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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    After mis-step with Samsung, I got what I wanted

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    After gambling on the Samsung Series 7 Chronos 15", and losing, I went back to the Tried and True Asus. And I am glad I did. This computer is everything I hoped for in relation to the price I paid for It. I wasn't left wishing for this or that, like i felt with the Samsung and it's horrible wifi design flaw. Pros: This laptop is very fast. Borderlands 2 plays with high settings(Not Max) in 1080P smoothly. Sails through photoshop with multiple pictures from my Canon 60D open at a time. Plays that same camera's 1080P movie files without a hickup. Editing those videos is trouble free and now fun rather than tedious. The Keyboard is very comfortable for someone with large hands, I am 6'6" and its wonderful. The soft touch rubber where your wrists go is far more than just a gimmick. Touchpad Buttons are very nice for puttin around on it, but for anything precise as always you will need a mouse. The upgrade ability of this laptop is wonderful. Supports up to 32gb of RAM (if you upgrade Windows to Professional), 2 Hard drive spaces, and a mSATA SSD slot. You can run three hard drives in this thing and maintain a CD-Rom Drive. That is quite handy. That Caveat of this is that you cant access the msata slot and two of the four Ram Slots without voiding your warranty. You can Safely bump your laptop up to 24GB ram and a two hard drive set up without voiding the warranty though, as the two ram slots that are not easily accessible are the ones occupied from the factory. Running Ableton Live 8 or Fuitly loops was a dream, even with the internal soundcard. Latency was shockingly low for a built in audio chip. Still not as good as a external solution, but good enough to just plug in a midi controller and mess around without feeling like you are being held back. Cons: The only complaint I could make about this laptop is the subwoofer. In actuality, it is not a subwoofer. It acts as a full range, large driver. It will give you the lows no problem, but it does kind of throw the soundstage more to the left since it is not center and plays the midrange notes as well. Minor Gripe, but to be honest, I use a surround sound system and TV when gaming, and earbuds with microphone at the office. So I rarely use them and it is such a minor gripe it was hard to bring myself to mention it. NOTICE: A lot of the reviewers on here have complained about these crashing often or freezing often or something. Don't blame software issues(your fault or otherwise) on the hardware. A Properly set up Windows install would fix all of your problems. If you do not know how to d it yourself, pay geeksquad to do a clean install for you, and create a backup dvd of it with the clean install. If you don't reinstall windows once a year, you should expect to start having problems, especially if you are not tech savy. More than likely, people that complain of issues like these would have the issue on any computer they purchase, which is why all computers have reviews like those on there. And the review regarding feedback during skype.... you know that is what happens when you put a microphone next to a speaker that is playing that very same microphone right? Well, explore the microphone options in windows, there is an echo cancellation option that works quite well.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Can't touch this BEAST!!!!

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    I have had this BEAST for 6 months. I currently have SKYRIM loaded with 50 mods, including high rez textures, increased spawns, increased dragons, increased special effects - and the ASUS cuts through that game like a hot knife through butter! Same with the Witcher 2! Okay - so I upgraded it a little, I took off all the BB Bloatware (sorry guys, but it's really an insult to those looking for performance) installed a Patriot Pyro SSD and use the 1TB to store data. Upgrade memory to 16 gigs. I have run the BEAST for 10 hours until my eyes were crossed, my brain was aching, and my feet were swollen from sitting on te edge of my chair - but the BEAST stayed cool- and never crashed once. HIGHLY RECCOMEND! Buy this for 1200, make the 2 upgrades I mentioned, and you will STEP over Alienwares that cost twice as much. This laptop is the best because it was designed by Darth Vader and made on the DEATH STAR! muahahahahaha

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Asus G75VW will not recover after hibernation. D-

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    This laptop does not perform basic function. I have wasted 5 days googling trying to fix my problem. When the laptop hibernates.. upon turning it back on.. it fails to start.. then says 'this laptop cannot recover.. delete reocvery information and reboot' so all of my web pages I was viewing.. all of my programs with half completed work are lost There are dozens of threads with no answers with dozens of people with this issue I am from Australia.. I am 6 weeks in the USA and bought this laptop last week in Pensacola Best buy.. the girl tried to tell me all of Florida and Alabama were sold out and that I couldn't get one.. After an hour of waiting for her to find the nearest store that had one.. she tell us we can have it delivered.. this is poor service. She could have said this at the start of the conversation.. Now Mira Mesa CA is the only store that has them in stock and the staff don't know anything about computers. I am flying from CA to Australia this sunday with a faulty comptuer that nobody will help with.. :(

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Gaming Powerhouse

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    G75; a huge upgrade in overall quality to the G74. Sound: It now includes a subwoofer. I would say it's not the best but way better than average. If sound quality is a deal breaker for you as it was me, Asus has stepped up their game. Screen: beautiful 1920X1080 HD Screen. This is the nicest screen that asus has placed into a system in this price range. Colors and brightness are strong and vibrant. I would say that the screen is equivalent to Sony's F series screen if you are familiar with it; very nice. The graphics chip is also upgraded from the G74 system. Performance: The processor is gen III with the new 3d Transistors at 22nm. The processor is way too cool. This was my main interest for buying this system. USB 3.0 is also built into the processor. I feel that the hard drive is the only weak point of this system at 5400RPM. That means response time would make this system appear slow to those who do not understand how each component of a system contributes to its performance. Paring this system with an SSD (it hold two hard-drives but has one in it from stock) would make this the ultimate gaming system and portable powerhouse. System runs crazy cool and quite. Track-pad: It's average. It works without hick-up. There are multiple gestures, but not a two-finger tap right-click. The click buttons have a soft give with slightly long travel to them compared to the average track pad. It may take some a little getting use to. Battery: Battery life is as claimed 4 to 4.5hrs. Keyboard: The keys have a soft stroke to them and are responsive. My preference is a little firmer. The backlighting is a bright and clear white. The font on the keys are easy to see at night in case you need to look down at the keyboard. The keyboard deck is a brushed aluminum that transitions to plastic on the sides of the laptop and wraps around the back to the air vents. The deck below the keyboard is a firm matte rubber finish just like the top lid. Design: Somewhat plasticy. However it is a very sturdy build with a rubbery matte finish. It's a way ubber cool jet fighter-style design. Overall, I do feel that this is a very high quality system. Giving apple a five out of five for design and quality materials, I would give this system a four out of five. Compared to the G74, the air vents have been moved from the center back to the outside back. I'm much more satisfied with the slightly new and slimmed down design. Ports: HAS ONE THUNDERBOLT PORT (what Macbook Pros come with), all four usb ports are 3.0 (no more 2.0), Ethernet, vga, SD, line in, line out Summary This laptop is amazing and is well worth the somewhat steep price compared to other high-end gaming systems which will set you back much more financially. No regrets. I'm very impressed and Asus may have won me back over as far as brand loyalty goes. Also, Asus gives a standard one year free warranty with accidental protection for most of you who are unaware of this. You must find it on their web-page and register the Asus laptop for it. I'm impressed Best Buy actually carried a full-fledged version of this gaming system. I wouldn't dare touch their last watered down G74 system. The G75 is a huge turnaround and I’m excited to own it. The system is available now although most Best Buy stores do not have it on display. I recommend calling in and giving them the sku so they can check their inventory for it. Make sure they do not sell you the way behind (performance, screen and sound quality) G74 model. There should be a g75 sticker on the side of the box denoting the model number. Enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    ASUS G75VW-BBK5 is Excellent!

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    G75; a huge upgrade in overall quality to the my 3+ year old Gateway. Sound: It now includes a subwoofer. I would say it's not the best but way better than average. If sound quality is a deal breaker for you as it was me, Asus has stepped up their game. Screen: 1920X1080 HD Screen (non-glare). Colors and brightness are strong and vibrant. The graphics chip is outstanding from the Gtx9800 on my old Gateway system. Performance: The processor is 3rd Generation I7 3610 with the new 3d Transistors at 22nm. The processor is way too cool. USB 3.0 is built into the processor chipset. The hard drive is the weak point of this system at 5400RPM (windows experience rating 5.9), so response time make this system seam slow. I have already ordered the OCZ Vertex 3 SSD (240 Gb) to upgrade the system drive (it hold two hard-drives but has one in it from stock). Track-pad: It's fine for a track-pad, I prefer to use an external mouse. Battery: Battery life is as claimed 4 to 4.5hrs. Keyboard: The keys have a soft stroke to them and are responsive. The backlight is a bright and clear white, which I need with my old eyes. Design: A very sturdy build with a rubbery matte finish. Overall, this is a very high quality system. Compared to my Gateway P-7805us, the air vents also on the back back but the intake is not clear. It has screens over the fans (under the covers) and comes with two extra screens. Based upon prior computer experience I'll cover the screens with Carbon pre-filters which I'll change out monthly to prevent cooling issues. Ports: It has 1 Thunderbolt Port , all four usb ports are 3.0 (backword compatible with 2.0), GigE Ethernet, vga, HDMI, SD, line in, line out Summary This laptop is great and price is good compared to the online version G75VW-DS72 ($2099) I had my eye on. Trade off was No Blue-Ray, 8 Gb DDR3 (1600) ram and no SSD at $1249. Amazon 8 Gb ram (2x4 Gb) for $45 and OCZ 240 Gb SSD for $279 and Blue-Ray writer (external-Slim) $99. Asus gives a standard one year free warranty with accidental protection, so buying the 2 year cost $349 for the extra year or $449 for extra 2 years (too steep for me).

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Mobile Workstation for less than a mobile home

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    Despite the fond memories of a frantic evening at a Best Buy 3 years ago checking serial numbers on their entire stock of Gateway P-7805's and scoring a 1920 x 1200 screen, a great screen is no match for choppy video in Premiere Pro. The G75 cuts through everything I've thrown at it so far and is a great rendering machine for the price. No high speed fan noise yet. Have not tried the DisplayPort yet but am running two external monitors with VGA and HDMI ports - finally have my three monitor setup, maybe 4 with my iPad if I had a legitimate reason. I'm not minding the 5400 drive so much, 100 MB/sec transfer speed is working all right with AVCHD video. Using an SSD for OS and some programs. We'll see later how a USB 3.0 external RAID will do. All the ASUS drivers seem to be behaving after a clean Windows installation. The right side gets crowded with the ports filled up - a concession to the excellent cooling system we're told. Was sorry to find that the disassembly required to install an mSATA drive would void the warranty. Don't know if lack of 5GHz wireless will be of concern in the future. Would have liked to have waited for the Thunderbolt equipped models but I need to work now and so far no problems. Now I can't blame hardware for my lack of creativity and productivity. Thanks BB and ASUS.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great gaming laptop!!!

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    This is the second ASUS G75 that I purchased because I liked the model so much. It has a wicked fast video card for a laptop and great for gaming... extremely minimal to no lag. One of the best features is that the fan ehaust and intake is located in the back of the laptop which allows you to place the laptop in your lap without a lap table needed. It also has a full numerpad which is great for working spreadsheets. It is a heavier laptop and probably would not be the best choice if the consumer has to travel a lot with it... regardless of the weight, I still chose to purchase this laptop and I travel abroad a lot. The keys on the keyboard are a bit noisey and can be heard by the listener on the other end... thankfully, there is a microphone sensitivity available in settings to lessen the sensitivity. Regardless if you are a gamer you will absolutely love the backlit keyboard... extremely conveinant accessory! Overall, this laptop is perfect for gamers/professsionals and you CANNOT beat the price!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great build quality and specs; driver problems

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    I consider this laptop an incredible value and I would recommend it to a friend despite the problems I've had with it. The build quality, hardware, and fit and finish are top-notch. I have previously owned two Dell laptops and one Toshiba. All three were much more expensive than this, and all three were of distinctly lesser quality. The keyboard is fantastic. There is no flex. The touchpad is great on a hardware level (more on that later). The display hinge is different from other laptops I've seen in that it has a better viewing angle both for laptop use and desktop use. The display is great. The best I've ever seen on a laptop (I have not seen the MacBook with the Retina display, though). Far superior to the other models I checked out when I bought my Asus, and far superior to the others I've owned. Great viewing angles, no dead pixels, great resolution, anti-glare finish. I have only good things to say about the display. I have had two problems with the computer. First, right out of the box the volume control didn't work. I could mute the computer, but I could not adjust the volume. Did not work in the system tray, the keyboard hotkeys, or the control panel. Nothing worked. So I downloaded the driver and that fixed the problem. Annoying, but no long-term problem. Second, I have have several software problems with the touchpad. At first, two-finger scroll worked only about 25% of the time. I re-downloaded the driver, and now it works about 50% of the time. Even on the same page without any reloading or changing, I can scroll once and it will work fine, then without moving the cursor or doing anything, it will not work the second time I try to scoll. Or the third time. It always works eventually, but scrolling is supposed to be intuitive and basically automatic, not inconsistent. At this point I can't tell whether it's broken or if this is just as good as it is supposed to be. Either way, not what I expect from a brand new computer. Bottom line, until someone shows me the flawless Windows notebook that has zero problems, I am happy that I chose this model.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Other than battery life, this is a great laptop

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    New Ivy bridge intel i7 is FAST, and this is one of the entry chips. Scared to see what the 39xx will do. Memory is appropriately clocked at 1600 and expandable to either 16 or 32...so, plenty. The hard drive is the real sticking point in this laptop, I have no idea why they would put in a 5400rpm drive...lame, Asus. I dropped in a solid state drive for windows and will use the terabyte for storage. It absolutely FLIES with the SSD. Boots in about 10 seconds. Screen is great, matte finish with little glare. I do video and image editing, nice to be able to run it at full 1080. Runs without a hitch. Battery sucks. 2 hours, tops, with light work. Keep your charger nearby. It's a gaming desktop replacement, so this was expected. B-I-G. Hard to find a decent case for - all the nice 17.3 cases were too short. I found a decent targus bag that works, but still a pain in the B. Trackpad is great, the multi touch gestures work pretty well. Backlit keyboard was a must for me, and while it isn't as cool as the MSI GT series or Alienware, it's nice enough. Keyboard works well, have the occasional missed key press. Easy to tinker with, one screw gains access to HDD bays and OPEN ram slots. Sound is pretty good for a laptop, but adjusting the volume doesn't seem to adjust the subwoofer congruently enough - i.e., at low volume, sounds too bassy, but at higher volume it's pleasant for a laptop. Should have come with Windows 7 Pro, but meh... Overall, a great new generation i7 laptop for a good price. I would HIGHLY recommend a solid state drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    GLORIOUS!!

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    Let's compare here. Value wise, this laptop is a HUGE deal! 3rd Gen i7, 8gb ram, GTX660? Not even the $2,799 Macbook Pro can out-perform that! POWERFUL! I top out majority of the games I play on full 1080p, this includes BF3, COD's, TF2, RE5, and even emulating Nintendo Wii games. Yep, that's right, whoopin' up on Super Smash Bros Brawl in 1080p! Pick up a wireless 360 controller to top off the experience, or use bluetooth for your Wii-mote. Very powerful processor to handle that kind of stuff, especially great for maintaining consistency in games with high particle effects or smoke. It will give you the advantage! (No joke!) Prior to buying this laptop, my average K/D ratio in games hovered around 2:20 .... It now happily sits at 30:1 ADVISE: Now, let's get real here, this thing is a bit of an investment. Parts aren't cheap, if you are a little reckless, consider Best Buys black tie protection. Accidental coverage, battery replacement, good stuff. Also, as with all other comments, I definitely recommend dropping a 7200RPM hard drive or SSD into it. Makes this thing freakin' take off. DO NOT BUY IF: 1) You plan to only use it for Farmville and facebook. 2) You are going to load it with junk like Norton and trial screen-savers and low-res backgrounds. 3) You are a wimp hairless-chested muscle-less excuse for a man that complains about it being too heavy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent computer. Especially for LoL

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    Overall a really quality computer. I love the display. The cooling is great. I really can't emphasize this more: this computer has amazing fans. I love the usb 3.0, and, in general, all the ports asus chose are really useful and new. i.e. the thunderbolt port.I play league on this machine all day, and it gets 60 fps constantly, even during team fights. The only problem i have is that the sub woofer causes the chiclet style keys to vibrate, which is really annoying. the funny thing is the speakers are great, just a little too powerful... kinda ironic if you ask me. don't let this stop you from getting it though, unless you can't handle one tiny flaw in an otherwise perfect machine. I don't have any problems with the track pad, and i really don't see why people don't like it. Its big and responsive...... all in all a great computer, for games, entertainment, etc. just keep in mind that it is HUGE.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good Gaming Laptop

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    First off, I just want to address why this thing does not have a 5 star rating. Did you people really buy a gaming laptop for hours and hours of usage on it's battery? These units are for DTR (Desktop Replacements). Though you can carry them with you when you want to, that's the convience for owning a laptop. Did you plan on playing games while on the battery power? What were you thinking? Back to review, and my opinions... PROS - Build quality is solid, nothing that clicks, whines, no snapping noises, flex or anything. The unit feels solid and runs VERY VERY COOL! - Like I stated above, the laptop runs COOL. You'd be thinking that since a laptop with all this power will be running hot., well you're very wrong about that. Asus's cooling design is very superior compared to other laptops out there. This will never get hot in your laps. CONS - 5400RPM 1TB HDD. What the heck was asus thinking when putting this in there? For one, it's slow. 1TB are mainly for storage drive in my opinion. No one likes to put all there files onto a single BIG hard drive. Why? Because if it fails, you lose everything. I just think this was a very big wrong move. - Only 8GB DDR3 RAM. Most of the time bestbuy versions of gaming laptops will be gimped. They will most likely have the same core parts, cpu, gpu, but lack other peripherals. Other G75 models have a minimum of 16GB to 32GB. - BestBuy's model does not include the backpack or the mouse OR THE WINDOWS 7 DVD, or even a DRIVER DISC that comes with other G75 models. If you wonder why the models being sold on online retailers are much higher is because of all the goodies they give extra with the laptop All in all, it's a good system. Though tax really killed it's nice $1,249.99 price tag.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Gaming Machine

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    My search for a Diablo 3 capable machine ended with picking this bad boy up. Compare this price and specs to any other retailer and you see why these are selling pretty well. It isn't the cheapest since it costs about 1361 after tax but these specs should last you for some time. My first time buying an Asus but must say this laptop is awesome! Runs anything without a hitch and the display is glorious. If you're looking for a stacked desktop replacement with the most up to date processor and newer graphics card, this is your best bet. I've checked retailers, tried customizing a Dell, hounding deal forums but the best bang for the buck brought me to Bestbuy surprisingly. Play with it a bit at the store before you decide. You'll be impressed, no doubt.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The G75 Scores Big

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    The Asus G75 series is the brand-new line-up up gaming centric laptops, and they do not disappoint. The BBK5 configuration is the low-end of the series for the budget conscious consumers, but that's not to say it's a low-end gaming laptop at all. The Sandy Bridge i7 processor along with the 8GB of RAM provides top-notch computing power. The design is simple and elegant, but very striking and powerful. This particular gaming laptop does not scream, "I AM A GAMING LAPTOP!" Its understated, no-nonsense design is very pleasing. The structure, particularly the monitor hinges, is very solid and it doesn't feel cheap. It lets the hardware do the talking instead. The NVIDIA Geforce GTX 660M is a good graphics card that really holds its own on games like The Witcher 2, Skyrim and Battlefield 3. I can't quite max everything out on those games, but the GPU does a great job regardless. The 17.3 inch 1080p HD resolution monitor is an absolute dream. The matte finish reduces light glare really well, and images are still crystal clear. The down-side is clearly the slow HDD, but it's serviceable. Fortunately, the G75 laptops are easily upgradeable, and you can easily replace the ram (up to 16GB) the Hard Drive and the Optical Disc Drive. Those are really the only things that need to be touched anyways since everything else about the computer is pretty much up-to-date as far as hardware is concerned. Also, the keyboard can feel a little flimsy, and keys can sometimes be unresponsive. This isn't a huge issue, because the problems don't debilitate the experience. It's just a minor annoyance. The led lights are great for night gaming, but there's a little too much bleed-out underneath the keys. It can be distracting, so set the illumination to its low setting. You won't find a better laptop from MSI or even Alienware for this kind of price. This computer will run anything you throw at it, and the newest games will run fairly well on high graphical settings. You will not be disappointed by this road warrior of a gaming laptop. Note: I primarily use headphones to listen to sound, so I can't comment on the stock speakers and subwoofers. I also want to point out that this computer is very easy to take apart to perform basic upkeep and maintainence. You can keep the laptop virtually dust-free, and Asus even provides an extra set of vent filters.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best bang for the buck currently on the market

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    Ok, so I don't normally write reviews for products I purchase, but this one was good enough to warrant an exception. I did some research before making my purchase, and this laptop beats the competition by as much as $500-$1000 for similar products. Considering the quality of the construction, the Asus reputation for quality, and of course the performance, I honestly don't know how they are making much money on this laptop. THE GOOD: Like I mentioned, the build quality is amazing. I've handled a number of laptops during my time as a computer tech, and this one is by far one of the most solid, well put together machines I've worked with. The machine is coated on the outside with a rubberized finish, which looks great and is less likely to slip when carried. The palm rest and keys have a rougher rubberized finish, and provide for a solid grip when gaming. A lot of laptops are weak on the back of the screen or on the palm rest above the hard drive, but this laptop is neither. I was unable to get any image distortion when pressing on the back of the screen, and the palm rest doesn't flex when I rest my hand on it. When combined with the brushed metal around the keys, the entire machine just feels like a solid, quality product. Unlike some of the other reviews, I really like the keyboard and the touchpad. I find the keyboard to have a very responsive feel, and the touchpad surface is very responsive. The buttons on the touchpad feel awesome, with the perfect amount of resistance + depth. Again, you really feel the quality when operating the computer. The computer if very fast, as you would imagine given the i7 processor and 8 GB's of RAM. The hard drive is a touch slow, but I purchased a SSD for my boot drive, so this has little impact. With the SSD the computer is even better! It also has an amazing cooling system. Seriously, I keep the radio on at a low volume at work where I primarily use this laptop, and I never have to turn it up to hear over the laptop, even in the middle of heavy 3D gaming. In normal Windows operation the thing is effectively silent, and under a heavy load it makes only a very minor airflow sound. THE BAD The problems with the laptop aren't really problems so much as they are things to be aware of. To start with, the sound on the laptop is quite loud, but with the subwoofer beneath the left palm rest, it sounds unbalanced. I prefer to game with headphones, so again this isn't an issue, but it is noticeable. The rubberized coating on the laptop, while looking and feeling great, definitely shows fingerprints. And though I haven't owned it that long, I suspect the rougher rubber on the palmrest will be a pain to clean as it gets dirty. Finally, the laptop is heavy. Not heavy in the "I can't carry this thing" kind of way. It's heavy in the "this feels uncomfortable sitting on my lap" kind of way. It weighs in at a good 9lbs, and most of the weight is distributed toward the back. I suspect this will be obvious to most people, but don't try to game with it on your lap. Keep it on a hard, flat surface.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Gaming Machine

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    I graduated from my 3 year old dying Toshiba to the Asus g75vw and am very happy with what I purchased. The previous games I reloaded onto the Asus are stunningly beautiful. I have the latest games and they are all set at the maximum settings and everything is very fluid even with my graphics card set on quality and not performance. I love the huge hard drive space that is capable of housing all of my previous data. The boot up is super fast and I love windows 7. Some of the downsides is this machine it's very heavy. I'm mean it's a beast. Also, I'm not the keenest on the rubber covering. It seems like a cool stealthy thing kids might like but if you have any residual oil on your fingers, they will show up everywhere. I would suggest you buy external speakers for the Asus because the speakers regardless of espousing HD sound are very weak. Trying to watch a Netflix movie was almost impossible even with their installed sub woofer which was a big disappointment. I also found disappointing is there is no cd/dvd labeling drive installed like lableflash. For $1300.00 it should. These minuses didn't deter my enjoyment of the laptop. Even considered a lower end gaming machine, it still tears through all the latest releases of system hogging games. Cheers!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    great performance, graphics, truly awful touchpad

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    It was between this and the N series. The N series is about the same money but has two 7200 RPM drives and a blu-ray writer, but has a generation older graphics card. I purchased the G series becase, while I wanted blu-ray, I don't watch that many, and I reasoned that I could replace the drive or add a new one, but I could not upgrade the graphics. So far the unit has performed far better than the desktop it was meant to replace. It's huge, but it was not meant for traveling unit, but more as a small, portable desktop. I am not a heavy gamer, but so far the graphics stand up quite well to Lord of the Rings Online and Diablo III (there are a few hitches with Diablo III jittering a little, but I don't know for sure that's the graphics, most of the time it works great.) The screen is huge and clear. Plays 1080p videos like a champ. The laptop lid is a little less rigid than I'd like it to be, and could easily be torqued and broken. I am careful, but if you are not, I suggest you see this one in person and handle the lid and screen and see if it's going to work for you. One of the coolest (pun intended) things about this unit is the way they've oriented the fans. Most laptops have the fans on the bottom which eventually will cook your legs (or more important parts) during long sessions of use. This unit has the fans venting out the back, which keep you cooler much longer. An added bonus is that you can set this laptop on any surface and it will run. All of my old laptops, when set down on a soft surface, like carpet or a bed, that blocked the fans, would quickly overheat and shut down. The controls and ports are well arranged and convenient. I love the feel of the keyboard and it's very comfortable for me to type one, but of course that's very much dependant on personal preference. If you are picky about keyboards you already know you should try it out before you buy it. The keyboard is backlit. I didn't realize how nice this was until I sat in the dark a little bit. Not all the heiroglyphics on the keys indicating the alternate key function are immediately decipherable. There are some I still have not figured out. I'm sure there's documentation available. One very pleasant surprise on this machine was the lack of bloatware and nagware. There's the standard Office nagware, which I"m sure most of us have learned to avoid by now, and which, as nagware goes, is relatively benign. I was quickly nagged to register the unit and the process of doing so was frustrating and complicated in ways that made no sense to me, but I did manage to get it done. I went immediately to control panel to uninstall bloat, and only found one or two things that didn't have a reason for being there. The best part was that Google Chrome was already installed! That may earn ASUS a customer for life. Now to the one thing I do not like about this unit: the touchpad. I have a love/hate relationship with touchpads as it is, but this one is pure hate. It works well enough with a single finger to move the mouse around, but to click using the touchpad you must do so VERY assertively. I will be forced to learn to use the buttons, which I don't really care for. The touchpad is a multitouch version, so you can use gestures like pinching and two finger scrolling...IF you can get them to work. At best they work 50% of the time for me, and about 10% of the time normal single finger us of the touchpad will somehow trigger a gesture and the screen will scroll or change zoom inexplicably. While I prefer an external mouse anyway, I don't like being forced into one if I want to have a frustration free experience. I have never been in the habit of bringing a mouse along with my laptop when dragging it around town with me. The issues with the touchpad cost this unit one star, and resulted in only 3/5 in the convenience category. If this aspect is improved this machine would be near perfect. If it came in under a thousand it would be amazing, but at $1249 it only gets 4/5 on Value for Price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    VERY heavy, VERY fast, VERY good!

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    VERY fast computer, easily among the best out there. Installed a hybrid SSD and slaved the original 1TB SATA drive and it's a SCREAMER!! Logo to usable desktop in under 25 seconds - even with Antivirus, etc, and standard 8GB of RAM. While I'm certainly no fan of the fingerprint magnet finishes on most computers (Toshiba, anyone?), the dull finish also holds onto fingerprints. It's VERY heavy (no problem since I'm not all that mobile and carrying it over my shoulder isn't a big deal), but that means it's stable on a solid surface. I regularly use it with a 13.3" external LCD and it's awesome. The i7 CPU is killer - 7.6, RAM is 7.8 and video is 7.3 (both of them). Of course the hard drive is SATA 3.0, but even my hybrid Seagate 750GB SATA 6 drive is rated at 5.9. This computer has FOUR DDR3 sockets - using only 2 of them. It holds TWO hard drives (even comes with the screws for the 2nd drive) and they are EASY to install/remove/replace. The AC adapter supplies over 9 AMPS of power (WOW!)! and no doubt draws more than the average "power laptop." It's easily one of the top 3 or 4 fastest computers I've ever seen and the fastest I've ever owned. I looked everywhere for ANYTHING that could compare with it in both speed and price and NOTHING was close - not even within HUNDREDS of dollars! Get this computer!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    This machine hammers!

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    Everybody hates a raving review of a computer product and wants to know the downfalls of a machine, I can honestly say this machine doesn't have many flaws. The only downside I see is that it has 2 4GB chips instead of 1 8GB so you would have to purchase a full 16GB to reach the cap. I am currently running with the 8GB and have not noticed a problem in any game so far. I have played the Diablo 3 Beta on this machine and it handles everything on full graphics without working very hard either. This machine should meet all your needs without breaking the bank.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Blazing Fast. Gaming Death Machine

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    I picked this bad boy up 2 days ago. I lovee the specs minus the slow harddrive. I figured I can always upgrade to a solidstate and add some ram. This thing is a beast rips through Diablo 3 like butter and skyrim at max settings. I average around 45 to 55 FPS on D3 maxed out and 35 to 45 skyrim maxed w/o antialiasing. Put it on high for skyrim and always 60. This is a beast at one heck of a price and as a bonus it never heats up, ran D3 for about 6the hours and it wasn't even warm :)

    I would recommend this to a friend