Basic description of specs..
--------------------------------------------- 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM Quad-Core
8GB of DDR3 RAM
750GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
nVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Graphics (2GB)
15.6" Full HD LED-Backlit Display
1920 x 1080 Native Resolution
Blu-ray Player with DVD Burning Options
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
Integrated Webcam, Microphone & Speakers
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
School starts August 27 [ ] so I'm going to be buying this or another laptop within 2 weeks.
- If you do recommend another laptop- keep in mind that i can get that laptop for $1089.99 because I live in CA and don't need to pay NY taxes. I am going into computer science or another computer field so no macs please. I do have a gaming PC at home and i'm going 2 year community -> transfer -> 4 year university so I don't need the absolute best performance. I just need the best perf for the $ and a high quality laptop.
Both laptops look great.
The main difference I can see is that the Lenovo has the 660M and the Asus has the 650M.
I know Asus has awesome build quality and good customer service; I'm not that familiar with Lenovo.
It's even possible that the 660M would be significantly louder if the cooling isn't adequately done (the NVIDIA 660M GPU is only on when needed, otherwise the NVidia Optimus technology turns it off. Like when playing a game. If it's not in the Optimus list for some reason you can add it.)
Basically, the Lenovo appears to beat it with the better GPU, so I'd investigate:
- Warranty, company product reliability and support
The Asus laptop got really great reviews. The Lenovo only had one persons review that I could find and he like it overall, but not the trackpad.
Based on my experience, unless the extra GPU performance is really important I might tend to recommend the Asus. You probably can't go wrong with either one though, but I never like to buy a product unless I can find several people all giving it good reviews.
I hope my story, Google search help you to take the right decision.
This is my RMA story.
Every third ASUS laptop is DIFFECTIVE.
I had a custom Asus gaming laptop G51JX-3DE/G60JX ($2351) from Xoticpc.com. I can’t say I have it because it has already been in the Asus repair station for more than 2 months and I don’t know when I will get it back. My RMA status is still the same: "Waiting-[WB1] Wait for Material/Spare Parts". I emailed the Asus representative Mr. Tien Phan firstname.lastname@example.org and got the response that the issue with my notebook was duplicated, and it was currently at a repair station waiting for the necessary parts to come in.
Because of that I began to initiate some action and look at what I could dig up.
If you look at the Asus website you will see that now it only has 2 gaming laptops G75VW (17’) and G55VW (15’), but there were a dozen different models in 2010.
My friend’s computer market analyst said that the Asus repair station is piled up with defective laptops, transformers, tablets. Almost every third ASUS laptop is DIFFECTIVE.
Since 2008 Asus started to produce their own laptops in huge amounts, though previously it was focused on the production of motherboard and other components. The range of its products increased in many times. They tried to compete even with Apple (Zenbook, Pads). But the Asus team just can’t compete with Steve Jobs’ team. As a result the quality of Asus products begins to fall dramatically. Asus Customer Service just can’t cope with the avalanche of custom claims.
Unfortunately, the quality of the motherboards – diamond in Asus crown – became worse compared to what it was before 2010. I built three rigs with Asus motherboards, last one is P6X58D Premium and I am satisfied with their quality. But now days are different.
Now we need to think seven times before buying an Asus laptop.
Having every third ASUS laptop DIFFECTIVE is too much.
I have had the Asus K55A hi5014L for several months now. Here are the problems: the touchpad needs to be reinstalled nearly every week. The wifi, by realtek, is junk. No matter what power settings are imposed, the card has to be manually started to connect to a network, every time I open the machine. That defeats the instant on. Today it had no touchpad at all, i needed an external mouse to re-activate the touchpad. Junk junk junk.