Summary: I have had the ASUS N81vp-D2 for around 3 weeks now, and it reboots randomly. I think it will take some time to see if this is a fluke on my end, or if others who just bought it begin to have problems too. I believe the D2 is brand new so I would use some caution if you are considering one. Other than that problem, I have no major complaints about it. The LCD screen stinks but for the price its what I expect. Update: 2/13/10 This seems to be an overheating issue.
Summary: It's amazing how people can be so picky. First of all there's no such thing as the perfect laptop/notebook but to me this comes pretty damn close. I fully researched my options and came to the conclusion that this laptop was the most bang for the buck you can buy in this size range. It's even more powerful than some 15/16 inchers out there plus a lot less expensive.
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.
Hardware/software issues, poor WLAN card and hard drive
E. Loehr, Amazon
23 February 2011
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: I have to agree with the previous reviewer that this is one superb notebook. I was also looking for a notebook that is not too large (15" and above) nor too small and underpowered (12" and less). In the 13" and 14" range, I pretty much narrowed it down to ASUS and Dell Studio XPS 13".
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: While searching for the ideal laptop for myself, I found that all laptops seem to have huge trade-offs. This one is no exception. I chose it because it packed a relatively fast CPU and a decent graphics card into a very portable PC. Every other laptop I found with discrete graphics was a lot heavier, and most were pricier. The trade-off here (as with all laptops that have fast CPU's and discrete graphics) is that battery life is far from impressive.
Summary: When I purchased this laptop I had several criteria 1) Powerful enough to last my family 3 years at least 2) Enough gaming power to do light gaming 3) Portable - I didn't want a 17", I wanted 14-15" 4) A maximum of around $1000 5) A quality name/warranty - this is a laptop afterall 1) Power - The "windows experience" rating is 5.8 but that is due to the replaceable hard drive. The Processor got 6.4, the graphics 6.7.
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.