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David F.

David F.

Joined on 05/03/08

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I'm realy happy with this laptop

ASUS Laptop G55VW-DS71 Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 3610QM (2.30GHz) 12GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
ASUS Laptop G55VW-DS71 Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 3610QM (2.30GHz) 12GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Pros: Quiet. I really, really like the construction of the chassis and the quality of the screen. Quiet. Runs great as long as you immediately gank the spindle-based hard drive out of it and replace it with a much faster type with no moving parts.

Cons: Very few cons. BIOS does not acknowledge the Samsung 256 gig SSD that I put into it, which cost me about a day of troubleshooting, firmware flashing, etc. before I discovered that it didn't matter, and that I could just install the SSD, install an O/S to it, and it would boot fine.

Overall Review: The backpack that (currently) comes with it is worth having, reasonably well-constructed, and no obnoxious logos. Have not used this model for gaming. Am just a power user and want a machine that can keep up.

Totally worth it

Nikon 2161 SLR Lenses AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens Black
Nikon 2161 SLR Lenses AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens Black

Pros: The performance that you get for the price.

Cons: Not a particularly fast lens, in terms of f-stop.

Overall Review: I can imagine a better lens, and in fact I think one does exist for about four times the price of this one, but given what this one sells for, I'm extremely pleased with it. The focus lock is accurate and quick, and I got some really surprisingly good shots from this lens right after I took it out of the box.

Very cool

Rosewill RNX-G1W Wireless White Dongle with External 2dBi SMA Antenna IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
Rosewill RNX-G1W Wireless White Dongle with External 2dBi SMA Antenna IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Inexpensive and works. Going back and forth between this dongle and the wireless adapter built into my laptop showed about 2x better signal strength for the dongle. Can't wait until the bigger antenna arrives! Glad I picked up two of these while they were cheap. XP even detected and installed the drivers automatically, without even needing the cdrom. That's a bit much to expect, but it was still nice.

Cons: none

Nice proc

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5800+ - Athlon 64 X2 Brisbane Dual-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM2 89W Processor - ADA5800IAA5DO
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5800+ - Athlon 64 X2 Brisbane Dual-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM2 89W Processor - ADA5800IAA5DO

Pros: Fantastic performance for the price

Cons: none

Overall Review: This gave me a huge performance boost for the price.

Good disk

Transcend 2.5" 32GB PATA MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TS32GSSD25-M
Transcend 2.5" 32GB PATA MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TS32GSSD25-M

Pros: Fast reads

Cons: slow writes

Overall Review: Whenever you're writing much to the disk, installing software, etc. It seems to bind up the machine until the write is done. As long as you're not doing this, it runs apps remarkably quickly. My laptop had a 4,200 rpm HD which I replaced with this, and it has definitely made the machine a lot more enjoyable to use.