"Great For Gaming, but still has some small issues."4.0 starson by powermacvt
Pros: Video card blows me away, which is why I bought it.
Cons: peakers, camera, built in mic, aesthetics coming unglued, very short battery life
"Asus G60v Gaming Laptop Review
Summary: Asus G60v Gaming Laptop Review
This computer was bought for one reason and one reason only, Gaming. It has an amazing graphics card, the nVidia GTX260m with 1 Gig Dedicated DDR3 ram. Asus did not spend a lot of time, thought, or money, on the other "features" other than maybe the illuminated keyboard which has been very pleasant to work on.
I run a small business and I'm surrounded by high end computer equipment. My work laptop is a Dell 6500 with a Core 2 Duo 2.93 GHz processor and 128 GB solid state drive, but it lacks the graphics punch to play anything current, even with the nVidia QVS 160m dedicated graphics. I have a great gaming desktop, but it is hard to carry it to the living room and play it on my lap. I wanted something that would handle anything I through at it.
This is where the Asus G60v has come in. In the land of laptops $999 is a lot of money these days, unless you are a mac fan. In any case, the helpful folks at Best Buy (Summerville, SC) pointed out this model along with a Sony and HP. I'm not a fan of HP so it was a toss-up between the Sony and the Asus. I picked the Asus because of the superior video card and the backlit keyboard which I've found to be quite handy while playing games in low light.
I mostly play Call of Duty 4, but have an unopened copy of Crysis that I've been wanting to try. Unlike any other system I've tried, other than my gaming desktop, this laptop handles COD4 at max resolution smooth as silk. HOORAY! we have a winner. Come to find out, the video card in the Sony, the ATI 4650 does not match up to the GTX 260M and may not have been able to run COD4 at max.
So my primary function, playing games, will be handled admirably. Now let me fill you in on some of the less then stellar features of this laptop. The sound is quite disappointing. The Camera and Mic are also weak for a $999 laptop. I use Skype all the time for work and family, I have to plug in a headset as everyone complains they can't hear me, and the speakers can't punch over even normal office or home noise. My Dell mini-9 has better sound than this thing. It is so poor that if I knew that the Sony would keep up with my games (it won't according to notebookcheck.net), I'd swap it out. The plastics and metal "accents" are bulky and even one part has started to come unglued, the metal accent over the camera. The glossy parts just beg for fingerprints which for me is a constant annoyance. The screen is ok at the right angle. At the normal angle, it looks washed out, increase the angle some and the colors pop off the page, but now you get the glare from overhead lights... I wish they had used a higher resolution for better HD, but I guess they'll reserve that for their higher end versions of this model. The rest of the laptop, i.e. Windows 7, ample and various ports, DVDRW, all seem to be on par with what you'd expect.
My final word on the Asus G60v from Best Buy is simple. If you want a monster gaming laptop for under $1000 and you don't mind wearing a headset, then you are in luck. For those that want a little more function and a little less flash, or don't play the most demanding games, consider the Sony Professional series with the ATI 4650 graphics. It has blue ray, more standard ram at 6 gigs, a larger hard drive, but It lacks the backlit keyboard and the raw graphics power of the Asus.