Great for the price
by James on 8/17/2013
I had a 17" Sony Vaio desktop replacement that died last September. It was my third Vaio that suffered extreme overheating problems after a couple years of use. No big deal, I get a couple years good use out of a computer I am satisfied - I usually am ready for something new anyway.
I looked at a lot of laptops before buying the ASUS (HP, Samsung, MSi, Sony, and Alienware). It is solidly built, has good processing and graphics capability, and the cooling system rocks. So far I am really happy with this computer. It was definitely the best deal in its price category. To do better would have cost $1000 more. It handles everything I have thrown at it so far. As far as criticisms, the battery could last longer (lasts a couple of hours, I didn't expect much more than that though so not really an issue, you can juice a little more out of it if you put it on battery saving mode and I am plugged in 99% of the time anyway), it weighs a ton (again not an issue for me as I am not really moving it around too much, YMMV), and the key board can sometimes miss a press if you are a fast typist (not sure the issue with this but I have seen similar reports from other people in various ASUS forums; it is a small gripe, but be aware).
All in all I think this is a solid machine for work and gaming. Definitely recommend it for the price vs. features.
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