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I bought it in early 2018, and it was quite the great gaming laptop for its time! The only two things I ever felt inconvenienced by were it getting *very* hot (which was mostly alleviated with a cooling pad and occasional vent/fan cleaning) and having to stay plugged in to avoid throttling no matter the settings I messed with when playing intensive games, but these problems are pretty standard for just about any gaming laptop anyway. It wasn't the most powerful as the years went on, either, but I'm so used to having all of my settings turned way down in favor of smooth performance that I didn't mind. Unfortunately, though, I only ended up having it for more or less 3 years on the dot before the motherboard unceremoniously died in the middle of a game, without any real warning. This isn't the first ASUS that didn't make it terribly far, but for all I know, it could've been on me for not taking better care of it. And to be fair, it saw daily use for just about everything - not just games, but also work, school, streaming, you get the idea.
Anyway, it kind of surprised me that they're still selling some units - no less at about the same price I got it for back then! I don't know much about computers, but I can't imagine their sitting around unused for a few years has necessarily preserved them like new. You can find much more recent models that boast newer specs for a similar price, or even less, not to mention that they'll stand a better change of lasting a few years! As newer video games may wish to take advantage of what more recent specs can handle anyway, you may end up being disappointed by the performance of a computer like this for gaming purposes nowadays, at least if you insist on higher performance and graphics. In short, it's just not worth the price in 2021.
Also, kind of unrelated, but note that most extended warranties will be voided if you open up the laptop (I learned that the hard way, via money wasted). You'll probably want to do that just to clean the fans and vents with compressed air once in a while, though, because packing such powerful parts into increasingly small devices inevitably will generate a lot of heat, which may, over longer periods of time, cause damage and ultimately reduce the longevity of your computer - and dust building up in the vents and fans certainly won't help with that. For anyone interested in a gaming laptop, I'd recommend (again, I'm no expert, though) doing your research on knowledgeable, independent repair shops near you, and turning to them in case something goes wrong - even if you don't take the time to clean your laptop in the end, it may provide faster and more cost-effective repair solutions than dealing with the shipping process.
I got to say i had high hopes when looking at the specs but 100% disappointed. A 800$ Msi from Walmart can outperform this garbage. 2-5 minutes or 2-5 hours it hard freezes and no way to get passed it. figured it would be a simple fix but the rog forum says otherwise. waste of money.
ATTENTION BUYERS: This laptop does not have a mini display port as advertised -it only has one (x1) HDMI port. This means if you are trying to connect two external displays you are out of luck!
I would increase my review if the false advertisement was removed from the product spec. You have to do a deep dive to discover that the mini display port is actually not there. If it was not for this false advertisement, I would give it 4.5 stars.
First of all, it is better than a console and it's been nice to have a decent laptop for COVID. Some problems though are some stuttering issues. When playing a game on the laptop, it will sometimes run really great, and other times it runs terribly, even though it's the same game with the same settings. Another problem is that the game will randomly stutter and skip frames, making it annoying to play. The CPU doesn't boost all that much and the temps are fine in the 70s during gaming. I can get 40-70fps in Sea of Thieves and around 70 in Minecraft. With stuttering of course. Overall you can get more for your money in other Laptop designs for the same price, or just build your own PC, which is much more fun and runs a TON better. I kinda recommend buying it, but I also recommend building your own PC instead.
This laptop is horrible. The frame rate is only 60 hz. The graphics memory is 3 gb. The fans are extremely loud and do nothing. Also, there is only 1 hmdi port. The description says there is a mini display port, but that is FALSE ADVERTISING.
Was a great computer that ran smoothly. Being a gaming computer, it’d last only a couple hours off the charger. This gradually decreased to a little over an hour after about a year and a half (lasts a bit longer on battery saver mode. Around that time the motherboard failed. At this point, the warranty I didn’t renew had run out. New motherboard is unique to this series, costs around 600 or so for a brand new one. Asus will charge 800 dollars for it. Seeing as I paid 1100-1200 dollars for it I figured I’d save my money to buy a new one. If you buy this laptop make sure you get a warranty and keep renewing it.