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Pros: Good balance of features. 17.3" FULL 1080p HD screen, high performance nVidia GPU, 12GB of memory, and a big hard drive. HDMI supports at least up to QHD (2560x1440), so probably full HDMI 1.4 compatibility.
Cons: It doesn't come with any kind of bag or case, not even a cheap sleeve. That's a major letdown for such an expensive laptop. (ASUS wants you to buy their expensive backpacks - ugh.)
The keyboard takes some getting used to - the keys take some extra pressure to type, so sometimes I miss a letter. Definitely better for WASD than for a Master's thesis.
The cord has all but completely come out of the charger - it's not as securely mounted inside the charger as it could be. ASUS offered to RMA the power supply, but never got back to me when I requested an Advance RMA. I need this thing for work so I can't live without my charger for 3 or 4 weeks while they fix it. I've generally been impressed with ASUS's customer service, which is why I chose this brand when I went laptop shopping.
And then what you'd expect when you buy a gaming desktop that's been put through Wayne Szalinski's shrinking machine. It's big and it's heavy.
And the dynamic contrast can be really annoying, especially when web browsing or switching between applications where you go from a light background to a dark one, and I can't find any way to turn it off.
Other Thoughts: This is for the G750JW.
I'm giving 5 eggs because the quality of the laptop itself is top notch. 0 dead pixels, great screen clarity and color depth. Didn't require any screen calibration to look great (but I'm not hard to please there). Plays Skyrim pretty well, though the mobile 765 GPU isn't nearly as powerful as my 2 generations older 570 desktop card.
Can get pretty loud and warm - make sure you keep it ventilated! Keep the bottom and the back clear for airflow - no sitting this on your blanket in your bed.
Pros: Excellent performance. The performance holds up in testing and in real world gaming and development.
Cons: First drive was a dud. RMA'd with Mushkin and the second drive is better, but still temperamental. Knocking off 1 egg for the first failed drive and the temperament of the second drive.
Note: Mushkin support was easy to work with and provided an RMA with no hassle.
Other Thoughts: I bought this to put in a new ASUS ROG laptop, and never used the HDD that came with the laptop. I ran a clean Windows 8.1 install. I kept having random BSODs where none of my disks would detect on reboot. Finally traced it to this SSD. The SSD would also not detect a valid firmware update. Mushkin support worked with me and provided a hassle-free RMA
However, I still have intermittent issues where the BIOS won't detect the SSD on a soft reboot. I am no longer having the random BSODs, and I don't reboot very often, so this is not a big issue for me.
It's possible that the issue is an incompatibility with the BIOS on my laptop or a driver running the SATA array. Using this SSD in different hardware may behave differently.
Performance is rock solid.
Pros: Quiet with good circulation for the price.
Cons: LEDs are BRIGHT. One of them shines right in my eye when it's on.
Other Thoughts: I read the reviews and apparently there's a disparity in QA with these, but I couldn't beat the price so I took the plunge. I won! I'm only using one fan, but I tested both and they are both quiet and effective. But be careful how you place them - those LEDs are bright and can be distracting. Once I fix the bare wire on my 280mm side fan and put the cover back on my case, it'll be alright.READ FULL REVIEW
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