- Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz)
- 8GB Memory 1TB HDD
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M 2GB
- 1920 x 1080
- Windows 8
Just arrived 03/14/2014
Every single thing about this laptop is better than my old laptop. It has:
- more than twice as much ram
- about 15x the CPU performance
- wireless N and AC
- thunderbolt/DP video out
- bigger screen
- longer battery life
- bigger hard drive
- more/better USB ports
- backlit keyboard
- no stupid nub mouse thing
- current-gen nvidia graphics card
Seriously. I could go on and on. My old laptop was a Dell Latitute D620, a speed demon of a laptop back when it came out, sometime in like 2003.
This laptop will probably be good at everything. I don't expect the GPU to stand up to modern games on the highest available settings, but I didn't buy it to get twelve thousand frames per second while playing quake and it will probably handle everything OK on most medium and high settings. I will be using it largely for software development, but I'll probably game on it if my desktop is otherwise occupied for some reason. It's nice to have the option.
Comes with GPT-formatted drive.
I've tested this instant-resume-from-standby too, it's pretty instant. A second maybe? Perhaps a bit longer. Boots and runs through setup quickly too.
- a moderately dedicated gamer looking to game on the go
- someone looking for a high-power laptop on a reasonable budget
- a power user who hates slow computers
- a developer who spends a lot of time compiling
This may be exactly the sort of laptop you're looking for. I got this one refurbished because the new ones were out of stock, but there's no reason not to save a buck or two - Even if you get 3 DOA units in a row and pay for return shipping for each of them, it will still be cheaper than it would be to buy a new one.
- I like turtles
Newegg's description of the USB connectivity is INCORRECT. This model features 4 USB3.0 ports, not 4 USB2.0 ports. The device manager reports a USB3 controller, so they are definitely proper 3.0 ports. You can also tell from the picture - the ports are noticeably blue.
I wish you could order laptops that had all of the replaceable parts not included. I plan to buy a SSD (one of the 1TB Samsung 840 ones that are less than $600 at the time of this review) but that leaves me this extra 1TB 5400rpm hdd that I probably won't ever do anything with. I might also have upgraded the ram, but in order to put 32 gigs in here I'd end up in the same scenario with the pair of 4GB sticks it came with.
It also comes with this weird, ASUS branded version of windows 8. Not sure how I feel about that. Whatever, if the other reviewers are right then I can reinstall windows 8 from any image, as long as it's the version that originally came with the laptop (the license hocus pocus is squirreled away in the BIOS somewhere).
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