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Being used to the high performance of my PC, I had a hard time adjusting to the Athlon XP's at work. Since it's not practical for me to take my hulking mass of computing destruction on the road, it was time get a laptop.
The Asus G55VW fits the bill. I got this laptop back in September on a labor day sale, so it was very cheap for its performance (especially without hard drives). Some notable things:
Size: Despite me specifically choosing a 15.6" screen for mobility considerations, the frame of the laptop itself is easily 17" form factor. The design team really didn't give a shit about form factor.
Build Quality: The chassis is heavy, the monitor housing is solid as a brick, there is little to no flex upon opening and closing the laptop. It should be noted that it's still made of plastic... nevertheless, still very solid in the way it's put together.
Design: The shell of the G55VW is streamlined and aesthetically pleasing, the keyboard platform is sloped towards the user, there is a resting space before the keyboard that is very comfortable to rest my wrist upon, and the keyboard itself is backlit, tactile, and the keys are adequately big.
Noise/Heat: Two large vents carry heat to the back of the chassis and away from the user, it's practically inaudible during web usage. The cooling system gets high marks for keeping the keyboard area free of warmth, even during long gaming sessions.
Performance: i7, GTX-660m, 16GB of RAM, and I stuffed two SSD's in there. What isn't there to like?
Aside from gaming performance, one of my favorite things about having good hardware is the snappiness of having things respond and open almost instantaneously, and that allows for a better user experience, which translates to less PC aggravation, and much more work done.
What takes about 5 minutes to load at my work's PC, is operated upon in a flash of an eye with my laptop, and for that, it's damn worth every penny.
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You must get a nice 10 minutes of battery life.
But hey, that system is way more powerful than an equivalently priced MacBook.
This laptop can last about 3-4 hours surfing the web, depending on streaming content. I have a tablet PC for another level of mobility and battery life.
This is a mobile workstation PC that I can deploy near a power outlet and let loose all 8 threads. Even the most expensive Macbook Pro falls short of my workhorse.
Won't you run out of SSD space soon? What about heavy games or hell, any kind of software with gigs of data?
The laptop has two 128GB SSDs. One is strictly dedicated to the OS, the other for programs and few select games. I'm not one of those people who hogs like 100 gigs of movies and music. The two SSD's are more than enough for my needs.