I think they're great. They have the lowest malfunction rate. And one of the best reputations, great hardware too. The only thing I don't like about it is the thermal compound, like all manufacturers, Asus uses the stock TIM at default... I'd recommend you get your hands on Artic Silver 5, or IC Diamond Pro, and changing the thermal compound, in about a year. Also, there is a calculator button on the G74, which is a bit strange considering it primary purpose is gaming.