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June 10, 2009 6:33:38 PM

Hopefully they won't be super overpriced.
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June 10, 2009 6:35:11 PM

Well, when you aim for success, you aim at those viewed as the best. I just hope they aren't looking to do prices greater than Apples' as well...
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June 10, 2009 6:43:32 PM

They already have better products then apple (I find.)
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June 10, 2009 6:44:45 PM

they are better than apple, maybe not aesthetically, but in shear function they are
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June 10, 2009 6:45:16 PM

Yes, to an extent, they do. Now they have to make it more prettyful.
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June 10, 2009 6:45:49 PM

I thought they already did.
I'm on my 4th Asus mobo, and am very happy.
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June 10, 2009 6:48:10 PM

Woohoo SWEET! Frankly, I don't think it will take all that much to crush Apple and take away it's computer market share - except of course for fanboys and girls who will buy Apple regardless.

Asus gunning for the iPhone too is extra delicious. I think Asus might have the right attitude and common sense to realize that what you need to compete with it is a better product, not an 'almost-as-good' product.

;) 
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Anonymous
June 10, 2009 7:16:11 PM

They should have chosen a goal that they aren't already accomplishing. Their leaked 2010 goal roadmap lists "have 100% of employees breathe air". That may be hard for Asus to pull off as well.
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June 10, 2009 7:23:39 PM

Asus Mobos rock already...... and Apples mobos...well...sux
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June 10, 2009 7:35:47 PM

""Apple has always been admired (or at the very least, noticed) for its design""

Indeed... Design is everything for Apple. They certainly don't have the superior hardware.

Cudos to Asus whom ive always loved thier hardware.
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June 10, 2009 7:37:52 PM

thats a great goal, when I bring my asus laptop to my graphic design class and they all have macbook pros, there is definitely a difference in the design of the machine, but the parts inside were close to identical.

I hope all pc vendors can try to make better built machines. If anyone can do it though Asus might have the resources. They just have to remember less is more.

And what about a super nice phone that isn't the iphone. I have read that the Palm pre is better in some regards but still clunky compared to appple's device. Cell phone companies really need to step it up, its been two years.
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June 10, 2009 7:39:43 PM

Shiny. =3 Shiny attracts me. specs may make me re-consider though.
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June 10, 2009 7:40:19 PM

Shiny. =3 Shiny attracts me. specs may make me re-consider though.
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June 10, 2009 7:41:00 PM

Damn toms hardware and its messed up commenting system....
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June 10, 2009 7:41:09 PM

Am I the only person who hates the look of Apple's products? I mean, all I ever hear about them is that they're sleek and sexy and stuff. I think they're downright ugly.
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June 10, 2009 7:46:49 PM

One suggestion would be to offer a proper linux distro of your own instead of the stripped down flavor of the month redistrobution.
Asus, you make some of the best hardware on the planet but if you keep pushing 'it's better with windows' your not gonna over come Apple in mindshare. I have seen too many people in the past blame the OEM when windows crashes or the computer is bloated and slow.
It's hard to make the case, because it takes years to build market share with a new OS. But a well build computer with a solid operating system in default configuration goes along way in convincing people of your brand.
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June 10, 2009 7:58:23 PM

Asus has always been better.
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June 10, 2009 8:19:14 PM

frozenleadAm I the only person who hates the look of Apple's products? I mean, all I ever hear about them is that they're sleek and sexy and stuff. I think they're downright ugly.

I agree. I have never found them attractive. Give me black, not some lame white hospital looking color.
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June 10, 2009 8:33:17 PM

HP and Dell have both tried this, and in some ways succeeded. The new 10" netbooks from HP and Dell look very nice, sleek, and impressive, and they work quite well.

Asus already has the reliability and solid reputation they need. If they can makes some thinner and less ugly netbooks (which they already are) and get this nice keyboard PC out on the market, I don't see any reason why they can't beat the tar out of a company that I think they're already beating. Asus > Apple. Been that way for a long time, I think.

P5Q Pro, anyone?
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June 10, 2009 8:47:56 PM

I am very disappointed in this announcement. Why is ASUS aiming to make a better product then Apple when they have been doing that for years? Thats not exactly setting the bar high. They should instead be aiming at remaining the best OEM manufacturer. MSI and ACER have been gaining alot of ground in the same segment.
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June 10, 2009 8:58:28 PM

"Give me black"

I'm not a big Apple fan but not nearly the hater that a lot of you idiots are but Apple had a black MacBook for a very long time. Pretty funny that you would mention black as a knock AGAINST Apple.
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June 10, 2009 9:26:13 PM

I like Asus products, but their computers have an odd appearance. Except for Eee line, I find their computers look a bit plasticky. Also, they always appear to be directed towards gamers (from what I've seen). They are innovative, though, and make fine computer products and their computers always offer good bang for the buck. I think, however, that they underestimate the importance of advertising. I think Apple proved that you can sell an inferior product (component wise) based on advertising and a slick design. Most people don't even know what components their computers use. Most people by what they see on TV and what looks good a Best Buy. Asus may want to reconsider and advertise. The readers of Tom Hardware know and trust Asus, but most of the world has never heard of them. I bet if you asked most people who makes the Eee pc, they couldn't even name the company. In my mind, though, they could are more capable of starting a new paradigm for computer platforms, sort of like the netbook, than directly compete with Apple. They should out compete Apple by delivering a more efficient product, not try and beat Apple at its own game. At the least, they should advertise.
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June 10, 2009 9:32:34 PM

Yeah, great... like the T91 which will have an internal battery versus an easily swapped and upgraded user accessible one - I guess ASUS doesn't want to make computers better than Apple, they just want to make them like Apple.
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June 10, 2009 9:56:24 PM

frozenleadAm I the only person who hates the look of Apple's products? I mean, all I ever hear about them is that they're sleek and sexy and stuff. I think they're downright ugly.


You aren't. I'm with you.
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June 10, 2009 10:43:10 PM

I've owned 5 different Asus MoBo's through the years, and a few of their other products. So really, good luck guys, wish you the best in your endeavor, just don't forget the quality your products already have.
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June 10, 2009 10:52:26 PM

Asus already makes motherboards for Apple products, and yes they have better products than Apple.
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Anonymous
June 10, 2009 11:57:41 PM

Apple products are lower hardware, on a reasonable stable OS.
You buy an apple for the OS, not for the hardware; besides most of apple's past hardware really is ugly! I mean, look at their 2.1 system...
Even their pc's for years where not better looking than a modcase which one could buy for a PC; and on a windows PC still be cheaper than on an apple.
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June 11, 2009 12:02:23 AM

Long live ASUS,Gigabyte and TPB!

frozenleadAm I the only person who hates the look of Apple's products? I mean, all I ever hear about them is that they're sleek and sexy and stuff. I think they're downright ugly.

+1. I'll take an Antec 900(or similer one) over an Apple case any day. Heck, the best cases as in simple style are some of the Lian Li(imo).
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June 11, 2009 12:27:40 AM

have 2 asus notebooks (new g71gs and the old asus G2S-B2) have had at least 6 motherboards and every computer i build for friends all of asus which is around 15 computers. So all in all Asus kicks ass and apple laptops are ugly as hell and suck ass compared to any of my asus laptops.
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Anonymous
June 11, 2009 1:02:21 AM

Make a sleek shiny black laptop and put a Linux distro on it that has sup3r-L337 uber-eye-candy, instantly pwning Apple in form and functionality. There are any number of distros that do(or can) have far flashier designs than Vista/W7/OSX. My crappy 5 y/o Dell turns heads at the coffee shop, people don't even notice that it's a crappy 5 y/o Dell if the Desktop/eye-candy is up.
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June 11, 2009 1:17:53 AM

I've always liked Asus computers. Their laptops have more things in it for the price compared to others, and it has better build quality than HP laptops. If they make a tablet PC, I'll be all over it.
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June 11, 2009 1:30:52 AM

Quad Core Laptop > Mac Book Pro
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June 11, 2009 2:17:57 AM

Asus is quite innovative, and has a high degree of reliability. It shows that they spend money on R&D and engineering instead of marketing, more people know about Apple than Asus. Their hardware is also more broadly developed. Its also why ASUS can pump out mobo's, laptops, netbooks, and GTX 295 Quad-Sli monsters.
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June 11, 2009 4:03:13 AM

Apple, lol how hard is that, Apple lost their edge a long time ago and honestly I like Apple, but never have bought their hardware
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June 11, 2009 5:33:05 AM

frozenleadAm I the only person who hates the look of Apple's products? I mean, all I ever hear about them is that they're sleek and sexy and stuff. I think they're downright ugly.


No, you're not.

I do not find any of their products appealing at all.

But I can't deny the engineering on them.
Lighter, thinner and better battery life than the same competing PC product.
The cost to this is completely removing customization options and limiting the amount of variety in products.

I hope Asus makes laptops that are lighter, thinner, stronger, more durable, and better battery life all at once. Of course a price premium will be involved.
I like magnesium frames, and apple only offers aluminium.
I like quad core laptops, and apple offers dual cores. (granted, quad core laptops just use a lga 775 socket from what I understand, and just under volted/clocked)
I like having a good video processor, such as the mobile 4870, but apple offers junky GPUs.
I like light. Macintosh laptops are fairly light in comparision to most PCs. I want something designed to combat this.
I want something thin. It sucks carrying around a duffel bag of a laptop. Macintosh laptops do tend to be fairly thin.
I love powerful and resistant batteries. Macintosh batteries are integrated and some can not be removed. This makes changing it difficult and expensive, but ooferign the option for a far superior battery. More companies need to adopt this.

If all of the above articles are met while still being in a reasonable price range, I may get a laptop over a desktop for my next buy.
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June 11, 2009 6:01:38 AM

I'm pretty sure that the majority of us here agree that Asus' are better, thats never been the battle, aesthetics is the battle.I'm interested to see what Asus can come up with
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June 11, 2009 8:00:52 AM

i like asus products for performance per cost though i want them to make a slim and flat netbook similar to hp mini.
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June 11, 2009 1:50:50 PM

As of late, I've seen ASUS shifting their designs to the classy. And you know what? They might just pull it off. Hope the whole trend catches on...
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June 11, 2009 5:36:04 PM

It is actually not that hard to make better products than apple at all.
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June 11, 2009 5:41:11 PM

tomm09It is actually not that hard to make better products than apple at all.


Then why don't the other vendors do this? Obviously Apple is doing something right. In less than 2 years they've dominated the smart phone market, and their market share on the computer side has gone up more than any of the other vendors in recent years. Asus themselves recognize that Apple is the real innovator in the industry.
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June 11, 2009 9:11:02 PM

IronRyan21Asus Mobos rock already...... and Apples mobos...well...sux


This guy is mentally retarded. Note the incident of a bad North bridge in one of their sli mobos about a year or so a go (that I happened to purchase -.-), and their incident with poor quality capicitors. I haven't touched an asus mobo since my incident with my old sli one. If you wanna talk mobos, don't say asus is the best at it... they are far too inconsistant.

I think the topic here is laptops. Asus also made a laptop I got that busted, however the specs were great, and I blame the store i purchased it from for not giving me support when I was busy and only had enough time to deal with them.

Guys face it... EVERY big tech person is saying macs are great.. you guys are just dense. ;) 

I'll end on a more productive note. Aiming for macbook quality on a PC is admirable, because it is making a laptop that is better than a mac, because it is open to all kinds of hardware without an issue. If they can compete in the same class as apple, they have one upped apple.

Currently thou, everyone I've met that has had a mac at some point agrees it is better, and many of them have compared it to asus, considering asus is a very interesting laptop maker.

Oh to be a bit of a troll, let me remind all you patriotic people. Apple is an American company, and Asus is a taiwenese company. So all you dumbasses with that "out of a job yet, then buy foreign" bumper stickers should all go buy apples, lol. I'm Canadian and most importantly not a dumbass, so this does not apply to me. I buy whatever I want and can afford, so if asus one-ups apple, and by some miracle a linux distro becomes seamless (sorry their is no hope for windows), then I'll buy an asus as my next laptop ^^.

Here's to hoping their are more options to macs!
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June 11, 2009 9:15:58 PM

Sorry too much work to read the second page... until I posted. Yes I'm too quick to rush to the arguement. I hate a lot of stupid people, and I totally posted this at the wrong time. Oh well... most of what I posted above is in response to the first page of posts. The second page appears pretty clean.

asus isn't bad form what I hear, however I've had problems and have heard of others having problems, more than with many other manufacturers =\.
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June 12, 2009 2:02:23 AM

I just wished that those who claim Apple's notebooks aren't better than the regular notebook, would, just for the sake of fairness, try one for a week or so... They just are better with very good small details that you start to enjoy and miss when you have to work with a PC...

I had PC's for over a decade, tryed numerous manufacturers, always ended up selling them a few months later, hoping that i would have better luck with the next buy... yeah right... Then i bought my first macbook, and now i can't even think of letting him go. There's so many things that are simply much better in Apple's notebook's... it's just not the OS, it's the whole thing.

For those who claim they have inferior hardware, i just have to say that since i went apple, i started to abstract completely from the hardware underneath the hood, because the system is always responsive and you never feel the need for upgrade constantly like you have in windows machines. What's the point in having a super-uber processor if half it's resources are going to be taken by the SO??

The only one's who may complain are the gamer's. Those who want a computer to be productive certainly are going to be so!

My 2cent, try them out for a week...
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June 12, 2009 5:49:32 AM

Asus mobos rock! If they start making computer laptops out of aluminum or magnesium - keep the price low - I'd buy it.
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