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Pros: Good Specs on paper. Runs notepad pretty well.
Cons: Mine had many problems out of the box: Faulty sound hardware, terrible backlight bleeding on all sides of the monitor, cd drive made a loud grinding sound, and the hard drive made clicking sounds. I sent it to Asus for repairs and when I got it back, all they had done is replace the monitor (which was in worse condition than before). I sent it back to Asus and again, only the monitor was swapped (Although it wasn't worse this time). I then sent it back a third time and they decided to send me a replacement REFURB model. So after buying this laptop brand new and dealing with incompetent support, I got a refurb model. This refurb model has a nice screen, but the drives were not in a RAID configuration and the sound hardware was still faulty (I ended up buying a USB dac to solve it). Now that I'm finally up and running I ran some benchmarks and played some games on it and I was shocked that I had gone through all this work and payed $2k for a laptop that was unable to play Dota 2 at medium settings. Most games are completely unplayable at any settings and the actual feel of the laptop inside of windows is slow to the point of being unusable. I ran it side by side with my windows 98 laptop and the windows 98 laptop would load the file structure faster and I wrote some quick programs (primarily just random number generation. Nothing so complex as to give the 98's pipeline the advantage) to stress the systems and the windows 98 laptop kept up with or beat this new, $2k laptop.
Other Thoughts: I've personally used Asus a lot in the past, My current monitor, tablet, and GPU are from Asus (I suppose my laptop is as well). I have to say, that I tried to give Asus a chance to make right on the product they sold me, and at the end of the day, I was $2k shorter and this laptop just sits under my bed now as I had to buy a different laptop (A $300 tablet that runs faster than this Asus laptop). I have since avoided Asus like the plague it is. Before getting the refurb, I tried talking to them about a refund and they told me that would not be an option. I work as a software engineer and I am in charge of all the hardware my company buys and my boss noticed that MSI's hardware is becoming predominantly what we use. I would love to give Asus a second chance, but they really goofed and don't care about the consumer enough to make it right and so I do not seeing myself purchasing from Asus again.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very solid build quality
Good color reproduction
Cons: None really. Some of the settings make the color look bad, but just don't choose those settings.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: SSD, looks fantastic, came with a lot, nice USB encasement, relatively fast.
Cons: None really. My computer didn't recognize it in the USB right away, but a format solved that.
Other Thoughts: Alright look, it IS really fast, but after extensively benchmarking, I can say that I would probably recommend the Samsung 830 Pro instead. It depends on what you want. The Samsung is much faster, but this one looks a million times better.
AS-SSD gives me the following scores:
This SSD (Hyper-X): 300
Samsung 830: 574
Samsung 840: 1077
Higher is better, but looks are very important to me, and nothing tops this SSD in terms of those.