First I'd like to comment on the other reviews regarding this laptop, the Asus G72GX. Most are based either on 1) silly issues like the trackpad or 2) software issues on the reviewers new computer and replacement computer. Sounds like a user error to me.
I'd normally rate this laptop a 4, because it has a few issues but to help counteract the ridiculous 1 star ratings I'm making it a five star.
I've had this computer for nearly a year now and it has been impeccable. I purchased this laptop at Best Buy during a special promotion in the $900 price range. It was just before the release of the new i-core Intel processors.
I've thrown a lot at this laptop, pushed it to it's limits and I've never had it shut down due to overheating. I've played graphic intense games with the game graphics settings on "best" or "ultra" and the laptop delivers as promised. I also have a tendency to fall asleep on the couch and I awake to find the laptop on the floor. So it's taken a beating, not to mention I travel with it at least twice a week and I've had no issues with the hard drives or any other component failing which can be a problem in some laptops that aren't well protected on the interior.
To address the heat complaints, what do you expect when you put a powerful processor and the GTX 260M into a small plastic "container"? An icy chilling feel down the back of your neck??? And the hot air blowing out of the back is a problem? Where do you want the heat released? Those comments are irrelevant and those reviewers need to purchase a basic eMachine PC for their word processing and stop gaming.
I do not like the trackpad, all laptop trackpads are useless (but you don't give a one-star review because of it), I don't like the integrated webcam, it's one of the worse I've experienced and I bought my own. Asus makes it seem as though this laptop has all-mighty wonderful sound which simply isn't true without external speakers. The integrated speakers sound like any other laptop...crap.
Point of this review, if you want a gaming laptop that doubles as an everyday PC, is sturdy, well-built and meets or exceeds other laptops at this price point with similar specs...the Asus G72GX should seriously be considered.