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Pros: This is a great Laptop, with a powerful CPU, Lot's of ram, a powerful GPU and tons of storage. I bought this for school and I am sure I made the right choice. The dual-core CPU at 2.66Ghz gives a lot of power to multi-task and run several apps. I wasn't sure how the Geforce 130m GPU would handle gamming but so far I have been able to run a few games (Eve Online, Fear 2) on native res with all the settings on full.
This Laptop looks very nice and the large screen is very high quality. I am also very happy that it has a HDMI port in the back, so I can hook it into my 24' monitor or my plasma tv with 1 easy cable. Asus included some nice features with this Laptop, such as the facial recognition login software and the power management program. The Function keys are easy to use and it's great having a full numberpad as well. Battery life is about 1.45 hours, but with this power thats expected.
I bought this Laptop on sale and IMO the Cost to Performance just can't be beat!
Cons: The Altec Lansing speakers are wimpy and don't have great output and due to their position (front of laptop angled under the wrist resting position) it makes hearing the low output volume worse. The Audio Out and SPDIF headphone jacks don't suffer from this problem though; so with a good pair of headphones or travle speakers you can get great sound.
Asus included a lot of bloat-ware that I removed and will never use.
As mentioned the glossy finish collects smudges rather quickly, but thats hardly a big CON.
Other Thoughts: It came with a rather nice carring bag with lot's of room to fit the laptop, a RJ45 Internet cable, Power adapter (with a nice long cord) and still have room for a Text book and Binder.
Asus included a 2 year Accidently Damage Warranty with registration. Just go to ADW.Asus.com and input the Serial Number and some other info.
I shopped around before making this purchace and I am glad I came back to this laptop becasue for what you get it's the best deal I could find!