Date Joined: 10/29/12
Pros: - Excellent computational power
- Plenty of RAM for video editing (may need an upgrade to make full use of After Effects)
- 3080 GPU FLIES!!
- Thunderbolt port is a HUGE plus! Easily worth it vs a Ryzen CPU which won't have Thunderbolt
- Screen truly is gorgeous. No burn-in yet after a month of heavy use editing and some gaming (though I am being careful, running a screensaver after 1 minute of inactivity)
- Surprisingly quiet on "Normal" fan settings which are plenty sufficient even during heavy editing (and CPU and GPU are both boosted)
- Nvidia Studio Driver comes pre-installed, a very nice touch for video professionals!
Cons: - Gigabyte Control Panel is finicky and just okay
- Thunderbolt cable on right hand side gets in the way of my mouse (just a bit, not a dealbreaker)
- webcam is nearly useless due to positioning, but given that ASUS is omitting them entirely, still nice to have it
- puts out a fair amount of heat, but that's to be expected for any edit machine and not a true downside
Overall Review: I was genuinely shocked by this laptop's performance. I am a professional video editor, have been for coming up on a decade now. I recently opted to upgrade my entire system with a Digital Storm beast including a 3090 and Ryzen CPU. You can imagine how that went... I had to cancel the order due to supply issues and was left working on a 2 year old machine that felt 4 years old. When I saw this on Newegg and they were in stock (somehow), I leapt at the chance knowing that it was better than no upgrade at all, and I've got a need to be able to work on the road.
What a surprise it's been, in great ways! Not only does this machine blow my dedicated home workstation out of the water (equipped with a 1080 TI, NVMe SSDs, and 64gb of RAM), it has become the center of my workflow regardless of where I'm located.
The day-to-day editing was already smoother, decoding H264 footage at least twice as fast (I hate H264 with a burning passion), but what really blew me away was this: I exported a 25 minute 4K documentary timeline which has a variety of footage, but largely consisted of interviews shot at 8K RED Raw (!) codec. I was sure it would take an hour or more to export, but it cranked through the timeline in 10 minutes!! Color me stunned. I had to double check to make sure the proxies hadn't been used, and nope. Just wow.
I currently have a 4K monitor connected via Displayport and a 1080p monitor off to the side via HDMI. I'm editing off a Thunderbolt G-RAID drive and it has been just a dream. I truly did not expect it to exceed my home setup by much, and now it's my go-to workstation. Happy editor here, and well worth the price of admission for my money.
P.S. Gaming has been a dream, running Cyberpunk completely maxed out at 4K including Raytracing and totally stable, though I did eventually drop the resolution to 2.5k to get that high framerate buttery feedback. Horizon: Zero Dawn runs completely maxed out at 4K silky smooth, not a single hiccup. Best purchase I've made in ages.
Pros: - Works exactly as I hoped it would! Powers all USB devices I want.
- Shows every HDD as individual in Windows 10, allowing ejection of whichever I want. (Other hubs don't always do this.)
- Power switch is nice and clicky.
- Plenty of ports.
Cons: - Power/USB cable placement can be a little awkward. I'd have preferred it on the side, not the back. But this is a minor complaint, functionally it's fine.
Overall Review: I've had up to 7 HDDs connected to this at once, varying from portable to backups. It handled them all fine, let me eject them individually in Windows 10, and has never failed. Works like a champ!
Pros: - Built like a tank! Has withstood international and national travel, airplanes and location editing.
- Fast, I edit video professionally and this guy has everything I've needed to edit on location.
- Runs games well (I also game, and this boy's done everything from The Witcher 3 to Fallout 4 and others).
Cons: - HEAVY! But you get what you pay for, and this thing has the power to justify its weight.
- HDD is failing, I think, but it's been through heavy usage and taken a lot of knocks from travel. I'm honestly surprised it's still running. I don't actually have any issues at the moment, but I hear the telling *click click* every now an then.
Overall Review: I'm a video editor and put this laptop through its paces on a regular basis. I purchased it in 2015 and it has been a beast ever since. I couldn't have launched my business without it, I couldn't have edited documentaries in Israel, Turkey, and South Africa without it, and I certainly couldn't have had the flexibility I've had without it. Nothing but good things!
Pros: - Basic functions are fine if you're only using 1, maybe 2 drives (which kind of defeats the purpose).
Cons: - Even though you have individual power switches, in Windows 10 all drives show up under one hub (this one). They will be gray and cannot be ejected individually. I would never shut the power off to a drive without ejecting it first, therefore the power switches are useless.
- This is not a powered hub! It's convenient not to deal with an AC adapter, but it also means that you will NOT get enough power to your drives connected to this. USB just can't pull enough power from your computer to handle more than 1, maybe 2 drives. I was getting drive failures left and right and couldn't figure out why. This was why!
Overall Review: Be VERY CAREFUL when plugging in more than 1 or 2 drives to this. It will not give you enough power to run them and they will disconnect often, giving you spotty performance at best and HDD failure at worst. This happened to me and incidentally ruined a business relationship because of it.
Pros: - For the first few weeks it seemingly worked fine (though at slower speeds than other devices).
Cons: - It's never given me speeds that other wifi devices have had using the exact same router/modem. My laptop and my phone both get faster speeds than my desktop with this card does.
- After about a month, it has stopped connecting to the internet and blutetooth. I checked my router/modem, and all my other devices are fine, have internet. This one will connect to the network and SAY everything is fine (it doesn't even say no internet connection, it literally looks like all is well in Windows 10), but my browsers (yes, all of them) all come back saying there's no internet connection. Sometimes a reboot will fix it, sometimes it won't. And I never know when it's going to drop the internet.
Overall Review: Beware! Other people may have gotten fine experiences with this, but I'm not the only one with these issues. My computer is practically new, so I can't imagine it's a compatibility issue. I purchased it new about 4 months before writing this review.
Pros: Works as described, fast as far as I can tell
Pros: Despite what I've read, it was very simple and easy to use. I think they have updated their literature since some of these reviews have been written because everything worked the way it was explained in the manual.
I got this with 4 new HDDs and it's been working beautifully since. I took it on a location shoot for a short film and am editing on it now, no issues so far except one...
Cons: The USB 3 drops in and out. I'm okay with that since I use eSATA (this drive is SATA 3 and my drives/mobo are, too, so why not). I am not sure why or what fixes this, but for now it's not much of an issue for me.
Overall Review: It seems sturdy and well built. I have it on a lower section of my desk and never have to see the LEDs, so that doesn't bother me, either. It's no brighter than the lights on my case, anyway. Good purchase.