus, so it has amazing build quality.
Summary: Very nice computer overall. The CPU is excellent, it will work very well for those of you who choose to use it for virtual machines. The GPU is also impressive. I was running BF3 smoothly on High settings with the AA on 2x. Considering it's hardly 6 pounds you have some serious mobile power. Plus, with 8GB of RAM you should have enough to run a few virtual machines at once. The only issue I had with the computer was the hard drive.
Summary: Beautifully designed and put-together laptop. Best laptop screen I think I've ever seen, and a really comfortable keyboard, plus serious head-turning looks and good build quality. Processor is super quick too - I've been editing video on this machine. And really good sound (for built-in laptop speakers). So why 4 stars. Not (as some other reviewers have said) because of the fairly slow HDD.
Summary: I previously owned an Asus G73Jw Republic of Gamers laptop, which was phenomenal. But I needed something a bit more professional-looking for client meetings. I mean, who takes a web developer seriously when he shows up with a gaming laptop that looks like a B-1 bomber? Anyway, the new laptop needed to live up to its predecessor in terms of performance, engineering design and appearance (albeit in a more professional way).
Summary: I just got this speed monster yesterday via Amazon from J&Rs. What can I say about the speed...it's fast...VERY fast. Anybody wavering on the edge over to go i7 3rd gen over a 2nd gen I say just do it. The extra $$$ is well spent IMO. I see somebody else has just added a full list of specs which until now was not listed on here.
Summary: **UPDATE** I've ran across a wi-fi disconnecting/cannot connect problem almost immediately during the first time I used this laptop on battery; HOWEVER There Is a Very Easy Fix to This. Go to control panel and in the top right corner make sure the "View by" is set to small icons then-> click Device Manager-> click on Network Adapters-> click on the "Atheros AR9485WB-EG Wireless Network Adapter"-> in the upper right hand corner there's a tab "Power Management," click that...