"Great Idea, Horrible Execution With Video Drivers"0.5 starson by cyber_sprocket_labs
Pros: Decent screen size. Backlit keyboard a plus.
Cons: Video doesn't work. Lots of problems with the video drivers. Surf the net & you'll find hundreds of complaints about "black screen" and "gray screen of death". ATI & Asus have maximized the fail on this one.
Summary: At first I loved the laptop. For about a week. Then I installed a few programs and started to notice problems, especially with the video. As the problems became more prevalent I dug deeper. Forums all over the Internet started talking about "random vertical lines" and "black screens". Asus was blaming the ATI video drivers. ATI was blaming the Asus BIOS. The consumer was stuck in the middle. As the random black screens & "video striping" became more frequent it became obvious that neither ATI nor Asus was claiming the problem and it was not about to be resolved anytime soon.
A patch came out in August. New BIOS and new video BIOS. The problem became less frequent but still was not 100% resolved. Photoshop would push the video driver & the display would tweak out. Starcraft II never worked properly, more than 50 moving graphics on the screen and the cursor became corrupted.
Now today, less than 4 months after buying the laptop the screen just stopped working. It worked fine most of the day, then nothing. Now every time it boots I get a black screen. External HDMI monitor works fine, but the main screen is dead.
The "awesome Asus warranty" that they tout? Useless. With a critical system failure they have ZERO options for advanced replacement, even though I offered to prepay. The turnaround time is "ABOUT A WEEK". Which, from past experience with laptop service centers really means "ABOUT A MONTH, MAYBE TWO".
Bottom line - STAY AWAY FROM THIS PRODUCT. IT IS FATALLY FLAWED.