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Pros: Very effective. Awesome that you can fit two drives in a single 3.5" drive bay. I love that.
Cons: If you have angled SATA cables (e.g. the ones that have the connector at a perfect right angle) you'll only be able to use it on a single drive in the two drive mounting kit. I can't fault icy dock for that, and I kinda figured that'd be an issue. Good thing I had tons of SATA cables laying around :)
Other Thoughts: If you're on the fence, buy it. It's awesome.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This thing is huge. The matte screen is nice, The black brushed aluminum is very professional-looking, and will do wonders to dissipate heat, hopefully.
The keys are all backlit with a red LED that looks incredibly sharp, and the ASUS ROG logo on the lid of the laptop lights up in the dark as well. All in all it's incredibly sleek.
This laptop has double the ram of most standard commercial laptops, a humongous 1TB hard drive, and an optical drive for those of us who are required to work with optical media still.This is something that annoys me about other performance laptops is that more of them are ditching optical drives entirely. Not that you can't just purchase an external USB optical drive, but I consider it a nice-to-have feature in this laptop.
It's also nice to know that the laptop comes with a 1-year warranty from ASUS and that includes an accident warranty. Very nice; bigger laptop brands don't normally including the accidental damage warranty.
The Processor and the GTX 860m are remarkably powerful for the purpose this laptop will serve (see other thoughts)
Cons: This thing _is_ huge. a bit over 5 lbs. and while you may think that isn't much, for a laptop, it certainly is. I bought this laptop knowing this already, so I can't really deduct anything for it; I knew what I was getting in to.
Since it's a performance laptop, you won't be getting great battery life out of it; the battery (thankfully replaceable, unlike other, more expensive aluminum laptops I can think of) is 100% replaceable, but bear in mind it's only a 6-cell L-ION battery. Again, I knew what I was getting in to and can't really deduct eggs for it.
Other Thoughts: This laptop was meant as a replacement for my wife's rapidly aging dual-core laptop with 3gbs of ram in Total.
she does play video games, and she does a lot of work with optical media and would appreciate a system with a massive hard drive. SSD would have been nice, but there's no way you're cramming an SSD, 1TB hdd and an optical drive into a single laptop without it being even bigger and heavier.
The bottom line is that I wanted to give her something with reasonable gaming performance, at a reasonable price. ASUS has never failed me in the past, so I found it to be the only logical choice, considering it had everything we were looking for.
This laptop is sleek, the screen is nice and huge, and somehow we got it on sale for close to 1k out the door. BIG UPS to ASUS for making the ROG series sexy, multi-purpose powerhouses.
Pros: I have two of these sitting the new computer I've built right now. Haven't even installed windows yet to put them through their paces.
A thought comes to mind. I now have as much video memory in these two cards as I have RAM in the computer I'm typing this review out on (its predecessor). I can't wait to torture these things with password cracking software and the most brutal games on the market... I'll check back when I get a chance to play with them.
Cons: Nothing significant other than... these things were pricey! I wanted hardware that I knew would last for years though and EVGA never fails to satisfy.READ FULL REVIEW