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This review is from: ASUS ROG G751 series G751JY-DH72X Gaming Laptop 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4860HQ (2.40 GHz) 32 GB Memory 1 TB HDD 512 GB SSD (PCIEG2) SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4 GB 17.3" Windows 8.1 64-Bit
Pros: -Powerful: Runs most of the latest games on maximum settings!
-Great amount of storage; easy to manage
-Tremendous software and driver support on ASUS website
Cons: -Terrible QA: After a month of having the laptop, the screen developed a solid black vertical line of pixels running down close to the left edge. Wiggling the lid could often make it go away. This wasn't a HUGE issue as I could work around it by wiggling the screen, and my at-home use involved a bigger, external monitor. Fast forward three months, and the line became permanent. Six months later and the CPU fan developed a noisy buzz that culminated into a rapidly worsening gaming temperature issue. I am currently in the DREADFUL process of dealing with the run-around at ASUS customer support in trying to get this thing returned on warranty. I bought it during the last week of February last year, so I'm still within my year warranty. Not sure why they're giving me a hard time.
Other Thoughts: -I have noticed a trend of awful QC out of ASUS products (both desktop components and in their gaming laptops) since the G75 laptops came out. From faulty power cables and weak batteries to DOA rigs, ASUS's quality has sharply declined over the past five years. I would not recommend any of their laptops to serious, often-traveling gamers who want something that'll last, because you won't get it from ASUS, right now. That's really a shame, because without these problems, the laptops perform at well worth the cost.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -POWERFUL; will run games like Battlefield 4 and War Thunder on maximum settings with little or no noticeable frame drops.
-FAST; Main Drive SSD and 24GB of memory make for a quick boot and fast access to your primary games.
-EFFICIENT; Low temps in the most demanding gaming. Battery will last hours on a dimmed screen and no backlit keyboard if you're word-processing or browsing the internet.
Cons: BATTERY FAILS; Six months in, I started getting a blinking battery LED. I tried multiple things, from reinstalling battery charge drivers to rolling back the BIOS to even wiping the computer with a fresh copy of Windows. No joy. Swapping batteries with a fellow G750 owner revealed a faulty battery. Fortunately, his is holding up. UN-fortunately, the battery is proprietary and will take until World War 3 to receive from ASUS. Their customer support has been unresponsive, at best.
SSD; Solid-State Drives have limited writes. It will eventually die. Great for the OS and your primary games while it lasts, though.
INTERMITTENT KEYBOARD; Various keys ranging from F and R to T and N have habits of not properly keying when you stroke them. This can be a huge pain when typing reports for school or even writing a review like this. Suggest opting for an external keyboard if you can spare the slots.
SLOPPY BIOS; Every iteration of BIOS release has had a bug of some sort. It started with heavy CPU throttling from the factory in battery mode, to intermittent backlighting in the first upgrade. The newest is still too new to really dial down the issues with it, but the apparent "fix" for WHQL support wasn't much of a fix.
WINDOWS 8 and BLUETOOTH; Not the worst OS, but its driver support is funky. Because of this, the Bluetooth drivers tend to cause false shutdowns and restarts if they're not disabled.
Other Thoughts: For the price of the laptop, I expected better product quality in things like the keyboard and battery. Things like that should not be prone to failure within the first six months of ownership.
The driver support of Windows 8 and this laptop are AWFUL. You have to disable the Atheros Bluetooth drivers if you encounter any issues shutting down or restarting the laptop.
I wanted to give this laptop a 3.5, but halves are not featured in the egg ratings. Bummer, because it just doesn't deserve four eggs, let alone five, for the deficient keyboard and battery issues that seem to plague MANY who have bought this laptop.
This review is from: Razer Orbweaver Gaming Keypad
Pros: -Many, Many Buttons.
-Razer Synapse permits the most extensive customization and macro-writing on the market.
-Fire-and-forget syncing to your game .exe files for specific profiles.
-Works in any USB type.
-Can potentially halve your reaction time for firing off abilities in MMORPGs or setting up weapon/seat switching in games like Battlefield and Planetside.
Cons: Only one con: It's a large keypad, and it's easy to fumble and "fat-finger" keys in your first few weeks of use. This can be as frustrating as it is intimidating, but as you develop the muscle memory, your reaction time will result in boundless improvement in MMORPG PvP and even first person shooters.
Other Thoughts: Despite the one con, I've had such great success with this piece of equipment (paired with the formidable Razer Taipan Mouse) that I felt compelled to keep it at five eggs. Now I think I understand why Swifty (of World of Warcraft fame) swears by these products.READ FULL REVIEW