Joined on 02/05/11
So far - great product - worked right out of the box.
Pros: I have only recently bought this, but it works well in all aspects. I see the complaints about the FireCuda drive on other sites too, but mine works well. I see no problems. I have another computer, albeit older, that has a small solid state drive that I thought was fast. The FireCuda is as fast, maybe faster. Now admittedly I haven't loaded it fully, but I don't expect any degradation. Although I have not yet tried it, I like the expansion possibilities - more ram and adding a solid state drive. I like the looks, even the red backlit keys. The special attention to the WSAD keys is a nice touch. It is heavy, but I knew that going in. I am not carrying this one to Starbucks.
Cons: The major con thus far is Windows in the set up process, but that is true with all Windows 10 installations. I particularly didn't like being forced to use Cortana. I never use it. And, I didn't like being forced to use a password for me to access a computer that will never leave my apartment or have any other user. And the bloat ware and the impossibility to remove all of it. Windows takes up way too much drive space. But that is Windows 10. ASUS, I own several, failed in the manual department. The one that came with the system and on their website are useless. If you want to add any expansion items - the manual will be of no use. If you want to overclock the cpu (can I?) - the manual will not help. If you want to know what the specialty keys do - don't look in the manual. But if you want to know where the keyboard is - the manual is there for you. For some reason the 'num lk' key appears to have no indicator, and of course the manual is no help.
Overall Review: This computer is not relegated to gaming only. I would recommend it to others. And I would purchase it again, but the price initially was off-putting. But after comparing this computer with others, I decided the price was well fixed. Of course there are better computers, but not at this price ($699). However, I see it priced much higher at other stores - I am not sure I would pay their prices. The missing egg in the rating is because of the manual. If there was a half egg, I would have used that.