"Outstanding computer for the price."4.5 starson by rstravis1974
Pros: Great value for price; 500GB hard drive; fast performance; multitouch trackpad; great battery life for price; very visible display, even when very dim; good display; some good asus utilities; lowkey, professional design.
Cons: underpowered speakers; low resolution webcam; no express card or hdmi output
Summary: I loved the performance on my Asus gaming computer, and became sold on the brand, but there were two things I hated -- short battery life and cheesy appearance (very unprofessional, making it difficult to take it to work). So when I needed to replace it (after only a year -- spilled coffee on it -- oops), this one fixed both issues, at a fraction of the cost. Lighter weight, better battery life, much nicer, low-key appearance. I do some video work, so not being able to use my firewire is a pain (I had been using an express card, and this does not have a slot for it). And for those rare times I make video calls on skype, the .3 megapixel webcam is a pain. But other than that, this is wonderful. I have been using a macbook as well, and being able to carry over the habit of two-finger scroll is very nice -- good to have the consistency. Some of the software I use (Finale) works much better with a number pad, so having that is a big plus too. Overall, as much as I loved the old G50, this is better in ALMOST every way. Only complaints are lack of firewire, hdmi, and better webcam. Everything else is an improvement here.