Summary: I bought this laptop almost one year ago, and until now I didn't get any single problem. I like the style and design as it's not as others. For me the screen size is perfect, and also the keyboard layout works good. The only thing I don't like is that it's a bit bulkier and heavier than I thought (it's thicker than my previous 15" and the same weight). It does not have keyboard backlight, but in general I am quite happy with it.
Summary: As a computer consultant and repair shop owner, I carefully research products before recommending them to a client. Although Asus has been around for years making component parts such as motherboard and video cards, only recently have they become an aggressive U.S. player in the P.C. market for complete system solutions. I have purchased,tested, and own an eee series netbook, a 24" LCD Monitor as well as the N81vp-D2 power house laptop.
Summary: First off, let me tell you what I mostly use this laptop for: gaming. I'm not the type though, that needs to play everything at the highest settings. This differences seem minor to me--definitely not worth the $1000 difference for a more high-end laptop, i.e. Alienware. I did some comparing before I got this Asus laptop and this was by far the best deal (to me). I looked into Sony, Apple, and Alienware.
Summary: Like others have mentioned, I experienced random crashes and keyboard won't register all keystrokes. Customer service is very rude and not much help. I will never purchase products from ASUS again.
Summary: I've now owned this laptop for about 2 months, and here is my review. First of all, it has a great price with the rebate for the power. HOWEVER, Asus' rebate is tricky. If you mail it in, you can either wait for 8 - 12 weeks to get your full $[...] rebate (at least the rebate applied to my time frame), or you can get your rebate rushed to you in 2 weeks for a [...]$ processing fee. Kind of weak, but that's okay I don't expect much from mail-in rebates.
Hardware/software issues, poor WLAN card and hard drive
E. Loehr, Amazon
9 February 2010
Summary: I regret purchasing this computer; it really is not worth the price compared to others on the market now. I have also had some issues with the computer itself. If you Google "ASUS N81 crash" you will find that many people are experiencing random system crashes, especially when trying to do any gaming at all on this computer. There is a possible hardware issue that causes the crash, which many assume to be from the ATI Mobility card, but ASUS has not acknowledged it.
Summary: Before buying a new laptop, I had done considerable amount of research online about Asus' line of notebooks. I had to get a new laptop since my super old Sony Vaio's switchable wifi (a horrible idea -.-) broke and thus it was no longer a laptop but a desktop since I had to connect via ethernet cable. After looking at different brands, I decided that Asus provided the best hardware for the most affordable cost.
Summary: Got a fantastic deal (not from Amazon) so I couldn't pass it. Not a bad machine with excellent performance. Read many people have sudden power failure problem online and I experienced it once about 30 minutes after turned on for the first time. It just went off without any warning. So far has not happened again yet. Keep my fingers crossed.
Summary: Good performance and nice graphics/sound support. However, very poor keyboard and touch pad. Pressing some of the keys on the left side of the keyboard is making a disturbing sound. Also, touch-pad buttons are very hard and make a disturbing click sound.
Summary: This is an amazingly powerful machine, running above and beyond expectations. My only complaints are that the camera runs at a very low framerate and the keyboard takes a bit of getting used to, as you need to hit them precisely in the middle or they will not register. It also gets smudgy easily, but it even comes with a nice little cleaning cloth. But other than those minor gripes, an excellent buy!