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Pros: Great Performance (see my other notes).
Ample hard drive space. So many laptops still don't think you need much space...
USB 3 ports
Fourth Generation Core i7 processor (as opposed to some laptops using the i5, or the previous generation)
Above average RAM
Decent cooling system that runs fairly quiet
Can really push the GPU in games (High to Very High settings on most games)
Cons: Why is a Blu-Ray drive still considered a premium? (only offered on the high end models) I actually bought an external USB Blu-Ray drive to use with this...The laptop even comes bundled with Cyberlink software for movie playback...
I really don't like these shared/split video card solutions, but most new laptops seem to be going this route.
The laptop keyboard sits a little "flat" for me -- meaning the keyboard isn't at enough of an elevation for me to type effectively. I bought one of those wedge shaped laptop cooler things to go underneath, and that has helped greatly.
You have to make your own backup of the system when you get it...no discs of any kind are included. Asus does provide imaging software (for just the OS I believe, but could be wrong) if you need it.
Another con, though less important to me, is the size. Made finding a bag for it difficult (16.1" x 12.5" x 2"). (Asus has their own bag, but is pricey and hard to find.)
Other Thoughts: I had been using a "normal" laptop for just about a year -- well, I say using, but really the performance for me was subpar and I only used it when I really needed the portability. That performance, despite being an i7, despite having a decent video card (it also uses the "split" solution), despite having 8GB of RAM, was really bad. I don't know how to quantify it for you, except to say I decided I needed to just get myself a laptop rated for gaming to get the performance I wanted. Being able to game on it is definitely a plus, and a feature that will be utilized, but I couldn't believe how badly the "normal" laptop performed just doing routine tasks like Word Processing and E-mail. I could barely game on it, even at lower settings. I wasn't expecting it to be amazing, but also wasn't expecting it to be so terrible.
I compared prices on several of the major brands, and found this G750 from Asus, with the brand-spanking-new mobile 800 series GPU from nVidia. The price was really good compared to some of the competition (who are still using the 700 mobile series GPUs), and I decided to take the chance. I'm glad I did. While this is the "entry level" of the G750 series, it is by no means a slouch. I installed Metro: Last Light, ran the performance tool that comes with it, and on the top settings the system averaged around 30 fps at 1920x1080. There are points where it will dip into the low 20s or just below that during that benchmark, but still its an good indicator of what you can expect. Likewise, the GeForce Experience application keeps updating the "optimal" settings for some of the games I've tried, so even nVidia is still determining just how far the 860M can be pushed. :) The performance of the routine day-to-day tasks is also quite spiffy. It utilizes the Windows 8 quick boot features rather well.
On the cooling system: I haven't really noticed any distracting noise from the fans running, but the system does pump a lot of hot air out the back of the laptop. I didn't really notice the keyboard becoming hot or anything. So it seems to work very well.
While Asus touts the audio of the system, I didn't think it fared all that much better than other laptops, really. It sounds better than a standard laptop, but I don't think it sounds as great as Asus is claiming. This is not really a con for me, though, as I don't expect the world from laptop speakers.
Finally, Asus says you get 32GB of cloud storage with your purchase. They only gave me 16GB when I set up the system. I wasn't really planning on utilizing it, but if you are, thought I'd share this.
Display Name: Kevin M.
Date Joined: 02/26/03
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