Just received (2 weeks ago) my ASUS G73SW laptop (17.3" display, i7-2630QM 2GHz dual quad-core processor, 8GB DDR3 memory, 7200 rpm 1TB hard drive, well actually 2 500 MB hard drives, NVIDIA GTX 460M graphics w/1GB video memory, Blu-ray disc enabled DVD+/-RW,CD-RW drive, 4G Wi-MAX embedded and a claim of 5 hr 13 min battery life, there's more, but that's enough). I'm replacing my older workhorse 17" dell dual core Inspriron laptop, vintage 2004. When buying I tend to max out so as to extend laptop life, avoid upgrades until needed. The Dell performed wonderfully, an XP pro machine, never had to rebuild, only issues were a couple of battery replacements over the years. Dell started to exhibit irregular touchpad behavior, so thought good to buy a new laptop and avoid crash/emergency upgrade. I heard good reports of ASUS, so thought I'd give them a try. Also heard Dell may be using more plastic in Inspriron compared to robust workhorse business class latitude. Anyway, enough hear-say. So far, I've been pleased with Asus. I like the Dell touch pad better, but may just be a learning curve on Asus. Asus touchpad is larger, and more flush to surface, so harder to "find" edges of pad, wayward fingers can cause mouse to jump to new spot. Asus battery life has been shorter than advertised, but I haven't selected the most efficient mode yet - I'm more of a power guy, and battery less critical in home environment. The power adapter is a little bigger than my old Dell's. Porting old apps from XP Pro to Windows 7 has been more of a challenge (I sure miss the old Palm Desktop app, but I digress). I expected a single 1TB harddrive, laptop actually shipped with two 500GB hard drives, one partitioned into 2 drives, not a biggy, just advertisements implied one drive. Anyway, no complaints on Asus. As a long time Dell fan, I suspect the Dell will also provide similar good quality, and bottom line, an i7 with lots of memory and fast hard drive - you'll will find enjoyable - amazing speed. I thought it might difficult or rare to make the i7 gadget bar spike (essentially a processor speedometer), but I've put the peddle down.