Pros: Playing Far Cry 3 1080p and the game looks amazing and is running super smooth, Guild Wars II looks great and runs smooth. I love the rubber covering on the back and where your hand rests.
Overall Review: Only thing I could wish for would be a bigger hard drive.
Pros: Extremely quick
Runs much cooler than my old G72
Can handle mostly all modern games at full specs no visible lag
Played the following all at max settings with no problem:
Guild Wars 2
The 670M gets a lot of criticism for being an overclocked 500M series but it definitely does it's job and while it might not hold up with the high end graphics in a few years. Its still the cheapest top end mobile graphics card right now.
Cons: There are known audio driver issues with the subwoofer and headphone jack. Asus is currently working with their 3rd party developer to resolve these issue however, it has already been a month+ and still nothing.
There are several issues related to it:
Sometimes the subwoofer will still output when headphones are plugged in.
The subwoofer will not remain at the same audio level as the tweeters when adjusting the windows volume.
The subwoofer plays a complete range of sounds(not just low frequencies as it should).
The battery only lasts about 2.5 hours in power saving mode while just browsing the internet.
Overall Review: If these driver issues didn't exist I truly think this is a perfect gaming laptop especially for the price, until those drivers are fixed I have to give it a 4/5. Sure, Sager has some models with the new radeon and m675 for about $200 more than this laptop, but after browsing their support forums there are a lot more issue with those machines other than an audio driver.
Something that's a must if you're buying this laptop, you need an SSD as the primary drive. Vastly improves the performance and at the time I was able to pick up an OCZ 120gb with SIII, works like a charm.
Pros: this laptop is a beast. really handles well with any game i've put on it including WoW (windowed mode ultra settings) Diablo III (windowed mode ultra settings) Battlefield 3 (Ultra settings) and Skyrim (Ultra settings).
plenty of ram and a decent sized HDD. the processor is fast and loading of apps is quick and painless.
very rugged design and built in keyboard is beautiful.
mouse buttons are very easy to push and are a big change from my last laptop.
Cons: as others have stated, the issue with the sound is very annoying. what appears to be going on, is the subwoofer and speakers are set up as 2 separate units. when he volume of the speakers is adjusted, the volume of the subwoofer is left at whatever volume it is manually set at.
to adjust the woofer, i had to go to the speaker properties and under the [Level] tab, there are 2 sliders; Speakers and MonoBass. the slider labeled speakers controls the 2 stereo speakers and is adjusted by the volume keys and the windows volume. the MonoBass is what controls the volume for the subwoofer and the only way to adjust that is manually in the speaker properties.
hopefully this gets fixed or some how links one to the other so when you adjust the speaker volume via the keyboard keys it simultaneously adjusts the MonoBass as well. for now i just keep the woofer low and suffer the lack of bass sounds.
Overall Review: even at full volume, the sound isn't too bad but expected more with a 2.1 built in "subwoofer." kinda disappointed by that. but who really uses a laptop for the sound quality?
and for those of you who have put weight, size, heat output and battery life as cons and such, then you shouldn't be buying this. anyone who IS buying this laptop understands it's a beast and a gaming laptop. you're not going to find a gaming laptop as slim as a tablet or as light as a netbook. it's going to put out some heat, it's going to be rather heavy, and yes, you're going to have to leave it plugged into the wall. personally i was surprised that on battery saving mode it'll last about 2-3 hours surfing the web. it's a monster and a beautiful design by asus. RoG stands for Republic of GAMERS. this is not for those who use a laptop to surf the web. it's a mobile desktop. get used to it
what you get for the price is too good to dock an egg for the sound issue when that is strictly a software issue.
Pros: Blazing speed. Gorgeous display. In the short time we have had this beast, we have cranked Skyrim to ultra with zero hitching, ran TERA on level 5 settings with no lag whatsoever. Diablo 3 isn't intensive on the machine but it is flawless as well. It is built like a tank so if a large laptop that is heavy is an issue for you, stay away.
Cons: Sadly we had to RMA through Asus already. We had not tried the unit on battery power until this morning. The battery light indicated that it was fully charged. I accidentally unplugged the computer and it powered completely off. Long story short, Asus says its a known issue where the device is not accepting power through the battery. RMA process began this morning.
Overall Review: We are not dissuaded from this laptop because of a factory defect. IN the brief time we have had it, it has functioned way above and beyond expectations. I will update when the RMA is complete.
Pros: Ivy Bridge CPU - 3rd fastest GPU - Price - Looks - Feel - Sound above average - Screen best I have ever seen - Back-lit keyboard.
Cons: A bug in sound software where the sub does not decrease in volume as the main speakers do until you hit zero then it jumps down, but it does go up ok . Some bloatware not a lot but I don't like any of that.
Overall Review: This Laptop is selling like crazy everywhere that's why it goes out of stock so quick. I received this laptop free of defects , I also ordered a samsung 128GB ssd which I installed in the free drive bay, after I tested the computer to make sure it was ok I formatted and installed win 7 to the ssd and made the 500GB a data drive. I installed Battlefield 3 to the ssd and set everything to high then set a few things to Ultra along with Ambient Occlusion to HBAO, It is running between 40-50 FPS that's better than my desktop 560 nvidia. This computer has just what you need and not a bunch of extras that just cost money for no gain. it is worth it to add a ssd it just makes everything load so fast. This is not just a gaming computer but not many laptops will run the newest games this good and still be this cool and very low noise, it just looks very sleek and not flashy. The 670m GPU should last years as it only needs 75 watts , this was a wise move by Asus. I rate this a 10.
Pros: - Comfortable Keyboard
- Great-looking Screen
- Consistent Low Temperature
- Low Noise
- Performs Phenomenally
- Price for performance is outstanding
Cons: - Not really a con, but size was bigger than expected, but not a problem.
Overall Review: In response to the previous post that mentioned the weird filter. That's for replacing a fan filter beneath the computer (its hidden unless you unscrew a cover). Its to replace if dust gets in the way of the old one.
Pros: The Ivy Bridge processor is the beast that fuels this machine. As everyone has mentioned, it is a power house that chews through most games on the highest settings. The processor is extremely thermal efficient and what heat is generated is funneled out the back of the PC very effectively. You won't find the bottom of this laptop heating up much at all.
The backlit keyboard is a big help if you ever find your self working/gaming late at night in a dark room.
It's tempting to buy additional RAM as it is SO cheap right now, but 12Gb is more than enough to handle any gaming and then some. Unless you are doing to high end renderinng or video editing the stock 12 is plenty.
Cons: My only reservation was the relatively small hard drive. As mentioned previously, the 500Gb drive was partitioned into boot and data partitions, leaving less than 300Gb for the Data portion (after boot and recovery partitions). I purchased a 120Gb SSD with this unit. I cloned the drive onto the SSD and once I was sure it ran solid for a few days I reformatted the stock drive as a clean 500 Gb drive for storage. That was well worth the time/money investment for me.
Several people have mentioned that the internal speakers occasionally continue to play even with the headset plugged in. Asus has said this will be patch fixed shortly, but I've found simply unplugging the headset and plugging it right back in fixes the issue.
Overall Review: I'm very pleased with the purchase and would happily recommend this until to anyone looking for a large laptop.
Pros: Incredible graphics, great speed, fast boot times, amazing multitasking, huge vibrant matte screen, light up keyboard, easy fan cleaning (one screw)
Cons: Does not run well on battery. Simple tasks are fine but gaming is out unless plugged in (not sure what you are expecting given the hardware and not plugged in)
Overall Review: Don't let some of these reviews scare you. If you are looking for something that you can travel with and still use with a lot of power this is it.
I suggest an Everki backpack. A little on the expensive side but you won't regret paying for the great quality.