Pros: To those that understand the specs and deeply hope for it to deliver on the promises I can attest that it does. Boot time will bring a tear to your eyes in the most wonderful and satisfying way. Runs solid and smooth but most of all that display is <cannot insert expletive here> ridiculous. People keep saying once you go higher Hz its rough to go back and this laptop was my first experience seeing that and yes its completely true, I don't look at my desktop the same way any longer. I play a lot of Destiny 2 and it was day and night between the two displays in color vibrance and smoothness. Frame rate is as to be expected from a 1080 unhindered by any power bottle neck.
Cons: This is not a con in that you should be educated enough in what you're purchasing when dishing out almost $4k on a laptop, but the battery situation is what it is. This monster takes two power sources and they are a pain in the booty when you just want to sit in bed and "work". I wouldn't even bother trying to use this for work or play without being plugged in. Its less a laptop and truly a desktop replacement in the mobility aspect. Having said that however I would definitely LAN with this thing since as it rivals my desktop and in many, albeit sad ways, trumps my current desktop.
Overall Review: If you can afford it and you're looking for a laptop that, more often then not, will stay where its parked then yeah this is a great choice. This isn't the machine you use to check your email while waiting for your flight... this is the machine you use to check your physics simulation one last time before an engineering presentation.
Pros: This laptop is a DESKTOP replacement. The pc is fast and comes with no bloatware. Great for gaming and productivity needs such as video editing and rendering.
Cons: This is a DESKTOP replacement so if your not looking for that look elsewhere. It has TWO power supplies to charge the laptop and obviously very poor batter life when not plugged in. When your gaming or using it heavy cpu or gpu loads it sounds like a wind machine and highly recommend headphones when gaming on triple A titles.
Overall Review: This is a great pc for what it is. If you need power on the go when at a convention to edit videos, render videos or gaming this is a great tool. If you go to lan parties this would fit right in. For college students or anyone looking for a laptop that is portable and won't wear you down, this is not your pc.
Pros: It certainly lives up to its name as a desktop replacement in the form of a laptop. It is well built and has the necessary upgradability if needed for the user when it comes to ram and hard drive expansion. It has a powerful enough CPU and GPU to run almost certainly anything you might have to throw at it.
CPU - I had already done my research and knew what I needed of my processor; thus in order to keep the temperature down, I manually limited the power of the laptop to keep the Intel Boost from activating (the temperature hasn't passed 65° C). This has done wonders for my laptop when I push it to its limits without the boost.
GPU - It will depend on what games you run, but after having completely decreased the range of the base clock and memory clock offsets, the GPU won't surpass 80° C (before it was pushing into the low 90° C). Though annoyingly so for certain games that cause the GPU to do full utilization upon start-up, the fans get quite loud as expected to keep the temperature down. Afterwards, when running the game for a while, the fan noise levels out to a reasonable amount that the audio can mask it.
On a side note, the sheer size of the laptop was larger than I expected with two power bricks in the back to plug-in. You will want to have your laptop on a flat table or desk with enough depth to make space for the entire unit and its accessories.
Overall Review: It is plenty fast with the M.2 PCIe SSD upon boot-up and loading software on the 256GB drive. The 2TB drive is large enough for me to keep all of my data on of which I mirror a copy onto an external drive as a backup. I turned off the RGB lighting for the keyboard since I use an external keyboard and mouse. I had also gone into the BIOS to turn off the ROG logo sound upon starting the laptop. I do wish if it were possible to change the color of the red lit power button and the large ROG logo on the other side of the screen. Plain and simple, more versatility with the software that comes with the laptop would be appreciated.
Pros: The specifications were great. Unboxing it, the laptop looked wonderful. It felt like it was really solidly built.
Cons: The keyboard did not work at all. Right out of the box, first time powered up, and after multiple reboots, still nothing. I restarted multiple times, tried to get it to go into BIOS, it wouldn't even do that. No lights under the keys, no indication the machine was registering button pushes in any way.
Pros: i7 8750, GTX 1080 version. Bought this on sale for about $1,900. Was nervous about heat, bought liquid metal but I wont be needing it. I'm showing 130FPS on Arma3 at Ultra in showcases. Great for Escape from Tarkov and high settings. This thing blows my desktop out of the water for sure.
Cons: Windows10 bloatware, mcafee
Pros: - Performance is excellent. It has room to improve in some areas, but they are few.
- Quick to load from disc, even from the SSHD "data" drive.
- Great network card. I can hit 40 MBytes down, no issue. I actually didn't realize my ISP let me go that high until I got this.
Cons: - The integrated keyboard will randomly enter a bad state, at which point input lags horribly. Suppose you type ten characters on the keyboard; the laptop will crunch through them one by one at a rate of one per second. This will continue until you reboot. USB devices seem unaffected. This issue apparently dates back to 2013 with other ASUS models, though. Google "ASUS ROG keyboard lag."
- And as a result of the above, the RGB keyboard lighting is just irrelevant.
- Asus driver installers (for this model) are questionable. They're batch files that windows tries to block, they don't always work, and they don't tell you why not unless you add a `pause` at the end of the batch script. Sometimes the error message is, literally, "No more information." Luckily windows figures out most of the drivers during normal updates, but my Realtek audio is out of date according to Asus. And it will remain as such, because the installer didn't.
- The border around the LCD screen has gaps in it, so debris can get in there. I saw another review complain about this, and it does not appear to be a one-off. It just isn't sealed by design.
Overall Review: This is a good laptop despite the harsh criticism. It should absolutely not have the flaws it does, given it comes from ASUS and costs yes-exactly-that-much-money, but such is life I guess. It is worth buying and keeping, but check out the competition as well.
Pros: - Extremly fast
- Fans are amazing, they get noisy but they do the job perfectly
- Amazing design and amazing hardware
Cons: - Kind of heavy, around 5 KG
- 2 chargers makes it hard to move around
Overall Review: So when i bought this laptop I didnt really understand how fast it is
Let me tell you, it really is amazing, I knew from the specs that it is going to be ultra fast but still i was really surprised
You need to know that this laptop is heavy, its not for your daily use in your lap just going out with friend and carrying it out with you, but its a true replacment for a desktop.
Really amazing power, althought the dual charger thing is kind of annoying, hard to move it around xD
Pros: Overall, a solid, well-built laptop. This replaced my Asus G75, which still works well but I wanted better graphics. The build quality far exceeds the G75. So far it runs WOW and Black Ops 4 great. Due to my job, I'm in hotels much more than I'm at home so this laptop allows me to enjoy my games on the road.
The keyboard is comfortable and has a good feel to it. The customizable colors for each individual key is a nice touch.
Cons: As always there's the bloatware slowing the rig down. I haven't removed anything yet, but you can tell it's not as fast as it should be when doing simple tasks.
You know you're buying a big, heavy, desktop replacement. I don't believe it's a con here because I knew that getting into it. However, it seems that nobody makes a great, secure bag to carry this around in that isn't way too bulky.
The fan noise is far worse than what you're expecting. I use a headset to game, so this doesn't knock an egg off of my score, but it needs to be listed.
Overall Review: I ordered the one with the 256GB SSD and 2 TB HD. I plan on picking up 3 better SSD's and reinstalling a fresh copy of windows to get better performance. I have WOW on the SSD and Black Ops 4 on the HD. Sometimes, I start a match in Black Ops and have to wait forever for the environment to load. I haven't looked into it in any great detail, but my assumption is the drive is holding me back.