Summary: Hi everyone. I bought this laptop on March 1, 2010. The first thing I did was max out the memory to 8gb. The i7 and the Mobility Radeon HD 5730 make this machine the beast it is. When I set out to buy a laptop back in 2010 I was looking for a desktop replacement that could run the Adobe Creative Suite and play games too. I work a lot in Photoshop, Indesign, After Effects and Premier Pro so I needed a beefy machine.
Summary: When I first got this computer back in '10, it was awesome. It didn't last very long on battery power, but hey, that's what you get with a dedicated graphics card and a i7 processor. It did everything flawlessly, it was fast, and it played my games like a champ. Street Fighter IV and StarCraft II ran perfectly on the machine. After about a year, after the warranty was up, the problems started happening. It would overheat like crazy.
Summary: I bought this 16 months ago for my daughter who was going off to graduate school. Within a couple of weeks she was complaining that it ran very hot and had very poor battery life. A few weeks after that the hard drive began to make funny sounds and then the computer would not boot. Tech support at ASUS said that she should send the computer in for service and that the turnaround would be more than a week.
Summary: I've had this computer for about a year now, so I can offer a review here without the bias of that initial haze of excitement. Pros: -The technical specs are good. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I've been able to run everything I've wanted to run smoothly except GTAIV (but performance-wise, that game is broken anyways), including WoW, The Sims 3, Civilization V, and the Total War series, all on high settings. Light modeling and Photoshop also ran with no issues.
Summary: I bought this laptop on May 5th, 2010. After 1 month, the hard drive crash, brought it the Best Buy's Geek Squad and because it was still under warranty they changed my hard drive for free. After about a year, May 11th, 2011 the computer started acting up again, I will be using the laptop and all of a sudden a blue screen comes up "begin dumping physical memory...." so I called ASUS, they told me it is not longer under warranty and I have to pay for it.
Summary: Purchased this laptop for my wife, who is a college student. We have not had any major problems with it. Everything works and my wife gets her assignments in weekly with no major head aches. My only complaint is the speakers and I quote, "Delight your senses with rich sound from the Altec Lansing speakers, enhanced by the unique SonicMaster design -an exclusive ASUS design that improves sound projection and quality. "......no not at all.
As a Software Developer's Laptop: Power - Win! Heat - Fail! Battery - Fail!
W A BRANDI, Amazon
19 September 2010
Summary: As a Software Developer I was looking for something that was powerful and affordable. I need to be able to fire up a proper dev environment anywhere, without worrying about the pitfalls of laptops one usually gets at this price (they're really underpowered). This laptop delivers on power. I can run multiple instances of Visual Studio 2010 with Sql Server running full steam, music in the background, office apps all over the place and this thing does not even blink.
Summary: I had the experience of working with two of these N61s. The first was exchanged due to what appeared to be a hardware failure, or hardware in the process of failing. On three occasions the computer suddenly lost power. All power. Which appeared linked to the use of the supper USB port on the left hand side of the machine, as two of the outages occurred subsequent to its use. The second machine did not experience this problem.