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Pros: everything else
Cons: # -2 The keyboard color schema and lack of strong backlit lighting are a huge detractor
# a mandatory bios update. (yes an Asus mandatory update of the bios) Thats always a tense few minutes. This took place after a basic windows update after unboxing
# -1 points for what appears to be some minor bloatware from Mcafee
#-2 points for wasting spec space and providing USB 2.0 instead of at least additional 3.0 or 3.1
Overall Review: Sitting around the conference room table 'Now Who would be interested in a large 1920/1080 17.3 display on a laptop?
#I know! Folks who have impeccable eyesight and for which we can make the keyboard schema almost translucent in function!
Pros: It starts and boots almost instantly, it is fast and the monitor is fantastic. I'm loving the fingerprint scanner for logins. I like that it came with the tray to add a 2nd drive and I have a 2Tb SSD on the way. It's also about half the weight of the old HP Pavilion 17.3" it's replacing, I never thought of it as heavy but now it feels like a concrete block in comparison.
Cons: I've read other reviews complaining about the keyboard being hard to see from some angles because of the white characters on silver keys and this is true to some extent but the back lighting is nice in low light conditions. In those situations where I have had an issue seeing the keys I'm finding my muscle memory of the keyboard from high school typing class all those decades ago is returning so maybe the visibility issue isn't such a bad thing. It also forces me to sit up straight LOL When looking directly down on them I can see them quite clearly though. Not a big deal for me but something to be aware of.
Overall Review: I would most definitely recommend this for casual home usage. I use it mainly for web surfing, videos and audio. I have a few hundred Gb's of music and videos on it. The speakers are OK for a laptop but I usually use headphones or a bluetooth speaker anyway. I couldn't be happier with it. I'll be curious to see how many years I get out of it.
Pros: Like the overall quality of the laptop itself. Like the fingerprint feature as well as the overall dimension of the screen. Also appreciate having the number pad. Fast booting and overall response.
Cons: Only Con I found is the ability to read the keys. They are illuminated but I find it harder to read the keys when it is light out. The slots where the light goes through are very thin. Excellent when it is a little darker in the room.
Overall Review: Great Laptop overall. I purchased for using with a laser cutter and the software that is used to create the designs and control the laser. Responds much faster than my previous Asus and the larger screen makes it easy to work with the designs.