Top positive review
Close enough to my expectation
January 9, 2019
This laptop has decent specs and a very good responsive screen. If you play FPS games, then this laptop should do well-enough for you. Just don't expect to get 144Hz with all the settings maxed out. I tried black ops 4 at medium-high settings on this laptop and got 70-80 fps on multiplayer. I was able to verify by Fraps that this laptop was able to achieve 144Hz on modern warfare 3 with settings maxed out. Is 144Hz worth it? If you are a hardcore or competitive FPS games player then yes, otherwise, not really.
The reason why I give 4 stars instead of 5 is that I somehow managed the scratch the back "aluminum brush"-like panel in the first week. The scratch is minor and I don't know how I did it but I would expect it to be tougher. Another thing is that I don't know why, but every time I restart my computer, my customer battery setting gets overwritten. I am pretty sure this should be a Windows 10 issue or ASUS battery control program issue. I have had other Windows 10 laptops in the past before and yet I only encountered this issue with this laptop. I don't consider this to be a deal-breaker but ASUS should definitely look into this as it is very very annoying for anyone who is not tech-savvy.
A couple of warnings for those you who may be purchasing gaming laptops like this for the first time: the fans on this laptop are very loud and the battery life is short. These are technically not cons because powerful laptops and naturally power hungry and need good thermal fans to cool it down or it will encounter thermal-throttling which is even less preferable.