Pros Fantastic graphics card; very fast; excellent price.
Cons Not full HD; microphone isn't the best; took a while to get used to the keyboard.
Summary I live overseas as an English teacher and I enjoy playing video games, and traveling around with a desktop just isn't really feasable. This computer does what I want it to very well.Ah, I did forget to mention battery life. The graphics card does use up power quickly. If you are looking for a laptop to take around and use A LOT without plugging it in, this probably wouldn't be your best choice. You can change battery settings that limit the usage of the graphics card which does help with battery life, but there is no going around the fact that 2 hours is the absolute MAX you'll get out of it.
The graphics card is great. I mainly play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. I play with all the settings maxed-out, and I get a solid 80-90 fps. The game play is smooth as glass.
The computer starts-up very quickly, especially with the help of Windows 7. It came with Asus' Express Gate start-up, (which does come up in 5 seconds or less) but in my personal opinion Windows loads so fast I don't use it. Aside from start-up time, during regular computer usage the computer is very quick.
The layout of connections is nice. Power, ethernet and a USB port are located in the back; when it sits on my desk all the cables don't get in my way because they are plugged into the side. The USB in back is handy for me because I have an external hard drive. All USBs are 2.0. The computer also comes with an eSATA connection if you have an external hard drive with one of those.
I personally like the rubbery material used by the keyboard, where your wrists sit when typing. It feels nice. Oil from your skin does show up after a while, but it wipes away with no problem.
I also like the touch pad. It has a little texture and makes it easier to control the pointer on-screen. It also doesn't get oily and finger-printed like other touchpads (HP's comes to mind).
A few features I don't like about the laptop:
The resolution isn't as high as other laptops. The difference between 1366 x 768 and 1440 x 900 isn't enormous though. It isn't close to Apple's 1900 x 1200. For the price I think the resolution is acceptable.
I use Skype often to make international calls, and the microphone isn't as good as my older Lenovo's. With that one, I could walk around a living room and speak normally and it would pick up my voice just fine. With the Asus, I needed to turn up the sensitivity of the microphone for it to work well. The quality apparently still isn't as good though.
They keyboard also took some getting used to. The keys are spaced apart more than other laptops, which I have found does help when playing my CoD. Typing regularly is by no means difficult, but just a little different. Another personal note when playing video games: the 'B' button in CoD is used for 'quick team-chat' and I find that the key is far enough away to make it difficult to use quickly and easily.
The speakers aren't very good. I love music, and I like to hear bass, which is why I have external speakers so this isn't a problem for me. I play games with headphones regardless. I do use Windows Media Player for my music (which runs so much faster now) and I cannot use one hand to press 'play', 'pause', etc... I must use the 'function' key which is far enough away from those keys that I have to use two hands. Not really a big deal I guess.
Overall, I am very happy and satisfied with my computer. I would recommend it. I would have no problem buying another Asus product. The only reason I give it 4 stars is because I believe it would take a ~$2000 dollar laptop to get 5.
Updated on Mar 4, 2010
Pros Video card blows me away, which is why I bought it.
Cons peakers, camera, built in mic, aesthetics coming unglued, very short battery life
"Asus G60v Gaming Laptop Review
Summary Asus G60v Gaming Laptop Review
This computer was bought for one reason and one reason only, Gaming. It has an amazing graphics card, the nVidia GTX260m with 1 Gig Dedicated DDR3 ram. Asus did not spend a lot of time, thought, or money, on the other "features" other than maybe the illuminated keyboard which has been very pleasant to work on.
I run a small business and I'm surrounded by high end computer equipment. My work laptop is a Dell 6500 with a Core 2 Duo 2.93 GHz processor and 128 GB solid state drive, but it lacks the graphics punch to play anything current, even with the nVidia QVS 160m dedicated graphics. I have a great gaming desktop, but it is hard to carry it to the living room and play it on my lap. I wanted something that would handle anything I through at it.
This is where the Asus G60v has come in. In the land of laptops $999 is a lot of money these days, unless you are a mac fan. In any case, the helpful folks at Best Buy (Summerville, SC) pointed out this model along with a Sony and HP. I'm not a fan of HP so it was a toss-up between the Sony and the Asus. I picked the Asus because of the superior video card and the backlit keyboard which I've found to be quite handy while playing games in low light.
I mostly play Call of Duty 4, but have an unopened copy of Crysis that I've been wanting to try. Unlike any other system I've tried, other than my gaming desktop, this laptop handles COD4 at max resolution smooth as silk. HOORAY! we have a winner. Come to find out, the video card in the Sony, the ATI 4650 does not match up to the GTX 260M and may not have been able to run COD4 at max.
So my primary function, playing games, will be handled admirably. Now let me fill you in on some of the less then stellar features of this laptop. The sound is quite disappointing. The Camera and Mic are also weak for a $999 laptop. I use Skype all the time for work and family, I have to plug in a headset as everyone complains they can't hear me, and the speakers can't punch over even normal office or home noise. My Dell mini-9 has better sound than this thing. It is so poor that if I knew that the Sony would keep up with my games (it won't according to notebookcheck.net), I'd swap it out. The plastics and metal "accents" are bulky and even one part has started to come unglued, the metal accent over the camera. The glossy parts just beg for fingerprints which for me is a constant annoyance. The screen is ok at the right angle. At the normal angle, it looks washed out, increase the angle some and the colors pop off the page, but now you get the glare from overhead lights... I wish they had used a higher resolution for better HD, but I guess they'll reserve that for their higher end versions of this model. The rest of the laptop, i.e. Windows 7, ample and various ports, DVDRW, all seem to be on par with what you'd expect.
My final word on the Asus G60v from Best Buy is simple. If you want a monster gaming laptop for under $1000 and you don't mind wearing a headset, then you are in luck. For those that want a little more function and a little less flash, or don't play the most demanding games, consider the Sony Professional series with the ATI 4650 graphics. It has blue ray, more standard ram at 6 gigs, a larger hard drive, but It lacks the backlit keyboard and the raw graphics power of the Asus.
Pros Good graphics card
Takes most games you throw at it out of the box on medium-high settings
Fast (until it starts overheating)
Cons Overheats constantly (forced shutdowns)
Horrible battery life of approx. one hour (at least until it shorts out, then practically nothing)
Wireless connections lock up constantly.
Poorly constructed. (pieces fall off)
Headphone jack switch is stuck
Pros Fast and reliable. Love the widescreen display.
Cons Problems with drive tools not working. Battery life could have been better.
"Great Laptop"on by MJPJR12
Pros -I love everything about it
Cons -Get VERY VERY hot