"Powerful portable that easily surpasses many desktops."4.5 starson by NCFinanceGuy
Pros: Powerful processor and speed boost is amazing. Plenty of memory. Dedicated graphics memory and nice 17.3" screen with very crisp display. Capable of multiple, heavy workloads running at same time and doesn't miss a beat. Runs very cool.
Cons: Sound is lacking (and I get a 'static blip' that I hear before sound is engaged, minor but quirky)
Battery life is a bit weak.
Heavy (it's a monster of a machine)
Summary: Gamer or no, this device had the horsepower to handle what you throw at it. My first time with an Asus and extremely pleased as quality and power are upper tier. Unfortunately, so is the price, but you do get what you pay for in this case. No need to ever go back to a desktop with the power under the hood that this portable has. Very impressed.