- Intel Core i7 740QM (1.73 GHz)
- 6 GB Memory 750 GB HDD
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
- 1366 x 768
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- BD Combo
Best gaming laptop I've seen so far... 03/30/2011
Fast processor and fast graphics chip handle most modern games at full eye candy settings. Runs cool for all the power that's inside, not noticeably noisy with the fans either. Blu-Ray and 3D technology are just icing on the cake.
Not the best screen, viewing angle needs to be straight on. Viewing with 3D glasses becomes worse as they block light, making it difficult to view screen in bright rooms; 3D works best in a dark enviornment, maybe that's why the have the backlit keyboard?
Nvidia 3D Vision still seems to be a work in progress. Most games have to have some detail minimized or shadows disabled to render properly.
If you're right handed, you will notice some cable clutter where your mouse would be with the AC adapter plug, ethernet jack, and headphone jack occupying the right side. Also, having the optical drive on the left side is also awkward to operate if you're right handed. I doubt these would be complaints if you're left handed though.
No RAID option if you happen to install a second hard drive.
For all the goodies that come with the unit, including 3D glasses, a gaming mouse, and backpack, it's hard to turn this down. But things could be improved on. I'm spoiled having had a MacBook screen to look at previously. This one doesn't compare at all, seems to have poor viewing angles and brightness could have been bumped up to help with the 3D. Backlit keyboard is nice, but not as bright as the MacBook either. Keyboard seems a little "flexable", which may bother some peope, but I'm okay with it. It apparently holds two hard drives (haven't cracked it open yet), but you'll need to order the additonal caddy from Asus, it does not come with the laptop. Although case is plastic, I feel the "matte" finish is as easily scratchable as the aluminum on a MacBook, and may show greasy fingerprints even more so.
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