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Pros: This laptop is wicked fast, boot up time is ridiculously fast. Coming from sleep mode the screen is up after your finger leaves the button.
The HDD is no slouch either. Very Fast, this is where I store my games. I've only used about half of the 1TB HDD.
GPU pushes games about as good as my desktop did with the same settings(Ultra or whatever the highest are). 50-80FPS for modern games and beyond that for older ones that aren't nearly as strenuous on it. Stays about 75C when gaming no matter the utilization. Asus's cooling design is superior, that's just it PERIOD.
This notebook is surprisingly thin but see Cons.
I haven't used the HDMI or Thunderbolt but with how good everything else is I can't imagine them to have problems.
Screen looks great, especially compared to previous 17" notebook. Color Accuracy seems much better as well. Also it actively changes screen brightness for when needed. If you have a bright/white screen you can see it brighten a bit and vice-versa with darker screens. It's pretty cool.
USB 3.0 runs pretty dang fast.
Keyboard feels pretty good but I'm not one of those "intense" gamers that has to have the super-ultimate keyboard. It is backlit though, which is one of my top 5 favorite things about this notebook.
I'm unsure of what everyone keeps saying about the speakers, they sound pretty good. Going from a desktop to a laptop you can't expect these to rival a 5.1 setup at your desk at home but for a laptop the detail is great and if you're an audiophile like myself the equalization software works pretty well. Even the "effects button" inside the software improves the sound better than I can adjust it(So the software actually works)(Just make sure to open it to enable the bass and other effects, otherwise they will sound lackluster)
Wireless Signal is phenominal, maybe my previous Wireless N notebook was in the stone age but this notebook always has a good signal where my previous notebook left a lot to be desired.
Battery life is good so long as you don't game on it, NVIDIA OPTIMUS technology works without a hitch despite what others say(don't listen to them). Battery life while gaming is to be expected <1 hr. The power supply is almost 200 Watts people.
NVIDIA OPTIMUS - There were a couple games (not big titles) that ran automatically on the intel gpu, after manually setting those to run on the NVIDIA GPU they ran fantastic. Other than those the switching is seamless, you literally can't tell the difference or when it occurs(obviously when you start the game it switches but they've ironed it out well). Target frame rate when on battery works great too. Much better than previous generation G750 notebooks, apparently when you disconnected the power they were ungameable, not the case for this beast.
Cons: -Speakers sound like doodoo if you don't open the software and enable the bass and other amazing functions it can provide
-Notebook seems thinner than in the pictures but is quite long, about standard 17" laptop width but the heat sinks extend the laptop a good 1.5-2" past the back of the monitor.
-I bought this new at $1900, I wish it would have come with a Blu-Ray drive but they can be easily switched out from what I've heard.
Other Thoughts: Looks pretty dang cool too, not over the top like an alienware but not bland like much of the competition. Just a little bit of aesthetics beyond flat black panels like the competition.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's relatively Cheap and fast. Although if I turn down all of my fans its loud but I always leave them at high speed so it is probably the quietest part of it. I haven't burned anything yet just read my OS DVD. and haven't used the lightscribe either although I'm afraid to after reading all the bad reviews
Cons: None so Far
Other Thoughts: This thing was mad cheapREAD FULL REVIEW