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Pros: - Fast! Like really fast!
- Solid Build Quality
- Nice keyboard and touchpad (coming from a Gigabyte Aero it was like night and day :) )
- Nice IPS screen
- RGB is fun to sync and play with...but it's also easy to turn off if not your thing
- Multiple USB-C ports (3.2 and "Thunderbolt 4" port)
Cons: - Not really a con per say, but it's advertised as having a "Thunderbolt 4 port", but doesn't actually have a Thunderbolt controller. The port just runs at Thunderbolt 4 speeds (40 Gbps according to Asus support) over a USB4 40 connection. I have a Thunderbolt 4 dock connected and powering dual 2k monitors at 144hz, so this is just me being nickpicky at this point :)
- Fans are loud, as expected of an i9 and 3070 ti laptop, however, they are less "annoyingly" so than other gaming laptop models I've owned.
- Runs hot at default! Thought I had a dud (was running at 95C on the CPU while just downloading a game). But after adjusting the fan settings to manual in Armoury Crate and building a custom curve, the temps dropped to 70-75C.
- Not portable (...which I knew when I purchased it, given it's a 17" laptop, but ya, it's a desktop replacement :) )
Overall Review: So far I'm blown away. This laptop is just snappy and fun. I have it hooked up to a Thunderbolt 4 dock, powering dual 2k 144hz monitors, with a third 2k 144hz G-Sync monitor hooked up to the USB-C 3.2 port, and can consistently hit over 100fps on multiple, high-end, modern games with high to ultra settings. The fan does get loud, but overall, it's not as annoying as some of the more "slim" gaming laptops I've used over the years (plus headphones :P ).
The build quality is great and I like the look (the "scar" across the keyboard took some getting used to, but it's definitely growing on me).
My use case is 90% desktop replacement, but in the 10% I use it like a laptop, I have found the screen to be clear and smooth, and the keyboard and trackpad to be more than adequate. It's big and though not as heavy as some of the past 17" laptop's I've had, it's still not one I will take to the local coffee shop with me to work :)
Overall, highly recommended as a desktop replacement. It's fast, fun and feels like the first real gaming laptop that I truly want to recommend...if it comes with the understanding that like any 17" laptop, it's big, and any gaming laptop, the fan noise can be loud.
Pros: -No extra bloatware
Cons: -No webcam (I dont care though, I never use them)
-Built in speakers are underwhelming (Im almost always using headphones anyways)
Overall Review: This is my first gaming laptop, so maybe my opinion and review might not be up to par with hardcore gamer standards. So far this laptop is pretty awesome in the average to high end gaming laptops. I thought the RTX3080 would be overkill in a laptop so I went with this one with the 3070ti. I wish I could talk more intelligently about he the graphics, but Im a console guy, so Im trying to figure it all out. Graphics look amazing to me. Better than last gen consoles for sure, I think its on par with the new gen consoles. Im super impressed so far. 1080p at 360hz so its got frames for dayyyz.
It has been handling Halo Infinite just fine. It stutters a little bit with Battlefield 2042, but still plays it better than my PS4. Now that I think of it, I think everyone is having issues with 2042 on every platform with this 4.1 update.
I dont really care for all the RBG LED super ultra cool lighting stuff so it does
have options to tone it down a bit which is nice. But if you are into the crazy lighting schemes and patterns, this computer shouldnt disappoint. You can create custom keyboard lighting effects and sync them up with other ASUS peripherals. So if you want your computer to be strobing and have a rave while you game or do schoolwork, you can.
Some people get upset when they find out this computer doesnt have a webcam, I dont care, I never use them anyways. So no skin off my back, but that is something that youd need to consider before buying.
The built in speakers are kinda trash. Theyre supposed to be Dolby digital doo-doo whatever, but they sound a bit cheaper than what youd expect on a 2k+ machine. I used earbuds or full on gaming headset anyways, so I dont care about them that much. They work good enough if you dont have headphones readily available.
The Keyboard feels good and sturdy. Ive had other laptops that have had keyboards that felt like they were made by the same people who make happy meal toys. Hi I dealt with that for years so I can appreciate a good keyboard when one comes my way.
I know other computers can come with other bloatware pre installed on them that you cant do much about, this one doesnt. Which is nice.
This one does come with Windows 11, I dont hate it as much as everyone else. It runs fine on this computer.
This computer is awesome, It can do way more than what I need it to. Its a little pricey, but you get what you pay for.
*The video I included was it starting up, the vibration sounds was not the computer, it was my Xbox controller vibrating on the desk because it was plugged in when I hit the power button.
Overall Review: Probably not using it to its full potential but it starts up instantly. It is superfast and an excellent gaming pc.