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.
Windows 8 looked interesting from the demos I'd seen and in isolation there are some lovely new features, but on the whole, it feels like disparate features bolted together without being a fully redesigned whole.
I will dual boot Ubuntu until I can get rid of Windows (when Lightworks is more solid on Ubuntu.) Ubuntu is my preferred platform for coding and web development. Gets an overall 5 because it's a great mobile office laptop for web development, coding and video production.
This laptop is great so far. Nice picture on the screen, plenty of storage and plenty fast for a work / gaming computer. It is a little heavy so if you plan on using it as a "lap" top it can get tiresome after extended use times.
The chassis feels rigid. No flexing when picking it up with one corner of the keyboard area. Lifting the top up doesn't show any odd flex to the rest of the machine.
Fans are quiet and the keyboard has a good feel / feedback to it.
Inspired by the stealth fighter, the G75VW regains superiority over the competition with advance design and battle-hardened build quality. The soft, sleek but muscular lines will allow you to outmaneuver and dominate ungainly competitors, while the advance thermals and gamer friendly design will keep you immersed in the truly 3D gaming experience for longer.