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4.0 out of 5 stars Great system, few quirks, July 5, 2012
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This review is from: ASUS ROG G55VW 15-Inch Gaming Laptop [OLD VERSION] (Personal Computers)
Over the year's I've had a few ASUS gaming laptops. Personally I really do like this machine. I give it 4 out of 5 stars because of a few "quirks". They do not bother me but for the typical end user I don't believe it is fair to give something a 5 star review with a few "caveats".

Pros:
Screaming fast: I swapped out the HDD and put in a Kingston 128 SSD. With a base install boot time from power button to surfing is 18 seconds.

Keyboard: responsive to fast typing (over 100 WPM), good feeling keyboard

Ivy Bridge processor: most recent gen, fast, should handle processing needs for next 2-3 years.

8GB of Ram: I'm sorry but I hardly ever see anyone utilize more than 3 GB, I know there are some that do but for the average gamer 8 is ample enough.

Beautiful Screen: Great resolution, crisp delivery, glare is tolerable in direct sunlight

Casing: Good presentation, aggressive looking, solid feel

Ports: good selection of latest ports to meet almost all media needs (HDMI, Multicard reader, etc)

Gaming: So far it handles all games I throw at it on highest / ultra settings.

Cons:
Power brick: I agree with the first reviewer, no excuse this thing is huge. I travel for a living and have taken it with me a few times. It is large and cumbersome, but better than lugging a desktop around.

Sound: The sound is horrible, and you can't adjust the volumes. I personally NEVER use laptop speakers and bought this with the intention of using head phones. For some this may be a big problem, for me, not so much.

Weight: Gaming rigs are heavy, period. But for someone new to PC gaming, it may be a bit of a shock when you lug this beast around.

Other Thoughts:
I'm a IT Pro by trade and bought this with the intentions of making changes out the door. I was pleasantly surprised when I swapped out the HDD that the included CD contains all of the drivers in a very user friendly install interface. I am also very pleased that after running said software I had to remove very little bloatware. I personally wouldn't bother with upgrading the memory for a few reasons. One, it's more than enough for almost all users. Two, you would need to pull out the existing chips and find out the speed/type/timing. Even if you find memory of the same speed and type, you may "lose out" if you buy slower timing. Most users wouldn't notice it, but if you're going to that extent you should know what I'm talking about.

Conclusion:
This is a solid gaming rig. It is capable of playing all the games out, and will be able to hold steady for at least 2 years of new games. There are definite trade-offs when purchasing a budget laptop. You can buy a better, larger, and more capable rig elsewhere but it will cost you. I think the device delivers perfectly at its price point.
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Initial post: Nov 24, 2012 8:14:15 PM PST
Great review. I'm a novice but I'm learning from the knowledgeable reviewers and your's was very helpful.
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