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Pros: Runs cool even under load
Big crystal clear screen
Good battery life considering the hardware
Runs most games on high with ease.
Second hard drive bay
Sound system is amazing
Cons: Gets dirty quick
Bulky and heavy
the 1tb 5400 HDd is a joke at this price point
No recovery disk
Trying to get support from Asus is a joke.
No optic audio out for good gaming headsets.
Mouse pad is touchy but works fine after tweaking
Other Thoughts: I had a few friends buy this exact model and had no issues what so ever. However, mine started hard freezing randomly on day 1 about once or twice a day. It did not seem like the laptop would ever go into sleep mode unless I shut the lid regardless of what settings I put it in. I tried a factory reset twice ( Complete pain in the rear without a recovery disk ) no luck. Tried a new hardrive, no luck. On week 2 I came home to a closed laptop that should have been in sleep mode but was so hot I could not even touch it. Very scary situation since no fans were running and I could smell burning electronics. After restarting it the fans kicked on and instantly cooled it down. I am now in RMA with NewEgg. I'm confident this one was just a dud but do keep all your boxes just in case this may happen to you.
That problem aside, this was a killer laptop once I installed a SSD for the OS and a few games. I did not play very graphic dependent games. It ran Dayz stand alone and mod with ease on max settings. Average frame rate on standalone: 50. On mod: 60. League of legends ran at 150+ fps on max settings. 60+ Titanfall max settings. Best of all it ran extremely cool during gaming.