-above average construction for comparable price point
-numpad for productivity if you care, I sure do
-keyboard is supported by laptop structure, no flimsy keys (not as easy to replace, but superior during use)
-lowest current price for discrete GPU GTX 850 & i7 of any tier
Cons: -hdd primary storage
-touchpad size and placement may cause left hand to contact pad while typing or using pad with right and keyboard with left simultaneously. Easily avoidable but a con nonetheless
-12 GB max RAM support, strange max for quad channel upgrading, check if quad is supported, I'm not upgrading so I didn't check
-keyboard keys may come in contact with the screen under light pressure while laptop is close, causes imprints on screen which can be wiped off. Keep keyboard clean and wash hands to prevent oil transfer and frequent screen cleaning.
Overall Review: There's been some confusion elsewhere about Newegg not indicating a 1080p resolution. It states in the specifications a resolution of 1920x1080. So, yes it's 1080p. TN not IPS. I found the display crisp and clear at practical, realistic viewing angles.
The biggest bottleneck out-of-box is the HDD. Purchase a SSD for significant performance increase.
If you're looking for high degrees of scalability, invest in a higher tier. This is an excellent performer for work, school, and mid-level gaming.
It's worth noting that laptops do not perform like desktops. When you read i7 in the specs, consider the power limitations on a laptop from power supply and heat dissipation. A desktop PC operating from a 450W power supply has vastly different performance barriers than a laptop operating with 90W-120W power supplies. A laptop that burns your legs kind of defeats the purpose. There's more to it, but the point is not to expect crazy fast performance from laptops. If you're a diehard gamer strapped for cash, go buy a desktop for almost half the price and you'll see better overall performance. Happy shopping!
ASUS makes excellent chipsets.
Newegg has continued an outstanding track record with my purchase expectations. Thank you.
Pros: Fast. Easy access to memory and HD. Matte display. DVD swap is not too hard. Not too much bloatware.
With an addition of SSD in the DVD slot, the machine is blazingly fast.
Cons: 1) Weak display - Has narrow viewing angles and lot of color and contrast shifts.
2) Cheap keyboard - requires some effort to register the keystroke. Lot of side to side movements on keys.
3) No fine control on the touchpad.
Overall Review: Good laptop for the money (I purchased on a deep discount.) but the low quality shows on the display and the keyboard.
Pros: 1. Great specs
2. Runs any game I've bought so far with little to no issues, good for gaming.
Cons: 1. Windows 8.1
2. After the first 2 days, the laptop seemed to have difficulty staying connected to my home network. For the following couple days it would drop anywhere from once an hour to as much as every 5 minutes. The last few days, it hasn't been able to manage to connect to my home network at all.
Overall Review: I can't really figure out what is the issue with connectivity, if it's something to do with my router (But everything else seems to work fine), something to do with the ralink 802.11n wireless lan card, or something else. My mom has a different ASUS laptop with windows 8.1 as well, yet it seems to stay connected. Even if the issue isn't the laptop itself, every other device running windows 7 and 8.1 seems to connect fine out of the box, yet this one has been struggling since day 3.
Pros: The computer loads fast at start up and when browsing gpu great plays my games on ultra
Cons: I don't like how hot the cpu and gpu gets when plays game that don't need as most graphics
Pros: -good for gaming
-good for school
-fast and great for the price
-great graphic card
Cons: -hard drive clicking noise once in a while
-keys get missed sometimes when typing(but you get used to it)
-battery life( it is expected from an i7 with nvidia graphics)
Overall Review: This laptop is a steal for this price! I actually replaced the HDD with SSD, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB, and the clicking noise is gone of course(HDD is removed). SSD is the way to go! Makes bootup and loading applications real fast. Definitely recommended to anyone. I had an i5 Asus laptop before, then it was replaced with this. Big difference. This is technically my first gaming laptop. I use it for school too.
Pros: Fantastic Value for its price. I spent a considerable amount of time looking for a low cost laptop with a dedicated card. I was pleasantly surprised to find this laptop, which holds a GeForce GTX 850M with an Intel i7 processor. A laptop like this should easily cost $1,000 and possibly more.
Cons: It's clear where the drawbacks were for price but they are easily remedied.
The RAM is very low (at 8GB) but is easily upgradable. Also, the harddrive is not an SSD which limits the entire system.
My main issue with this laptop is, as said in other reviews, its keyboard. It's just terrible. My regular typing would miss several letters in a sentence. This happened at least every sentence and would require a lot of backspacing. I've since adapted to it a bit and have trained myself to hit the keys a little harder. I'd say I miss a letter about once a paragraph now, and I think it's getting better.
I don't imagine this is a faulty keyboard since others have voiced similar complaints. The design or the choice in keyboard is just poor. I'm hoping that after a while the keys will "loosen up" a bit and it won't be a noticeable issue. I've noticed this happens a lot when I hit a key twice. This has not impacted gaming that much since I hit keys pretty hard. I would easily give 5 eggs if the keyboard wasn't such an issue.
Overall Review: Overall, I would say this is one of those laptops you are lucky enough to find that has unusually higher quality for a lesser price based on what the current market price is for what you get. The keyboard thing is definitely a con, but I suspect the keys just may need a bit of loosening up.
Pros: -lightweight, thinner than i thought
-good for gaming (specifically WoW)
-fast and easy set up
Cons: -basically NewEgg's fault, but their packaging of the already packaged computer from Asus was horrible.
-not a fan of the matte screen, but whatever
-sometimes the display brightness randomly changes, but then returns to normal state. Does not take away from experience
-the L/R clicker under the touchpad is a bit tougher to press than i'd like.
Overall Review: -This is my first "gaming" computer, if it can be called that. (Basically a faster/better in every way compared to my 4 year old Dell).
-I got 2/3 day shipping, so that was nice/worth it.
-I have had no issues with the keyboard
-with no prior knowledge/care for the HDD and the SSD debate, this computer is top notch!
Pros: Very fast laptop.
-StarCraft 2 on medium graphics with ease.
-State of Decay on high with ease.
Cons: -Can get really hot while playing graphical intense games, but it cools effectively. The keyboard doesn't remain "Ice Cool" as advertised.
-The battery life is very poor; this is the main reason for the lose of an egg.
-The screen leaves a bit to be desired, but it is a full 1080p screen.
-Keyboard flexes a bit too much for my taste, and the keys are not comfortable for a lot of typing.
Overall Review: -This laptop would be a steal at $700, but I think it is a bit overpriced for what you get.