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Pros: Somewhat light, powerful, looks nice, backlit keyboard
Cons: Battery life is kind of short, lcd panel is hard to see
Other Thoughts: I bought this laptop mostly for business use. Why a "gaming laptop" for business use? Most business laptops have lesser specs and cost more so there you go. On with the review... The hardware in this laptop is pretty decent for the price. Skylake cpu, 8GB of ram, M.2 SSD AND a 1TB mechanical drive, dedicated 960m graphics card... Not too shabby. The biggest letdown and my biggest gripe is this terrible lcd panel that Asus put in this thing. The viewing angles are horrible on the vertical axis and its difficult to read small text. Color reproduction isnt all that great either. Its possible that I received a "not-so-good" unit but I doubt it. If you adjust the angle of the panel to remove glare from other light sources, it reduces the readability of small text. My main desktop has 2 TN panels and i dont have this issue this bad.
As far as performance goes, its ok. I never had the intentions of gaming on here regularly but having that dedicated gpu does let me play games while away from my main PC. The battery isn't the greatest either. After about an hr of light use (invoicing software and wireless radios off), with the monitor off (has a hot key to turn the panel off which is nice IMO), the battery is nearly 3/4 dead. I have a pure sine wave power inverter installed in my truck so its no problem for me to keep it plugged in. The speakers are horrible as well. Most people who buy laptops for gaming usually use headphones of some sort anyway so this is not really a con. They sound very tinny and distorted, even at low volume. I personally dont care since its not the main purpose of this machine.
I have and use many of Asus's products but this one is letting me down with this terrible panel. It's to the point that I cannot return the laptop and the panel is driving me crazy. I'm looking for options to see what other panels will fit in its place or replacing the laptop entirely with a different brand. Since the panel is something that must be used, unlike a mouse or speakers, which can be easily swapped out, I'm giving this only 2 stars.
This review is from: Rosewill RGB80 - 16.8 Million Color Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Pros: Backlight, detachable USB cable, small footprint.
Cons: Lack of software support, one color for PC mode
Other Thoughts: I've owned this keyboard for about 7 months now and still no updated software, as of the time of this review. The software is very lacking and still does not provide the full use of the 16.8 million colors advertised. I mainly purchased this keyboard for the sub $100 pricepoint and full RGB backlighting. I've also noticed that some keys are not responding to a keystroke. This is totally random and is hard to reproduce on command. The software updates alone are enough to want to buy a different keyboard, especially if you wanted the full RGB features.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: FAST, Quiet, Cool, I own it!
Cons: It wasn't free, haha
Other Thoughts: I wanted to start off by saying this is not the first EVGA product I have owned but it is the most powerful video card I have ever owned. My past experience with EVGA was less then satisfactory. Because of this, I vowed to never own their products again. I took a leap of faith when purchasing this video card since I plan to eventually water cool this card. Since water cooling graphics cards is a very selective industry, I was very limited on Nvidia based cards. I have to say, EVGA, bravo! You most certainly knocked it out of the park with this card. I am extremely happy with this purchase. The card operates at very low temperatures when idle. The fans don't spin up until the card gets close to 60-70c which makes for silent operation for day-to-day tasks. When gaming, the fans do spin up and still remain very quiet. The card fits perfetly in my HAF 932adv case. This card requires 2 PCI-e 6 pin connectors. It does come with the molex to PCI-e adapters but if you need those, replace your power supply. Overall, this card has renewed my faith in EVGA products. I highly recommend this card to anyone that wants to get into PC gaming.READ FULL REVIEW